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Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Nebraska, Iowa get USDA funding for small business loans

Omaha, NE – More than $30 million dollars in economic stimulus money is coming to Nebraska and Iowa for small business loans.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

House to vote on education, Medicaid funding bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House lawmakers from Nebraska and Iowa are returning to Washington next week in the middle of their summer recess to deal with the economy. Democratic leaders want them to ratify Senate action on preventing teacher layoffs and beefing up state budgets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Some Sarpy County voters to decide in November on local sales tax

Omaha, NE – Sarpy County officials say more than $11 million in upgrades are needed to the 911 system there.

Voters who live outside the city limits of Bellevue, Papillion, LaVista, and Gretna, and Springfield voters, will vote on a one-point-five percent sales tax in November. That sales tax, if approved, would generate up to three million dollars a year to upgrade the 911 system.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Unicameral leader says sales tax increase measure for Omaha unlikely to happen

Omaha, NE – The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature says communities probably won't get sales tax increase proposals approved during the coming session.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says a proposed four percent restaurant tax, if approved, would end if the Unicameral allows the city to put a sales tax increase before voters. Omaha's sales tax is currently seven percent: five-and-a-half percent state, and one-point-five percent local.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:29 am
Wed August 4, 2010

inCOMMON hopes to open community center next spring

Omaha, NE – Omaha's inCOMMON Community Development hopes to have a community center in Midtown open next spring.

inCOMMON has started what Executive Director Christian Gray calls a "social capital campaign." The organization plans to open a community center in the Park Avenue neighborhood.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Fresh fruit and vegetables sought for food bank

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Farmers Market wants the extra vegetables from residents' gardens.

This Saturday and Sunday, the Farmers Market is conducting a food drive for Together Inc. Bins will be set up both days for donations of fresh produce.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Science Cafe to focus on preterm births

Omaha, NE – Preventing and reducing the number of preterm births is the focus of this month's Science Cafe.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:58 am
Fri July 30, 2010

More than 50 National Night Out events planned Monday in Omaha

Omaha, NE – More than 50 neighborhood events are planned Monday in Omaha for National Night Out.

National Night Out began in 1984. Last year, more than 11,000 communities in all 50 states hosted Night Out events. This is Omaha's 20th year hosting the neighborhood celebrations. The goal is for neighbors to get to know each other and watch for incidents in their neighborhoods.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Omaha to hold two public forums on police union contract

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha plans to hold two public forums next week on the tentative police union contract.

The forums are Tuesday at the Omaha Public Schools' Teacher Administration Center, and Wednesday at Westside High School. Both begin at 6:30 PM.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Concert for Equality to protest Fremont law

Omaha, NE – Fremont's new law banning hiring or renting to illegal immigrants remains on hold as two lawsuits are heard in court.

The Fremont City Council voted Tuesday to suspend implementation of the law while lawsuits are pending. This weekend, a concert in Omaha's Benson neighborhood seeks to raise money to fight Fremont's law.

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