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Omaha Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Omaha's 2011 budget includes a nine percent property tax increase

Omaha, NE – Omaha's 2011 budget projects a deficit of $21.6 million in the city's general fund and $34 million overall.

Mayor Jim Suttle presented the budget plan Tuesday afternoon to the City Council. Suttle wants to raise property taxes 9.3%, raise wheel taxes by $23 on passenger and commercial vehicles, and implement a 4% restaurant tax to fix the budget shortfall.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

MCC Reports Strong Summer Enrollment

Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College is reporting an increase in summer enrollment this year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:04 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Russian Senator visits Omaha during international business tour

Russian Sen. Mikhail Margelov and Sen. Ben Nelson discuss the START treaty during a news conference Sunday in Omaha.
Photo: Katie Knapp Schubert, KIOS

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator and a member of Russia's Federation Council both believe a new nuclear arms treaty will be ratified by their legislatures.

Russian Senator Mikhail Margelov and Senator Ben Nelson discussed the so-called START treaty Sunday in Omaha. Margelov is in Nebraska for a U.S.-Russia Business Council tour of the Midwest. The treaty calls for a significant reduction in the number of warheads and missile launchers within seven years.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:13 am
Sat July 17, 2010

Omaha Children's Museum Partners with WhyArts?

Omaha Children's Museum

Omaha, NE – Omaha Children's Museum is partnering with WhyArts? for a six month artist-in-residence program.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Sing Omaha's Doors are Wide Open

Sing Omaha

Omaha, NE – Sing Omaha was formed in 2007 by Artistic Director Matt Hill. Hill says the group is excited to be in a position to provide singers of all ages with the opportunity to come together and share their love of choral music and singing with others who share that same passion.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Monthly Science Cafe Focuses on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

Omaha, NE – UNMC's Science Cafe takes place in Lincoln at 6:30 tonight at red9.

This month's subject is treating tobacco use and dependence and will feature Dr. Eric Fung. Dr. Fung is a Professor of Pharmacology for UNMC's College of Dentistry. He says he will speak about the efficacy and potential side effects of treatments approved by the FDA for nicotine dependence. Dr. Fung says he will also talk about the smoking cessation clinic available at the college of dentistry.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

4,800 remain without power after severe storms

Omaha, NE – 4,800 Omaha Public Power District customers remained without power Thursday morning after a powerful storm moved through the metro Wednesday evening.

OPPD says the storm knocked down 14 large transmission line support structures near Valley. Power poles and lines were down near the National Weather Service office in Valley, according to storm reports. Crews from NPPD and Lincoln Electric System are helping OPPD crews restore power.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:11 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Tentative police union contract details released

Omaha, NE – Omaha Police officers will pay $1311 dollars each in to the pension system under a tentative contract agreement with the city.

Mayor Jim Suttle discussed details of the agreement during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The city will pay less in to the pension system in 2010 and 2011. Also, the agreement calls for all future police officers' pensions to be calculated using their base pay.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Creighton University President to retire in July 2011

Omaha, NE – Creighton University President Father John Schlegel plans to retire next July.

Father Schlegel came to Creighton in July 2000. Since then the student population has grown to 7,400 students and the campus is now more than 130 acres.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:30 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

300 Dana College Students will Attend Classes at Midland Lutheran College this fall.

Midland Lutheran College

Omaha, NE – Midland Lutheran College in Fremont has enrolled 300 of the displaced students from Dana College.

MLC President Ben Sasse says the two schools have a long history together and MLC wanted to make sure former Dana students were able to smoothly transition into the college. Sasse says the MLC board committed to six provisions for the Dana students. Those include honoring rooming commitments, automatic enrollments, honoring all financial aid and scholarship packages and restoring athletic eligibility to Dana athletes.

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