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Omaha Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Nearly 123,000 Iowans voted in GOP caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.

Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Western Iowa GOP voters choose Romney, Santorum

Omaha, NE – Western Iowa voters were split in their support of the GOP candidates for president.

Pottawattamie County GOP chairman Jeff Jorgensen says some precincts reported record turnout for Tuesday night's caucuses. Even with the strong turnout, Jorgensen says the caucus process went quickly.

543 Republican voters caucused in Mills County, Iowa. Sharon McNutt, co-chair of the Mills County Republican Party, says things went smoothly.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

The Learning Community has launched a new website for 2012-2013 Open Enrollment

Lorraine Chang, Vice Chair of the Learning Community Coordinating Council, says the Learning Community consists of eleven school districts. She says the Learning Community consists of students from all walks of life; all of whom are worthy of the best possible education. With that in mind, the Learning Community is offering open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Mid-America Business Conditions report shows slight decline in December

Omaha, NE – A monthly economic indicator for the nine-state Mid America region shows a slight decline in December.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid America Business Conditions report. The monthly business conditions index declined to 50 in December from 52.6 in November.

Goss says the economy will grow this year, albeit slowly. He expects interest rates will remain low and inflation won't be an issue.

The index is an indicator of overall economic health in the nine-state region.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Caucus day in Iowa

Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.

The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa has several new programs dedicated to assisting homeless veterans

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa opened a homeless Veterans Day services center in Omaha this past September.

Linda Twomey is the Mental Health Specialty Programs Manager for the VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa. She says the day service center is a clinic where veterans have access to social workers, who function as case mangers and vocational rehabilitation staff to provide a one-stop shop for homeless veterans.

Twomey says when veterans first come in, their needs are assessed. Staff will then assist them in accessing the appropriate VA and community resources.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

UNO political scientist discusses Iowa caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist expects strong turnout for Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

The caucus begins at 7pm Tuesday. A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a two-point lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in third place.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:10 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

GOP candidate Mitt Romney visits Council Bluffs

Omaha, NE – With the Iowa caucus happening Tuesday evening, candidates are spending a lot of time traveling through the Hawkeye State making last-minute pitches to voters.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Common Sense Media dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families

Omaha, NE – Common Sense Media has been a national partner with Omaha Public Schools for the past three years.

The organization seeks to give educators the resources to instruct students, parents and families on issues such as digital citizenship, safety and security on and offline, as well as research and information literacy.

DeLayne Havlovic, Career Education Specialist with OPS says three Common Sense Media training sessions are coming up next month. He says the program is broken up into three sections.

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