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Omaha Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Douglas County approves budget, raises taxes

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County board has approved a new fiscal year budget that raises the tax levy two cents.

Board members approved the 2010-2011 budget Tuesday on a 5-2 vote. An amendment approved by the Board added $1.7 million in cuts from the Department of Corrections, Douglas County Health Center, Public Defender's office, County Attorney's office, veterans' services, community services, and the Sheriff's Department back to the budget.

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Jazz
12:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing

Chris Cooke / KIOS

Concert series presents Thursday shows through August.

Omaha, Nebraska – The inaugural season of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is underway. The concert series which has presented a stellar lineup of musicians for Omaha summer audiences has now been reborn at a new venue, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Dodge Streets.

The first concert in the new series & new location took place Thursday, July 8th with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and an evening of soulful latin jazz.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

City of Omaha, Police Union reach tentative contract agreement

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Police Officers Association and the city have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Mayor Jim Suttle's office announced the tentative deal Monday. In a news release, the Mayor's office says the agreement addresses concerns the Police Union had with an addendum presented in March.

The City Council has two weeks to review the tentative agreement. It'll be on the City Council agenda July 27th.

There will be a public hearing on the new contract agreement after that date.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Second Congressional District candidates differ on financial reform

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Senate could get a financial reform bill this week.

House members approved the legislation June 30th. Among the provisions in the bill are new consumer protections and regulations on large financial institutions.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Dana College Students Welcome at UNO

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, NE – UNO says it will help students who are in transition due to Dana College's closing.

Rita Henry, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNO, says she's already received over 120 calls from former Dana students. She says the students want to know what they need to do to transfer to UNO and how many of their credits will be accepted at UNO. Henry says it's important for these students to carefully weigh their options and choose the school that's the best fit for them.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:52 am
Fri July 9, 2010

30 guns collected during first OPD gun amnesty day

Omaha, NE – Omaha Police collected 30 guns and more than one thousand rounds of ammunition during last month's gun amnesty day.

Gun amnesty day gives anyone who has an illegal or unwanted gun the chance to dispose of it without penalty. Omaha Police Gang Unit Sergeant Eric Nordby says they hope for the same success at tomorrow's event. "There will be no questions asked, no investigations, and no arrests."

Saturday's gun amnesty day is at 30th and Spencer streets. It happens from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:53 am
Thu July 8, 2010

UNMC Makes Impressive Gain of 32 Spots in Prestigious National Ranking

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Medical Center is on a list of top 40 places to work in US academia.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

College World Series attendance tops 330,000

Omaha, NE – Attendance at this year's College World Series was down slightly from the 2009 event.

CWS of Omaha ticket committee chairman Herb Hames says 330,922 people attended the 2010 series. Last year, attendance topped 336,000.

Hames says weather was a factor in the lower attendance, along with the absence of CWS regulars LSU and Texas. Both teams were eliminated in the college baseball playoffs before reaching the CWS.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:19 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Bring home souvenirs from your vacation this summer NOT infections.

Omaha, NE – Summer is the time for vacations and for some, that means travel. Dr. Marvin Bittner of Creighton University says people who are traveling overseas this summer need to be aware of more than just the current exchange rate. He says it's okay to bring back souvenirs, but no one wants to bring back an infection.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Group seeks to reduce ozone emissions in Omaha metro

Omaha, NE – The EPA, Douglas County Health Department officials and MAPA are moving ahead with ozone reduction plans.

Next month, the EPA plans to change its standards relating to the amount of ground-level ozone. Depending on the new measurement, the Omaha metro could find itself out of compliance with standards. Several local organizations are partnering on plans to reduce ozone levels in the metro.

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