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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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Omaha Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Owl Ride on July 17th will provide a unique nighttime biking adventure.

Omaha, NE – Riders of all skill levels and ages are welcome to take part in the first-ever Owl Ride this Saturday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:23 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Sen. Ben Nelson says he'll support financial reform bill

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he'll support the financial reform bill.

Senator Nelson expects a vote to happen Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. The bill would implement new consumer protections as well as regulations on large financial institutions. "Nebraska taxpayers have already been asked to bail out banks," Nelson says, "and now we need to protect them from future abuses by Wall Street that has already cost thousands of Nebraskans and millions of Americans their jobs, savings, and financial security."

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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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