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Omaha Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Open Door Mission's new Lydia House opens

Omaha, NE – Open Door Mission is celebrating the opening of its new Lydia House.

Lydia House provides emergency services and shelter to women and families. Open Door Mission Advancement Director Karen Applegate says the new building has space for 43 families and 72 women.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:39 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Lawsuit filed after Council vote on retiree health insurance premiums

Omaha, NE – A lawsuit has been filed following the Omaha City Council's vote requiring retirees to pay health insurance premiums.

Councilmen voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the plan. Starting July first, retirees will pay 25, 30, or 35 percent premiums per month for health insurance. For some retirees, that means $487 a month.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:07 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Three new measles cases reported in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Three new cases of measles have been reported in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that three children began showing symptoms Monday of measles. They're siblings of a child diagnosed with measles last week. None of the children had been vaccinated against measles.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:04 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Richman Gordman animals featured in new exhibit

Omaha, NE – A unique set of zoo land animals will soon be making an appearance at The Omaha Children's Museum. The animals include an elephant, a camel, a hippo and a kangaroo.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:16 am
Wed May 19, 2010

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa Police Chief receives award

Omaha, NE – The Chief of Police for the VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa has been awarded The Chief of the Year by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dennis Moore has been with the local VA for two years. Moore was recognized for securing funding to implement a security overhaul that covered the three geographically separated health care facilities. He attributes his success to being surrounded by a good team of people.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Omaha's retired city employees to pay up to 35 percent for health insurance

Omaha, NE – Nearly all of Omaha's retired city employees will begin paying for their health insurance coverage in July.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon in favor of an amended plan. Police, fire and civilian retirees will pay 25 percent for single coverage, 30 percent for single plus one, or 35 percent for family coverage. Councilwoman Jean Stothert says not controlling health care costs has dire financial consequences for the city.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:33 am
Tue May 18, 2010

79 percent of Nebraskans e-filed their 2009 tax returns

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Lincoln, NE – 79 percent of Nebraska taxpayers filed their 2009 income tax returns electronically.

Governor Dave Heineman and Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald updated e-filing efforts during a news conference Tuesday. In the 2008 tax year, 70 percent of Nebraskans filed their tax returns online. Heineman says this year's goal was 75 percent. "The ability to file and pay taxes online is another way our state is providing the services Nebraskans want while also helping ensure greater efficiency in government," Heineman says.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:47 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Malcolm X Foundation plans birthday tribute

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925, in Omaha.
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Omaha, NE – Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation is holding a birthday tribute and African Festival this Saturday to honor the memory of the late Civil Rights leader.

Malcolm X was assassinated in February 1965 while giving a speech in New York City. He was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha. Sharif Liwaru, President of the Malcolm X Foundation, says there's a lot of interest in the community about Malcolm X.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:43 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Midtown Crossing celebrates its grand opening Tuesday

Omaha, NE – A ribbon cutting is scheduled Tuesday to mark the grand opening of Midtown Crossing.

Midtown Crossing Marketing Director Molly Skold says the ribbon cutting celebrates not only the 15 acre, mixed-use development, but also the revitalization of Turner Park.

Among Midtown Crossing's features are restaurants, shopping, a spa, and residential living space. There's also green space at the site, which hosts Jazz on the Green this summer.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Health Department says visitor to Omaha had measles

Omaha, NE – Douglas County Health Department officials are urging anyone who hasn't had a vaccination against measles to get one.

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