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Omaha Public Radio News
8:35 am
Thu May 13, 2010

UNO 2110 time capsule to be placed in new College of Business

Omaha, NE – The UNO 2110 Time Capsule will be placed in the new College of Business Administration Building.

Suzanne Sollars, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNO, coordinated the project. She says the time capsule will be placed in an interior wall of Mammel Hall instead of buried. She says there were nine total capsules, representing various groups including students, faculty, community and alumni.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:06 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Solar array project coming to Creighton University

Omaha, NE – Creighton University is adding a new degree program in energy technology.

The new program coincides with a $1.4 million project to build a solar array on campus. The project includes installation of solar cells, a solar tracker panel, and wind turbines on campus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:49 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Terry, Heineman, Stenberg win GOP nominations

Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman and Democrat Mark Lakers are the candidates in the November gubernatorial election.

Lakers ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Governor Heineman received 90 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. His two opponents, Christopher Geary and Paul Anderson, each received about five percent.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:56 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Big Omaha Conference focuses on entrepreneurship, networking

Omaha, NE – The second annual Big Omaha Conference happens next week.

The conference, designed to bring together entrepreneurs, runs May 13th through the 15th. Jeff Slobotski is the Co-Founder of Silicon Prairie News and the Big Omaha Event. He says the conference offers entrepreneurs and start-ups in the region opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival returns June 24th

Omaha, NE – Shakespeare on the Green will present the traditional version of Romeo & Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona-The Musical.

The Festival resturns June 24th. Plays are held in Elmwood Park on the UNO campus. Interim Festival Director Alan Klem says he believes people attend Shakespeare on the Green not just to be entertained and enjoy the outdoors but to be enlightened as well.

He says people in Omaha love Shakespeare and the connection between the words and the language as well as the universality of Shakespeare.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Omaha, Lincoln receive economic stimulus funds for building retrofits

Omaha, NE – The cities of Omaha and Lincoln will receive funds from the Department of Energy to create a Retrofit Ramp-Up Program.

Omaha's Sustainability Coordinator, Kristi Wamstead-Evans, says the funds will be used for comprehensive building retrofits, including residential, public and commercial. Wamstead-Evans says the goal of the Omaha Lincoln Retrofit Ramp-Up Program is market transformation. That includes having a qualified work force that can deliver green technology and entrepreneurs that are producing eco-friendly products.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:51 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Omaha sixth graders honored for academic achievement

Omaha, NE – 288 sixth-graders in the Omaha Public Schools are being honored for academic achievement.

The students received awards Thursday morning during the Winners Circle Educational Program ceremony. Winners Circle encourages students to set academic and citizenship goals. The students attend 12 OPS elementary schools.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Nelson supporting two amendments to financial reform bill

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Omaha, NE – Senator Ben Nelson is backing two amendments to financial reform legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.

Nelson says the financial reform legislation is complex, and he hopes a bipartisan solution is reached soon. One of the two amendments would change how the FDIC assesses banks, resulting in larger, high-risk banks paying more in insurance premiums.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:57 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Finance report projects $12.3 million deficit

Omaha, NE – Omaha's 2010 first quarter financial report projects a budget deficit of $12.3 million.

City Finance Director Pam Spaccarotella released the report Tuesday. She says a continued decline in sales tax receipts and revenue is hurting Omaha's budget. Spaccarotella says that's responsible for about three-fourths of the projected deficit.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:56 am
Sun May 2, 2010

UNO receives $1 million grant for inmate re-entry program

Omaha, NE – A $1 million grant will help the University of Nebraska-Omaha continue an inmate re-entry program.

The program is called the Transformation Project. It just began its second year. Last year, 21 inmates at the Omaha Correctional Center took weekly classes on topics such as education, employment, social interaction, physical and mental health, and housing. Inmates also study the life and teachings of civil rights leader Malcolm X.

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