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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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Omaha Public Radio News
8:42 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Omaha Farmer's Market begins Saturday

Omaha, NE – The 17th annual Omaha Farmer's Market opens this Saturday.

Project Manager Heidi Walz says the market runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Old Market, between 10th and 11th Streets along Jackson. Walz says for the first time this year the Omaha Farmer's Market is closing 11th Street between Jackson and Howard.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:17 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Peter Buffett performs in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Philanthropist, composer and author Peter Buffett will perform at a benefit for the Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts this Friday night at the Joslyn Art Museum.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:57 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Omaha City Council rejects new police contract

Omaha, NE – A new contract for Omaha Police Union members will likely be decided in court.

City council members Tuesday voted down an amendment to the contract they introduced six weeks ago. Councilmen then rejected the police union contract. Before the vote, Police Union president Aaron Hanson said that team wouldn't continue to negotiate unless at least two city council members were present. But Council President Garry Gernandt says the negotiations should be handled by the city's team.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:51 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Creighton names new men's basketball coach

Greg McDermott speaks at a news conference Tuesday morning at Creighton University.
Photo: Katie Knapp Schubert

Omaha, NE – Greg McDermott is the Creighton Bluejays' new men's basketball coach.

McDermott was introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He comes to Creighton from Iowa State, where he was the men's basketball coach for four years. Before that he spent five seasons as the head coach at Northern Iowa.

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Jazz
9:39 am
Tue April 27, 2010

On a Turquoise Cloud: Duke Ellington After The War, 1945-1947

Special highlights Duke Ellington's postwar years.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:27 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Omaha Police officer dies of stomach cancer

Omaha, NE – A five-year veteran of the Omaha Police force has died after a battle with stomach cancer.

A news release from OPD says Officer Kirk Tynes died Monday morning. He was 44 years old. Tynes joined the police department in October 2004. He's survived by his wife, Debra, two sons, and a daughter.

Visitation and Rosary for Officer Tynes are Wednesday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass is Thursday morning at the church.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:18 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Metro Community College working on new Facilities Master Plan

Omaha, NE – Metro Community College hosts two meetings this week to get public input on its facilities master plan.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:25 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Looking to the future of south Omaha

Omaha, NE – After more than a year of planning, the South Omaha Development Project Master Plan is moving forward.

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce officials unveiled the plan earlier this week. Project Coordinator Karen Mavropoulos says six core areas make up the Master Plan: neighborhoods, commercial centers and corridors is the second one, industry and employment, parks and recreation, transportation and mobility, and marketing and tourism.

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