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Omaha Public Radio News
8:20 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Creighton and UNMC doctors reflect on their medical missions to Haiti

Omaha, NE – Doctors from Creighton University Medical Center and UNMC hope to have a long-term presence in Haiti.

It was more than three months ago that a magnitude seven earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people. Doctors from CUMC and UNMC talked about their medical missions to Haiti during the Omaha Press Club's monthly noon forum Thursday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

United Football League brings expansion team to Omaha

Omaha, NE – Omaha is the home of the United Football League's newest team.

UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue announced the team Thursday morning. Omaha's team begins play this September at Rosenblatt Stadium and is the fifth UFL franchise. Huyghue says Omaha met all the criteria UFL officials set when considering expansion, including media market size, commitment to a new league and potential for growth.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Metropolitan Community College warns of fundraising scam

Omaha, NE – A new fundraising scam is targeting Metropolitan Community College.

Assistant Director of Public Safety Mark Sundermeier says two cases have been reported in Douglas and Dodge counties. He says the scam artists claim they're selling magazine subscriptions to pay for a trip overseas or a film making class. Sundermeier says Metro is not involved in any way with the magazine sales.

Sundermeier says anyone who's visited by the scam artists should call police.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:36 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Early voting for May 11th primary underway

Omaha, NE – Early voting is underway for the May 11th primary.

You have until May 5th to request an early voting ballot by mail, and May 10th to vote in-person at the Election Commission office. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says he's surprised by a lack of interest so far in early voting given the races on the ballot. They include the Second Congressional District race and several bond issues in Omaha.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:13 pm
Tue April 13, 2010

Nebraska, three other states tied for fourth in Census participation

Omaha, NE – 72 percent of Nebraskans have returned their 2010 Census forms.

That ranks Nebraska in a tie with three other states for fourth in Census participation, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research issued the report Tuesday.

CPAR Research Coordinator David Drozd says households that don't return their Census forms after Friday will get a visit from a Census taker. He says that process is much more expensive than mailing the Census form.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Thomas Mulligan appointed to Omaha City Council District 7 seat

Omaha, NE – Omaha's newest council member will be seated next week.

Councilmen voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to appoint Thomas Mulligan to the District 7 seat. Mulligan, a Republican, will take over for Chuck Sigerson, who resigned in March for health reasons.

Council President Garry Gernandt said before the vote that choosing a replacement for Sigerson was difficult. 17 people applied and five interviewed.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:48 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Wind energy export bill signed in to law

Omaha, NE – Nebraska ranks sixth nationally for wind energy generating potential, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Governor Heineman signed a wind-energy export bill in to law Monday. Under the new law, the Nebraska Power Review Board can sign off on wind energy operations that would export power from the state.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:53 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Omaha by Design seeking input on community health issues

Omaha, NE – Omaha by Design kicks off Environment Omaha's community health component Tuesday night.

The meeting takes place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Livestock Exchange Building. Mikki Frost of Alegent Health says the meeting offers the community an opportunity to contribute their ideas about how to create a healthier Omaha. The guest speaker for the event is Mark Fenton. He's a recognized authority on public healthy issues and public policy initiatives to encourage more walking and biking.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:29 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Omaha's unemployment rate holds at 5.3% in February

Omaha, NE – New economic indicators show the metro area added more than 17,000 jobs from 2000 to 2009.

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce publishes the monthly economic indicators. The March report reflects February's activity. Omaha's unemployment rate in February held at 5.3%.

Researcher Scott Strain says education and health care continue to be among Omaha's strongest employers. He says more than a billion dollars in capital investments made by the area's health care systems since 2004 has also led to job growth.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:24 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Whiteclay discussion looks at ongoing issues between town, Reservation

Bellevue, NE – A panel discussion at Bellevue University earlier this week focused on the issues surrounding the sale and distribution of alcohol between Whiteclay, Nebraska businesses and residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

"Whiteclay: The Next Generation," featured regional Native American dignitaries, economic development experts and a member of the religious community. Indian activist Frank LaMere says the time to act is now because of serious problem with fetal alcohol syndrome.

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