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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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Omaha Public Radio News
7:26 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Central High School celebrates its 150th anniversary

Omaha, NE – A variety of events are planned this weekend to celebrate Central High School's 150th anniversary.

The festivities mark the culmination of a successful three-year fundraising campaign. Central High School Alumni Barry Combs works with the group's History Association. Combs says the funds have been used to light the exterior of the school, to create scholarships for deserving students, and to help preserve the school's history. He says one of the biggest projects is scanning the school's more than 80,000 newspapers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Omaha budget forums underway

Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials want public input to be part of the 2011 budget process.

Mayor Jim Suttle says part of that process is hearing from the public about their priorities. A series of budget forums are underway, and the public is asked to rate their priorities for public safety, public works and parks.

Suttle says the budget situation for 2011 looks dire because sales tax revenue is flat. Also, the city anticipates there'll be a drop in property values, which translates to a decline in the tax revenue.

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Jazz
2:04 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Remembering Luigi Waites

Omaha jazz legend is dead at 82.

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Omaha, Nebraska – He was known by his first name?Luigi. Luigi Waites, mentor, jazz drummer and vibraphonist, and decades long presence on the Omaha jazz scene, died last week. He was 82.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Five candidates interview for District 7 seat on Omaha City Council

Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilmen vote next Tuesday on a new District Seven representative.

Five candidates interviewed Tuesday morning for that seat. It was vacated when Chuck Sigerson resigned March first, citing health issues. 16 people applied for the opening, collected signatures and submitted their qualifications. A committee narrowed down the applicant pool to five finalists.

The District 7 finalists are:

-Stephen Kraft, a Douglas County Public Defender

-Gary Kudym, an insurance agent

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:49 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Islamic Center launches public awareness campaign

Omaha, NE – The Islamic Center of Omaha recently launched a public awareness campaign.

Spokesperson Fa'iz Rab says the ad campaign started in late February. It features billboards on 33rd and Leavenworth Streets and 143rd and Industrial Highway. Rab says a poll conducted in March 2006 by ABC News found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans think the religion of Islam is prone to violent extremism. But the same number admitted they didn't have a basic understanding of Islam.

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The Economy Project
3:29 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

SBA Warns of Loan Scams Targeting Small Business Owners

Omaha, NE – The Small Business Administration is warning Nebraska and Iowa businesses about several new loan scams.

SBA Inspector General Peg Gustafson says a variety of scams are circulating. One involves a business owner receiving a phone call saying they can't get a loan if they don't do business with a particular firm.

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