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2:37 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Nebraska organ donation program says more African-American donors are needed

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Organ Recovery says Black History Month is about more than celebrating the achievements of African-American leaders.

Stephanie Lochmiller, spokeswoman for Nebraska Organ Recovery, says it's also a good time to spread the word about the need for African-American organ donors. Right now African-Americans comprise almost 30% of the transplant waiting list nationally. But only 12% of organ donors are of African-American descent.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Nebraska looks to encourage conservation, energy efficiency projects

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Energy Office's new statewide energy plan includes incentives for conservation projects and support for domestic sources of energy.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:07 pm
Tue February 23, 2010

Missing Council Bluffs girl, suspect spotted in south central Illinois

Council Bluffs, IA – A missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl was spotted Monday night in south central Illinois.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were spotted late Monday in Sorento, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis. An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon following Lee's disappearance. It named 19-year-old Steven Hecker of Council Bluffs as the suspect. Sheriff Danker says Hecker has family in south central Illinois.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:06 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Accountable Care Alliance formed to lower health care costs, improve patient health

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Medical Center and Methodist Health System have formed what's called an Accountable Care Alliance.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:46 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Amber Alert for missing 14-year-old canceled

Janakaye Marie Lee, 14
Photo courtesy Iowa State Patrol

Council Bluffs, IA – The Iowa State Patrol has canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Pottawattamie County authorities say Janakaye Marie Lee's case is now an active missing persons investigation. Lee was last seen Monday morning in Council Bluffs. She is white, 5'9", 130 pounds with black-brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white hoodie, gold top with black straps, blue jeans, and brown boots.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:09 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Second Congressional District race: White, Sakalosky, Terry

Omaha, NE – The race for Nebraska's Second Congressional District seat has three candidates.

Incumbent Republican Lee Terry announced his re-election bid Sunday afternoon. Terry was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He narrowly defeated Jim Esch in the 2008 general election.

One of Terry's two opponents is State Senator Tom White of Omaha, a Democrat. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006. He serves on the Business and Labor, Revenue, and Urban Affairs Committees.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Rep. Terry to announce re-election campaign

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman wants another term.

Lee Terry is set to announce his re-election bid Sunday in Omaha. Terry, a Republican, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He serves on the energy and commerce committee. Terry narrowly won re-election to a sixth term last November.

Two candidates have already filed to challenge Terry in the May 11 primary. One is Democrat Tom White, a State Senator from Omaha. The other is Omaha businessman Matt Sakalosky, a Republican.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:55 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Kids Count report addresses issues concerning maternal health, children of immigrants

Omaha, NE – Voice for Children recently released its Kids Count Report for 2009. Kids Count is a national and state by state effort. In Nebraska, the report is used to track child well-being and to assess how children are doing from year to year, in areas such as education, health and nutrition.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:56 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Health report shows some STD rates on the decline in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – A new report shows rates of two sexually transmitted diseases are on the decline in Douglas County.

The State of Public Health report was released Wednesday. Chlamydia rates in Douglas County are down 8.9 percent from their peak level in 2004. Gonorrhea cases have declined 23 percent. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says that's promising at a time when the number of STD cases is up nationwide. But Douglas County's STD rates remain above the state and national average.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Budget, pensions, green jobs major topics of Omaha Mayor's first State of the City speech

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the city's financial challenges will continue in to the next fiscal year.

Suttle delivered his first State of the City address Tuesday morning. Omaha has an $11 million budget deficit this year and a pension plan that's underfunded by more than $500 million. Suttle used his first State of the City message to announce several initiatives and agreements, including:

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