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Omaha Public Radio News
8:49 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Nebraska lawmakers applaud call for bipartisanship, fiscal responsibility in State of the Union address

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and Congressman Lee Terry are applauding President Barack Obama's call for fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:23 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Creighton medical team returns home from Haiti

Omaha, NE – A nine member medical team from Creighton University Medical Center is home after spending a week treating victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:45 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

Nebraska lawmakers hope for economic, health care discussions in State of the Union address

Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama gives his first State of the Union address tonight and Nebraska lawmakers from both parties want to hear the president address the same issues. Capitol News Connection's Peter Granitz reports from Washington.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Report examines voter behavior and student participation in electoral process

Omaha, NE – Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Assistant Director for Research and Outreach of the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies at UNO (OLLAS), recently released a report detailing the results of Project Animate. This service project, funded by the office of the Nebraska Secretary of State, took place in South Omaha, from the winter of 2007, leading up to the 2008 General Election.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:46 am
Tue January 26, 2010

Douglas County man dies of complications from swine flu

Omaha, NE – A Douglas County man in his 30s has died of complications from the swine or H1N1 flu.

The Douglas County Health Department says the man had been hospitalized since November. He had multiple underlying health conditions and died earlier this month.

The Health Department is offering free walk-in clinics for anyone wanting to be vaccinated against the swine flu. Those clinics are held every day except Sunday. More information is available at www.douglascountyhealth.com.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Chuck Hagel: health care reform 'probably dead' unless lawmakers can compromise

Omaha, NE – A former U.S. Senator from Nebraska believes the House and Senate's health care reform bills are "probably dead."

Chuck Hagel spoke Monday in Omaha before an event to benefit PTSD treatment services for military veterans. Hagel left office in 2008 after representing Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He's now a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and chairman of the Atlantic Council.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Health Department, VNA open five swine flu vaccination clinics

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department is working with the Visiting Nurse Association to offer the community free H1N1 vaccinations. Five clinics are now open at different times throughout the week where people can walk in and get their free H1N1 vaccination.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

UNMC medical team going to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Members of a 12-member medical team going to Haiti speak during a news conference Friday at UNMC.
Photo courtesy UNMC

Omaha, NE – A team of 12 surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists from the UNMC system are going to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

UNMC officials held a news conference Friday about the medical mission. The team includes two trauma surgeons and an orthopedic trauma surgeon. They'll be performing surgery and providing care at hospitals in Haiti's capital city for the next one to two weeks.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Fetal and infant mortality rates decline in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – A new report shows the fetal and infant mortality rate in Douglas County is on the decline. But it's still well above the national average.

The Douglas County Health Department released the report Wednesday. It shows the fetal and infant mortality rate was 8.2 between 2005 and 2008. The rate is calculated based on number of deaths per 1,000 births plus fetal deaths. While the Douglas County rate is an improvement, it's well above the national rate of 5.7.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:58 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Sen. Nelson: Results of Massachusetts election 'no surprise'

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says the results of a special election in Massachusetts show people are fed up with partisanship in Washington.

Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the seat vacated when Senator Edward Kennedy died. Brown's election means Democrats no longer hold a 60 vote majority in the Senate.

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