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Omaha Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Longer school year possible due to snow days

Omaha, NE – This week's weather forecast is welcome news to area school districts who've already had to use several snow days.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Omaha Senator calls for return of winner-take-all system

Lincoln, NE – A Nebraska lawmaker wants the state to return to a winner-take-all system.

Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha introduced legislation changing the way Nebraska awards its electoral votes. Right now, only Nebraska and Maine can split their electoral votes. In 2008, the vote tied to Omaha's Second Congressional District went to President Barack Obama.

McCoy says his legislation is an effort to bring Nebraska in line with what 48 other states do. He says the current system puts Nebraska at a political disadvantage.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Blowing and drifting snow causes road closures, extreme caution advised

Omaha, NE – Gusty winds are causing blowing and drifting snow conditions. That's reducing visibility and making roads hazardous. Two accidents were reported this afternoon, one on U.S. 6 and the other on Interstate 80.

Roads that are closed include:

-Nebraska 1, 34, 43, 50, 63, 64, 66, 77, 79, 92, and 109. All other roads are reported as snow and ice covered.

-U.S. 6 is closed in Council Bluffs from Interstate 80 to Iowa 48. Portions of U.S. 20, 30, 34, 59, 71, 169, and 275 are also closed.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:27 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Omaha's snow drop-off site filling up

Omaha, NE – Public Works crews are once again plowing and clearing streets after five inches of snow fell in Omaha Wednesday.

Street Maintenance Engineer Scott McIntyre says blowing and drifting snow is hampering crews' efforts to clear streets. Snow is pushed to the middle lane of major highways and then picked up at night. It's taken to the city-owned property at 11th and Locust streets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:28 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Science Cafe focuses on personalized medicine

Omaha, NE – Personalized medicine is the focus of UNMC's latest Science Caf .

The field of personalized medicine studies how drug therapies can be tailored to meet an individual's needs. It's a move away from a one-size-fits-all approach commonly used to treat people suffering from serious conditions, such as cancer or HIV.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Up to 7 inches of snow, dangerous wind chills expected with new winter storm

Omaha, NE – Another winter storm has moved in to Omaha, bringing about three inches of snow so far.

The metro area remains under a Winter Storm Warning through early Thursday morning, and a snow emergency has been declared in Omaha. Omaha could receive five inches of snow by the time the storm moves out. Western Iowa and northeast Nebraska are forecast to receive about seven inches of snow.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:34 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Plowing, clearing snow costs Omaha $2.5 million so far

Omaha, NE – Omaha is now under a snow emergency, and the costs of cleaning up after two snowstorms are adding up.

Mayor Jim Suttle declared a snow emergency Wednesday morning. That makes the city eligible for state and federal assistance. It also means residents should move their cars off the street until crews are finished plowing. Public Works officials estimate they'll finish clearing residential areas at the end of the week.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Four western Iowa counties declared disaster areas

Omaha, NE – Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison and Crawford counties have been declared disaster areas following last week's winter storm.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver issued the emergency disaster declaration Tuesday. Almost 14 inches of snow fell in eastern Pottawattamie County during the two-day snow storm. Parts of Harrison County received up to 17 inches of snow.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:46 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Red Cross recommends two winter weather survival kits

Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross recommends putting together two winter weather survival kits, one for your car and one for your home.

Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says a car kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered or crank radio, bottled water and snacks. You should also have blankets, a coat, mittens or gloves, and boots in your vehicle in case you're stranded for an extended period of time.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:10 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Plowing, clearing of snow could be finished by Friday

Omaha, NE – It could be the end of this week before Omaha Public Works crews are finished plowing and clearing snow from residential neighborhoods.

Street maintenance superintendent Scott McIntyre says some residential areas need additional work. In others, blowing and drifting snow or cars parked along the street are making snow removal difficult.

McIntyre says the city has a good stockpile of salt. But he says a demand for salt throughout the region could create a shortage. The city can get sand quickly.

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