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Omaha Public Radio News
9:54 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Douglas County Health Department adds a third flu shot clinic this week

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department plans to hold a third swine flu vaccination clinic this week.

The Health Department says another clinic is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Civic Auditorium. As with the clinics Tuesday and Thursday, only people at high risk of catching the swine or H1N1 flu can be vaccinated at the clinic. That includes:

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:38 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Health care reform passes U.S. House; Terry votes no

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry was one of 215 lawmakers who voted against a health care reform bill Saturday in the U.S. House.

The House advanced a health care reform measure on a 220-215 vote. The $1.2 trillion bill would extend coverage to nearly all Americans. It would also bar insurance companies from refusing to cover people based on pre-existing conditions.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Smart personal finance, budget management focus of upcoming workshops

Omaha, NE – Workshops on personal finance, credit, homebuying and identity theft are being offered during Money Smart Nebraska Week.

The financial education seminars will be held Monday through Saturday at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The goal is to educate the UNO community and public about issues surrounding personal finance and budgeting.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:56 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Congress looking in to swine flu vaccine delay

Washington, D.C. – Omaha launched its swine flu vaccination program Thursday with the Douglas County Health Department's first clinic. More than four thousand people lined up for one of the vaccines. Congress is now looking in to what caused a nationwide shortage that postponed Douglas County's clinics for weeks. From Capitol News Connection, Megan Hughes reports.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:16 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Iowa Board of Pharmacy considering whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal use

Council Bluffs, Iowa – The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is taking public comment about whether or not marijuana should be legalized for medical use.

The board held the last of four public hearings Wednesday in Council Bluffs. 13 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Susan Frey, Vice Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy, says the board must decide if marijuana should be moved to a different controlled substance schedule and, if so, what the implications would be.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:12 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Council Bluffs gets I-JOBS money for public works project

Council Bluffs, IA – Construction is set to begin next spring on Council Bluffs' new public works operations facility.

Council Bluffs officials and Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge announced the project Wednesday. Its total cost is $7 million. Half of the funding comes from the state's $830 million I-JOBS program. Council Bluffs matched the other half of the funding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:40 am
Thu November 5, 2009

No Nebraska, Iowa Guardsmen among the dead or wounded at Ft. Hood, Texas

Omaha, NE – 70 Nebraska Army National Guardsmen stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas are safe following a mass shooting there Thursday afternoon.

Associated Press reports say the shootings began about 1:30 PM in a personnel and medical processing center at the base. Twelve people are reported dead and more than 30 injured.

A spokesman for the Nebraska Army National Guard says members of the Lincoln-based 313th Medical Company are currently training at Ft. Hood for deployment to Iraq. All 70 soldiers are safe.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:46 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Tom Hanafan re-elected Mayor of Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, Iowa – Council Bluffs' longtime Mayor will get another four years in office.

Tom Hanafan was re-elected Tuesday in a city election that had 12 percent voter turnout. Hanafan received 80 percent of the vote in the Mayoral contest. He was first elected Mayor in 1988.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Sen. Cornett: I won't consider tax increases during special session

Omaha, NE – State Senator Abbie Cornett says she won't consider any legislation introduced during the special session that calls for a tax increase.

The Unicameral returns to session Wednesday. Last week, Nebraska's economic forecasting board reported a $335 million shortfall in the biennial budget. Governor Dave Heineman wants specific reductions and across-the-board cuts. His budget reduction plans include canceling a state aid increase to schools in the 2010-2011 budget year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Governor unveils $336 million budget reduction plan

Lincoln, NE – Governor Dave Heineman hopes budget cuts in four areas will help the state find $336 million in savings.

Heineman unveiled his budget reduction plan Monday afternoon. It includes agency savings, transfers from other accounts, specific reductions and across-the-board cuts. Among the Governor's cost-saving measures are a cancellation of a state aid increase to schools in the 2010-2011 budget year. Heineman says that'll give schools plenty of time to prepare for cuts and adjustments.

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