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Omaha Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

As Thanksgiving approaches, an Omaha homeless shelter needs donations

Omaha, NE – As Omaha's Siena/Francis House prepares for Thanksgiving, the homeless shelter is in need of food and toiletries.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:15 am
Sun November 22, 2009

Nelson votes yes, Johanns votes no to begin debate on Senate health care bill

Washington, D.C. – Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson helped move a senate health care reform bill forward, but that doesn't mean he'll support the final version. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Economic recovery coming slowly, according to Wall Street Journal columnist

Omaha, NE – An economics writer for the Wall Street Journal expects the economy will recover, but not as well as it has in the past.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Sen. Nelson: vote to proceed on health care debate could happen this week

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Senate could vote late this week or early next week on a motion to proceed with a health care reform bill.

Senate leaders are expected to release a health care reform bill and budget analysis sometime Wednesday. Senator Ben Nelson says vote on a motion to proceed is just that a vote on whether to begin debate and make changes to the bill. Nelson says there's a lot of confusion and misinformation about what that motion really means.

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The Economy Project
1:07 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Salvation Army of Omaha sets $2.8 million goal for Tree of Lights Campaign

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha says 400 more families signed up for Christmas assistance this year than last.

The Tree of Lights Campaign, with its familiar bell ringers and red kettles, began Friday. The goal of this year's campaign is to raise $2.8 million. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says funds raised during the Tree of Lights Campaign benefit 23 programs.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:34 am
Fri November 13, 2009

Omaha Kroc Center opens today

Image courtesy Salvation Army of Omaha

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Kroc Center is ready for business.

The Salvation Army's $60 million building in South Omaha opened Monday morning. The Center is named for McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and his wife, Joan. Joan Kroc left $1.8 billion to the Salvation Army at the time of her death. Her donation is being used to build Kroc Centers nationwide.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:45 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Omaha looks at other options for sales tax increase

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is looking at other options to get a half-cent sales tax increase before the voters.

The Omaha City Council voted 3-3 Tuesday on a request to put the sales tax increase in the city's 2010 Legislative package. That means it won't be included in the legislation city officials want passed. A half-cent sales tax is one of three options proposed by the Pension Task Force to meet obligations in the city's underfunded pension system. A half-cent tax could generate $45 million a year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Senator Ben Nelson working on abortion provision for health care bill

Washington, D.C. – Senator Ben Nelson is working on changing a Senate health proposal so it does not indirectly fund abortions. Similar language has been attached to a House bill. From Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco has more.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Networking, understanding, dialog the goals of Heartland Latino Leadership Conference

Omaha, NE – Organizers of an upcoming conference hope it strengthens relations between Omaha's Latino and non-Latino communities.

The tenth annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is this Friday. The conference provides networking opportunities to Latino business owners in the Metro area. Workshops, scholarships, and advice on growing a business are all offered at the conference.

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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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