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Omaha Public Radio News
10:58 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Political impact from health care vote more likely to affect 2012 races

Omaha, NE – A political science expert at the University of Nebraska-Omaha believes there won't be much short-term political fallout from the health care reform vote.

Randy Adkins is a Professor of Political Science at UNO. He says incumbents and voters are on the same side of the health care issue, according to recent public polls. Adkins says that's good for Nebraska's three U.S. Representatives, who are all seeking re-election.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Sun March 21, 2010

UNO department awarded grant to establish entrepreneurship course for veterans

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Business Development Center plans to create a new program for veterans and active duty military personnel interested in starting a small business.

NBDC State Director Bob Bernier says the $100,000 grant from the Small Business Administration will be used to establish a course on entrepreneurship. It'll be an online course, so active duty service members deployed in the Middle East or elsewhere can still take the class.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:07 am
Sun March 21, 2010

Nebraska, western Iowa House members vote no on health care bill

Washington, D.C. – Nebraska Republicans are already thinking of ways to undercut the Democrats' health care legislation passed in the House last night.

Republicans have been trying for months to stop the Democrats' health care overhaul and they're not about to give up now.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Douglas County gets $5.7 million grant to fight obesity, encourage healthy eating

Omaha, NE – A $5.7 million grant is coming to Douglas County to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and obesity prevention initiatives.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Wind energy report recommends upgrades to power grid, investments in technology

Omaha, NE – A new report on wind energy development says 300,000 jobs could be created in that industry by 2025.

The Governors' Wind Energy Association released the report, titled "Great Expectations," earlier this week. The coalition of 29 Governors wants a national standard that ensures 25 percent of U.S. power comes from renewable sources by 2025.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:49 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Bemis Center hosts artist Mel Chin

Omaha, NE – Artist Mel Chin will present a lecture at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Friday evening.

Chin's lecture will focus on his current projects, including the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. It's centered on lead contamination clean-up efforts in New Orleans. Holly McAdams, Community Arts Program Manager for the Bemis Center, says Chin's projects are usually politically-charged and environmentally-engaged.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:07 am
Wed March 17, 2010

VA reaches out to women veterans

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa provides care to 167,000 veterans, 11,000 of whom are women.

VA officials are holding a Women Veterans Focus Group March 30th at the Omaha medical center. Spokesman Will Ackerman says they want to know how to best meet the unique needs of that population. He says the VA has always been very focused on the male veteran. But now facilities are being adjusted for more privacy for women veterans.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:54 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Alaadeen: his influences, his music, his career

Omaha, NE – Alaadeen's jazz career spans more than 50 years and includes four albums, the most recent titled "and the beauty of it all." Two songs on that album, "Free Man" and "When Love Has" have a personal connection for Alaadeen. Omaha Public Radio's Chris Cooke recently spoke with Alaadeen about his career, his influences, and why those two tracks have a special meaning for the artist.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:29 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Layoffs possible in Omaha Public Schools district

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools officials say state projections for aid to schools mean layoffs are possible.

Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool updated the district's budget situation during a school board committee meeting Monday. $31 million in state aid to schools was cut last November during a special legislative session. Federal economic stimulus money was used to boost the state aid to Nebraska's schools.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:23 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Empty Bowls project seeks to raise awareness of homelessness

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's Empty Bowls Project happens Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Empty Bowls Project benefits Omaha's Siena/Francis House. Creighton and Duchesne Academy students make the ceramic bowls, which the public can buy.

Project Coordinator Amy Nelson says each bowl costs ten dollars. The Empty Bowls Project happens Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 and Wednesday afternoon from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Lied Education Center for the Arts on the Creighton campus.

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