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Omaha Public Radio News
8:58 am
Fri July 25, 2008

National Veterans Wheelchair Games underway

Omaha, NE – More than 500 athletes are in Omaha for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The Games began Friday and continue through Tuesday at Qwest Center Omaha, UNO, Northwest High School and other locations. Disabled military veterans from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Great Britain are competing in 17 events, including basketball, swimming, softball, and track.

Events also include a Kids Day, where disabled children in Omaha will be mentored by the athletes and participate in events of their own.

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Jazz
2:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2008

An Interview with Connie Evingson

Jazz vocalist performed at Jazz on the Green Thursday.

Omaha, Nebraska – An evening of Hot Club music as interpreted by Connie Evingson can soothe the eardrums.

That was the case Thursday night when Evingson performed at Joslyn's Jazz on the Green series with the Clearwater Hot Club.

The night was nothing less than a miracle. For once, thunderstorms did not arrive to postpone or force a change of plans for the music.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:08 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Project Vote Smart bus tour rolls in to Omaha

Omaha, NE – An organization called Project Vote Smart is traveling the country to teach voters how to be better informed.

Project Vote Smart's web site, www.votesmart.org, contains information about 40,000 lawmakers. Voters can find a lawmaker's voting record, campaign finance records, issue positions, statements, and biography. Both state and federal lawmakers are included in Project Vote Smart's information.

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Jazz
11:42 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Jazz in June Festival

Eight part series continues Thursday night on KIOS.

Omaha, Nebraska – 2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Jazz in June Festival. The festival in Norman, Oklahoma is a highlight of the annual festival scene in the midwest. For the past few years, over 50,000 jazz fans have converged in Norman to enjoy the festival.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:42 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Omaha names new Police and Fire Chiefs

Omaha, NE – Omaha has new Police and Fire Chiefs.

Eric Buske and Mike McDonnell were introduced Wednesday at the new Police and Fire Chiefs. Both had served as Interim Chiefs since the beginning of the year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:09 am
Wed July 23, 2008

First of five learning community forums focuses on taxes, test scores

Omaha, NE – Taxes, test scores and drop out rates were all big topics at the first of five public forums about the learning community.

The public forum was held Tuesday night at Omaha South high school. The learning community became law last year and will be implemented in 2010.

Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Mackiel says the goal is to give all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, the same access to educational opportunities.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:10 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Jackson Elementary students get new playground

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Jackson Elementary school students have a new playground.

Last week, more than 200 volunteers built the school's play area in one day. Several organizations contributed financially to the playground project. Jackson Elementary students cut the ribbon Monday morning that officially opened the playground to the community.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 am
Fri July 18, 2008

Von Maur shooting survivor continues to recover and returns to work

Omaha, NE – Seven months after eight people were killed and four injured in a mass shooting inside the Von Maur store at Omaha's Westroads Mall, one of the survivors has returned to work there.

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Election 2008
2:41 am
Fri July 18, 2008

Project Vote Smart plans a visit to Omaha

Omaha, NE – Project Vote Smart is bringing its Voter Self-Defense System bus tour to Omaha next week.

The non-partisan organization runs a web site that houses voting records, campaign finance information, speeches, and issue positions of lawmakers and candidates, both state and federal.

Tony Boehm of Project Vote Smart says the bus tour is designed to educate voters about the group's resources. The Project's tour bus is equipped with a small theatre and a computer lab for voters to research candidates and lawmakers.

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Jazz
11:56 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Jazz in June Festival

Eight part series continues Thursday night on KIOS.

Omaha, Nebraska – 2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Jazz in June Festival. The festival in Norman, Oklahoma is a highlight of the annual festival scene in the midwest. For the past few years, over 50,000 jazz fans have converged in Norman to enjoy the festival.

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