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Omaha Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Creighton enrollment tops 7,300

Omaha, NE – More than 7,300 students are enrolled at Creighton University this fall.

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Chase says this fall's enrollment is 7,350. That's 300 more students than last year. Creighton has its largest freshman class in history 1,054 students.

Chase says a growing student population poses challenges, especially in course offerings. But she says it's a challenge the school likes to have.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

211 call volume up 30 to 50 percent this year

Omaha, NE – Calls to the United Way's 211 line are up as much as 50 percent this year compared to 2008.

The 211 line serves as a resource for referrals and information about utility assistance, food pantries, mortgage or rent assistance and other basic services. United Way of the Midlands spokeswoman Kathy O'Hara says call volume increased 30 percent in August compared to the same time last year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:06 am
Mon September 14, 2009

USDA forecasts record corn harvest for Nebraska

Omaha, NE – Nebraska farmers could harvest the largest corn crop on record this fall.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast a corn harvest of 1.55 billion bushels. If that forecast holds, it'll surpass the record harvest of 2007.

Nebraska Corn Board Executive Director Don Hutchens says the USDA forecast is good news for the state's corn producers. He says it shows Nebraska farmers can do more with less land, fuel, and water.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:05 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Robert Krist named new District 10 State Senator

Omaha, NE – A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Army Corps of Engineers pilot is the new State Senator for District 10.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson responds to health care speech

Washington, D.C. – If President Obama wants to pass his health care bill, he'll need the votes of Democratic senators like Nebraska's Ben Nelson. But after hearing the president's speech Wednesday night, Nelson said he's still not convinced. From Capitol News Connection, Eric Niiler reports.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:17 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Three candidates for Nebraska's Second Congressional District seat

Omaha, NE – With 14 months until the 2010 election, Nebraska's Second Congressional District race already has three candidates.

Wednesday, State Senator Tom White declared his candidacy for the Congressional seat that includes most of the Omaha metro area. Republican Matt Sakalosky is running for the Second District seat. So is the incumbent, Congressman Lee Terry. Terry was first elected to the Second Congressional District in 1998. He was re-elected last November in a close race with Democrat Jim Esch.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Additional property tax increase possible in 2010 budget

Omaha, NE – Omaha's 2010 budget includes $1 million for the purchase of new police cars, but no two and a half day furlough as Council members requested.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Omaha Public Library extends community challenge two weeks

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Library has extended the community challenge two weeks.

The community challenge was issued in late August in response to budget cuts. The library's 2009 budget was cut three times. Officials planned to close branches, eliminate programs and reduce hours in response.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:27 am
Wed September 9, 2009

State Senator Tom White enters 2010 Congressional race

Omaha, NE – State Senator Tom White is officially running for the Second Congressional District.

White announced his candidacy Wednesday morning at the Omaha Press Club. He was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006, serving on the Business and Labor, Revenue, Rules, and Urban Affairs Committees. In July, White announced the formation of an exploratory committee a first step toward a 2010 run.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

UNO enrollment 15,380 this fall

Omaha, NE – More than 15,000 students are enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Omaha this fall.

Numbers released by UNO show total student enrollment is 15,380, a 2.6 percent increase over fall 2008. That figure includes 3,400 new freshmen and transfer students.

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