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Omaha Public Radio News
9:41 am
Tue August 18, 2009

New report shows unemployment remains steady, housing market growing

Omaha, NE – Omaha's newest economic indicators show growth in the metro area housing market.

The Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership compiles the monthly economic indicators. July's report reflects unemployment and housing conditions for June. According to the report, home sales grew in June in the metro for the seventh month in a row.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Second Congressional District race gains another candidate

Omaha, NE – Another candidate has entered the Second Congressional District race.

Republican Matt Sakalosky hopes to challenge six-term incumbent Lee Terry in next year's primary. Sakalosky is an Omaha native and owns a health care consulting firm. He says health care reform, spending, and taxes are the major issues his campaign will focus on. Sakalosky says he hopes for "healthy debate" with Terry. Terry was re-elected last November and plans to run again in 2010.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:13 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Entertainment tax vote scheduled for Tuesday

Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a two-percent entertainment tax.

Mayor Jim Suttle introduced that tax proposal last month, saying it'll generate $10 million during the 2010 fiscal year. The 2010 budget is projected to have an $11 million deficit. Since the introduction of the entertainment tax, eight amendments have been filed. Those amendments would lower the tax to one percent or raise it to as much as five percent. Fitness centers and nonprofit organizations would also be exempt.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:11 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Omaha Postmaster EvaJon Sperling dies

Omaha, NE – Omaha Postmaster EvaJon Sperling has died at the age of 70.

A news release from the Omaha office says Sperling died unexpectedly Thursday. She was named Postmaster of Omaha in 1995. Her postal career began in 1972 in Flint, Michigan. She also worked for the Postal Service in Denver and in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Sperling graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2001. Before joining the Postal Service, she served in the Marine Corps for three years, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

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Jazz
2:57 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Woodstock 40th Anniversary Special

Program on historic festival airs Sunday August 16th on KIOS.

Join us for a 2-hour radio documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival hosted by Fred Migliore. Migliore is joined by legendary New York radio personality, Pete Pete Fornatale, who's new book "Back To The Garden" provides incredible insight to this show.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Deputy Police Chief Alex Hayes Omaha's new Acting Police Chief

Acting Chief Alex Hayes
Photo courtesy Omaha Police Department

Omaha, NE – Alex Hayes is the new Acting Chief of the Omaha Police Department.

Hayes, a Deputy Chief, is a 23 year veteran of the police force. Earlier this year, he was named Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. He also previously served as Lieutenant of the Department's homicide and narcotics divisions.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:48 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Open House Tuesday for Saddlebrook facility

Omaha, NE – Tuesday night, the public gets its first look at a unique elementary school opening in northwest Omaha. Saddlebrook Elementary is partnering with Omaha Public Library and the city's Parks and Recreation department to create a joint facility the whole community can use. And, the new building features so-called "green construction" techniques that will help the environment, while reducing costs. Martin Wells has more.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:59 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Mayor Jim Suttle's staff taking eight furlough days

Omaha, NE – All members of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle's staff will take eight furlough days between September and December.

A news release from the Mayor's office says the staff voluntarily agreed to the furlough days, which begin September eighth. The City's Finance Department estimates that'll save $30,000 this fiscal year.

In addition, new Finance Director Pam Spaccarotella will take a $40,000 pay cut. That'll bring her salary to $140,000 a year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

New Bellevue University Program Helps Unemployed Students Stay in School

Omaha, NE – A new Bellevue University program seeks to help students who've lost their jobs stay in school.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:51 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Public hearing on Omaha city budget Tuesday night

Omaha, NE – A public hearing is set for tomorrow night to give the public a chance to weigh in on Omaha's 2010 budget.

City officials project an $11 million deficit in the 2010 city budget. The current fiscal year budget has a $12 million shortfall. Last week, Mayor Jim Suttle announced 130 city employees will be laid off immediately to save money. A police recruit class scheduled for November is moving to January.

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