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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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Omaha Public Radio News
10:33 am
Fri August 7, 2009

130 Omaha city employees facing layoffs

Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to lay off 130 employees, delay a Police recruit class and suspend the Department's helicopter operation to save money.

Last week, city officials announced that the 2009 budget deficit has grown to $12 million. Mayor Jim Suttle says that's forced him to make additional cuts. The 130 employees being laid off are 45 full-time and 85 part-time civilian employees. They'll be laid off immediately, and city officials estimate that'll save $750,000 to $1 million.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:50 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

One Salvation Army cooling center to reopen Friday

Omaha, NE – One of the Salvation Army of Omaha's cooling centers reopens Friday.

A news release from the Omaha chapter says the North headquarters, at 2424 Pratt Street, opens at 11 AM Friday. It'll be open until 6PM Friday and Saturday, as well as noon to 6PM on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s to 100 degrees Friday through the weekend. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued a Heat Alert earlier this week.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC – Iowa and Nebraska senators voted Thursday along party lines on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. From Capitol News Connection, Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:06 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Benson West Elementary students receive new playground

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Benson West Elementary students will return to class August 17th to a new playground.

Benson West was chosen by the organization KaBoom for a new playground. KaBoom receives applications from schools throughout the country and selects 200 to 220 each year for a new playground. This is the second KaBoom playground built in Omaha. The first was built last year at Jackson Elementary.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

2010 budget would eliminate Director of Human Rights and Relations

Omaha, NE – The 2010 proposed Omaha city budget calls for the elimination of the Director of Human Rights and Relations.

The budget plan would roll Human Rights and Relations in to the Human Resources Department, which would manage both. A total of four Human Rights and Relations positions could be cut, according to budget documents. Human Rights and Relations handles discrimination complaints, contract compliance and enforcement. Last year, the Department handled 125 cases.

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Jazz
2:08 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival 55

Live webcast this weekend over npr.org/music

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Jazz
8:32 am
Wed August 5, 2009

George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival 55

Live webcast this weekend over npr.org/music

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Science Cafe focuses on genetics, environment and health

Omaha, NE – The role of genetics versus environment in determining a person's health is the focus of UNMC's next Science Caf .

The event is Tuesday evening at the Slowdown in Omaha. This topic of this month's Science Caf is "Modifying Our Genetic Blueprint: Nature versus Nutrition." Dr. Bruce Buehler is the presenter. He says many people don't understand the role environmental factors play in prolonging the onset of diseases such as cancer.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:35 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Midwest economy shows signs of improvement, according to a new report

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's latest Business Conditions report shows signs the economy is improving.

Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report. It shows the overall business conditions index rose to 51.7 in July. That's the first time since last August the index has been above 50. A number above 50 indicates economic growth, while a number below 50 indicates an economic slowdown.

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