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Omaha Public Radio News
10:17 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Council Bluffs, Red Oak prepare for RAGBRAI

Council Bluffs, IA – Red Oak, Iowa is preparing to host RAGBRAI for the fourth time.

The 37th Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins Sunday in Council Bluffs. The riders' first stop is Red Oak, where up to 30,000 visitors are expected. Red Oak RAGBRAI Publicity Chairman Melanie West says it's a challenge for a town of 6,500 to prepare for that many people.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:12 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Utility assistance available to families in need

Omaha, NE – Metro area families needing help paying utility bills may be able to receive assistance.

A partnership between the Omaha Public Power District and American Red Cross provided $265,000 in assistance last year to 1,014 metro area families. This year's energy assistance program began June 29.

The elderly, people with serious medical conditions and families experiencing a financial crisis are given priority. One-time assistance of up to $300 is available.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Visitation and funeral services set for former Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt

Bellevue, NE – Visitation and funeral services are set for former Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt.

Babbitt died Wednesday evening. He was 70 years old. His visitation is Friday from 3 to 8 PM at the Bellevue Funeral Chapel. That's located at 2202 Hancock Street in Olde Towne Bellevue. Babbitt's funeral is 10:30 AM Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 104 Galvin Road North in Bellevue. The public is welcome to attend both services.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:31 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Douglas County Election Commission seeks new location

Omaha, NE – Voters in Douglas County could register and cast ballots at a different location next year.

Douglas County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a request to move the Election Commission headquarters to 9744 Mockingbird Drive in Omaha. The current location is at 115th and Dodge Streets.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the current location has parking and space issues. He says during the 2008 general election, voters had to park six blocks away and wait in line up to four hours to vote.

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Jazz
1:36 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

An Interview with Bobby Watson

Saxophonist kicked off 2009 Jazz on the Green Concert Series.

Omaha, Nebraska – Bobby Watson and his quartet opened the 25th Annual Jazz on the Green concert series Thursday night at Joslyn Art Museum. The performance was a spirited one, spearheaded by Watson, an accomplished saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. The veteran saxophonist performed at Jazz on the Green in 2002 and 2005.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:52 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

Drivers licenses to be issued by mail under new security measures

Omaha, NE – Changes are coming to Nebraska's system of issuing drivers licenses.

Starting July 20th, drivers will no longer receive their license at the DMV the day they renew it. Instead, they'll walk out with a temporary license. The permanent license will be mailed to drivers within five to seven days.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:24 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Remembering Ed Babbitt

Bellevue, NE – Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt has died.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:51 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Iowa awards $11,400 to Council Bluffs arts camp for kids

Council Bluffs, IA – The Bluffs Arts Council plans to expand its staff thanks to a grant from the state of Iowa.

The $11,400 grant will allow the Council to hire additional staff and a Project Director for the Black Squirrel Arts Academy. That's a week-long camp held every summer for seven-to-12 year olds.

Bluffs Arts Council Executive Director Laural Ronk says the camp goes beyond a basic arts education. For example, she says one session focuses on Iowa's architecture.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:08 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Senator Tom White considering run for Second Congressional District

Omaha, NE – State Senator Tom White could be running for Congress in 2010.

White set up a Congressional Exploratory Committee Monday. That's the first step toward a possible run for the Second Congressional District next year. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Human Capital Lab to research effectiveness of workforce development programs

Omaha, NE – Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab is beginning a three-year study of the effectiveness of workforce development programs.

The Omaha Workforce Funding Collaborative approached BU about the study. It could lead to changes that better serve the unemployed and underemployed. The Human Capital Lab's study will provide concrete data about the impact of current programs.

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