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Omaha Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Senator Nelson talks health care, Sotomayor confirmation

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says a vote on health care legislation should happen after the August recess.

Senator Nelson says health care legislation is too important to push through Congress quickly. His comments come as key lawmakers working on the health care bill say a deal is close.

Nelson says he wants to hear what President Obama supports before voting on legislation. But Nelson says health care has to be addressed because costs are estimated to rise nine percent next year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:21 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Terry promotes alternative health care plan

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman is introducing a health care plan he says would cost significantly less than what's under discussion by the U.S. House.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:09 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Senator Johanns to vote against Judge Sotomayor's confirmation

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator plans to vote against the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senator Mike Johanns issued a statement Monday saying he has concerns about Judge Sotomayor's impartiality and stance on the Second Amendment. Johanns says his decision is based on Sotomayor's record and judicial philosophy.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:36 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Budget round tables coming next week

Omaha, NE – Omahans wanting to weigh in on the 2010 city budget have three chances to do so next week.

Mayor Jim Suttle's office is hosting three budget round tables, next Tuesday through Thursday. Each round table features a presentation of the 2010 budget proposal. The public has a chance to discuss the budget and ask questions of city department heads.

The round table schedule is:

Tuesday, July 28: Elkhorn Common Ground, 1701 Veterans Drive

Wednesday, July 29: Benson High School Library, 5120 Maple St

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:21 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

VA seeks to help homeless veterans find places to live

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa hopes to help 35 Omaha veterans find permanent places to live.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Mutual of Omaha celebrates 100 years

Omaha, NE – Mutual of Omaha is celebrating its 100th birthday with two days of community events.

Wild About Omaha weekend begins Friday. Events include free admission to the Henry Doorly Zoo and to an Omaha Royals game with a voucher.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Critical shortage of food at Salvation Army food pantry

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha and Omaha Fire Department are teaming up to fill the organization's food pantry.

The Salvation Army says since June first, 726 families have received food assistance. That's up 27 percent since last year. The Omaha chapter's food pantry faces a critical shortage of food. Omaha Fire Department Captain Jim Gentile says donations are being accepted at all fire stations.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Entertainment tax, property tax increase in 2010 budget proposal

Omaha, NE – Omaha faces an $11 million budget shortfall next fiscal year.

Mayor Jim Suttle presented the proposed 2010 budget to the City Council Tuesday. The $457 million total budget represents a less than one percent increase over the current fiscal year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

RAGBRAI underway

Council Bluffs, IA – The 37th RAGBRAI is underway.

More than 10,000 bicyclists left Council Bluffs Sunday morning. They spent Sunday evening in Red Oak before continuing on to Greenfield.

RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz says Council Bluffs was chosen as host city for several reasons, including the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This was the fourth time Council Bluffs hosted RAGBRAI.

The 442 mile bike ride ends Saturday in Burlington, Iowa.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

OPS school offers counseling following the death of Michael Belitz

Omaha, NE – Counselors will be available Friday at an Omaha elementary school for students to talk about the death of Michael Belitz.

The body of 12-year-old Belitz was found earlier this week in his north Omaha home. His mother, Angela Manns, is charged with first degree murder in connection with Belitz's death. She's being held without bail.

Belitz attended Minne Lusa Elementary School in Omaha. OPS officials says counselors and psychologists will be available at that school Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

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