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Omaha Public Radio News
2:53 am
Tue March 18, 2008

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel discusses immigration, Iraq war during Creighton lecture

Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel says securing America's borders won't solve illegal immigration problems. Hagel discussed illegal immigration, and several other issues, during a speech Monday night at Creighton University.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:37 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Recall Fahey Committee to start circulating petitions next week

Photo courtesy City of Omaha

Omaha, NE – A committee seeking the recall of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey plans to start distributing petitions next Monday. The Recall Fahey Committee announced the March 24th petition circulation during a news conference over the weekend. Once the petitions are distributed, the Committee will have 30 days to collect more than 21,000 signatures.

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Jazz
1:11 pm
Sat March 15, 2008

An Interview with Craig Pilo

Los Angeles drummer releases astounding debut effort "Just Play".

Omaha, Nebraska – A surprising debut recording from an up and coming drummer reached my desk in late 2007. Craig Pilo has released a new disc entitled Just Play, featuring his considerable talents on drums with an outstanding band of fellow musicians.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Downtown ballpark plan picks up business group's support

Drawing of downtown ballpark
Courtesy HDR/HOK

Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is backing Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and the Stadium Oversight Committee's recommendation to build a new ballpark. In a statement released Friday, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says:

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:14 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Legislature to begin debating final budget legislation

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature is preparing to debate budget bills next week. On Monday, lawmakers will deal with four budget bills. The legislature's Appropriations Committee forwarded final budget recommendations to the full Unicameral earlier this week.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Lavon Heidemann says the budget recommendations include a reduction in the amount of state aid schools will receive. It also warns against using money from the state's nearly $500 million cash reserve to balance the budget.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Joslyn Art Museum's sculpture garden to open next spring

Photo courtesy HDR/Joslyn Art Museum

Omaha, NE – Construction on the second phase of the Joslyn Art Museum sculpture garden is underway. On Monday, workers began laying the foundation for water sculptures.

The sculpture garden will feature granite pathways, two flowing water features, outdoor art galleries, and a variety of sculptures from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Joslyn Art Museum Director J. Brooks Joyner says the garden will also be pedestrian friendly, with green space.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:45 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Nebraska Legislature narrowly gives first-round approval to gun legislation

Omaha, NE – Nebraska lawmakers narrowly approved legislation Wednesday that makes changes to state gun laws. The bill is sponsored by Senator Brad Ashford of Omaha. A key component of the legislation repeals a 1991 law that requires gun buyers to secure a permit before purchasing a firearm. Instead, instant background checks would be done at the time of the purchase. Ashford says he supported the 1991 law but promised to push for its repeal if technology allowed for background checks to be done when a buyer goes to make a firearm purchase.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:53 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Consul General of Japan at Chicago visits Omaha

Omaha, NE – The Consul General of Japan in Chicago visited Omaha Wednesday, and he says the alliance between his home country and the United States has reached a new pinnacle.

Kenji Shinoda spoke to business and international students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He says it's important that the friendship between the U.S. and Japan shouldn't be taken for granted because that partnership is important to handling issues such as terrorism, economic development in Asia and climate change.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:41 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Governor signs disclosure law

Omaha, NE – A new state law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to disclose additional information about child abuse or neglect cases in certain situations. LB 782 was sponsored by Senator Gwen Howard, who says she's pleased with the law.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:11 am
Tue March 11, 2008

January unemployment numbers released

Omaha, NE – The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with January's unemployment figures. In both states, the unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 4.9 percent.

Nebraska's unemployment rate is 2.9 percent and Iowa's is 3.6 percent, according to the BLS figures. In both states, those rates are nearly identical as in January 2007.

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