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2:30 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

Jazz and Jack Kerouac

Program explores legendary writer's connection to jazz.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:13 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

West Nile Virus surveillance begins

Omaha, NE – West Nile Virus surveillance is underway in Douglas County and throughout Nebraska.

The Department of Health and Human Services began surveillance June first. Douglas County's mosquito trapping began Wednesday. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Many people who contract the virus don't have any symptoms but some can become seriously ill or die.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:08 am
Wed June 3, 2009

All Play Miracle League forms in Omaha

Jordan Hill at bat
Photos courtesy Martin Wells

Omaha, NE – Children in the Omaha area who used to have to sit on the sidelines and watch baseball games, now have a league of their own. The mission of the All Play Miracle League is to give kids a chance to play ball regardless of their ability. Martin Wells reports.

Slideshow: Jordan Hill and the All Play Miracle League in Action

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:17 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Bellevue, La Vista Mayors react to Sarpy ballpark site selection

Papillion, NE – Bellevue and La Vista's Mayors are weighing in on Sarpy County's decision to locate the Omaha Royals' new home in Papillion.

Sarpy County Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to build a stadium at 120th Street and Highway 370. That site beat out the Kennedy Town Center in Bellevue and Southport West in La Vista. Cost, potential for growth, aesthetics, parking, and traffic were all factors in the decision.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Red Cross urges training during CPR and AED Awareness Week

Omaha, NE – This week is CPR and AED Awareness Week.

The American Red Cross says 94 percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die before getting to a hospital. The Red Cross estimates that thousands of lives could be saved if individuals received CPR and AED training.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Papillion site chosen for Omaha Royals stadium

Papillion, NE – The Omaha Royals' new home will be in Papillion.

Sarpy County Commissioners voted Monday 3-2 to build a stadium at a site along 120th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion. The site was chosen from three finalists. The other two were in Bellevue and Papillion.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:03 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Statewide smoking ban takes effect Monday

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's statewide smoking ban becomes law Monday.

The law bans smoking in nearly all public places, including workplaces. Cigar bars are exempt from the legislation. It was passed in 2008.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:33 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Liberty Belle takes flight over Omaha

Exterior view of Liberty Belle
Photo by Chris Cooke

Omaha, NE – A restored B-17 bomber will take to the sky over Omaha Saturday.

The plane, called Liberty Belle, is owned by the Georgia-based Liberty Foundation. Liberty Belle flew in to Omaha on Memorial Day. The aircraft was built in 1945 and retired from service in 1967. It was heavily damaged in a tornado in 1979. In 1990, the Liberty Foundation bought the B-17 and spent 13 years restoring it.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Nebraska Governor signs lethal injection bill in to law

Lincoln, NE – Lethal injection will soon be the sole means of execution in Nebraska.

Thursday, Governor Dave Heineman signed in to law a bill that implements lethal injection as the method of execution for death row inmates. The bill came about following a 2008 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that execution via electrocution was cruel and unusual punishment.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says there will be safeguards in place to ensure that lethal injection is carried out properly.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

More cuts coming to Omaha's 2009 budget

Photo courtesy City of Omaha

Omaha, NE – A wage freeze and delaying a police recruit class are among Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's recommendations to close a budget gap.

At a news conference Thursday, Fahey announced that the 2009 city budget now has a $14 million total shortfall. Six million dollars in cuts were made to the budget last December. Since then, sales tax revenues have come in short of expectations for four out of the five months of 2009.

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