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Omaha Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Praise, sharp criticism for police union contract

Omaha, NE – Omaha's tentative contract with the Police Officers Association drew both praise and sharp criticism at Tuesday's city council meeting.

A public hearing on the tentative agreement lasted more than two hours. City council members could vote on the contract next week. It changes the way base pay is calculated for new and future officers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:59 am
Mon August 9, 2010

Public hearing Tuesday on 2011 Omaha budget

Omaha, NE – A public hearing on Omaha's 2011 budget is tomorrow evening.

Mayor Suttle's 2011 budget proposal has a $34 million dollar deficit. To fill the budget gap, Suttle wants a nine-percent increase in the property tax, a $23 dollar wheel tax increase, and a four-percent restaurant tax. Those proposals were questioned during four recent public forums on the budget.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:03 am
Mon August 9, 2010

Excessive Heat Warning continues through Thursday evening

Omaha, NE – The National Weather service says heat is the number one weather-related cause of death in the United States.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Nebraska, Iowa get USDA funding for small business loans

Omaha, NE – More than $30 million dollars in economic stimulus money is coming to Nebraska and Iowa for small business loans.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

House to vote on education, Medicaid funding bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House lawmakers from Nebraska and Iowa are returning to Washington next week in the middle of their summer recess to deal with the economy. Democratic leaders want them to ratify Senate action on preventing teacher layoffs and beefing up state budgets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Some Sarpy County voters to decide in November on local sales tax

Omaha, NE – Sarpy County officials say more than $11 million in upgrades are needed to the 911 system there.

Voters who live outside the city limits of Bellevue, Papillion, LaVista, and Gretna, and Springfield voters, will vote on a one-point-five percent sales tax in November. That sales tax, if approved, would generate up to three million dollars a year to upgrade the 911 system.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Unicameral leader says sales tax increase measure for Omaha unlikely to happen

Omaha, NE – The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature says communities probably won't get sales tax increase proposals approved during the coming session.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says a proposed four percent restaurant tax, if approved, would end if the Unicameral allows the city to put a sales tax increase before voters. Omaha's sales tax is currently seven percent: five-and-a-half percent state, and one-point-five percent local.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:29 am
Wed August 4, 2010

inCOMMON hopes to open community center next spring

Omaha, NE – Omaha's inCOMMON Community Development hopes to have a community center in Midtown open next spring.

inCOMMON has started what Executive Director Christian Gray calls a "social capital campaign." The organization plans to open a community center in the Park Avenue neighborhood.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Fresh fruit and vegetables sought for food bank

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Farmers Market wants the extra vegetables from residents' gardens.

This Saturday and Sunday, the Farmers Market is conducting a food drive for Together Inc. Bins will be set up both days for donations of fresh produce.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Science Cafe to focus on preterm births

Omaha, NE – Preventing and reducing the number of preterm births is the focus of this month's Science Cafe.

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