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Omaha Public Radio News
8:58 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Street restrictions continue following water main break

Omaha, NE – Drivers in Omaha can expect continued restrictions along Dodge Street near the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

One eastbound and one westbound lane are open at 62nd and Dodge Streets following a water main break Friday morning. That break shut off water service to UNO's Milo Bail Student Center for a few hours Friday and caused surface problems with Dodge Street.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:45 am
Mon March 9, 2009

NWS changing one criteria for issuance of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service is changing one of the criteria that determines if a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued.

Right now, one of those warnings is issued if a thunderstorm contains 58 mile-per-hour winds and three-quarter inch diameter hail. Starting April first, the hail criteria will change to one-inch diameter. The decision was made by the National Weather Service based on a multi-year study of hailstorms in Kansas. The NWS' Central Region offices, including Omaha, are making the change.

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Jazz
8:49 am
Sat March 7, 2009

An interview with Rocco John Iacovone

Rocco John Group's Devotion perfectly balances straight and free jazz.

Omaha, Nebraska – One of the most amazing discoveries I have made in the last few years has been Rocco John Iacovone. Saxophonist, bandleader of his self-titled group, educator, and student of jazz masters, Rocco John is a musician deserving much wider recognition.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:37 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms

Omaha, NE – Daylight Savings Time takes effect this Sunday, and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal says the time change is a good opportunity to test your smoke detector.

John Falgione says when you set your clocks ahead one hour, you should also test your smoke detector to make sure it's working properly. He says ideally, smoke alarms should be tested once a month. Falgione says a properly maintained smoke detector will last five to ten years.

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Jazz
8:49 am
Thu March 5, 2009

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival special to air Thursday

Show to present performances of area's finest music students.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:25 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Sarpy County Administrator: deal close on Royals move

Omaha, NE – The Sarpy County Administrator says he's very confident that the Omaha Royals will play there in 2011.

The Sarpy County board and Omaha Royals entered in to a memorandum of understanding in December. That memorandum allowed both sides to negotiate in earnest a deal that would bring the Royals to Sarpy County from their longtime Omaha home.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:36 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Samonella cases linked to alfalfa sprouts

Omaha, NE – An outbreak of salmonella in the Omaha metro area has been linked to alfalfa sprouts.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that the 14-confirmed cases are linked to sprouts grown by CW Sprouts of Omaha. The sprouts are marketed under the name Sun Sprouts and went to restaurants and grocery stores.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:12 am
Mon March 2, 2009

More than 400 plays submitted for Theatre Conference

Omaha, NE – More than 400 plays were submitted for consideration in this year's Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Omaha's Metropolitan Community College hosts the weeklong event. The fourth annual GPTC is May 23rd through the 30th. Creative Director Kevin Lawler says of the 400 submissions, 56 will be chosen and presented at the Conference.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:09 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Recession conditions continue, according to a new report

Omaha, NE – A report on business conditions in nine states continues to indicate a recession.

Creighton University Economics professor Ernie Goss compiles the Monthly Business Conditions Report. February's business conditions index rose slightly to 34.6. That index is an indicator of economic health. A number above 50 shows economic growth. Goss says he doesn't expect much improvement in the coming months.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:17 pm
Sun March 1, 2009

VA to open new clinic in Sarpy County

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska and Western Iowa plans to open a new clinic in Bellevue later this month.

The health care clinic will be located inside the health center at Offutt Air Force Base. VA spokesman Will Ackerman says the new clinic will provide care to 4,000 veterans in the metro area.

Ackerman says the new clinic provides better access to VA health care for Veterans living in Sarpy, Cass and Lancaster Counties.

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