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Omaha Public Radio News
7:34 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Omaha NAACP seeks to increase membership

Omaha, NE – The Omaha branch of the NAACP is celebrating the national organization's 100th birthday.

The NAACP was founded February 12, 1909. Last Thursday, leaders of the Omaha chapter gathered at their 24th Street headquarters to celebrate the milestone. There are more than 300,000 members of the NAACP, according to the organization's web site.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:43 am
Thu February 12, 2009

Nebraska lawmakers' perspectives vary on stimulus plan

Omaha, NE – Nebraska lawmakers are weighing in on the $790 billion economic stimulus proposal.

Second District Congressman Lee Terry says he's skeptical that the bill will create jobs. He says it's likely to cause inflation and economic harm in the long run. The Omaha Republican says the stimulus package overturns the Welfare to Work program and alters health care policies, but does very little in terms of job creation.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:30 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Creighton focuses on affordability, efficiency, strategic planning

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's President says the school must remain affordable in spite of tough economic times.

Father John Schlegel delivered the Founders Week Convocation address Tuesday. He says higher education has been hit hard by investment losses and volatility in debt markets. He says reduced availability of loans and job losses mean families and students are struggling to afford a college education. Creighton plans to raise tuition 3.5% next year, and add $2.4 million in financial aid resources.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:54 pm
Mon February 9, 2009

New elementary school could be built in southeast Omaha

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools officials are considering building a new elementary school in the southeast part of the city.

A proposal was presented Monday to an OPS Committee that calls for building the new school along South 42nd Street. The district owns land from T to Y Streets and an early childhood center is currently on that property.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:52 am
Mon February 9, 2009

New postage stamps honor President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln, NE – The U.S. Postal Service is out with four new stamps commemorating the life of President Abraham Lincoln.

The four stamps were unveiled Monday during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln. The stamps depict Lincoln's life in four phases: as a railsplitter, a lawyer, a peacemaker, and at the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Dave Baylor, Stamp Services Manager at the Postal Headquarters in Washington, D.C., says it's fitting to unveil the stamps with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth approaching.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:44 am
Mon February 9, 2009

UNO opening new center for Israel and Jewish Studies

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha is opening a new center dedicated to Israel and Jewish studies.

The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies opens July first. New classes will be offered on subjects including the Israel-Palestinian conflict and foreign policy. A lecture series will also begin this fall.

Guy Matalon, a professor of Judaic Studies in UNO's Department of Philosophy and Religion, says the Center is important given recent conflicts and a new administration.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:00 am
Fri February 6, 2009

Omaha neighborhoods join to form Alcohol Impact Coalition

Omaha, NE – A group of neighborhood associations in Omaha have joined to form the Alcohol Impact Coalition.

Margie Magnuson is Chairwoman of the Coalition. She says their goals include educating the public about alcohol-related issues and density concerns in communities. They want the public to know what effects liquor establishments can have on neighborhoods.

Magnuson says the Alcohol Impact Coalition is a grassroots effort, although they are working with Creighton, UNO and UNMC.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:32 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Johanns: economic stimulus plan might not create jobs

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator has doubts that the $920 billion economic stimulus bill will actually stimulate the economy.

During his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Johanns expressed concerns about the stimulus package. The U.S. Senate is currently debating the stimulus plan. Johanns says many of the items in the stimulus are better suited for a budget plan.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:30 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Nebraska Congressman questions whether DTV delay necessary

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry questions whether Congress needed to delay the transition to digital television until June 12.

The U.S. House voted Wednesday to delay the DTV transition four months. That means consumers have more time to prepare for the transition.

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Jazz
1:27 pm
Wed February 4, 2009

Jump For Joy-Duke Ellington's Celebratory Musical

Documetary airs Thursday night at 8:00pm

Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS celebrates Black History Month with a Duke Ellington documentary Thursday, Jump For Joy-Duke Ellington's Celebratory Musical.

Jump For Joy was an all-black musical revue featuring up- and- coming African American performers like Dorothy Dandridge and Big Joe Turner who spoke, sang, danced, and joked in rebellion against traditional representations of blacks in movies and musical theater.

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