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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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Omaha Public Radio News
1:07 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Creighton economic report forecasts a continuing recession

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's monthly business report shows the Midwest is in a recession.

Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report on business conditions in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Goss' report shows the overall Business Conditions Index for January was 33.5. While that's better than December's figure, Goss says that indicates a recession. The Index measures the overall health of the economy. A number higher than 50 indicates economic growth.

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Jazz
1:30 pm
Sat January 31, 2009

Last Call celebrates 13th Anniversary Saturday night

Program to feature 1960s Avant-Garde Blue Note recordings.

Omaha, Nebraska – Saturday Night's Last Call will present a musical celebration of the Avant Garde, focusing primarily on recordings from Blue Note Records.

Program host Chris Cooke said the show will also note its 13th Anniversary this evening. The program debuted on KIOS in 1996.

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Jazz
12:30 pm
Sat January 31, 2009

Last Call celebrates 13th Anniversary Saturday night

Program to feature 1960s Avant-Garde Blue Note recordings.

Omaha, Nebraska – Saturday Night's Last Call will present a musical celebration of the Avant Garde, focusing primarily on recordings from Blue Note Records.

Program host Chris Cooke said the show will also note its 13th Anniversary this evening. The program debuted on KIOS in 1996.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:38 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Council Bluffs officials outline a wish list of projects

Council Bluffs, IA – Council Bluffs officials hope an economic stimulus plan means $68 million in new projects will move forward.

City officials outlined those projects Tuesday during Iowa Governor Chet Culver's visit. The five projects were chosen from a list of 55 possible ones in ten function areas. They are:

-Improvements to Playland Park

-Utility improvements and road construction in the Southpoint Business Park

-A sanitary sewer project in the Little Pony Creek area

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Iowa Governor wants approval for $700 million in projects

Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Chet Culver wants that state to borrow $700 million for infrastructure projects statewide.

Governor Culver's comments came during a visit Tuesday to Council Bluffs. He says the $700 million would be used for both flood rebuilding projects and other critical needs statewide such as roads and bridges. Culver says all parts of Iowa would benefit from the stimulus package.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:10 am
Tue January 27, 2009

State of the City focuses on infrastructure, economy, public safety

Photo courtesy City of Omaha

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey says the city has improved public safety and had seven balanced budgets during his tenure.

Fahey gave his final State of the City address Tuesday. In the address, Fahey talked about improvements to roads, parks, and neighborhoods; the city's crime rate since 2001; and what he hopes to accomplish during his final months in office.

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