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Omaha Public Radio News
12:24 am
Wed December 17, 2008

$2 million raised so far during Tree of Lights Campaign

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights campaign has raised just over two million dollars with one week left.

Salvation Army of Omaha Spokeswoman Susan Eustice says fund-raising so far this campaign is about three percent behind this time last year. There are seven days left in the Tree of Lights Campaign and the goal is $2.8 million.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:50 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Cold weather grips Omaha area

Omaha, NE – The Omaha metro area can expect more bitterly cold temperatures and snow this week.

The National Weather Service says three to five inches of snow are forecast Tuesday. That'll be combined with wind chills reaching 15 degrees below zero.

NWS Valley Meteorologist David Eastlack says when temperatures are that cold, frostbite can set in within 15 minutes. He says it isn't unusual to have a cold snap in December, but the lack of a significant snowfall so far this season is out of the ordinary.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:08 am
Fri December 12, 2008

First Amendment Scholar: schools should allow students to freely express their religious beliefs

Omaha, NE – A First Amendment Scholar says schools need to include religion in teaching if students are going to get a full education.

Charles Haynes spoke Thursday night during a Project Interfaith forum at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Haynes says the "godless public school" belief is a myth. He says schools can allow students to express their religious beliefs and not violate rules separating church and state.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Art and Medicine come together in new exhibition at Bemis Center

One of the works featured in Mark Gilbert's exhibition is that of a young girl named Daisy.
Photo courtesy Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Medical Center patients and doctors are profiled in a new art exhibition opening Friday at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

The exhibition is called "Here I Am and Nowhere Else: Portraits of Care." Artist Mark Gilbert spent more than two years at UNMC as an artist-in-residence. During that time, he built relationships with patients, their families and caregivers, and asked them to sit for portraits. What resulted was a series of paintings and drawings depicting the human side of illness.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:25 am
Tue December 9, 2008

Vaccinations encouraged as Nebraska reports first confirmed flu case

Omaha, NE – Nebraska has its first confirmed case of the flu, and health officials are encouraging anyone who hasn't done so to get a flu shot.

The first confirmed case, announced Tuesday, is in Lancaster County. In Omaha, the Visiting Nurses Association is hosting flu shot clinics this week. Registered Nurse Kris Shipp with the VNA says it takes about two weeks after you get a flu shot for immunity to build up. Shipp says it's not true that you can get the flu from getting a flu shot.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:07 am
Mon December 8, 2008

Another Medicare sign-up event in Omaha this week

Omaha, NE – Another Medicare sign up event is happening this week in Omaha.

The event is scheduled for Saturday. Seniors who want to change their plans or get more information about Medicare options are encouraged to attend the event.

Congressman Lee Terry's office is hosting the sign-up. He says his office receives a lot of phone calls from constituents about Medicare plans and whether changes can be made.

The open enrollment period for Medicare continues through the end of this month.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Remembering the victims of the Von Maur shootings

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Friday that eight people were murdered inside the Von Maur department store in Omaha's Westroads Mall.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday afternoon outside the store's south entrance to remember the victims. Six Von Maur employees and two customers were shot to death by a teenage gunman, who then killed himself.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Senator Nelson: auto bailout must come with conditions

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says any bailout given to the Big 3 auto makers needs to come with conditions.

Senator Nelson was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon. Nelson says if the auto makers want a government loan, they must change the way they do business. He says they need a new business plan that makes them competitive with foreign auto makers. Nelson says Congress could return to session next week to consider an auto bailout plan.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:13 pm
Wed December 3, 2008

Open enrollment period for Medicare plans ends December 31st

Omaha, NE – Seniors enrolled in a Medicare program have until December 31st to change their plan if they want to do so.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:53 am
Wed December 3, 2008

Iowa Business Council report shows downturn in that state's economy

Omaha, NE – Iowa's fourth quarter Business Conditions report shows a downturn in that state's economy.

The Iowa Business Council report was released earlier this week. It uses sales, capital spending and employment indicators to determine the overall health of Iowa's economy. For the fourth quarter, the state's overall economic indicator dropped below 50, which means businesses aren't as confident about the state of the economy.

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