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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 am
Fri May 30, 2008

Business magazine ranks Omaha as a top ten city to live and work

Omaha, NE – Omaha ranks third on a business magazine's list of the top ten places in the U.S. to live, work, and play.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance created the top ten list based on factors such as economic development, cost of living, and quality of life.

Mark Wojno is Senior Associate Editor of Kiplinger's magazine. Wojno says Omaha's philanthropy and population growth make the city stand out. He says Omaha has a strong cultural scene, a good job market, and affordable housing costs.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 am
Thu May 29, 2008

Iowa tornado survivors receive help from Omahans

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army in Omaha and the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter are assisting Parkersburg, Iowa tornado survivors.

Heartland Chapter CEO Tina Price says five of that group's volunteers are in Parkersburg, serving meals, coordinating relief efforts and performing other tasks. Those five are part of a crew of more than 75 American Red Cross volunteers sent to Parkersburg.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Competition pool for Swim Trials halfway finished

Omaha, NE – Gone is the hardwood basketball floor the Creighton Bluejays play on during the fall and winter Qwest Center Omaha has been transformed, temporarily, into the home of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

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Jazz
2:55 pm
Fri May 23, 2008

Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival - Celebrating 50 Years

Special to document festival's rich history

Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS celebrates 50 Years of the Monterey Jazz Festival with a one hour documentary Thursday May 29th.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:45 am
Wed May 21, 2008

New Culinary Arts building coming to Metro Community College

Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College plans to break ground Thursday on the Institute for Culinary Arts and Alumni Conference Center.

The 39,000 square foot facility costs $16 million. Sheila O'Connor, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Metro Community College, says it'll house culinary arts classrooms, labs, and a public bistro.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 am
Wed May 21, 2008

First of two swimming pools inside Qwest Center Omaha almost complete

Omaha, NE – Work is nearly complete on the first of two swimming pools being built inside Qwest Center Omaha.

The swimming pools are for the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational and the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. Construction began last Monday on the warm-up pool, which is inside Halls B and C of the Convention Center. Omaha Sports Commission Chairman Harley Schrager says that swimming pool is about two days away from completion.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:26 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Educare breaks ground on South Omaha facility

Omaha, NE – Educare is preparing to begin construction on its second site in Omaha. Educare of Omaha-South will provide child care and education for 200 low-income children.

Omaha is one of only six cities nationwide with an Educare facility. Educare focuses on the total development of a child, including social, cognitive, physical, and intellectual. The goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing at-risk students for kindergarten.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:23 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Omaha City Council approves demolition of Pinnacle property

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Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved one of the first steps in the possible building of a downtown stadium for the College World Series.

Tuesday, City Councilmen signed off on a plan to demolish the Pinnacle Foods site in downtown Omaha. The Stadium Oversight Committee's ballpark proposal calls for tearing down the Pinnacle plant and using the site for parking. It'll cost $3.4 million to demolish the building.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:03 am
Mon May 19, 2008

West Nile surveillance efforts begin

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department has begun its West Nile Virus surveillance.

Reid Steinkraus of the Health Department says dead bird collection began Monday. The birds are tested for West Nile, which is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. Testing will happen until three dead birds test positive for the virus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:53 pm
Sun May 18, 2008

Omaha celebrates the life of Malcolm X

Omaha, NE – Monday would have been the 83rd birthday of civil rights leader Malcolm X.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925 in Omaha. He was 39 years old when he was assassinated in 1965 during a speech in New York City. Saturday, Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation hosted a celebration of his life.

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