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Omaha Public Radio News
2:44 am
Wed June 11, 2008

New contract, new stadium for College World Series

Rendering of downtown ballpark
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Omaha, NE – As Omaha prepares for this weekend's College World Series, the city is also moving forward with the event's new home.

The Omaha City Council Tuesday approved on a 6-1 vote the construction and management agreements for a new ballpark. Increases in the car rental free and hotel tax were also agreed to. City Councilman Garry Gernandt voted against the ballpark items.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:42 am
Wed June 11, 2008

Southwest Omaha damage a result of two tornadoes

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says not one but two tornadoes struck parts of southwest Omaha early Sunday morning.

The first tornado was the stronger one. It touched down at 2:10 AM near the area of 232nd Street and West Angus Road, one mile west of Gretna, according to the National Weather Service. That tornado traveled an 11-mile path in to Millard, where it downed trees, knocked out power, and damaged homes and businesses. The first tornado was an EF2, with winds as high as 135 miles per hour.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:27 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Local agencies resources stretched due to storms

Omaha, NE – Relief agencies are finding their resources stretched due to the response to so many tornadoes.

The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter and Salvation Army of Omaha both have volunteers in Parkersburg, Iowa, along with Ceresco and Kearney. Now, both groups are responding to neighborhoods in Millard and southwest Omaha where an EF2 tornado struck Sunday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 am
Tue June 10, 2008

National Weather Service continuing damage assessment

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service has no plans to re-evaluate its guidelines for issuing a tornado warning following Sunday's storms.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Meyer says Sunday's tornado is an instance where even they were surprised by the storm. He says the radar showed a small line of storms with a bow echo on the front end. That usually indicates strong winds, but doesn't necessarily associate it with a tornado.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:48 am
Sun June 8, 2008

National Weather Service confirms a tornado hit parts of Omaha

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado hit Omaha early Sunday morning.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:32 am
Sun June 8, 2008

Phone numbers for reporting damage, power outages

Omaha, NE – Omaha metro area residents who lost power during the severe thunderstorms early Sunday morning should call 1-800-554-OPPD to report power outages.

Also, the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency says as of today, residents still needing to report storm damage should call 211.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:56 am
Fri June 6, 2008

Douglas County Health Department shares summer safety tips

Omaha, NE – Warm late spring weather means more people are outside working and playing. The Douglas County Health Department has tips to make that outside work and play safe.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:11 am
Thu June 5, 2008

More severe weather possible

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says another round of severe thunderstorms is headed toward the Omaha metro area Thursday night.

The Omaha metro area was hit with hail, heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday night. The tornadic thunderstorms affected southwest Iowa and areas near Lancaster County.

The NWS says Omaha is under a high risk of severe weather today, with large hail, damaging winds and strong tornadoes possible. Severe thunderstorms could also bring more heavy rain to areas already flooded.

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Jazz
7:25 am
Wed June 4, 2008

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
3:23 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Senator Nelson talks climate change, Obama wins

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he has serious concerns about climate change legislation currently being debated by the U.S. Senate.

The climate change legislation would require a cap on greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2012. But Senator Nelson says he's concerned about the bill's economic impact on Nebraska, and if the emission cap deadlines set forth in the legislation can even be met.

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