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Omaha Public Radio News
2:45 am
Fri May 9, 2008

Douglas County prepares for primary election

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Election Commissioner's office predicts 20 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says four years ago, primary election turnout was just over 13 percent. It was 23 percent two years ago during the gubernatorial primary. He says early voting has been slow in Douglas County as well.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 am
Thu May 8, 2008

May is Bicycle Safety Month

Omaha, NE – Iowa is Bicycle Safety Month and that state's Department of Transportation is encouraging more people to ride their bicycles to work.

The Department of Transportation is promoting the benefits of riding your bicycle instead of driving to work. Milly Ortiz, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, says riding your bicycle to work benefits your health and the environment. She says it's also a smart choice given the rising gas prices.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:48 am
Thu May 8, 2008

Republicans in Congress propose housing legislation

Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry is among the House Republicans introducing legislation to help the housing market.

Terry's legislation would provide a one-time tax credit, up to $10,000, to homebuyers. The goal is to encourage home buying and spur economic growth. Terry says too many jobs rely on the housing market and too many people are afraid to buy homes given the current economy.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:46 am
Wed May 7, 2008

Indicators show growth in Omaha area economy

Omaha, NE – Newly released economic indicators show job growth in the Omaha metro area remains strong despite national troubles.

The Greater Omaha Indicators are published by the Greater Omaha Economic Development partnership. The Indicators measure job growth, housing permits, and the unemployment rate. April's report shows Omaha's unemployment rate is holding at three point four percent.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 am
Wed May 7, 2008

Nebraska ranked as second most affordable vacation spot

Omaha, NE – Nebraska tourism officials don't expect high gas prices to deter travelers from vacationing in the Cornhusker State this summer.

A new report by AAA ranks Nebraska as the second most affordable vacation spot in the United States, behind North Dakota. Sarah Baker, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism, says tourists are better able to handle higher gas prices when they visit an affordable vacation spot.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:38 am
Tue May 6, 2008

Health Department says no more active TB at Omaha homeless shelter

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department says there's no reason to be concerned about a recent outbreak of tuberculosis cases. The latest involves a homeless man, who was diagnosed while staying at the Open Door Mission.

Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says that man is hospitalized. A staff member at Open Door Mission tested positive for TB based on a skin test. But Dr. Pour says that person has latent TB and isn't infectious. She says in people with latent TB, the germ is dormant.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:25 am
Tue May 6, 2008

NCAA approves Memorandum of Understanding

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Omaha, NE – A Memorandum of Understanding between CWS of Omaha, Inc. and the NCAA now has approval from both sides.

The College World Series Stadium Oversight Committee announced Tuesday that NCAA President Myles Brand has signed off on the Memorandum of Understanding. CWS of Omaha and the NCAA reached an agreement last week. Under the terms of that agreement, the College World Series would remain in Omaha for the next 25 years.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:13 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Another tuberculosis case in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – Douglas County is reporting another case of tuberculosis, this time at one of the city's homeless shelters.

The Douglas County Health Department says a man who was staying at the Open Door Mission is recovering from TB. Health Department officials plan to test clients and staff Monday and Tuesday.

Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through the air. It's treatable with the right medication. Symptoms include fever, night sweats, weight loss, and weakness.

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Jazz
12:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2008

Gamble & Huff: Love Is The Message

Special airs Sunday night on KIOS

Omaha, Nebraska – Two of the foremost contributors to Popular and R & B music during the last 40 years will be honored on a special program to air this weekend on KIOS-FM.

Gamble & Huff: Love Is The Message: The Story of Philadelphia International Records will air Sunday evening on Omaha Public Radio.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:55 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Historic Council Bluffs building gets new owner

Council Bluffs, IA – A federal building in Council Bluffs that's housed the U.S. Postal Service for more than 100 years has a new owner.

The federal building opened in 1883 as the home of the U.S. Postal Service and Customs House. In 1959, the original building was torn down and replaced with a more modern federal building. The Post Office remains at that site. The building was auctioned off Wednesday for $1.3 million.

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