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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

Photo Courtesy HDR/HOK>>

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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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Hal Daub considering another run for Omaha Mayor

Omaha, NE – Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub could be ready to seek that office again. Daub confirmed Thursday that he's formed an Exploratory Committee, a first step toward another mayoral run.

Daub served two terms as Mayor before Mike Fahey was elected in 2001. During Daub's tenure, Qwest Center Omaha became a reality. He now serves on the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority Board, which manages the Qwest Center.

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Jazz
10:41 am
Wed May 14, 2008

An Interview with Norman Hedman

KIOS Jazz host Chris Cooke with Dawn DeBlaze and Norman Hedman. Photo Credit: Mike Hansen/KIOS.

Veteran percussionist, bandleader, created unique blend of tropical jazz.

Omaha, Nebraska – Norman Hedman, one of the most accomplished percussionists in the world, passed away Monday, September 29th, in New York.

A master congero, bandleader, and sideman, he had been diagnosed with leukemia while rehearsing for a recent tour with the Alicia Keys band.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Election expert doesn't expect Nebraska to vote Democrat in November

Omaha, NE – A local election expert doesn't expect Nebraska to go Democrat in November. Randy Adkins, the Chair of the Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Political Science, says Nebraska has a long history of supporting Republican candidates.

Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic Presidential primary in Nebraska Tuesday, but the vote is largely symbolic. Nebraska Democrats caucused in February and officially selected Obama as the nominee.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Voter turnout for primary election below 20 percent

Omaha, NE – Voter turnout in Douglas County for Tuesday's primary election was lower than anticipated.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says 16 percent of the county's registered voters actually cast ballots in the primary election. Phipps anticipated 20 percent voter turnout. He says while low turnout is typical for a primary election, he's disappointed. Phipps says it seems as though many voters were either disinterested or unaware that an election was going on.

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