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Omaha Public Radio News
9:47 am
Tue May 13, 2008

Terry, Esch to battle again for Second Congressional District seat

Omaha, NE – It's official: Nebraska's Second Congressional District race will be between incumbent Lee Terry and Democrat Jim Esch. Both candidates won their respective primaries Tuesday night.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:54 am
Mon May 12, 2008

Omaha plans to build 20 miles of bicycle trails

Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to add 20 miles of bicycle routes throughout the city over the next 12 months.

Mayor Mike Fahey announced Monday that Activate Omaha and Bikable Communities secured $600,000 for 20 miles of bicycle routes. The goal is to link downtown with bike trails and give bicyclists a safe place to ride.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:51 am
Mon May 12, 2008

Swimming pools under construction at Qwest Center

Omaha, NE – Construction is underway on the first of two swimming pools that'll be used for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha. The Trials are June 29th through July Sixth.

Monday morning, crews began welding the foundation and the vinyl lining for the warm-up pool. It'll take approximately seven days to complete the first pool. Then, construction will begin on the second the ten-lane competition pool. It'll be built inside the Qwest Center Omaha arena and take up the first nine rows of seats.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:46 am
Mon May 12, 2008

More foreclosure prevention workshops held in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Omaha's GO HOPE Coalition continues to offer free counseling to homeowners facing foreclosure.

The Coalition held its third foreclosure prevention workshop Saturday at the Omaha Public Library Washington Branch. GO HOPE stands for Greater Omaha Home Ownership Preservation Efforts. It's made up of lenders, social service agencies, and government entities. The goal is to provide free housing counseling and assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

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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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