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Omaha Public Radio News
7:28 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Snow moves out, below zero wind chills move in to metro

Omaha, NE – A major winter storm that pounded Omaha with heavy snow and strong winds has moved out, but the National Weather Service says wind chill values as low as -25 are expected to move in.

The wind chill in Omaha was -15 at 6 AM. Wind chill values were as low as -25 in areas north and west of the city.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today due to blowing snow and dangerously cold wind chills.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:01 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Significant winter storm impacting Omaha, Lincoln

Omaha, NE – Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall in Omaha and Lincoln through Wednesday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning continues for the metro area through Wednesday afternoon, with a Blizzard Watch in effect Tuesday evening. Winds of 20 to 40 miles an hour will accompany the storm, creating blowing and drifting snow. NWS Valley meteorologist Kathy Zapotocny says forecast models predict the heaviest snow will fall in Omaha, Lincoln and points southward.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:56 am
Thu December 3, 2009

American Red Cross launches unique holiday giving program

Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter is participating in a unique holiday gift-giving program.

It's called Gifts that Save the Day. This is how it works: by going to the Red Cross' online gift catalog, you can purchase items such as vaccinations for children, phone cards for military service men and women, or disaster relief kits. Your purchase is a donation to the Red Cross, who then provides the items.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:50 am
Thu December 3, 2009

Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch begins its 21st year

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha's Winter Night Watch program has begun its 21st year.

Winter Night Watch provides hot meals, winter clothing and blankets to Omaha's homeless and near homeless. Last year more than 16,000 meals were served, and thousands of winter items were distributed. The Salvation Army patrols Omaha's streets every night between December first and the end of February to provide the meals and warm clothing.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:54 am
Tue December 1, 2009

New OPS student assignment plan opens up all schools to all students

Omaha, NE – Starting next fall, students in the Omaha Public Schools will have more options for where they want to attend class.

OPS recently approved a new student assignment plan. Modeled after the District's high school plan, it opens up all elementary, middle and magnet schools to all students. Spokeswoman Luanne Nelson says a key part of the new plan is priority. Students who contribute to the socioeconomic diversity of a school will receive first priority.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:33 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel speaks in Omaha

Omaha, NE – A former U.S. Ambassador to Israel says a sense of urgency is needed to bring peace to the Middle East.

Martin Indyk served as Ambassador from 1995-97 and 2000-01. During a lecture last week at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Indyk talked about the lessons the Obama administration can learn from the Clinton administration's handling of the Mideast peace process. He says the president needs to know how the U.S. can best use its influence in the region.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Thu November 26, 2009

Holiday cards, letters wanted for American Red Cross program

Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter is participating in a program that gives Christmas cards and letters to service members, veterans, and their families.

The program is called Holiday Mail for Heroes. Last year the American Red Cross distributed one million cards and letters to service members in the U.S. and overseas. 31,000 of those cards were submitted locally.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

1,400 people sign up for Thanksgiving assistance from Salvation Army

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha says requests for assistance from all of the organization's holiday programs are up.

One of those is Turkey Fest. 1,400 low-income metro area residents will receive Thanksgiving meals prepared and delivered by volunteers. Last year volunteers delivered meals to more 1,200 people.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Nebraska GOP Chairman criticizes Nelson's vote on health care bill debate

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Republican Party Chairman Mark Fahleson is critical of Senator Ben Nelson's vote in favor of debate on health care reform legislation.

Nelson, a Democrat, was one of 60 votes Saturday night in favor of moving forward with debate. The 60-39 vote was along party lines, with Senator Mike Johanns voting no.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

As Thanksgiving approaches, an Omaha homeless shelter needs donations

Omaha, NE – As Omaha's Siena/Francis House prepares for Thanksgiving, the homeless shelter is in need of food and toiletries.

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