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2:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Secretary of the Navy Celebrates the Naming of the USS Omaha

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he was in awe of the honor bestowed on the city earlier this week.

On Monday, the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, presided over a ship naming ceremony.  The USS Omaha will be the 4th vessel to be named after the City. 

The craft will be one in a series of littoral combat ships to be commissioned by the U-S Navy.  Mayor Suttle says he’s proud that the city has received such an honor.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue June 26, 2012

UNO Hosts Eureka Program for Young Women

Throughout the month of June, 28 young women have been participating in an educational experience called the Eureka Program.

Angie Hodge directs the program.  She says this is the first year the nationwide program has been offered in Nebraska.  Eureka offers 8th grade girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math. 

In addition to focusing on the STEM fields, Hodge says the program also helps build character, and encourage physical wellness.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Report Finds More Children Raised by Relatives and Family Friends

2.7 million children are in kinship care on any given day in the United States.  

Kinship caregivers are either extended family members or close family friends who take care of kids in their parents’ absence.

Rob Geen, Director of Family Services and Systems Policy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says often these caregivers are taking care of children without much advance notice. He says making their lives ready to be able to care for the kids is a challenge.  

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General News
5:06 am
Fri June 15, 2012

One Iowa at Pride Event in Omaha

Pride Month celebrates the LGBT community and the progress the community has made towards full equality.  Omaha is the site of the Heartland Pride event on June 30th.  

Staff and volunteers from One Iowa will have a booth at the event.  Communications Director Molly Tafoya says the group will share information and talk with attendees about the impact the organization has had on equality issues.  She says one of the things that makes Iowa so unique is their leadership in the movement for LGBT equality in the Midwest.

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General News
2:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Welcome Home Veterans Event

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa is combining its annual Veteran’s Welcome Home Event with its Veterans Freedom Music Festival on June 23rd.  Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the VA united the two events for two reasons. 

He says the celebration offers the community a day to come out and honor the state’s veterans who have served and sacrificed for their freedoms.  Additionally, Ackerman says the event gives the state’s veterans a chance to learn about their benefits.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Three recipients recognized with Omaha Community Excellence Awards

The City of Omaha recently honored the Empowerment Network, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association and neighborhood advocate Jeannie Dickes with Community Excellence Awards.

Mayor Suttle says the awards recognize the hard work these recipients have done in helping to improve the quality of life in Omaha’s older neighborhoods.  He says over the past several years, the number of neighborhood associations and the projects they are taking on has grown substantially. 

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General News
1:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Fund for Omaha Announces Grant Recipients

More than half the grants awarded by Fund for Omaha will fund programs, with the rest funding capacity building and operational expenses.

Fund for Omaha awarded over $170,000 in grants to 18 local nonprofits this month.  The NorthStar Foundation received a $7,000 capacity building grant.  

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General News
2:05 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

NRC Holds Open House to Discuss Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant
Courtesy of OPPD

The community was invited to attend an Open House with The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this afternoon in Omaha. 

The NRC held the event to address community members one on one about their concerns regarding the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. OPPD operates the nuclear plant, which was shut down in April last year because of flooding along the Missouri River. 

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General News
5:06 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Child Welfare in Nebraska the Subject of May's Press Club

The May Press Club featured Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell, Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.

The two talked about the changes the legislature has made dealing with the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children in Nebraska.  Senator Campbell guided the legislation through the Unicameral. Rooker is an advocate on child welfare issues.  She says nationally there are three main things the child welfare system strives to do.

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General News
2:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lawsuit Filed to Protect the Rights of Nebraska Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Nebraska Appleseed and the National Health Law Program filed a class action lawsuit last Friday in Lancaster County District Court over services provided to disabled children. 

James Goddard, a staff attorney for Nebraska Appleseed, says the suit was filed on behalf of two children who were denied necessary behavioral health treatment.  

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