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General News
3:28 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Lunch for the Girls 2012 Features First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama at Girls, Inc. Luncheon
Courtesy of Cheril Lee

First Lady Michelle Obama gave the keynote address at the Lunch for the Girls this afternoon, telling young women to work hard and surround themselves with positive people.

Mrs. Obama thanked the parents, Girls, Inc. staff, volunteers and community for their support of the girls. The First Lady says girls being strong, smart and bold isn’t just about getting good grades, but also about being a good friend, taking care of your body by getting active and eating right, and giving back to the community.

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Omaha
12:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Omaha Mayor says sales tax increase won't be on the November ballot

A half-cent increase in Omaha’s sales tax could generate $45 million for the city.

Nebraska lawmakers last week overrode Governor Dave Heineman’s veto of legislation allowing cities to raise their sales tax rate. Doing so would require supermajority approval from both the city council and voters.

Omaha’s current sales tax rate is 7 percent, with 1.5 percent of it local. Mayor Jim Suttle says there are no plans to put the sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot.

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Omaha
2:08 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Lewis and Clark Trust seeking to expand National Trail, education, and outreach

Lewis and Clark Trust Inc. board member Jim Mallory speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing the Trust.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

A foundation seeking to expand the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail will have its headquarters in Omaha.

National Park Service officials on Thursday announced the formation of the Lewis and Clark Trust. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s two-year expedition from Illinois to Washington is documented along what is now the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

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General News
5:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Durham Museum presents a lecture on the tragic voyage of the SS St. Louis

Herbert Karliner, Philip Freud, Hans Fisher and Sol Messinger will present a special lecture at the Durham Museum on Friday morning at 10:30.

The four men are survivors of the tragic 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis.  After trying to dock in several countries, including the U.S., the ship was forced to return to Europe.  

Many passengers subsequently found themselves under Nazi rule, and many died as a result. The majority of the passengers that were granted refuge in Great Britain survived the ordeal.  Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing for the Durham.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day is Thursday

Courtesy of Creighton University

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday, Creighton University in collaboration with the Omaha Jewish Community, will present the original docudrama, “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The docudrama is about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. 900 Jewish men, women and children were adrift at sea for 30 days and were denied entrance into the U.S.  

The passengers were told the United States had reached its immigrant quota, so they were sent back to Germany and other European countries, many of them occupied by Germany.  

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Weather
7:54 am
Mon April 16, 2012

No deaths, serious injuries reported after EF2 tornado hits Thurman, Iowa

Cleanup is underway in southwest Iowa after a tornado left a half-mile-wide damage path in Thurman.

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the tornado touched down two miles north of Percival, Iowa, and continued in to Thurman just after 5:30 PM Saturday.  The tornado left a ten-mile long path of damage before lifting just south of Tabor. 

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Weather
2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Storms bring heavy rain, hail, strong wind in Omaha metro area

Nebraska recorded its first-ever February tornado this year.
courtesy NWS North Platte

The National Weather Service says more than three inches of rain fell in areas of Sarpy County as severe storms moved through Saturday and Sunday.

A tornado caused significant damage in Thurman, Iowa. No one was killed or seriously injured. Hail up to three inches in diameter was reported in Boone County, Nebraska.

Heavy rain also fell throughout the area. In western Sarpy County, more than three and a half inches of rain was reported. That caused flash flooding along I-80 in low-lying areas.

 

 

 

Omaha
11:08 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Requests for food assistance from Salvation Army up 36 percent

The Just Can It food drive is April 16-20.
image courtesy Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Omaha says the need for assistance from their food pantry is up 36 percent.

The Salvation Army and UNO’s Just Can It food drive has a new partner this year: the city of Omaha. Next week, all three will collect donations will the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The city of Omaha will collect donations as part of its Tuna Tuesdays food drive.

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General News
8:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

One year later, a look back at the Arab Spring

A day-long workshop Sunday at UNO focuses on events in the Middle East in the year since the so-called Arab Spring.

Arab Spring refers to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other Middle East nations. It led to the overthrow of longtime dictators, and transitions to new governments. Workshops at Sunday’s conference will focus on Israel and Palestine, Iran, North Africa, and Egypt.

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General News
2:39 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

The Nebraska ICAC Task Force works to keep children safe

Courtesy of icactaskforce.org

April is National Child Abuse prevention month, and the Nebraska Internet Crimes Against Children task force is working to keep them safe. 

The ICAC task force is comprised of 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors. The purpose of the task force is to investigate cases of child exploitation facilitated by the Internet or technology.  

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