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Crime
9:27 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Omaha Police investigating a carjacking at UNO

Omaha Police are investigating a carjacking Thursday night on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

The incident happened just after 7 PM Thursday. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Barbara Simcoe, was in her vehicle and had the door open. The suspect allegedly approached her vehicle, displayed a knife, and told her to get out of the car. Police say the suspect pulled Simcoe from her car and took off in the vehicle, a white 2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon.

Simcoe is an associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

Omaha
11:44 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Task Force to study use of illegal guns in Omaha crimes

 

A task force of city officials, law enforcement, and private citizens will study additional ways Omaha can get illegal guns off the streets.

 

More than 800 illegal guns were taken off Omaha’s streets last year. The city ended 2011 with 37 homicides, and has recorded eight homicides so far this year.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The Omaha Public Library Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Year

Last year, more than 2.4 million people visited the 12 Omaha Public Library branches.

Executive Director Gary Wasdin says the libraries continued to see every measurable aspect of use going up in 2011. 

Though people still use the libraries for books and reading, Wasdin says residents are often surprised to find out just how much more there is to find and do in the library.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Iowans encouraged to prepare for severe weather in advance

April 2nd through the 6th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Lucinda Robertson is Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

She’s encouraging all Iowans to be prepared for year-round emergencies by attention to local news and investing in a weather radio. Robertson says individuals should also make an emergency plan because a family may not be together when an emergency happens.  Finally, she says it’s important to create an emergency supply kit.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Demand for Youth Services is on the Rise at Salvation Army Centers

A recent survey released by the Salvation Army found 56% of Salvation Army Youth Programs are operating at or beyond their capacity.

Susan Eustice, Director of Public Relations for Salvation Army Omaha, says the survey covered more than 80 cities, including Omaha.  Results show that more than 80 percent of youth programs saw an increase in demand from children and families in the past year, due to unemployment issues and funding cuts.  Eustice says Omaha North Corps has been especially busy.

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Omaha
2:04 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Task Force to study solutions to substandard housing, problem landlords

 

The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.

Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.

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Weather
1:39 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Workshop focuses on preparedness during severe weather season

A large tornado moves toward Aurora, Nebraska, in June 2009.
courtesy Google Images

A workshop Wednesday in Omaha focuses on severe weather preparedness at home and in the workplace.

The National Safety Council Nebraska is holding the workshop during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sunday night, an EF3 tornado damaged homes and businesses in North Platte. This year, Nebraska had its first-ever confirmed February tornado.

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Omaha
8:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

City of Omaha, Empowerment Network partner on program for youth

The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.

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Omaha
1:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Interim Omaha Police Chief chosen; nationwide search for new chief to begin Tuesday

Deputy Police Chief David Baker.
courtesy OPD

A 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department will serve as Interim Chief.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office announced Monday that Deputy Police Chief David Baker is the new Interim Chief, as of March 31st. He’ll take over for Police Chief Alex Hayes, who is retiring March 30th.

Baker became a Deputy Chief four years ago. Prior to that, he was a Captain in both the southwest and northeast precincts. He’s also OPD’s executive bureau officer.

General News
5:06 am
Mon March 19, 2012

UNO's 10th Annual 7 Days of Service Continues this Week

UNO’s 7 Days of Service began on Saturday and continues through Friday.

Bri Exstrom, PR Student at UNO, says this is the 10th anniversary of 7 days of service. 

Held during spring break, the 7 Days of Service offers UNO students and community members the opportunity to work on 12 projects with 14 nonprofit organizations. 

Exstrom says volunteers will be working with the Stephen Center, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

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