General News

Omaha
1:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Douglas County Board meets Tuesday to continue budget discussions

The Douglas County Board wants to hear from the public about its 2012-13 budget.

County Commissioners will continue discussions on the budget Tuesday morning at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. Last week, board chairman Marc Kraft told Omaha Public Radio that all options are on the table in the coming fiscal year to raise revenue, including a possible tax increase. No decision has been made on that yet.

The current fiscal year budget of $311 million contains no tax increase.

Transportation
1:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chicago-to-Omaha rail study online open house ends Monday

Monday is the last day to participate in an online open house about the Chicago-to-Omaha passenger rail study.

The Iowa DOT has taken public comments on the rail study since February, and held public meetings throughout the state. It’s part of a five-step process that could lead to passenger rail travel through Iowa.

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General News
12:05 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Gandhi's Grandson presented the Asian World Center Presidential Lecture at Creighton

Creighton University

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson was the guest speaker at Creighton University’s Asian World Center Presidential Lecture.

Rajmohan Gandhi's lecture, “Larger than Politics, the World of Lincoln, King and Gandhi,” took place last month in the Harper Center. 

Gandhi says when he picked the title of his talk; he didn’t intend to talk about the three leaders’ capacities in areas other than politics.  

But he says the goals of these three men went beyond capturing office or power.

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Sarpy County
8:52 am
Fri May 18, 2012

June 6 court date for Bellevue Police Chief, former Gretna City Administrator

Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey.

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says additional charges are possible against Gretna’s former city administrator.

Colleen Lawry and Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey were charged Thursday in Sarpy County Court with violating a gun certificate law. Polikov says they’re scheduled to appear in court June 6.

The charge is a class one misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Omaha
1:43 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Omaha Police hosting gun amnesty day Saturday

Omaha’s first gun amnesty day of 2012 is Saturday.

The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring the amnesty day at 50th and Ames. Last year, police collected 127 illegal or unwanted firearms during three gun amnesty events.

Lieutenant Shayna Ray of OPD’s Gang Unit says firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are accepted at the amnesty sites. Ray says guns and ammunition are accepted no questions asked. Police don’t get information from people who turn in illegal or unwanted guns at the amnesty day events.

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General News
12:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

The Douglas County Board Looks to the Future with CNG Vehicles

Douglas County is replacing two vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas or CNG ones.

In April, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to replace two high mileage vehicles with CNG vehicles. Chairman Marc Kraft says CNG vehicles are more efficient and run cleaner than gas or diesel vehicles.  

He says the vehicles pay for themselves within 2 ½ to 3 years after purchase.  Kraft says the purchase is part of Douglas County’s efforts to find environmentally friendly solutions.

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Omaha
10:06 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tax increase possible in Douglas County's new fiscal year budget

The Douglas County Board is starting the process of putting together a 2012-2013 budget.

Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Chairman Marc Kraft says everything is on the table, including a tax increase, because the county has limited sources of revenue. “The major challenge is that we have limited ability to create income sources. Most of our income comes from either grants or from property taxes, and a small amount comes from fees we charge.”

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Omaha
3:21 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

D.J.'s Hero Awards honor young people who have overcome obstacles, given back to the community

Bob and Lee Woodruff speak Monday at the D.J.'s Hero Awards luncheon in Omaha.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

Seven high school seniors are the recipients of this year’s DJ’s Hero awards.

The scholarships were awarded at Monday’s D.J.’s Hero Awards luncheon. The awards, sponsored by the Salvation Army, honor young people who’ve overcome obstacles and given back to their community.

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General News
5:06 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The 2012 Malcolm X Celebration starts Thursday

The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.

Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.  He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.” 

The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom.  Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”  

The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.

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Omaha
3:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion Fire Departments announce a mutual aid agreement

Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion officials announced a mutual aid agreement during a news conference Tuesday.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

The Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion Fire Departments have announced a mutual aid agreement.

The automatic mutual aid agreement begins at 10 AM Wednesday. It means the closest fire department will respond to an emergency, regardless of jurisdiction. For example, if a Bellevue resident with an emergency lives closer to a south Omaha fire station, that station would respond first.

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