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General News
5:06 am
Tue May 8, 2012

D.J.'s Hero Awards Lunch set for Monday, May 14th

The Salvation Army's annual D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon happens Monday, May 14th.

Steve George, Chairperson for the event, says there are three goals of the event. One is to raise money for the Salvation Army’s programs. Another is to award scholarships to high school seniors who have overcome hardships in their lives, and the third is to feature a dynamic speaker. This year’s luncheon will be held at the Century Link Center.  George says there will be two guest speakers, Bob and Lee Woodruff.

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General News
8:00 am
Sat May 5, 2012

The Farmer's Market offers a wide selection of local produce

The Omaha Farmer’s Markets kick off this weekend.  The markets offer attendees a variety of items, including local produce, flowers, meat, and cheese.  Project Manager Heidi Walz says there are also local vendors with non-food items, including handcrafted jewelry and wooden toys. 

This year’s downtown Omaha Farmer’s Market will feature 110 vendors. The Farmer’s Market at Aksarben Village has expanded to 75 vendors.  Walz says the mission of the markets goes back to community, and that’s why they accept SNAP cards at all their locations.

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Sarpy County
2:34 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Ceremony at Offutt AFB marks ANZAC Day

Capt. Stephen Elms of the Royal Australian Navy speaks Friday at a ceremony marking ANZAC Day.
photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

A ceremony Friday at Offutt Air Force Base marked the anniversary of a World War One battle that killed more than 10,000 Australia and New Zealand soldiers.

ANZAC day is a remembrance of an eight-month battle at the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. More than 8,700 Australian soldiers, and 2,721 New Zealand soldiers, died in the battle to capture what is now Instanbul, Turkey. Australia and New Zealand soldiers have fought alongside U.S. troops in every war since then.

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Sarpy County
10:23 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bellevue Police Chief on administrative leave

Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey.
courtesy Bellevue PD


Longtime Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey is on administrative leave.

Bellevue city administrator Dan Berlowitz confirmed Thursday morning Stacey is on leave while the city attorney investigates a personnel matter. Berlowitz couldn’t disclose any additional information.

General News
3:16 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mayor Suttle announces a partnership to aid homeless veterans

Mike Fornear, Homeless Veterans Project
Courtesy of Cheril Lee

There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans in Nebraska and around 200,000 nationwide.

A new partnership announced this morning would work to make Nebraska the first state to end veterans’ homelessness.  Mayor Jim Suttle and Mike Fornear of the Homeless Veterans Project, were joined by civic and business leaders to discuss the new project called “Vets Town.” 

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1:43 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Public meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs on Chicago-to-Omaha rail study


The Iowa DOT wants to hear from metro area residents about the Chicago-to-Omaha rail study.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday in Council Bluffs about the passenger rail study. The combination state-federal project seeks to identify a “reasonable and feasible” high-speed passenger rail route between Chicago and Omaha. The preferred alternative route travels through the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Des Moines, following I-80.

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8:17 am
Mon April 30, 2012

VA sets up food pantry to help veterans in need


VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa officials estimate several thousand veterans in their service territory are homeless or living below the poverty line.

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is partnering with Omaha’s Together Inc. to offer a food pantry for homeless and low-income veterans. The pantry opened April 18th and will operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa spokesman Will Ackerman says they hope to provide another resource to veterans struggling to get by.

1:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Expanding bicycle and other alternative transit options part of Omaha's Transportation Master Plan

Planning Director RIck Cunningham speaks at a news conference announcing Omaha's new 25 year transportation master plan.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM


Expanding Omaha’s bicycle and pedestrian transit system is a key component of the city’s new transportation master plan.

The plan, unveiled Monday, looks at Omaha’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. City officials say there are four goals for the plan, including sustainability, connecting neighborhoods, and providing more options.

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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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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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