General News

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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Weather
1:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Preparedness urged during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Nebraska's first-ever February tornado touched down in Logan County on February 28th.
image courtesy NWS North Platte

 

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska.

Nebraska had its first confirmed February tornado this year. The February 28th tornado touched down in Logan County, near Stapleton. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says there have already been 312 tornadoes in the U.S. this year, with 55 deaths.

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Omaha
10:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Omaha receives IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

A map of Omaha's midtown neighborhoods.
Courtesy www.destinationmidtown.org

Omaha is one of eight U.S. cities to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant this year from IBM.

IBM awarded Smarter Cities Challenge grants to 33 cities worldwide. The grant brings a team of IBM analysts to the city for three weeks. In Omaha, the team will study redevelopment in the city’s east and northeast neighborhoods. 

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General News
5:06 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Asian World Lecture features FBI Special Agent in Charge, Omaha Division

Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s Omaha office, will be the guest speaker for Creighton’s upcoming Asian World Lecture. 

Maorong Jiang is the Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton.  He says Dun is the longest serving special agent in the Omaha division.  Dun’s assignment as a field agent includes investigating national security matters, high technology theft investigations, and criminal enterprises. 

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Omaha
8:53 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Community groups call for investigation in to Omaha Police Department

 

A citizens group called Omahans for Justice Alliance wants the Department of Justice to investigate how Omaha Police use force.

The group includes the ACLU of Nebraska and Nebraskans for Peace. They send a letter Tuesday to the DOJ, asking its civil rights division to investigate OPD. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at UNO and a part of the group requesting an investigation, says the DOJ could order reforms if they find misconduct. 

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Nebraska
11:41 am
Tue March 13, 2012

New report shows 1 in 7 Nebraskans struggle to buy enough food for their families

 

A new report shows one in seven Nebraskans experienced food hardship last year.

The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows 17 percent of households in the Second Congressional District struggled to buy enough food to feed their families.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Terry Kroeger's Omaha Press Club presentation featured on KIOS next Monday

Terry Kroeger, Publisher and CEO of Omaha World Herald, was the guest speaker at February’s Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.      

Kroeger talked about the recent sale of the newspaper to Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway.  He also discussed how the sale will affect the paper in the future as well how it came about.   Kroeger says the World Herald editorial writers won’t be influenced by the paper being owned by Buffett.

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Iowa
8:44 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Iowa Supreme Court hears two cases in Council Bluffs

The Iowa Supreme Court.
courtesy Google Images

The public had a chance to witness Iowa Supreme Court hearings in-person Wednesday night in Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Iowa Western Community College on two cases. One case involved the ACLU and Atlantic School District, and focused on records requests regarding disciplinary action taken against employees. The other case involved local ordinances in Hamburg, Iowa, relating to sexually-oriented businesses. 

General News
5:06 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Gas Prices on the Rise

Motorists may have noticed a recent increase in gas prices in the metro area. 

John Deskins, Associate Professor of Economics at Creighton University, says there’s no need to worry.  Though he does anticipate gas prices will rise in April, May and June as they usually do when summer approaches, he expects the prices will also decrease by fall.  

According to Deskins, it is difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for the recent run up in gas prices.

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