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5:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Iowa DOT 511 Mobile App Now Available

The Iowa Department of Transportation recently released a 511 traveler information app for both the iPhone and the Android. 

Sinclair Stolle, 511 Traveler Information Engineer, says the Iowa 511 app reports information on interstates, U.S. Routes and state highways. 

She says right now motorists can view traffic speeds from the DOT in the metro areas around the state, look at electronic roadway signs, and see still images from the DOT’s traffic cameras.  Stolle says currently traffic images are only available from six metro areas but will soon be statewide.

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Business
9:53 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Report shows improvement in economic well-being, but also an increase in poverty

A new report shows Nebraska ranks second in the nation in economic well-being, but child welfare advocates say it isn’t all good news.

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Weather
1:33 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Drought worsens in Nebraska

The latest drought monitor report shows most of Nebraska is in a severe drought.
National Drought Mitigation Center

75 percent of Nebraska is now in a severe to extreme drought.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Hamburg Rebuilds

Last summer at this time, Nebraska and Iowa were in the grips of major flooding along the Missouri River. Now, a small southwest Iowa community hopes to make permanent a levee that protected them from the river. Omaha Public Radio's Deborah Newcombe takes us there.

More information about Hamburg's efforts is available at www.hamburglevee.com. The Omaha District of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers estimates it'll cost 280-million dollars to repair all the damage caused by last year's flooding will cost 280-million dollars.

Weather
1:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought conditions worsen in Nebraska

A new report on drought conditions shows 75 percent of Nebraska is in a severe drought.

The drought monitor report released last Thursday shows part of central Nebraska is in an extreme drought. The National Weather Service says it’s the worst drought since 1956 and the worst agricultural drought since 1988.

Temperatures are expected to remain above normal in to September, according to the report. Omaha set a record high Sunday of 105 degrees.

General News
5:06 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Move Over Law in Effect in Iowa

Courtesy of Iowa DOT

On July 1st, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new law into effect.  Under the new “Move Over” Law, motorists who are ticketed and convicted for not moving over for emergency vehicles will face increased penalties. 

Kim Snook is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. She says the purpose of the law is to keep emergency vehicles and highway personnel safe while they do their work.  Snook says there are two simple rules everyone should follow.

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Weather
2:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Salvation Army opening three cooling centers Saturday morning

The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to have three cooling centers open this weekend as temperatures soar in to the upper 90s.

Salvation Army officials announced Friday that the Kroc Center, North Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Those three locations will be open from 8am to 8pm as cooling centers Monday through Friday next week.

The National Weather Service expects a high temperature around 95 Saturday and 97 Sunday.

Missouri River Flooding
2:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Corps of Engineers: runoff from six Missouri River dams to remain below normal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says runoff from the six dams that feed the Missouri River will be below normal the rest of the year.

In a news release, Corps officials say the July runoff forecast shows below-normal runoff for the rest of 2012. It’s at 87-percent of normal north of Sioux City.

Jody Farhat, chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says the lower runoff means normal operating conditions. It won’t affect the navigation season, which ends November 24th at Omaha.

Business
10:05 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Creighton economist expects weaker economic growth for the rest of 2012

A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.

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Politics & Elections
10:34 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Boswell, Latham open campaign offices in Council Bluffs

The candidates for Iowa’s Third Congressional District are reaching out to voters in Council Bluffs.

 

Republican Tom Latham opened his Council Bluffs campaign office Friday afternoon. Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District was eliminated after the 2010 Census and redistricting. Voters in Pottawattamie and Mills counties are now in the Third District.

 

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