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Politics & Elections
3:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Democrat enters race for Nebraska's U.S. Senate seat

Nebraska’s U.S.  Senate race has another candidate.

Steve Lustgarten filed Monday as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Lustgarten owns a video production company in Omaha. He’s the first Democrat to enter the race.

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Politics & Elections
2:14 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Bill seeks to keep young people in school until age 18

 

A measure in the Unicameral seeks to keep young people in school until graduation or age 18.

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Politics & Elections
5:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Senator Harms introduces all vote by mail elections options

A bill in the Nebraska legislature would allow residents in counties with fewer than 10,000 residents the opportunity to participate in vote by mail elections.

It would require the approval of eligible voters in the counties. The bill’s sponsor, Nebraska Senator John Harms, says the measure would streamline the voting process, save counties money and give more people the opportunity to vote.  He says the voting by mail turnout for special elections in the state has always been positive.

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General News
2:08 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

NPPD to borrow $235 million for general improvement projects

NPPD's Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville.
courtesy Google Images

 

The Nebraska Public Power District plans to borrow $235 million dollars for general improvement projects, including work at Cooper Nuclear Station.

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Politics & Elections
8:22 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Legislation would provide tax credits for restoring historic properties

The historic Farm Credit building in downtown Omaha.
courtesy Google Images

Developers wanting to rehabilitate state, federal, or locally-designated historic sites could get a tax credit for doing so under legislature in the Unicameral.

The Historic Property Restoration and Reuse Act is sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett. Developers who restore a historic property, or a facility within a historic district, could apply for a 25 percent tax credit. Nonprofits could be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.

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Politics & Elections
7:35 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Douglas County Board opposed to legislation ending inheritance tax

Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.

During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.

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Arts
3:51 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

NHC adds 14 new programs to resource center

The Nebraska Humanities Council recently added 14 new programs to its Speakers’ Bureau. 

Programs are available to any Nebraska nonprofit organization for a small processing fee.  Mary Yager, Associate Director for the NHC, says there are about 300 programs in rotation at the Speakers’ Bureau at any given time.  She says the NHC puts out a call for speakers every three to four years.  

Yager says they recently expanded their programs to include subjects they haven’t had recently.  New programs center on Annie Oakley, the railroad and spoken word artists.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Post-flood repair work underway in western Iowa

The Missouri River flooded the Omaha riverfront during the summer of 2011.
Katie Schubert KIOS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Committee hears legislation cutting the size of Omaha Public Schools Board

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton and Gov. Dave Heineman to speak at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon

Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting luncheon on Wednesday, February 1st.

David Brown is Chamber President and CEO. He says awards that'll be given out at the luncheon include the Chairman's Award of Excellence and Volunteer of the Year. He says the meeting is for anyone who's interested in how communities grow and what Omaha needs to do to make sure there are enough jobs here for future generations.

Brown says Governor Dave Heineman is one of two guest speakers at this year's luncheon.

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