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Des Moines, IA – The Des Moines Register is reporting that a new count of the Iowa caucus results shows former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum coming out on top. But questions remain about the results.

The certified count gives Santorum 29,839 votes, with 29,805 former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

That puts Santorum 34 votes ahead. Romney was declared the winner by eight votes in the early-morning hours following caucus night.

Omaha, NE – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska presents its annual At Ease Luncheon on Monday, January 30th.

The event takes place at Omaha's CenturyLink Center. Bev Carlson is PR Director for LFS. She says At Ease is a program that provides therapeutic support and trauma treatment for active duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised from the luncheon will go back into the program.

Omaha, NE – The holiday season may be over, but the Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign continues through the end of January.

The goal for the campaign is $3.1 million. To date, the Salvation Army has raised $2.8 million, 91% of the way to the goal.

Madeline Madden is Director of Annual Funds for the Salvation Army of Omaha. She says all the funds raised through the campaign go to support programs in the Omaha community.

Omaha, NE – Almost 300 children and teens submitted essays for the United Way of the Midlands' annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest.

Kathy O'Hara, with the United Way of the Midlands, says the four first place winners will read their essays out loud on Monday in front of family and friends. She says the contest offers kids some recognition for speaking publicly about their dreams for our community.

O'Hara says the contest invites kids to lift their voice and advocate for things they would like to see in the community.

Omaha, NE – Voices for Children in Nebraska has released its Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report.

Research Coordinator Melissa Breazile says the report focuses on the importance of investing in early childhood. She says the report is broken down into four key areas: health, education, safety and economic stability. Positive findings include an increase in the graduation rate and a decrease in the number of children living outside of their homes.

John Pierce is the Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action and Diversity Outreach at Creighton. He is also the chair of Creighton's MLK committee. Pierce says part of Creighton's mission is to focus on social justice and equality and respect for all individuals.

He says next week's celebration fits right in with that mission. The week begins with a Table Talk on Monday the 16th at 11:30 a.m.

David Crouse, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at UNMC, is the guest speaker. He says issues related to radiation and radiation exposure have always been in the public eye. Crouse says there's a great deal of knowledge about radiation and its effects, but since radiation can't be seen, tasted or heard, the public is fearful of it.

Corps of Engineers releases 2012 Annual Operating Plan

Jan 6, 2012
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use last year's record water releases and runoff in its future forecasts for water releases.

The Corps released its 2012 Annual Operating Plan Friday. The plan is based in part on comments received at a series of public meetings. It also includes recommendations from a report issued last month by a four-member panel who studied the Corps' response to last summer's Missouri River flooding.

Omaha, NE – Vocalist and pianist Ellis Hall presents a Tribute to Ray Charles with the Omaha Symphony on Saturday, January 14th.

Once dubbed Charles' protege, Hall first met Ray in 2001 while he was playing at a local Christmas party. He gave Charles his CD and the two soon began a friendship that lasted until Charles' death in 2004.

Hall's performance in Omaha will feature some of Ray Charles' most popular songs including "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on my Mind." Hall started learning piano in the third grade at the Perkins School for the Blind.

The Girl Scouts are launching a direct sale program this year. When Girl Scout Cookies go on sale January 13th, the girls will have boxes of cookies in hand. Theresa Cassaday is the Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.