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Omaha Public Radio News
3:23 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Freedom Award Nominations are due by January 16th

Omaha, NE – The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Freedom Awards is January 16th.

Retired Army Major General Walt Zink Chairs the Nebraska Employer Support to Guard and Reserve Committee. He says 15 employers are recognized with Freedom Awards each year. The three award categories are large employer, small employer and governmental employer.

Zink says the Freedom Award is the highest honor an employer can receive from the Department of Defense. These employers receive award for having a culture of support that goes above and beyond what the law mandates.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Western Iowa GOP voters choose Romney, Santorum

Omaha, NE – Western Iowa voters were split in their support of the GOP candidates for president.

Pottawattamie County GOP chairman Jeff Jorgensen says some precincts reported record turnout for Tuesday night's caucuses. Even with the strong turnout, Jorgensen says the caucus process went quickly.

543 Republican voters caucused in Mills County, Iowa. Sharon McNutt, co-chair of the Mills County Republican Party, says things went smoothly.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

The Learning Community has launched a new website for 2012-2013 Open Enrollment

Lorraine Chang, Vice Chair of the Learning Community Coordinating Council, says the Learning Community consists of eleven school districts. She says the Learning Community consists of students from all walks of life; all of whom are worthy of the best possible education. With that in mind, the Learning Community is offering open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa has several new programs dedicated to assisting homeless veterans

Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa opened a homeless Veterans Day services center in Omaha this past September.

Linda Twomey is the Mental Health Specialty Programs Manager for the VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa. She says the day service center is a clinic where veterans have access to social workers, who function as case mangers and vocational rehabilitation staff to provide a one-stop shop for homeless veterans.

Twomey says when veterans first come in, their needs are assessed. Staff will then assist them in accessing the appropriate VA and community resources.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Common Sense Media dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families

Omaha, NE – Common Sense Media has been a national partner with Omaha Public Schools for the past three years.

The organization seeks to give educators the resources to instruct students, parents and families on issues such as digital citizenship, safety and security on and offline, as well as research and information literacy.

DeLayne Havlovic, Career Education Specialist with OPS says three Common Sense Media training sessions are coming up next month. He says the program is broken up into three sections.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The Fontenelle Park Concept Plan is sponsored by the City of Omaha's Parks, Recreation

Omaha, NE – Work continues on the Fontenelle Park Master Plan.

Melinda Pearson is the Director of Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department. A public input meeting took place on December 15th. Pearson says the city will now take all the information they've received so far and put that into a plan or a couple of plans and bring those back to a public meeting in early February. Pearson says there are two groups: one that feels the golf course should be left as is, and another that is all over the board.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

The City of Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department is holding 2012 summer job fairs

Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department is holding two summer employment job fairs on Wednesday.

Bob Baber is the city's Golf Manager. He says the parks and recreation department is hiring for all areas in the department, including aquatics, park maintenance, golf courses and concessions.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:30 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Sustainability Tips from UNO

Omaha, NE – With the end of the year rapidly approaching, UNO's Sustainability Force reminds people that the holidays are a good time to start creating a greener environment.

Patrick Wheeler, Senior Specialist in Environmental Health and Safety at UNO, says one thing you can do is recycle Christmas lights rather than throwing them out. He also advocates getting rid of clutter and donating items to family, friends or local needs-based charities.

Wheeler says another way to practice sustainability is to recycle that Christmas tree.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

The City of Omaha awards grants to agencies in North and South Omaha

City of Omaha Councilman, Garry Gernandt

Omaha, NE – 25 agencies and projects in North and South Omaha are recipients of this year's turn-back tax grants.

Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt says the turn-back tax grants are generated through the sales tax that the state gets from the Hilton Hotel and Century Link Center in Omaha.

He says the city receives a percentage of that back every year and via state statute the money is put toward grants for areas with high concentrations of poverty. Gernandt says the program assists with cultural-historical projects.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Nebraska's population estimates summary was released by the Census Bureau Wednesday

David Drozd, Research Coordinator at UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, says the data covers the state from April 2010, when the census was taken, through July 1st of this year.

He says Nebraska has had a fairly strong growth year, though not as strong as he thought it would be. Drozd says the reasons for slower growth may include the lower birthrates in the state and a slowdown in international immigration.

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