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Omaha Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Missouri River Governors: make flood control top priority in 2012

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The Governors of seven Missouri River states met again Monday in Omaha with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Governors want flood control to be the Corps' top priority. Monday's meeting with Corps officials focused on next year's operating plan, and what can be done now to prevent flooding in 2012.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Film Streams presents Silents in Concert

Omaha, NE – Film Streams' Silents in Concert series features classic silent films with live musical soundtracks.

Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says the series is challenging for the musicians because they have to be able to work within specific time constraints and still create something interesting. She says this is a great opportunity for audiences to combine the experience of seeing live music along with a movie classic.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

A team of researchers at UNL is working in Omaha to improve wireless networks for emergency use

Omaha, NE – A team of researchers from UNL are working to improve wireless networks for emergency use.

Dr. Yi Qian, Assistant Professor in UNL's Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering, is leading the team of researchers. Dr. Qian says the goal is to build next generation multihop wireless networks that can be activated in spite of infrastructure collapse.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:04 am
Thu October 13, 2011

UNO international relations expert discusses alleged Iran terror plot

Omaha, NE – A UNO expert on international relations says an alleged terror plot by Iran to kill Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the U.S. is "bizarre and uncommon."

Details of the plot were announced earlier this week, along with the arrest of an Iranian-American in connection with the plan. Tom Goutierre is Dean of UNO's International Studies and Programs. He says it's possible the plot wasn't sanctioned by the government of Iran, but rather by a rebel faction of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard known as Quds.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

The Downtown Omaha Lit Fest kicks off this Thursday

Omaha, NE – The Downtown Omaha Lit Fest takes place Thursday through Saturday.

Director Timothy Schaffert says the three day lit fest will feature authors, journalists and visual artists discussing the mechanics of creativity. He says panel discussions will focus on the writing process.

Friday night, guests can enjoy a reception and two art exhibits. Schaeffert says the first exhibit is called "Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried."

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:44 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Omaha named one of top 27 cities for afterschool programs

Omaha, NE – A National League of Cities report names Omaha as one of the top 27 cities in the U.S. for afterschool programs.

The League's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families released the report last week. It looked at how citywide afterschool programs are funded, the quality of those programs, and participation.

Barb Farho, Education Initiatives Director for Mayor Jim Suttle's office, says more afterschool programs are needed, particularly during the hours of 3 and 6 PM.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

UNO sees slight increase in enrollment

Omaha, NE – UNO's enrollment increased .3% this year overall.

BJ Reed is the Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Reed says the number of incoming freshmen is on par with last year, while the numbers of minority students and incoming graduate students has increased. He says he's happy with the numbers since there were several one-time events that put some downward pressure on enrollment numbers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:24 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Council Bluffs officials: look at future needs when rebuilding Interstates

Omaha, NE – Western Iowa representatives want the reconstruction and expansion of I-29 to be a top priority of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Chamber of Commerce officials were among the speakers at an IDOT public meeting Tuesday morning. I-29 south of Council Bluffs reopened last weekend, four months after Missouri River flooding shut it down.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

The Omaha Children's Museum has been awarded a prestigious grant

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Children's Museum recently received a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Executive Director Lindy Hoyer says though the Museum has applied for the Museums for America grant in the past, this is the first year the Children's Museum has been honored.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:15 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Omaha closes part of Riverfront Trail

Omaha, NE – Part of Omaha's Riverfront Trail is closed as crews work to remove infrastructure following this summer's Missouri River flooding.

A news release from the city of Omaha says the part of Riverfront Trail from north of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to west of the National Park Service headquarters will be closed until at least November first. Crews will be removing pipes and pumps installed along the Riverfront to remove standing water from downtown.

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