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Omaha Public Radio News
11:55 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Panel to review Corps of Engineers operations during Missouri River flooding

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

Omaha, NE – A four-person panel will review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' response and operations during this summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Creighton tops national rankings for the Midwest Region

Omaha, NE – Creighton University has been named the #1 Midwest Regional university by U.S. News & World Report for the 9th year in a row.

Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton, says the university has also been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as #1 in the Midwest region as a "best value" university. Borchers says all of these rankings recognize Creighton's good reputation and acknowledge the quality education the university provides.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

West Nile Virus case confirmed in Mills County, Iowa

Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa health officials say there's a confirmed case of West Nile Virus there.

A news release from Mills County says the victim is an adult woman. Earlier this month, West Nile cases were confirmed in Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties.

Health officials recommend using mosquito repellant with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon or eucalyptus when you're outside. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, shoes, and socks. You should also remove areas of standing water.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

$14 million to rebuild I-680 following Missouri River flooding

I-680 in Council Bluffs was destroyed by Missouri River flooding.
Photo courtesy Iowa DOT

Omaha, NE – It'll cost almost $14 million to rebuild a 3.1 mile stretch of Interstate 680 near Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Department of Transportation awarded a contract Friday to Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck and Reilly Construction of Ossian, who'll work together on the rebuilding of I-680. The three-mile stretch was destroyed by this summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

Salvation Army, City of Omaha partnering for food drive

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha and Salvation Army are seeking donations of soup, canned vegetables, and other non-perishable items.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

The Omaha VA now has a Tele-Intensive Care Unit

Omaha, NE – The new Tele-ICU system at the VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa started in August.

Spokesman Will Ackerman says the Tele-ICU provides an additional layer of support in managing its high risk patients. A team of intensivists, based in Minneapolis, monitor patients in the Omaha VA using cameras and a two-way audio feed.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

The USDA will deliver broadband and job opportunities to rural communities

Omaha, NE – Rural Iowa communities will undergo a broadband expansion courtesy of the state's USDA Rural Development office.

Bill Menner is the State Director. He says rural communities need to have access to higher speed technology in order to be competitive on a global level. Lack of high internet speeds can hinder economic growth in a rural community.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Iowa DOT announces flood repair plan for I-680

Omaha, NE – A spokesperson at the Iowa Department of Transportation says the closure of I-680 due to flooding, affected all the counties on the Western border of the state.

Dena Gray-Fisher says the DOT recently announced it will rebuild I-680 in Pottawattamie County. She says there will be a contract bid-letting this Friday in which bids will be accepted to rebuild the three miles of roadway. Ultimately, one contractor will be awarded the project.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

AIM Institute study shows barriers remain for women in IT jobs

Omaha, NE – A new study on women in information technology leadership shows not enough opportunities are presented to young girls to get involved in IT.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:46 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

REEL INJUN screens tonight at Film Streams

Film Streams

Omaha, NE – Film Streams and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. will present a complimentary screening of the documentary REEL INJUN tonight at 7:00.

Georgiana Lee, Assistant Director of NAPT, says the movie was produced by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond. Diamond is an actor from Canada who worked with the National Film Board of Canada to develop this program. She says the film covers Diamond's journey to discover how Native Americans have been portrayed in cinema through the years.

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