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Omaha Public Radio News
2:53 am
Wed April 30, 2008

CWS of Omaha and NCAA agree to a memorandum of understanding

Rendering of downtown ballpark
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Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha and NCAA have a new Memorandum of Understanding in place. Both sides announced the agreement Wednesday.

April 30th was the deadline set by the NCAA for exclusive negotiations with the City of Omaha to end. The agreement will be signed by NCAA officials in the near future, according to a statement from Stacey Osburn, Associate Director for Public and Media Relations.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:47 am
Tue April 29, 2008

New report shows lack of financial literacy among high school seniors

Omaha, NE – A new report shows only about half of Nebraska's high school seniors are financially literate.

The results are from the Jumpstart Coalition's 2008 Personal Financial Literacy survey, which is sponsored by Merrill Lynch. The survey asks students about financial concepts such as credit, loans, housing, and the economy.

48 percent of high school students nationwide answered the questions correctly. 50 percent of Nebraska high school seniors did so.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:40 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Ballpark opponents question funding sources, need for new stadium

Rendering of downtown ballpark
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Omaha, NE – The price of a new downtown stadium for the College World Series is staggering: $140 million. The Stadium Oversight Committee wants to pay for a new ballpark with three revenue sources. The largest of those is public money, including keno funds and bonds that don't require a public vote.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:22 am
Tue April 22, 2008

MECA, city of Omaha reach agreement on ballpark proposal

Omaha, NE – Last week, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention authority voted unanimously in favor of an agreement with the city of Omaha. That agreement gives MECA significantly more control over the construction and management of a new ballpark. In part two of our four-part series, we'll tell you more about the agreement and what compromises were made to reach it.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:46 pm
Sun April 20, 2008

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey discusses stadium proposal

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Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and Stadium Oversight Committee members are meeting in Indianapolis Monday with the NCAA. That meeting could move the city of Omaha one step closer to securing a long-term College World Series contract. In part one of a four-part series about the downtown stadium proposal, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp talks with Mayor Fahey about the plans, and the controversy surrounding them.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:02 am
Mon April 14, 2008

Recall Fahey Committee circulates 1,600 petitions

Omaha, NE – The Recall Fahey Committee is making a last-minute push to collect signatures before their deadline. The Committee set a goal of collecting 26,000 signatures by April 22nd.

Recall Fahey Committee Co-Chairman Ryan Chappelear says 1,300 petitions have been distributed to volunteers. Those petitions represent 26,000 signatures. Chappelear says 300 additional petitions were requested so volunteers can get more petitions if needed.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 am
Mon April 14, 2008

Qwest Center management group approves agreement with city of Omaha

Rendering of downtown ballpark
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Omaha, NE – Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority is officially supporting the downtown ballpark proposal. The MECA board voted unanimously Monday morning on a new Memorandum of Understanding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:49 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Contract talks between the City of Omaha and Police Union break down

Omaha, NE – A contract dispute between the City of Omaha and the Police Union is going to arbitration.

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey announced Thursday morning that the negotiations are being turned over to the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations. That move comes after several months of negotiations failed to produce a new contract. The current Police Union contract expired at the end of 2007.

Fahey says he believe the city's final offer was fair. It included:

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Project Homeless Connect comes to Omaha

Omaha, NE – Omaha's first-ever Project Homeless Connect brought 57 service providers to one location to help the homeless. The event was held Friday at Creighton University's Kiewit Fitness Center.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:26 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Durham Western Heritage Museum changes its name

Omaha, NE – The former Durham Western Heritage Museum has a new name. It's now just the Durham Museum.

Museum Director of Marketing and Public Relations Shawna Forsberg says the Western Heritage part of the title was dropped to better reflect the Durham's mission. In the past several years, the Durham Museum has formed partnerships with the Smithsonian, National Archives and the Library of Congress.

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