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Omaha Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Flood threat ends at Eppley Airfield

Omaha's Eppley Airfield

Omaha, NE – Conditions at Omaha's Eppley Airfield are returning to normal following this summer's Missouri River flooding.

Omaha Airport Authority executive director Steve Coufal says the Airfield is in the demobilization phase and will begin removing sandbags from the site. Coufal says the flood threat ended August 27th at Eppley, and the Airport Authority met both of its objectives to protect property and maintain normal air operations.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:18 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Nelson: American Jobs Act 'just the beginning'

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator says renewal of the FAA and highway bills by Congress will boost jobs.

Senator Ben Nelson spoke Saturday at Startup Weekend Omaha, an event for aspiring entrepreneurs. Nelson's speech follows the introduction of the so-called American Jobs Act by President Obama.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Nebraska Workforce Index Shows Slight Gain in 2nd Quarter

Omaha, NE – The AIM Institute along with Creighton University's College of Business produces the Nebraska Workforce Index. The quarterly report measures labor availability against job availability in the state.

Kandace Miller, President of the AIM Institute says the second quarter 2011 index showed a slight improvement at 1.58. She says the closer the number is to 1.0, the nearer Nebraska is to full employment. Areas of job growth include transportation, health science, marketing, sales and service.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

IDOT assessing damage to Interstates 29 and 680

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

Omaha, NE – Damage assessments are underway along Interstates 29 and 680 in western Iowa.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:03 am
Fri September 16, 2011

After 104 days, flood threat ends in Omaha

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle looks out at the Missouri River after the Lewis and Clark Landing re-opened Friday morning.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha, NE – After more than 100 days of flooding, Omaha's Lewis and Clark landing is re-open to the public.

City officials removed the flood wall Friday morning that's kept water out of downtown Omaha all summer. The Missouri River is at 28.52 feet at the Omaha riverfront, half a foot below flood stage.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Nazi War Crimes Prosecutor will Speak at Creighton University

Justice Gabriel Bach

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's School of Law will mark the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolph Eichmann with its International Law Lecture, featuring a talk by Justice Gabriel Bach.

Mike Kelly, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and International Programs, says Justice Bach is a former Israeli Supreme Court Justice who served as the second chair prosecutor during Eichmann's trial. In 1961, Eichmann was tried for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Jerusalem.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

USPS studying five Nebraska facilities for consolidation or closure

Omaha, NE – Five Nebraska postal facilities are among 252 nationwide being studied for possible consolidation or closure.

The U.S. Postal Service released the list Thursday. It includes post offices in Alliance, Grand Island, Norfolk, and North Platte, and a mail transfer facility in Omaha. The Iowa locations being studied include facilities in Creston and Carroll.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

The theme of this fall's Black-White Dialogues is African-American Culture Past and Present

Omaha, NE – The Black-White Dialogues began last night and take place over the next five Tuesdays.

Elaine Wells, MS, founded the dialogues. She says the series aims to help eliminate racism in the community from the ground up. Wells says participants learn and practice new communication skills so they can share their real thoughts and feelings without offending anyone.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:53 am
Wed September 14, 2011

From idea to business plan: Omaha's third Startup Weekend begins Friday

Omaha, NE – Omaha hosts its third Startup Weekend event this Friday through Sunday. During the three day event, business startups move from idea to plan. Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch ideas the first day.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Two campaigns seek to stock the shelves of Omaha's food pantries

Omaha, NE – Two upcoming campaigns seek to help Omaha's food pantries re-stock their shelves.

One campaign beginning next Monday is called "Making the Grade to End Hunger in Omaha." Each elementary and middle school in Omaha will compete to see which one can collect the most food for area pantries.

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