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Omaha Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Omaha Science Cafe takes place tonight

Omaha, NE – This evening's Omaha Science Cafe focuses on Impact One.

The community-based organization helps Omaha residents with gang intervention and prevention. Additionally, the group provides job training for former gang members. Impact One Executive Director Jannette Taylor will speak along with Shelly Schwedhelm. Schweldhelm is the Director of Emergency, Trauma and Preparedness Services at Nebraska Medical Center.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:36 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Flood cleanup kits available in four Nebraska counties

Omaha, NE – Residents in four Nebraska counties affected by Missouri River flooding can get flood cleanup kits starting Tuesday.

The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter is making cleanup kits available to residents in Burt, Washington, Sarpy, and Cass counties. Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says they want to get the kits distributed to flood victims, so they can begin cleanup as soon as it's safe to do so.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Metro Arts Pass returns for a second year

Omaha, NE – This is the 2nd year for the Metro Arts Pass. The initial launch last season was so successful that the number of participating organizations has expanded from 12 to 17.

Mandy Aleksiak is the Membership Manager at the Rose Theater. She says each month features one or two organizations offering some type of discount.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:33 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Iowa Business Council economic indicators show uncertainty in business climate

Omaha, NE – Third quarter economic indicators from the Iowa Business Council show fewer employers are hiring or making investments in capital projects.

The economic indicators were released Thursday. The overall index was 57.3. While still in positive territory, that's down eight points from last quarter's survey. Capital spending and employment were down in the third quarter.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:36 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Iowa Army National Guard ends levee surveillance in Mills County

Omaha, NE – 60 members of the Iowa Army National Guard are no longer providing levee surveillance in Mills County.

A news release from Mills County Emergency Management says the Guard soldiers ended their operating mission Tuesday. The mission began more than two months ago with 60 Guard soldiers and ended with 30.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:23 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Crimemapping.com goes mobile

Omaha, NE – Crimemapping.com is a program the Omaha Police Department uses to map crimes in the city, including robberies, felony assaults and vehicle thefts.

Lt. Darci Tierney says crimemapping.com is now available to download for the iPhone. The application has crimes listed since March of 2011 and updates automatically on a daily basis. She says once an individual downloads the app, they can use it to map crimes in various areas of the city

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

September is National Preparedness Month

Omaha, NE – September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter says preparing for disasters is essential.

Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says there are three ways you can prepare in the event of a disaster. "The three steps are to build an emergency preparedness kit, to make an emergency plan so your family will know exactly what to do with that kit when you're in that time of need, and then also be informed." Schlegelmilch recommends taking a CPR or other class as well.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

The FDA approves Botox as a treatment for chronic migraines

Omaha, NE – 12% of the population in the US suffers from migraine headaches. Many of them don't seek treatment because they don't want to take oral medications or they fear potential side effects.

Neurologist Dr. Pam Santamaria says she's found a positive treatment in Botox. She has been treating patients suffering from chronic migraine headaches by injecting them with Botox for about five years. Patients have had to pay for their treatments in cash up until now.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:59 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Gov. Heineman: deny permits for Keystone XL project

Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman wants permits for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project denied.

Heineman sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging denial of permits for the pipeline project. TransCanada wants to build a pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas. In Nebraska, the pipeline would run through the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Omaha City Council votes to take back bargaining power

Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved an ordinance giving them, or a designated representative, the power to negotiate new contracts with labor unions.

Councilman Chris Jerram introduced the resolution, expressing dissatisfaction over how negotiations between the city of Omaha and the fire union were handled. 12 years ago, Council members voted to delegate the city's collective bargaining power with unions to the Mayor.

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