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Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

City officials: Monday's heavy rain damaged five lift stations in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Monday's heavy rainfall caused damage at five of Omaha's 11 lift stations.

Nearly five inches of rain fell in parts of the city early Monday morning. That caused road closures and significant flooding in downtown Omaha, including TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

30 foot section of berm breaches in Mills County, Iowa

Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa Emergency Management officials say a 30 foot section of berm in the St. Mary's Drainage District breached Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say ongoing flooding and recent heavy rain contributed to the breach. 182nd Street and Gaston Avenue are closed because of water rushing over the roads. Mills County officials say residents in that area should be prepared to evacuate.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:13 am
Wed August 24, 2011

The Bike Trail Mural Project begins with four murals on the Keystone Trail this year

Omaha, NE – Student artists from Kent Bellows Studio and their mentors have been working on murals on the Keystone Trail since mid-July.

Executive Director Anne Meysenburg says the project gives urban art students the chance to get out in the community and create public art projects. She says these projects really make a difference to the individuals who are utilizing that public space. Meysenburg says there have also been studies conducted that show graffiti is less likely to be put over good artwork than it is on a blank wall.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:17 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

The Public Art Omaha app allows users to find art near them

Bench at Gene Leahy Mall

Omaha, NE – Want to locate free public art in Omaha from your Droid or iPhone? There's an app for that.

Public Art Omaha recently launched its free mobile application. Donovan Beery designed the application. He says he worked with a team of students from UNO to develop and program the app. Beery says the application is an extension of Public Art Omaha's website.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

FEMA opens two disaster recovery centers

Omaha, NE – FEMA has opened two disaster recovery centers in Tekamah and Blair.

The centers opened Tuesday afternoon. Blair's DRC is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. The DRC in Tekamah will be open three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday from 9 to 7.

FEMA spokesman Charlie Henderson says the DRCs are available for flood victims to ask questions and get information about assistance. He says residents can also register with FEMA at those sites.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:43 am
Tue August 23, 2011

OPS to bring in consultant for superintendent search

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools district plans to bring in a consultant to aid in the process of finding a new superintendent.

Board members voted late Monday afternoon to hire a consultant for a national search. The move comes after Dr. John Mackiel announced his retirement last week. Mackiel is leaving OPS next August after nearly four decades with the school district.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

The third annual Federal Legislative Summit took place earlier this month

Omaha, NE – Earlier this month, the Chambers of Commerce of Greater Omaha, Lincoln and Bellevue, along with the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce & Industry offered the third annual Federal Legislative Summit.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:59 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Omaha City Council to vote Tuesday on 2012 budget

Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council votes Tuesday on the 2012 budget.

Mayor Jim Suttle's $730 million budget plan contains no tax increases and no deficit. It accounts for fewer city employees overall next year, although the city plans to hire more civilian employees for the combined sewer overflow project. Also included in the budget plan is a Park Safety division.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:56 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Omaha Fire Union files petition with CIR

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Fire Union has filed a prohibited practice petition with the Commission of Industrial Relations following last week's City Council vote on a new contract.

The fire union's filing Friday came three days after the City Council amended, then rejected, a new agreement between the Professional Firefighters Assocation and the city. In the filing, union leaders accuse the city of bad faith bargaining, and say Council members have no authority to negotiate with unions.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Iowa federal assistance denied

Omaha, NE – The state of Iowa received word from FEMA Director Craig Fugate earlier this month that a request for activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program for five counties was denied.

Derek Hill is the Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Terry Branstad and Administrator for the Homeland Security Emergency Management Division. He says the five affected counties are Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury.

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