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Omaha Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

MSU physician has been named UNMC vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies

Dr. Dele Davies

Dr. Davies is currently a professor and chairman of the Pediatrics and Human Development Department at Michigan State University. He says he is excited to become a part of UNMC.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:08 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Creighton political scientist: Kim Jong-Il death an opportunity for U.S.-North Korea relations to improve

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University political scientist believes the death of Kim Jong-Il is an opportunity for the U.S. to build positive relations with North Korea.

The former North Korean leader died Saturday. His son, Kim Jong-Un, is believed to be the successor.

Maorong Jiang, Director of Creighton's Asian World Center, says Kim Jong-Un will bring a new, younger perspective to North Korea. He says that could help open the nation up to the rest of the world.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:31 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Award-Winning Film Costumes are on view at the Durham Museum

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), 18th Century Costume by Penny Rose

Omaha, NE – CUT! Costume and the Cinema is the new exhibit on view at the Durham Museum through April 29th.

Marketing & PR Director Shawna Forsberg says each of the 43 costumes was created by Cosprop Ltd of London. She says all of the costumes were worn in the movies by actors such as Johnny Depp, Amy Adams and Colin Farrell. Forsberg says the films represented in the exhibit cover five centuries of history.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Report finds Corps of Engineers made appropriate decisions during Missouri River flood

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

Omaha, NE – A two-month review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' operations during last summer's Missouri River flooding shows appropriate decisions were made.

An independent panel of hydrologists has been reviewing the Corps' water management practices since October. In its report released Tuesday, panel members say they believe the Corps did all it could to prevent the Missouri River flood from happening. The flooding devastated Nebraska and western Iowa, leaving behind millions of dollars worth of damage.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:53 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Council Bluffs Mayor, city officials help build Habitat for Humanity house in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and members of his staff spent part of the weekend in Omaha, helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house.

It was the result of a wager Hanafan made with Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle on the Iowa-Nebraska Heroes Game. Hanafan, members of the Council Bluffs city council, and other city officials helped Habitat volunteers work on a new house at 38th and Seward Streets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:20 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

From Montana to St. Louis, Mighty MO project keeps track of Missouri River flooding

Omaha, NE – A project by an Omaha social media analyst to bring Missouri River flood reports together resulted in more than 250 location-specific updates during the flood threat.

Dr. Chris Augeri created the Mighty MO River project, which operated from June to September of this year. It used what's known as crowdsourcing to pull reports from the Corps of Engineers, law enforcement, media, and disaster response agencies in to one site. The reports were matched with locations, and sent out via social media outlets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:42 am
Sat December 17, 2011

New Douglas County Health Website is Unveiled

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department recently unveiled a new online web portal, www.douglascohealth.org.

Health Matters in Douglas County combines the most current Douglas County data, including health, environment, and education. Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director, says it's important to look at the entire community and how issues are connected.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

ReEnergize program expands to Lincoln

Omaha, NE – A program providing financial incentives for Omaha homeowners and businesses to go green is expanding in to Lincoln.

The ReEnergize Program began last year in Omaha. Right now, 500 homeowners and businesses are signed up for the program. Energy evaluators and contractors will analyze a home or business for energy efficiency upgrades.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

The Women's Center for Advancement implements the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Women's Center for Advancement is participating in a new program based on the Green Dot violence prevention strategy.

Lynn Pollitt, Education and Prevention Director for the WCA, says the Green Dot program is about positive bystander engagement. She says the violence prevention strategy helps people overcome their reluctance to get involved when there is a crime happening.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:41 am
Thu December 15, 2011

OPPD approves a 5.9 percent rate increase

Omaha, NE – OPPD customers will pay an extra $5.30 per month for electricity starting next month.

The OPPD board voted unanimously Thursday morning in favor of a 5.9 percent rate increase for residential customers. OPPD says the rate increase is needed due to rising costs and recovery from last summer's Missouri River flooding.

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