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Omaha Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

MOTAC launches new commercials

Omaha, NE – This week the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition unveiled new spots that emphasize the importance of smoke-free housing. With more, here's Omaha Public Radio's Cheril Lee

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Creighton mens soccer team in final four

Omaha, NE – The Creighton University men's soccer team plays Charlotte Friday in its first trip to the final four since 2002.

It'll be the soccer team's fourth appearance in the College Cup. The Bluejays defeated South Florida Sunday afternoon. Rob Simms, associate sports information director at Creighton, says the 2011 soccer Bluejays team is the best he's seen in his 11 years with the university. Eight of the 11 starters from last year's team returned this year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Omaha introduces app for road conditions, snow emergency information

Omaha, NE – There's a new way of finding out road conditions during winter weather.

Last week, Omaha Public Works introduced a smartphone app for those updates. Anyone with the app can check road conditions and be alerted when a snow emergency is in effect.

Public Works Street Maintenance Superintendent Scott McIntyre says the app is another way to keep everyone informed about winter conditions. The app will also have links to information about Omaha's parking procedures during a snow emergency.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Update on the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign

Omaha, NE – After two full weeks of bell ringing, the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign is 10% behind where it was last year.

Susan Eustice, Spokesperson for the Salvation Army of Omaha, says the goal of the campaign is $3.1 million and that's a lot to raise in six weeks. She says the red kettles are located at approximately 120 locations in the Metro, making it easy to donate that way. Eustice says the contributions stay local.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Three public forums set on OPS superintendent search

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools will hold three public forums this week on the search for a new superintendent.

The public forums are Thursday and Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 10am. All three will be held at the OPS TAC building, at 30th and Cuming Streets. The forums are an opportunity for the public to give input on the superintendent search, and the characteristics they'd like to see in OPS' new leader.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

UNMC College of Dentistry signs an affiliation agreement with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Omaha, NE – The UNMC College of Dentistry and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska have signed an affiliation agreement that expands dental care services on the reservation. Dr. Kim McFarland is with UNMC's College of Dentistry.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:22 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Corps to step down releases from Gavins Point Dam to 20,000 cfs

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

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers anticipates ending 2011 with most of this summer's flood water released from the dams feeding the Missouri River.

The Corps plans to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota at 40,000 cubic feet per second through Wednesday. After that, releases will be stepped down 3,000 cfs each day until they reach 20,000 cubic feet per second.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:43 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Salvation Army Winter Night Watch in its 23rd year

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch program began its 23rd year December first.
Winter Night Watch provides hot meals and winter clothes to Omaha's homeless and near-homeless.

Last year, Winter Night Watch provides 16,500 meals between December first and the end of February. They also handed out more than 8,000 winter items, such as coats and hats.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:49 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Holiday Market Saturday and Sunday at Aksarben Village

Omaha, NE – The sixth annual Holiday Market happens Saturday and Sunday.

The Holiday Market is at Aksarben Village again this year. Heidi Walz, project manager for the Holiday Market, says it features something for everyone. "We have everything from baked goods and cheese and meat, some of your favorite Farmers Market staples, and then things like soap, and stationery, handmade clothing and purses, somebody selling educational toys, gourd art, glass work, photography, lots of fun treats for your dogs and cats."

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:59 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Johanns concerned about proposed changes to rules regarding farm work

Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Mike Johanns is concerned about proposed rule changes by the Department of Labor that could affect farm workers.

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