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Omaha Public Radio News
6:52 am
Fri December 2, 2011

NOAA honors five members of USSTRATCOMM with a prestigious award

Omaha, NE – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored a team of five from the United States Strategic Command and its Joint Functional Component Command for Space with an Administrator Award in October.

Award-winner US Air Force Major Duane Bird is Space Situational Awareness Officer. He says the team created a method to provide positional data on 1,100 active satellites and about 22,000 trackable pieces of space debris. The team runs algorithms to predict the future positions of both.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Carlos Morales was the guest speaker at last month's Omaha Press Club

Omaha, NE – Carlos Morales was named Omaha's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, last fall.

Morales was the guest speaker at last months' Omaha Press Club forum. He discussed the City of Omaha's recent designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. He said Omaha currently has about 90 miles of biking trails but there are plans to increase that number.

Morales said the city is looking at ways to leverage local dollars to ensure that more trails are built. He said new study will begin in early to late January.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Defense authorization bill includes new STRATCOM headquarters

The headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command, at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue.
image courtesy STRATCOM

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Senate could later this week approve construction of a new headquarters for U.S. Strategic Command.

The current STRATCOM headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base was built in 1957. It's undergone several renovations. The Senate is set to vote on a military and defense reauthorization act.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:38 am
Wed November 30, 2011

You can experience the wonders of Christmas at Union Station

Omaha, NE – The Durham Museum's Christmas at Union Station celebration kicked off last weekend with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The festivities continue Friday with the museum's annual Ethnic Holiday Festival. Shawna Forsberg, Director of Marketing and PR for the museum, says the event is educational for children and gives them the opportunity to see how other cultures celebrate the holidays.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Iowa Ag Secretary tours flood-damaged farm land

Omaha, NE – Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says some farm fields in western Iowa won't ever be used again for production due to this summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Huskers' Heroes Game victory means new Habitat House in Omaha

Omaha, NE – A wager between Omaha and Council Bluffs' Mayors means a new Habitat for Humanity house will be built in north Omaha.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan wagered on last week's so-called "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa. If Iowa won, Mayor Suttle would help build a Habitat house in Council Bluffs. Since Nebraska won, it'll be Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan working with Habitat volunteers in Omaha to build a house at 38th and Seward Streets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

The Live Well Omaha Health Summit takes place Wednesday

Omaha, NE – The 2011 Live Well Omaha Health Summit takes place Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Kerri Peterson is the Executive Director for Live Well Omaha. She says the purpose of the summit is to update people on the latest health data for Douglas County, health trends and the work that's happening to make Omaha a healthier city.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

OPS sets public forums, sets up online survey for superintendent search

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools community has several upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the school district's search for a new superintendent.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:44 am
Mon November 28, 2011

The Salvation Army Behavioral Health Program Offers Peer Support Services

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army offers more than 20 programs that help people through points of crisis in their lives.

Susan Eustice is the Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army in Omaha. She says one of these programs is called Peer Support Services. The one-year-old program matches mentors to participants who are struggling with mental health issues.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:06 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Traveling exhibition at the downtown library explores the work of Maurice Sendak

From \"Where the Wild Things Are\" by Maurice Sendak

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Library is presenting an exhibit called "In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak."

Gary Wasdin is the Executive Director for the Omaha Public Library. He says the exhibit is a celebration of one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Sendak has illustrated more than 100 picture books including "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen." Wasdin says the exhibit focuses on Sendak's work, life and influences.

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