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7:35 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Douglas County Board opposed to legislation ending inheritance tax

Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.

During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Committee hears legislation cutting the size of Omaha Public Schools Board

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

3rd Annual At Ease Awareness Luncheon features Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta

Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta, US Army, Retired

Omaha, NE – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska presents its annual At Ease Luncheon on Monday, January 30th.

The event takes place at Omaha's CenturyLink Center. Bev Carlson is PR Director for LFS. She says At Ease is a program that provides therapeutic support and trauma treatment for active duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised from the luncheon will go back into the program.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month

Omaha, NE – The Midlands Mentoring Partnership estimates 35,000 youth in the Omaha metro need mentors.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Radiation: Facts, Fantasies and Phobias the subject of tonight's Omaha Science Cafe

David Crouse, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at UNMC, is the guest speaker. He says issues related to radiation and radiation exposure have always been in the public eye. Crouse says there's a great deal of knowledge about radiation and its effects, but since radiation can't be seen, tasted or heard, the public is fearful of it.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:21 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Fourth candidate enters GOP race for Second Congressional District

Omaha, NE – The former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party is seeking the GOP nomination for the Second Congressional District.

Glenn Freeman announced his candidacy last week. Freeman is the third challenger to incumbent Congressman Lee Terry in the Second District race. Financial Advisor and former Husker Quarterback Brett Lindstrom, and UNO mathematics department chairman Jack Heidel, are also candidates.

Freeman says his campaign will focus on the national deficit and state sovereignty.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu January 5, 2012

One year later, Millard South marks anniversary of deadly school shooting

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.

The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:01 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

OPS board gets superintendent leadership profile

Omaha, NE – Stakeholders in the Omaha Public Schools district want a new superintendent who's approachable, fully involved in the community, and focused on students.

Those are some of the results from 1,090 responses received during public forums and from an online survey. Consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates used those responses to shape a leadership profile presented to the OPS board Wednesday.

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