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Business
1:49 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Study shows $729 million economic impact from Midtown Crossing development

A nighttime view of Omaha's Midtown Crossing.
courtesy Google Images

A new study shows Omaha’s Midtown Crossing generated more than $26 million dollars in tax revenue for the city and state over the past five years, with an overall economic impact of $729 million during that time.

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Sports
11:20 am
Thu March 29, 2012

U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in June

Olympic champion Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha in 2008.
courtesy boston.com/Google Images

The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in late June.

Omaha hosted the Swim Trials in 2008. It’s the biggest competition before the Olympics, which are in London this year. Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming, says so far this year 1,600 athletes have met qualifying standards. 1,100 athletes came to Omaha in 2008 for the Trials.

Busch says Omaha was a perfect location in 2008 for the Swim Trials. The CenturyLink Center arena and convention halls were converted to accommodate the Swim Trials, complete with practice pools.

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Omaha
11:44 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Task Force to study use of illegal guns in Omaha crimes

 

A task force of city officials, law enforcement, and private citizens will study additional ways Omaha can get illegal guns off the streets.

 

More than 800 illegal guns were taken off Omaha’s streets last year. The city ended 2011 with 37 homicides, and has recorded eight homicides so far this year.

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Education
8:48 am
Tue March 27, 2012

OPS superintendent finalists announced

OPS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning ReNae Kehrberg.
courtesy OPS

An Omaha Public Schools Assistant Superintendent is among the three finalists for the District’s new leader.

The OPS board announced the finalist candidates Tuesday morning. One is ReNae Kehrberg, OPS’ Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning. Daniel Nerad, the Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, and Nancy Sebring, the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools, are the other two candidates.

Meet-and-greet sessions with the candidates will be held Wednesday through Friday.

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Business
8:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Good 360 opens national distribution and sorting center in Omaha

image courtesy Good 360

North Omaha is the new home of a national distribution company’s new centralized location.

Good 360 opened its distribution and sorting center on North 16th Street Friday. The organization gets donations of new surplus or out of season products from corporations. They repackage and donate the products to nonprofits, who distribute the items to people in need.

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Education
1:13 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

OPS board to name superintendent candidate finalists Tuesday

The Omaha Public Schools board meets Tuesday morning to name its superintendent candidate finalists this week.

Board members interviewed four candidates Saturday in an all-day, closed-door session. A meeting is set for 8:30 AM Tuesday to announce the three finalists. They'll be interviewed starting Friday.

Whoever is named superintendent will take over following John Mackiel's retirement at the end of this school year. Mackiel has been with OPS for nearly four decades.

On the web: Omaha Public Schools

Omaha
2:04 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Task Force to study solutions to substandard housing, problem landlords

 

The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.

Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.

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Omaha
8:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

City of Omaha, Empowerment Network partner on program for youth

The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.

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Education
8:46 am
Tue March 20, 2012

OPS to begin interviews of six candidates for superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board will begin interviews this Friday of six candidates for superintendent.

Board members met Monday afternoon with consultant Marvin Edwards of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Last fall, the board selected the Chicago-based firm to lead the search for OPS' new superintendent. John Mackiel plans to retire at the end of this school year after nearly four decades with OPS.

Board members will interview candidates Friday and Saturday. They'll narrow the list to three finalists, who will be interviewed next weekend.

Omaha
1:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Interim Omaha Police Chief chosen; nationwide search for new chief to begin Tuesday

Deputy Police Chief David Baker.
courtesy OPD

A 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department will serve as Interim Chief.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office announced Monday that Deputy Police Chief David Baker is the new Interim Chief, as of March 31st. He’ll take over for Police Chief Alex Hayes, who is retiring March 30th.

Baker became a Deputy Chief four years ago. Prior to that, he was a Captain in both the southwest and northeast precincts. He’s also OPD’s executive bureau officer.

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