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General News
3:01 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Omaha bicyclists log more than 65,000 miles during winter challenge

 An estimated 250 Omahans commuted to work and home by bicycle during the winter.

Activate Omaha sponsored the Winter Bicycle Commuter Challenge. The 250 cyclists logged 5,350 trips and more than 65,000 miles. Activate Omaha director Julie Harris says exercise is only one reason why some people choose to commute by bicycle. For others, Harris says it's a necessity: commuting by bicycle is less expensive than driving.

 

Education
1:04 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

OPS board chooses Des Moines schools leader as new superintendent

Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring.
courtesy OPS

The superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools is OPS’ choice for its new leader.

The OPS board voted Monday to hire Nancy Sebring as superintendent. Sebring has served as superintendent in Des Moines for the past six years. 11 board members voted in favor of Sebring, with board member Nancy Kratky not voting.

Sebring will take over following the retirement of John Mackiel at the end of this school year.

The OPS board will meet Monday night in closed session to discuss the terms of Sebring’s contract.

Education
1:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

OPS meeting Monday to discuss, possibly vote on new superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board has a special meeting Monday at noon to discuss and possibly vote on a superintendent candidate finalist.

OPS held public meetings last week with the three superintendent candidates. Wednesday, OPS’ current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning, ReNae Kehrberg, took questions. Thursday’s meet and greet was with Daniel Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin. Last Friday, Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring took questions on the achievement gap, leadership, and testing.

Crime
9:27 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Omaha Police investigating a carjacking at UNO

Omaha Police are investigating a carjacking Thursday night on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

The incident happened just after 7 PM Thursday. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Barbara Simcoe, was in her vehicle and had the door open. The suspect allegedly approached her vehicle, displayed a knife, and told her to get out of the car. Police say the suspect pulled Simcoe from her car and took off in the vehicle, a white 2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon.

Simcoe is an associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

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.

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