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Education
1:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

OPS hires consulting firm for second superintendent search

The Omaha Public Schools board will use a consulting firm from the Chicago area to assist with its second search for a new superintendent.

OPS board members voted Monday night to hire Proact Search of Wilmette, Illinois.  The school district is once again searching for a new superintendent following the resignation in early June of Nancy Sebring. She was to begin her new job as OPS superintendent July first, but resigned following reports that she used her Des Moines Public Schools email account to send sexually explicit messages.

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Weather
3:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Friday evening

The Salvation Army of Omaha will have its cooling centers open the rest of the week.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Omaha metro area through Friday. All four cooling centers will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. The centers are the Council Bluffs Corps, North Corps at 24th and Pratt Streets, the Kroc Center in South Omaha, and the Lied Renaissance Center at 36th and Cuming Streets.

Salvation Army officials say donations of bottled water are needed for the cooling centers.

Sports
12:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

USA Swimming to decide next spring what city will host the 2016 Swim Trials

When USA Swimming considers site possibilities for the 2016 U.S. Olympic swim trials, it isn’t driven by attendance figures alone—and Omaha isn’t a lock to host for a third time.  

USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus says officials representing several different cities have already expressed interest in hosting the 2016 trials. Some have even shown up to check it out. Wielgus says he hopes Omaha is in the bidding, because any other city that competes for the trials in ’16 will have high standards to match.

Sports
8:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Swim Trials: Phelps, Lochte and team USA prepare for London

Michael Phelps won a race Thursday night, which is not unusual.  But it was without a head-to-head battle with Ryan Lochte, which has become the Battle of the Titans this week at the Olympic swimming trials at CenturyLink Center. As Omaha Public Radio’s Greg Echlin reports, Phelps showed Thursday he’s human.

Weather
8:13 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Heat Advisory, Air Quality Action Day in Omaha metro

A heat advisory is in effect Friday for the KIOS listening area, along with an Air Quality Action Day.

MAPA says an Air Quality Action Day is issued when there are elevated ozone levels. That can cause respiratory difficulties in people with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.

Omaha
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

No property tax increase in Douglas County's 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners are set to vote July 10 on the new fiscal year budget.

The county’s new fiscal year begins Sunday. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday on the $325 million budget proposal. Departments were asked to keep their budgets flat, and justify any requested increases.

Budget and Finance Director Joe Lorenz says the county won't have to dip in to its existing reserves to fund programs in the 2012-13 budget year.

Education
2:39 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS puts 2012-13 budget proposal online

The Omaha Public Schools board is set to vote in September on a new $481.2 million budget.

This year, the budget materials are online, along with committee presentations and a public comment section. OPS’ new fiscal year budget projects a six-percent increase in state aid, but no change in property valuations.

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Sports
8:18 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Arizona wins 2012 College World Series

courtesy NCAA

The Arizona Wildcats are the 2012 NCAA College World Series champions.

Arizona beat South Carolina 4-1 Monday night in the second game of the CWS championship.  It's Arizona's first championship since 1986.

South Carolina won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.

 

Education
1:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS Board approves profile, application for interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board is moving ahead in its search for an interim superintendent.

Board members approved an interim superintendent candidate profile and application during a special meeting Monday afternoon. The board is working with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and American Association of School Administrators to find interim superintendent candidates.

The four-page application and one-page profile will now be used to find candidates for the interim position, which will be filled by September first.

Sports
10:38 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Multisports Complex to include Olympic swimming pool

The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials begin Monday, and one of the two pools used by Team USA qualifiers will stay in Omaha after the event.

 

Omaha Sports Commission officials announced Friday that the ten-lane warm-up pool will be part of a new Multisports Complex. Omaha business leaders Mike Cassling and Lisa Roskens raised $1 million to buy the pool. They're also leading an effort to raise funds for the complex.

 

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