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Education
9:18 am
Thu May 24, 2012

C4K On Display focuses on life skills, leadership

An Omaha educator says he hopes the College for Kids program can expand and offer more opportunities to young men.

Paul Bryant is the former executive director of Wesley House. He also leads an organization called the Leadership Institute for Urban Education. For the past two years, Bryant has worked with young black men from north Omaha on leadership, business, etiquette, and public speaking. Saturday, the 25 young men in the College for Kids program at UNO will present financial portfolio proposals to a panel of business experts.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Construction underway on pools for U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

Construction began Wednesday on the pools for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The swim trials begin June 25th at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Setup began there at 2AM when workers removed the first eight rows of seats in the arena. Myrtha Pools will spend the next two weeks building two pools for the swim trials: an eight lane practice pool in the convention center, and a ten lane pool in the arena.

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Douglas County
2:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Douglas County Sheriff: budget request is flat, but additional deputies are needed

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he stands by his department’s request for additional funding in the coming fiscal year.

County department heads presented their budgets at a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July first. Commissioners asked all departments to present a flat budget.

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Omaha
1:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Douglas County Board meets Tuesday to continue budget discussions

The Douglas County Board wants to hear from the public about its 2012-13 budget.

County Commissioners will continue discussions on the budget Tuesday morning at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. Last week, board chairman Marc Kraft told Omaha Public Radio that all options are on the table in the coming fiscal year to raise revenue, including a possible tax increase. No decision has been made on that yet.

The current fiscal year budget of $311 million contains no tax increase.

Sports
8:09 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Thrills for Bob Boozer Didn't End With Basketball Career

courtesy Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Omaha basketball legend and community activist Bob Boozer died Saturday at the age of 75.

He played on the 1958 Final Four at Kansas State, the 1960 gold medal team in the Rome Olympics and the 1971 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.  However, some of Boozer's most memorable moments occurred after his playing career.

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Omaha
1:43 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Omaha Police hosting gun amnesty day Saturday

Omaha’s first gun amnesty day of 2012 is Saturday.

The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring the amnesty day at 50th and Ames. Last year, police collected 127 illegal or unwanted firearms during three gun amnesty events.

Lieutenant Shayna Ray of OPD’s Gang Unit says firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are accepted at the amnesty sites. Ray says guns and ammunition are accepted no questions asked. Police don’t get information from people who turn in illegal or unwanted guns at the amnesty day events.

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Omaha
10:06 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tax increase possible in Douglas County's new fiscal year budget

The Douglas County Board is starting the process of putting together a 2012-2013 budget.

Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Chairman Marc Kraft says everything is on the table, including a tax increase, because the county has limited sources of revenue. “The major challenge is that we have limited ability to create income sources. Most of our income comes from either grants or from property taxes, and a small amount comes from fees we charge.”

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Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

With primary approaching, Second Congressional District candidates focusing on the federal deficit

With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.

The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.

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Business
8:36 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Big Omaha conference focuses on entrepreneurship, collaboration

courtesy Silicon Prairie News

 

A conference bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators, and ideas begins today in Omaha.

Omaha-based Silicon Prairie News began Big Omaha in 2009. Now in its fourth year, the conference has grown to a three-day event with more than a dozen speakers.

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Omaha
3:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion Fire Departments announce a mutual aid agreement

Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion officials announced a mutual aid agreement during a news conference Tuesday.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

The Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion Fire Departments have announced a mutual aid agreement.

The automatic mutual aid agreement begins at 10 AM Wednesday. It means the closest fire department will respond to an emergency, regardless of jurisdiction. For example, if a Bellevue resident with an emergency lives closer to a south Omaha fire station, that station would respond first.

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