12:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Omaha Mayor says sales tax increase won't be on the November ballot

A half-cent increase in Omaha’s sales tax could generate $45 million for the city.

Nebraska lawmakers last week overrode Governor Dave Heineman’s veto of legislation allowing cities to raise their sales tax rate. Doing so would require supermajority approval from both the city council and voters.

Omaha’s current sales tax rate is 7 percent, with 1.5 percent of it local. Mayor Jim Suttle says there are no plans to put the sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot.

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12:39 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Health Rankings report shows STD rate, percent of children living in poverty up in Douglas County

A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.

The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting.  Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.

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2:08 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Lewis and Clark Trust seeking to expand National Trail, education, and outreach

Lewis and Clark Trust Inc. board member Jim Mallory speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing the Trust.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

A foundation seeking to expand the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail will have its headquarters in Omaha.

National Park Service officials on Thursday announced the formation of the Lewis and Clark Trust. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s two-year expedition from Illinois to Washington is documented along what is now the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

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11:23 am
Wed April 18, 2012

American Cancer Society: prognosis good if prostate cancer is caught early

The American Cancer Society says the survival rate for men who have prostate cancer is nearly one hundred percent over five years if the cancer is caught early.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett announced Tuesday that he has stage one prostate cancer. Buffett will begin a two-month course of treatment in July.

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11:08 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Durham Museum seeking Mindbender Masters


Area students and community volunteers have an opportunity to become “Mindbender Masters” through the Durham Museum’s Good Works Program. 

The program is a service-based initiative that will train participants for the Museum’s summer exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Volunteers or “Mindbender Masters” will guide visitors through the exhibition, helping them complete brainteasers and challenges.

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4:38 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett announced Tuesday he has stage 1 prostate cancer.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett has stage 1 prostate cancer.

Buffett told shareholders in a letter released Tuesday afternoon of his diagnosis. In the letter, the 81-year-old Buffett says "the good news is I've been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."

Buffett says he was diagnosed last Wednesday. Last Thursday, he had a CT scan and a bone scan. That was followed Tuesday by a MRI.

Politics & Elections
10:24 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Douglas County Board holding three off-site meetings

The Douglas County Board is taking its meetings to different locations over the next three months.

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting is at the Metro Community College South Omaha campus Industrial Training Center. May 22nd, the board will meet at Westside High School. A third offsite meeting is set for June 19th at the Omaha Public Schools TAC building. All meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

11:08 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Requests for food assistance from Salvation Army up 36 percent

The Just Can It food drive is April 16-20.
image courtesy Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Omaha says the need for assistance from their food pantry is up 36 percent.

The Salvation Army and UNO’s Just Can It food drive has a new partner this year: the city of Omaha. Next week, all three will collect donations will the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The city of Omaha will collect donations as part of its Tuna Tuesdays food drive.

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12:36 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

South High School celebrates 50 years of show choir

The Omaha South High School Ambassadors Show Choir.
courtesy OPS

Omaha South High School’s Ambassadors Show Choir is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A 50 year reunion concert is scheduled for Saturday evening at South High School. The Ambassadors Show Choir began in 1962 as the Choralaires. Among the 100 participants in this weekend’s reunion show are members of that choir.

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1:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

NRC confirms serious safety threat findings at Fort Calhoun Station

Fort Calhoun Station
courtesy OPPD

The NRC has confirmed a finding that an electrical fire last June at the Fort Calhoun Station was a serious safety risk.

Tuesday’s report follows a preliminary finding issued last month by the Commission. The June 7, 2011 fire caused an alert to be issued at the nuclear plant. It was closed at the time due to Missouri River flooding.

NRC Region 4 spokeswoman Lara Uselding says the finding is a so-called “red” threat, meaning it’s a high safety significant issue.