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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Million Meal March' seeks to provide food for families in Omaha, throughout the world

An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.

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Education
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Omaha Public Schools begins 2012-13 budget process

Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.

OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget.  Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.

Politics & Elections
10:22 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Four Omaha Public Schools board members not seeking re-election

Four Omaha Public Schools board members aren’t seeking re-election.

Last Wednesday was the deadline for incumbents to file for the 2012 election. Board members Mary Ellen Drickey, Kersten Borer, Sandra Jensen, and Nancy Huston did not file. Drickey, Huston, and Jensen are longtime board members.

Board president Freddie Gray and Subdistrict 6 board member Mary Morrissey are seeking re-election. Candidate information from the Douglas County Election Commission shows James M. English is running against Gray in Subdistrict 2. Morrissey is running unopposed.

Business
11:49 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Community development, inclusion and leadership among topics of Omaha Young Professionals Summit

Omaha’s young professionals will gather next week for an event focused on their community.

The event happens next Wednesday, February 29,  at the CenturyLink Center. Last year, Forbes Magazine named Omaha as one of the top cities for young professionals. Omaha also made Forbes’ list of most affordable cities.

Among the topics are community development, leadership, building a a personal brand, and social media. Author and designer Bruce Mau is the keynote speaker.

Politics & Elections
5:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Rep. Lee Terry seeking eighth term in U.S. House

Second District Congressman Lee Terry will seek an eighth term in the U.S. House.

Terry, an Omaha Republican, announced his candidacy Sunday afternoon. He was elected to the House in 1998. Terry faces four challengers in the GOP primary: former Husker quarterback and financial adviser Brett Lindstrom, UNO Mathematics Department professor and chairman Jack Heidel, Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and Paul Anderson.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Terry served on the Omaha City Council.

Omaha
2:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Omaha ends 2011 budget year with projected $740,000 deficit

The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.

City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Omaha's Burke High School to get video board from Rosenblatt Stadium

Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium hosted the NCAA College World Series for more than six decades until its closure in 2010.
photo courtesy Google Images

 

The video board from Omaha’s landmark Rosenblatt Stadium will soon have a new home.

Burke High School will have the video board in time for the Nebraska state track meet May 18th. Bob Danenhauer, supervisor of athletics for the Omaha Public Schools,  says it’ll cost $400,000 to locate the video board at Burke, which will be paid for with donations.

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Education
2:56 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Creighton University's new president gives his first convocation address

Creighton University president Fr. Timothy Lannon.
photo courtesy Creighton University

Creighton University’s new president says long-term strategic and financial planning are important to the school’s success.

Father Timothy Lannon gave his first convocation address earlier this week. He’s the first Creighton University alumnus to serve as the school’s president. He says 25 percent of this year’s freshman class at Creighton University are first-generation college students. They’re fron all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 38 countries.

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Omaha
1:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New apartments, community services facility planned for Siena/Francis House campus

Officials break ground for new efficiency apartments and a community services facility at Siena/Francis House.
photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.

A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.

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Politics & Elections
2:12 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

State of the City: Omaha Mayor focused on jobs, reducing crime, flood recovery

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
Photo courtesy city of Omaha

Job creation, reducing crime, and flood recovery were dominant themes in Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s third State of the City address.

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