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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.

On the web: Omaha Public Schools

Omaha
2:04 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Task Force to study solutions to substandard housing, problem landlords

 

The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.

Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.

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Omaha
8:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

City of Omaha, Empowerment Network partner on program for youth

The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.

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Education
8:46 am
Tue March 20, 2012

OPS to begin interviews of six candidates for superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board will begin interviews this Friday of six candidates for superintendent.

Board members met Monday afternoon with consultant Marvin Edwards of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Last fall, the board selected the Chicago-based firm to lead the search for OPS' new superintendent. John Mackiel plans to retire at the end of this school year after nearly four decades with OPS.

Board members will interview candidates Friday and Saturday. They'll narrow the list to three finalists, who will be interviewed next weekend.

Omaha
1:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Interim Omaha Police Chief chosen; nationwide search for new chief to begin Tuesday

Deputy Police Chief David Baker.
courtesy OPD

A 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department will serve as Interim Chief.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office announced Monday that Deputy Police Chief David Baker is the new Interim Chief, as of March 31st. He’ll take over for Police Chief Alex Hayes, who is retiring March 30th.

Baker became a Deputy Chief four years ago. Prior to that, he was a Captain in both the southwest and northeast precincts. He’s also OPD’s executive bureau officer.

Business
9:17 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Outlook Nebraska adds new equipment and additional employees

Outlook Nebraska's new 7.1 MILE Rewinder.
Photo by Katie Schubert KIOS-FM

 

An Omaha manufacturer with a workforce primarily of blind or visually impaired employees is expanding its operation.

Outlook Nebraska held an open house Friday to showcase its new 7.1 MILE Rewinder. The company employs 62 people, 42 of whom are blind or visually impaired.  Outlook Nebraska makes toilet tissue and paper towels. The product is sold to the government. 

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Omaha
10:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Omaha receives IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

A map of Omaha's midtown neighborhoods.
Courtesy www.destinationmidtown.org

Omaha is one of eight U.S. cities to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant this year from IBM.

IBM awarded Smarter Cities Challenge grants to 33 cities worldwide. The grant brings a team of IBM analysts to the city for three weeks. In Omaha, the team will study redevelopment in the city’s east and northeast neighborhoods. 

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Politics & Elections
1:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Omaha Mayor signs anti-discrimination ordinance

 

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has signed an ordinance banning discrimination in all public places on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mayor Suttle signed the ordinance Thursday at City Hall. The city council narrowly approved it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace and all public places.

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Omaha
8:53 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Community groups call for investigation in to Omaha Police Department

 

A citizens group called Omahans for Justice Alliance wants the Department of Justice to investigate how Omaha Police use force.

The group includes the ACLU of Nebraska and Nebraskans for Peace. They send a letter Tuesday to the DOJ, asking its civil rights division to investigate OPD. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at UNO and a part of the group requesting an investigation, says the DOJ could order reforms if they find misconduct. 

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