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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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Sports
3:16 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Three exhibits coming to Omaha celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947, when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
photo courtesy www.mlb.com

Three exhibits coming to Omaha in May tell the story of the Negro Leagues.

“Discover Greatness” opens May 20th at Conestoga Magnet School in north Omaha. Discover Greatness uses a series of photographs to discuss the history and significant of the Negro Leagues. The exhibit is being presented in partnership with Omaha’s Great Plains Black History Museum, and the Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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General News
4:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

278 of Omaha's "string of pearls" to be replaced in April

Omaha's "string of pearls" light a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive.
courtesy Google Images

278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.

The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.

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Weather
12:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Snow removal 'challenging,' but helped by additional resources

Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials update snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS

 

Omaha city officials say the combination of a weekend storm and extra contractors prevented the need to declare a snow emergency.

 Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials updated the city’s snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday. Saturday’s storm left more than nine inches of snow in Omaha.

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Weather
9:51 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Omaha metro gets 9 to 12 inches of snow from winter storm

The season's first significant winter storm left behind nine to 12 inches of snow in the Omaha metro area.

The National Weather Service says 8 inches of snow was reported at Offutt Air Force Base, and 9 inches in Omaha.  In southwest Iowa, Pacific Junction received 10 inches of snow. 

Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous. Before traveling, check www.511.nebraska.gov and www.511ia.org for road conditions.

 

On the web: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax

 

General News
2:36 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Authorities investigating death of Ralston's Fire Chief

former Ralston Fire Chief Kyle Ienn.
photo courtesy Ralston Fire Department

Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.

Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.

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