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Master Transportation Plan Gets a Makeover

In a wave of bike helmets and Velcro gloves, over 70 cyclists pedaled to a public forum hosted by the City of Omaha Planning Department. The two hour presentation discussed a proposed revision of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan.

The cling of bike shoe clips and rattling car keys could be heard as motorists, walkers, bus riders and others filled 250 seats in the Scott Conference Center....

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<p>  Urban Village's Scott Semrad and Gerald S. Reimer</p>

Building a Village in Midtown

“The location in Midtown wasn’t a problem as far as getting renters to move inwards,” said Scott Semrad, part owner of midtown-based Urban Village. “We had the product, but it was trying to push the location of that product that was the problem.”

It was a gorgeous day at Delice in Midtown Crossing. The hustle of the area was exciting; young professionals grabbing lunch, ladies enjoying their...

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Beating The Odds

New test scores from Nebraska’s public schools recently showed a big drop in math scores, as the state adjusts to new testing requirements. In the first of a series of reports on how Omaha schools are performing, we stopped by South Omaha to talk to a principal who’s beating the odds.

As Principal John Campin walks the brightly colored halls of Gomez Heritage Elementary School, he points out...

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<p>  Brother Mike Bilmonth outside property located at 43rd and Burdette</p>

A Decent House for Everyone

Early in his life as a brother in the Society of Jesus, his superiors asked Mike Willmot what kind of work he wanted to do. The former Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) University High School three-sport athlete said he wanted to coach. Perhaps as a lesson in obedience or humility, the Jesuits instead had him learn cabinet making and welding.

It was hard to see the practicality of it. But the...

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Educator Tackles The Other

Ferial (Mohamed) Pearson's work with GLBT and other high-risk youths at South High Magnet School earned her the 2010 Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's National Educator of the Year award and the 2011 National Education Association's Creative Leadership in Human Rights honor.

Pearson, now with the Avenue Scholars Foundation, continues her advocacy work among kids struggling with...

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Global warming expert: Flooding caused by climate change

This summer has seen its fair share of drastic conditions around the country, including record flooding along the Missouri River. Overlooking its swollen banks at Omaha’s riverfront landing, one scientist has a simple explanation for the past three months of flooding. While many consider the flood man-made, Dr. James Hansen sees clear signs of carbon build-up in the atmosphere.

"We’ve had...

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Fremont Builds Anti-Immigrant Defense Fund to $1.1 million

by Lindsey Peterson

The City of Fremont is budgeting for another year of judicial sparring in the case of its illegal immigration ordinance. Passed and then soon halted last summer, the ordinance aims to punish those renting to and hiring illegal immigrants. Now tied up in U.S. District Court, the city is currently being represented by Kansas Secretary of State and Federation for American...

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Common Sense Adds to Truancy Law

It’s a plan that builds on an older plan. Last year, LB 800 was signed into law. That enacted sweeping reforms in truancy prevention and juvenile justice – if a child was truant for more than 20 days of the school year, the county attorney would get involved, and the parents and children might find themselves in court or facing fines. That led to an influx of truancy cases that county attorneys...

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