Voices: People in Poverty

Stories produced by Robyn Wisch and Angel Martin, KVNO News LISTEN HERE Single Mother Students at Brothers and Sisters Learning Center know Renisha Cooper as Ms. Ree-Ree. The single mother of two has been working at the child care center in North Omaha for the past four years. Last fall, she found out she had a tumor behind her eye, and is now partially blind. Cooper struggles to pay her...

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TransCanda investigating anomalies along original Keystone pipeline

TransCanada is digging up the original Keystone pipeline in 10 spots, including three in Nebraska, to look at anomalies in the line. A company spokesperson says the digs were part of a federally mandated audit, one of 55 already conducted, to determine if the pipeline had grown beyond limits established by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The proposed Keystone XL...

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NPPD purchases more wind power

A new Nebraska Public Power District contract is helping to revive the state's first wind farm. The Springview Wind Facility in central Nebraska — built as a demonstration plant in 1997 and retired in 2007 — is scheduled to operate again in the middle of next year, following a purchase agreement from the NPPD. The Omaha Public Power District is slated to share in some of the plant's energy...

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UNO faculty grooming journalists in Afghanistan

The University of Nebraska at Omaha kicks off a three-year exchange program aimed at educating journalists in Afghanistan this week. The $1.3 million program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, will send UNO faculty members to Kabul University to help build a fledgling journalism program. Starting next spring, students and professors from Kabul University will travel to Omaha.

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Arson suspected in pair of Omaha fires

Omaha Fire Department officials suspect arson in two of the city's three fires this week. Investigators determined a Dec. 8 fire at 17th and Fowler was intentional after finding an empty can of gas near the home. No one was injured in the fire. And officials say they have identified suspects in a Dec. 6 fire that burned an empty house at 28th and Manderson. An investigation is ongoing on a...

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OPS approves metal detectors at basketball games

The Omaha Public Schools board voted unanimously to put metal detectors outside certain OPS basketball games this winter. The board approved a $60,000 contract with a private security firm to operate the machines. OPS officials say the detectors will be used for high-profile games or when police recommend their use.

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Congress members ask for a new pipeline study

Twenty-eight members of Congress signed a letter on Dec. 3 urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department to request a new Environmental Impact Study on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. The lawmakers note in the letter that the Environmental Protection Agency gave the current EIS its lowest possible rating. "Not only does tar...

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Nelson not afraid of tax cut blowback

Ben Nelson is one Democrat who is on board with the bipartisan deal Barack Obama brokered to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans, even if it flies in the face of his party's goal to eliminate the breaks for the wealthy. "I've made it clear, I didn't make any campaign promises about this, so I'm only focused on my end," Nelson says in The Hill. "I've said that I thought that the debate...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting