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Young kids set abandoned Omaha house on fire

Omaha firefighters rushed to battle a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 43rd and Sprague Streets. The house had been abandoned and there was no electricity or gas service at the house that was heavily damaged. Investigators determined that three juveniles were responsible for the fire and admitted to fire play. Investigators say there was evidence […]

Early childhood education touted as way to fight crime (AUDIO)

A push is underway to promote early childhood education as a way to reduce crime. Advocates admit this is a long-term solution, but argue that money spent upfront in the first few years of life could make the difference between a child growing up to be a criminal or growing up to be a productive […]

Concerns over Omaha’s new Municipal Land Bank

Nebraska’s largest city is taking steps to rid neighborhoods of vacant, abandoned and run-down houses. The Omaha City Council approved the creation of a Municipal Land Bank that can either purchase or accept donations of those properties clean them up and resell. One of the goals is to rid neighborhoods of these eyesores. John Chatelain […]

Summer blood supply is “stable” but donors are still needed

Hospitals in Nebraska and two neighboring states use 38-thousand pints of blood every day, yet only about one-in-ten residents who are eligible to give blood do so once a year. The LifeServe Blood Center is appealing for blood donors this summer. While the region has a “stable” blood supply at the moment, spokeswoman Nicole Hanger […]

Pipeline protesters plan pickets through Lincoln today

Protesters who support climate change legislation and who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project are marching across the country today. A group of protesters led by BOLD Nebraska will march to the state capital in Lincoln. BOLD spokeswoman Jane Kleeb says they’re delivering 1,000 petition signatures which ask the governor to disclose the contents of […]