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 (Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha police officer Ken Fortune, who was shot while on duty last month, is back on duty.  The Lincoln Police Department tweeted a photo of Fortune, dressed in a police uniform, picking up cards and a gift sent to him by the LPD on Wednesday.  The police department said Fortune had fully recovered.  He was shot in the shoulder during a confrontation between gang-unit officers and two men in North Omaha on September 11th.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A Council Bluffs boy with brain cancer is getting a special message from one of his heroes.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Iron man star Robert Downey Junior recently sent a video to seven-year-old Jackson Tijerina encouraging him to stay strong during his fight against cancer.  Meeting the real Iron Man was the last item on a bucket list for Jackson created by his parents.  Jackson and his sister sent a response video to Downey Junior thanking him for the encouragement.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge will decide whether the University of Nebraska-Lincoln must turn over any records withheld from a fraternity that was suspended following accusations of hazing, alcohol abuse and inappropriate behavior.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the university's records director, Erin Bush, has withheld nearly 1,700 records from Phi Gamma Delta, which is suspended until 2020. Members had been accused of making vulgar comments to women during last year's Women's March in Lincoln.

Administrators say an investigation into the Women's March allegations led to a discovery of broader conduct issues.

Bush says most of the records are being kept confidential because they were part of Title IX investigations.

The fraternity seeks more information on investigations into members' alleged wrongdoing. Attorney Brian Brislen says UNL didn't appropriately exercise its redaction capabilities.

Following the death of her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and stumbles into an imaginary world where she begins to better relate to her often-misunderstood sister. Packed with humor and heart, this coming-of-age adventure/comedy explores the world of fantasy role-playing games and the rare opportunity to connect with a lost loved one.

Catie Zaleski stars as Agnes Evans and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the play, the 90's, and coming of age. 

More information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/monsters/

Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its “Shakespeare On Tour” program.  Now in its 13th season, “Shakespeare On Tour” travels to schools and communities throughout Nebraska and Iowa to bring Shakespeare’s work to thousands of students and families annually.

Sara Brown chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the company and being an artist in Omaha.  

More information is available at http://www.nebraskashakespeare.com/

(Ralston, NE)  --  Two World War Two veterans from Nebraska are finally getting a proper burial.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Bernard Doyle and Melvin Anderson both grew up in eastern Nebraska and joined the Navy around the same in the early 40's.  Boyle died during the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941 while Anderson died in a battle in November of 1944.  Both men's remains have just recently been identified from unknown graves at military cemeteries.  They will both have proper burials with their families this weekend.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Lincoln police are investigating after a pizza delivery driver fended off a robber.  Authorities say the victim was making a delivery to an apartment in the 16-hundred block of 20th Street when the incident took place early Sunday morning.  A possibly-armed man charged at the delivery driver, who was walking back to his vehicle, and ordered him to hand over his money.  The victim grabbed an empty pizza bag, and threw it at the robber, who fled empty-handed.    

(Lincoln, NE)  --  More Cabela's-related layoffs are planned.  According to a notice filed with the Nebraska Labor Department, more than 150 people who work on the credit card operation of Cabela's in Lincoln will lose their jobs.  Capital One Financial purchased Cabela's credit card operation when the Sidney-based outdoors retailer was acquired by Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops in a deal that was finalized last year.  Capitol One officials tell the "Omaha World Herald" that remaining employees in Lincoln will continue to serve Cabela's customers.

Dan Rigazzi makes his Opera Omaha debut as the Revival Director for Pagliacci.  Mr. Rigazzi has been on the Directing Staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2008. 

On October 19th and 21st he and the cast bring  Pagliacci to life at The Orpheum.  Dan stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his role in mounting the production and the current state of rehearsals. 

More information is available at https://www.operaomaha.org/season-tickets/current-season/2018-2019-season/pagliacci

(Omaha, NE)  --  An Omaha business is leveled in an explosion.  The blast took place yesterday morning inside a dry cleaning business near 168th and Harrison.  No one was inside the business and nobody was injured.  The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

What to do with kids to keep them safe and productive after they get out of school for the day is an age old problem.

Working parents have to decide to work or spend time at home with children after school lets out. That's why after school programs are important for the entire family.

More than 1,000 people gathered at UNO's Sapp Field House on Saturday to celebrate Omaha's after school programs.

Called Lights On After School, 34 Omaha Public Schools and dozens of non-profits formed Collective for Youth, which serves nearly 7,400 children.

There were some significant recalls this past week that you may have missed. Here are some of the things you may need to throw away or get fixed.

Millions of pounds of beef are targeted after a salmonella outbreak

The Blue Barn Theatre presents "Season 30: America in Pieces" with six theatrical events.  Artstic Director Susan Clement-Toberer and Susan Collins swing by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the history of this institution and the meaning of the current season.  More information is available at http://bluebarn.org/plays-events/

Watch Senate Cloture Vote on Kavanaugh Live

Oct 5, 2018
Liam James Doyle/NPR

The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has earned $1.7 million in federal performance bonuses after regaining its top-tier ranking in processing food stamp applications.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that state officials announced Thursday that Nebraska will get nearly $1.35 million for fiscal year 2017 and $335,846 for the previous year.

(Undated)  --  Creighton has been implicated in a college basketball FBI investigation into corruption in the sport.  According to reported testimony in New York, the father of prospect Brian Bowen claims Creighton assistant Preston Murphy offered his son one-hundred thousand dollars to play at Creighton, plus a lucrative job.  Creighton officials say they have not heard from the FBI or the NCAA on the allegations, but are taking the claims very seriously.

(North Platte, NE)  --  Municipal Light and Water officials are scratching their heads after a power outage in North Platte left as many as four thousand residents without power yesterday.  The culprit?  A large bird that apparently flew into an electrical transmission line a little before 11 a.m.  Officials say that prompted a circuit breaker to pop at the Nebraska Public Power District substation between the city and Lake Maloney.  Power was restored within about 20 minutes.

(Washington, DC)  --  Ben Sasse is likely to join fellow Nebraska Republican Senator Deborah Fischer in voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted out on Thursday afternoon that Sasse was undecided, but a spokesman for the senator said last night that he has long been and remains at leaning toward voting yes, and added that he is reviewing the new FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.  Sasse had voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He delivered an emotional speech on

(Lancaster County, NE)  --  A four-year-old boy is critically injured in a bounce house incident at a Lancaster County pumpkin patch.  Authorities say the boy and a five-year-old girl were inside a bounce house at JK's Pumpkin Patch north of Lincoln yesterday evening when a wind gust carried the house about 40 yards.  Authorities believe the bounce house was properly secured at the time of the incident.  Winds gusting to nearly 60-miles-per-hour were reported near the Lincoln airport yesterday evening.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is continuing to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Fischer announced yesterday that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court.  Fischer also tweeted yesterday that the ACLU should end an advertisement calling on her to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.  Starting today, U.S. senators can start examining the report from a supplemental FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The fight is continuing over a historic building in Omaha.  The owner of the property at 18th and Howard says the Omaha Planning Board voted yesterday to recommend local landmark status for the building.  The Douglas County Board advanced a plan last month to acquire the building by eminent domain and tear it down to build a new juvenile justice center.  The planning board's recommendation will go to the Omaha City Council for its consideration.

(Washington, DC)  --  A key Republican senator is speaking out about the controversy surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Ben Sasse of Nebraska gave a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night and said he had urged President Trump to nominate a woman for the Supreme Court seat months ago.  In his speech, Sasse spoke about two personal friends who were raped, and said the #MeToo movement was complicated, but a very good thing.  The senator said, "We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time."  President Trump continues to support Kavanaugh,

The Omaha Kroc center is a newly remodeled community center in the heart of South Omaha.  Their  programs focus on their mission: to help all people discover and develop their God-given talents. 

The free Community Appreciation Event is October 6th.  Kevin Boesiger and Jenny Andersen chat with Mike Hogan live in the KIOS studios about the mission, the event, and how folks can acquire free tickets.

More information is available at https://krocevents.org/

The Joslyn Castle is excited to announce the 9th annual Art and Literary Festival: Edgar Allan Poe - The Master of Mystery and Macabre! In partnership with Metropolitan Community College’s Theatre, Art, English and culinary school, the Art and Literary Festival will run from Oct. 7-21st at the Joslyn Castle, and will offer live theatre, lectures and discussion, POE-try contest, art, live music and much more!

Scott Working, Theatre Program Coordinator at Metro chats with Mike Hogan about the event and announces the encore presentation on October 21st!  

More information can be found at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/art-and-literary-festival.html

(Omaha, NE)  --  Discussions are underway to create a landlord registry in Omaha.  City officials gathered yesterday to discuss establishing a quality assurance program to help renters find landlords who provide secure and safe housing options.  The idea of a landlord registry stems from a mass inspection of an apartment complex near 34th and Lake last month that uncovered more than 25-hundred code violations.  Another committee meeting on the matter will take place later this month. 

(Bellevue, NE)  --  An Omaha-area park is continuing to be impacted by flooding.  Officials say Haworth Park has closed its camping sites and removed boat docks in the aftermath of last month's floods.  In addition, standing water remains over some of the park's walking trails, playground and picnic areas.    

You are invited to join the Omaha Police Department for National Coffee with a Cop Day on October 3, 2018.  Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for our community to get to know the department and a chance for Omaha Police Officers to hear from our community.

Each precinct will host an event. See the locations below:

   -The Northwest team will be at Hy-Vee, 7910 Cass Street from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

November 2nd is the evening during which Outlook Nebraska holds their annual fundraiser, the Vision Beyond Sight Banquet, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista. 

Rachel Carver, Public Relations Facilitator for Outlook Nebraska, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the event, the mission, and tackling life with vision impairment.

More information can be found at https://outlookne.org/event/vision-beyond-sight/

This Friday, October 5th at the Whiskey Roadhouse in the Horseshoe Casino, comedians come together for laughs and to raise money for The Micah House.  Funds raised will help complete the mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for those families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

Heather Jones, comedian and host of the show joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission and the event.  Mike Hogan will also perform an alledged "comedic set" on Friday.  More information is available at http://www.themicahhouse.org/comedy-for-a-cause/

Douglas County voters are planning to cast their ballots ahead of the November election.  Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says at least four-thousand requests for early ballots arrived in the mail yesterday.  Yesterday marked the first day ballots were being mailed to voters as well as the first day residents could sign up for an advanced ballot.  October 9th is the first day Douglas County voters can cast ballots early in person at the Election Commissioner's office.

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