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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has unveiled a plan to promote Nebraska abroad, increase trade with other countries and attract more foreign investment.

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — The police chief in a southern suburb of Omaha is still being paid even though he hasn't been to work in nearly 11 months.

Nebraska based comedian and actress Aubree Sweeney returns to Nebraska with a new show, a new TV pilot, and the RV in which she tours the country.  She chats with Mike Hogan about life on the road and women in comedy on "Live & Local" on Morning Edition.  More information can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/aubree.sweeney.3?hc_ref=ARTu6Rt88puGAq74MMcug0qQsTWeeEi9-wBPziVXMYw359scoxVHozgdhTh-z2cPhgE  

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An outspoken critic of Iowa's Medicaid privatization process says he has been removed as a chairman of a state council that monitors the state's shift to private management of its $5 billion Medicaid program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has decided it wants to build a new courthouse in Des Moines on the former riverfront site of a YMCA.

Viewers will see plenty of local talent at the world premiere of Green on Green tomorrow night at Aksarben Cinema.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and their first-ever lethal injection with an untried combination of drugs that includes a powerful painkiller responsible for much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could conceal whether something has gone wrong.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — State troopers seized nearly 47 pounds (21 kilograms) of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

According to Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, The July Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell last month to a solid level that continues to point to positive, but slower, growth for the next three to six months.

Omaha Performing Arts and the Omaha Symphony are partnering once again to help community members revive their musical talent through the Rusty Musician Experience on Sunday September 23, 2018.  The Rusty Musician Experience allows musicians of any experience level age 16 and older to play alongside Omaha Symphony musicians in the world-class Holland Performing Arts Center’s Kiewit Hall.  Joanie Mathis (VP  at Omaha Symphony) and Dominic Green (Community Engagement Manager Omaha Performing Arts) stop by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan. 

RALSTON, Neb. (AP) — A new city-sanctioned historic preservation commission aims to increase efforts to preserve Ralston's history.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A decades-old theater in Omaha is getting a digital marquee as part of a $1 million upgrade.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is phasing in a new electronic benefits card for the program that services low-income women and children.

Three Omaha locations were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places by The National Park Service.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two more pharmaceutical companies are objecting to Nebraska's use of lethal injection drugs that may have come from them.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who use the Affordable Care Act's marketplace for health insurance could see a much smaller rate increase in 2019 compared to previous years.

Families will have a rare opportunity to check out three of the metro’s largest arts organizations on one day at the Arts Block Party on Saturday, August 18th.

T Adam Goos, director of educational programming at Omaha Conservatory of Music, says this block party seemed like a natural thing to do, now that OCM, Omaha Community Playhouse and the Omaha Academy of Ballet are within blocks of each other. Goss says families will be able to experience the offerings at all three organizations in a hands-on way. 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Susan Christensen to the Iowa Supreme Court, making her the first woman to be on the state's highest court since 2010.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The State Department is seeking public input on its draft study of the Keystone XL pipeline's environmental impact in Nebraska.

The 5th annual New American Arts Festival, which features art from immigrants and refugees now living in Omaha, will take place in downtown Benson tomorrow,  August 3rd, from 5 to 10 p.m.

Billy McGuigan’s big band sound is back and opens tonight at the Omaha Community Playhouse!  Billy stops by the KIOS studios and chats with Mike Hogan about the show, the music, and how this project came together.  The show runs from August 1st through the 12th.  More information can be found at https://ticketomaha.com/Productions/billy-mcguigan's-rock-twist_2018  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials have closed the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge linking eastern Nebraska to western Iowa for a routine inspection.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey report suggests economic growth is still slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states.

  

  

Colony Collapse Disorder is a phrase that was coined around 2006, a time when honeybee colony losses reported in the US were well above average. Since then, more and more bees have been disappearing.  News Director Cheril Lee has the story on a Creighton researcher who’s studying one cause of the problem…

Lauren Martin, Executive Director of the Maha Musical Festival and Big Omaha joins Mike Hogan on "Morning Edition" to discuss the big name bands and events planned for the festival.  More information can be found at www.MahaMusicFestival.com.

Mark your calendars for the opening of the musical "Always...Patsy Cline" on August 3rd.  Actress Connie Lee plays the character Louise Seger and she joins Mike Hogan to discuss the musical, the history of the show, and the wonderful music of Patsy Cline.  More information and showtimes can be found at http://theatreartsguild.com/events/always-patsy-cline/ 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Home for Boys 4-H club is taking troubled teens out of their comfort zones and giving them chances to raise farm animals.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials are looking for new ways to help youths who enter the child welfare system, particularly in situations involving family drug use, but challenges remain in rural areas that lack treatment services.

Cyber Seniors is one of the original programs Do Space offered when it opened in November 2015.

Midnight Movies, first run showings, special engagements, celebrity-led discussions following screenings, Film Streams does it all and more.  Patrick Kinney, Communications Director, chats with Mike Hogan about the latest activities.  More information is available at www.FilmStreams.org

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