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Omaha Catholic Schools is delaying the new school year for students on six of its campuses.  Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Bernadette, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Thomas More and the Dual Language Academy will now start classes on August 31st.  The schools were originally set to welcome students back on August 20th, but officials delayed the starting date due to COVID-19 concerns. Omaha Public Schools want to purchase more than 20-thousand digital thermometers for student use. WOWT-TV6 reports the school wants to spend 95-thousand dollars of philanthropic money.

Iowa Gov's Pandemic Response Sinks Her Approval Rating

Aug 3, 2020

Doctors across Iowa are urging Governor Kim Reynolds to enact a statewide face mask mandate.  WHO-TV reports dozens of medical professionals gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday and presented data they say proves masks can slow the spread of coronavirus.  Iowa is one of only three states in the country that don't have some sort of mask mandate.

State health officials announced 344 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 25,766 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 328 deaths. Thirty-seven percent of hospital beds and 80 percent of ventilators are available. New unemployment claims decreased in Nebraska last week. The Department of Labor reported 3,544 initial claims, a decline of more than ten percent from the week before. However, officials announced 1,570 new pandemic unemployment assistance claims for the past week. This is an increase of four-point-nine percent.

Nebraska’s meatpacking plants won’t have to worry about any new state-mandated safety restrictions this year, despite outbreaks of the coronavirus among their workers. A Nebraska lawmaker who wanted to add more protections on Wednesday failed to secure sufficient support for the idea. Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, fell two votes short of the 30 he needed to introduce a bill this session. Bills can only be introduced during the first 10 days of each session, unless a super-majority of lawmakers agrees to suspend the rule.

Billy McGuigan is taking the party outside! Experience Billy McGuigan’s Pop Rock Orchestra from the socially-distanced comfort of your own car. All your favorite rock ‘n’ roll mega hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in a drive-in style concert—live from the OCP parking lot! Led by international touring artist Billy McGuigan and backed by the 9-piece Pop Rock Orchestra, these all-star musicians serve up fresh, original arrangements covering everything from The Beach Boys to Billy Joel.

Billy took some time out of his busy day to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show and the thrill and reward of performing in front of a live audience. 

The show runs August 5th through the 23rd and ticket information is available at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/poprock/

There are now more than 25-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were 25-thousand-157 cases and 321 coronavirus-related deaths in the state.  Douglas County leads Nebraska with more than 98-hundred COVID-19 cases. Officials say dozens of inmates at the Douglas County Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus. A news release from the county says 36 of 41 inmates in a single housing unit at the jail recently tested positive for the virus.

This school supply drive, organized by community-minded local banks, is collecting items until July 31, 2020, for a dozen Omaha metro charities!

Marjorie Maas, Executive Director of SHARE Omaha, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the drive and all the different ways everyone can participate to help students have the materials they need to start the most different school year on record on the right foot!

For information on how to be a part of this drive, one can go to www.shareomaha.org/supplies 

The full uninterrupted 30 minute interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

The final installment of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 4 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 3 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 2 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

**UPDATE:  The full 30 minute interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  The final installment of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part four of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part three of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part two of the interview is posted below.

Omaha Public Schools will resume in-person classes starting August 11th.  This school year will be like none in recent memory and there are many questions.  

Mike Hogan had the opportunity to sit down with the Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cheryl Logan, to chat about why, how, and what to expect when in-person classes resume.  A segment of this five-part interview airs each day this week at 7:45 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. on 91.5 KIOS-FM, with each segment posted to this webpage daily.  On Friday, the unabridged interview will also be posted in its entirety.

Segment #1 is posted below.

State health officials announced 198 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 20,623 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 284 deaths. Hospital capacity is currently at 41 percent, and 78 percent of ventilators are available. Meanwhile, the number of people filing new unemployment claims in Nebraska surged last week to its highest level in nearly two months. The U.S. Department of Labor says 6,143 people filed initial claims for benefits during the week that ended July 4. That’s a roughly 46% increase over the 4,203 new claims from the prior week.

**UPDATE: The entire interview has been posted below.  It has been broken into three segments for ease of listening during your schedule.

A candid Mayor Stothert discusses the pandemic, the protests, the riots, and what she and her office are doing to drive change in Omaha.

Thursday, July 2nd at noon, from the studios at 33rd and Burt, a special, extended installment of “Live & Local.” 

Host Mike Hogan gets to sit down for an hour with the current and first woman mayor of the city of Omaha, Jean Stothert.   That will be broadcast live at noon and posted online after the broadcast.  You can listen at 91.5 FM or just click the “Play” button above.

Storm Chasers Cancel 2020 Season

Jul 1, 2020

The Omaha Storm Chasers will not be taking the field this year.  Minor League Baseball announced yesterday that it is canceling the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, Major League Baseball also announced that it would not provide its minor league affiliates with any players this year.  The Storm Chasers are still planning to stage its fireworks show at Werner Park on Friday.

There are now more than 19-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were 19-thousand-42 COVID-19 cases and 269 deaths reported across the state since the pandemic started.  Douglas County has seen seven-thousand-19 cases.  There have been 741 coronavirus cases in Pottawattamie County during the pandemic, and 17-hundred in Lancaster County.

Lincoln Journal Star

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is approaching 19-thousand.  As of yesterday, there were 18-thousand-899 cases and 267 deaths reported statewide.   Douglas County has seen the most coronavirus cases in the state with nearly seven-thousand. State health figures show the number of hospital beds available in Nebraska has dropped below 40% as the state continues to see more COVID-19 cases confirmed. The state's online coronavirus tracker shows that as of Thursday, 2,330 of the state's total 3,834 hospital beds were occupied. That left 1,504, or 39%, of hospital beds available.

The following is a letter from Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan to the OPS staff.  Near the bottom of the letter is a link to live stream a presentation to the Board of Education tonight at 6:30 p.m.

To Our Omaha Public Schools Staff:

When early August arrives, more than five months will have passed since we last learned with students in-person. We have actively planned for a responsible reopening of our schools throughout the spring and summer. Your safety and care will continue to be at the forefront. You bring education to life for our young people.

Pandemic Leads To Record-Setting Fuel Tax

Jun 24, 2020

Nebraska's state motor fuels tax is expected to reach a new record high.  The "Omaha World Herald" reports that starting July 1st, the motor fuels tax will reach 33-point-two-cents per gallon, which marks an increase of nearly four cents.  State officials say the higher tax is needed to offset a loss of revenues to the state road-building fund due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nebraska Covid Total Surpasses 18,000

Jun 24, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 18-thousand.  Officials confirmed 135 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 18-thousand-92.  Douglas County has seen the most COVID-19 cases in Nebraska with more than 64-hundred.

Nebraska will extend its unemployment benefits for the first time in nearly 40 years in response to the mass layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Labor says it will provide up to an additional 13 weeks for eligible recipients who have exhausted their regular or pandemic unemployment benefits. The extended benefits were triggered when the state unemployment rate hit 5.2% during the week of June 14. Other states are offering similar extended benefits based on their unemployment rate.

State health officials announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 17,415 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 240 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 42 percent of hospital beds and 80 percent of ventilators are available. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says counties that require masks in government offices will not be eligible for coronavirus relief funds.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis schools have closed early, families have lost loved ones and over 38 million people have filed for unemployment. To answer the challenges here at home, Omaha Public Schools is participating in the UDSA Emergency Food Distribution program. KIOS’s Joshua LaBure talked with some of the staff at OPS.

Nebraska Prepares For Third Phase Of Reopening

Jun 16, 2020

The state of Nebraska is about to enter the third phase of its reopening plan.  Starting June 22nd, fan attendance at sports events will no longer be limited to household members of participants, food may be consumed at bars, indoor gatherings may be held at 50-percent capacity and outdoor gatherings can take place at 75-percent capacity.  Salons, barbershops, massage and tattoo businesses will be able to operate at 75-percent capacity, and capacity limits will also increase at childcare facilities.  Hall, Merrick, Dakota, and Hamilton counties will move into Phase Two of reopening while t

Dozens of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska.  State officials confirmed 92 cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 16-thousand-725.  There have been 216 COVID-19 deaths reported in Nebraska during the pandemic.  Nearly 58-hundred cases have been reported in Douglas County. Nebraska small businesses and livestock producers that took a hit from the coronavirus pandemic will get the chance to apply for financial assistance starting today.

There are now more than 16-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  One-hundred-42 new cases were confirmed yesterday bringing the statewide total to 16-thousand-25.  There have been 195 COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska.  Douglas County has seen the most cases in the state with 52-hundred-45.

More than 130 new COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported 131 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 15-thousand-883.  There have been 191 COVID-19 deaths statewide.  Nearly one-third of Nebraska's coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County.

Two children in Nebraska have been diagnosed with a rare and serious inflammatory condition that’s linked to the new coronavirus. Last week, a 9-year-old Lexington boy was diagnosed with the condition. On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department announced that a child under 12 has been hospitalized with the condition. That news comes as the one-day total of new coronavirus cases dropped to under 100 for the first time since May 10.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is growing.  As of yesterday, there had been 15-thousand-634 cases and 188 deaths reported across the state since the start of the pandemic.  More than five-thousand coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County. The Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha says the priests at St.

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