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Nebraska has started imposing new coronavirus restrictions after a second straight day of record hospitalizations for the virus in the state. Nebraska also reported 11 new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday. The state said 565 deaths have now been linked to the virus. Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the rate of new virus cases in Nebraska continued to rank fifth-highest in the nation Tuesday. The negative trend in virus cases prompted Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts to announce several new restrictions last week that took effect Wednesday.

Omaha Public Schools brought students back to in-person classes with Phase 1 of a several phased approach.  Superintendent of OPS, Dr. Cheryl Logan took the time to sit down with Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to answer questions.

In this four part interview, Dr. Logan talks about how the first week has gone, what they expect for the next phase, and how OPS can help parents and how important parents are to the success of the students.

All four parts of the interview are below.  If you are looking for more information or resources please check https://district.ops.org/

  

October is Blindness Awareness Month, and the nonprofit Outlook Enrichment typically has its biggest fundraising event of the year, the Vision Beyond Sight Banquet, to raise awareness during October of the capabilities of the visually impaired, as well as the needs of people affected by vision loss in our community. Since this is far from a typical year, Outlook Enrichment decided to cancel having a large group gathering and is instead going to celebrate Blindness Awareness Month in a new way.

Kaneko’s new exhibition, Community, will progressively open throughout October with three special Openings of exhibits by Watie White, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, and Therman Statom.  On October 29th their first-floor galleries will open to the public and by the end of November, the Tessellation Project installation and Juan Sanchez’s exhibit will open in our second-floor galleries.  Welcome back to KANEKO!

  

Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the North Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities.

CEO Eric Crawford joined Mike Hogan “Live and Local” to discuss how the organization has grown and uses many tools to help people get their lives in order and become self-sufficient.

More information can be found at https://heartministrycenter.org/.

KOLO

State health officials announced 621 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 46,185 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 493 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 29 percent of hospital beds and 78 percent of ventilators are available. There are 86 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County K-12 schools. The cases were reported in the last two weeks. The County Health Department says 46 cases are in staff members while 40 cases are students.  The department says more than 350 people are quarantining, while another 400 are self-isolating.

Family, Inc. in Council Bluffs is up for a huge grant and all you have to do is vote online.  Director of Public Health Services at Family, Inc., Jenny Sharrick, joined Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to discuss how they made it to the top 200 finalists nationwide to compete for votes online to be awarded $25,000 for their project.

Voting ends on 10/2 and the top 40 organizations all get a $25,000 grant.  If you would like to vote for Family, Inc. you can go to https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2034107

FAMILY, Inc. (www.FamilyIA.org) provides public health and family support services to women, children and families in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. It is FAMILY’s primary goal to assist parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher through education, empowerment, and wellness. With offices located in Council Bluffs and Walnut, Iowa the agency serves both urban and rural communities. These services are administered in homes, shelters, and community settings. Through its various programs, FAMILY works to ensure families have access to the services and support they need to allow their children to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn.

The general voting website for any other Omaha/Council Bluffs organization, is www.neighborhoodassist.com.

United Way of the Midlands hosted “Unlock the Power Within You,” a free, virtual event featuring special guest Chris Gardner, on September 23rd.

Gardner, who is ranked the 5th most motivational speaker in the world, is a critically-acclaimed author, entrepreneur, single parent and philanthropist.  His autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, served as inspiration for the 2006 film starring Will Smith.

Before the virtual event, Gardner took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about numerous topics.  The full, two part episode is posted below.  In this discussion, Chris discussed his experiences with poverty and homelessness and shared how his love for his son helped him overcome many of the challenges he faced.

If you missed the event, the link to it is below.  https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMidlands/videos/326339398690210/

More information is available at https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/

Due to forecasted cold weather, the previously scheduled free outdoor Omaha Symphony performances at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct 4 will now be held indoors at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Concert Hall.   

Dani Meier, Vice President of Artistic Administration and a member of the bass section, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to chat about the thrill of getting together and playing live music again.

Both performances will remain free and open to the public, but the events will now require that audiences RSVP via free ticket reservation.  It is recommended that attendees reserve their ticket ahead of time. Tickets may be reserved online at ticketomaha.com, by calling Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606, or through the Ticket Omaha app.  

There are now more than 45-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 45-thousand-44 cases and 475 coronavirus-related deaths reported statewide during the pandemic.  Douglas County leads the state with more than 16-thousand COVID-19 cases. Nebraska officials are defending the state’s $27 million contract with a Utah company to provide coronavirus testing services. In early April, state labs were running short on testing supplies at the same time all states were trying to significantly increase testing for the virus.

Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) helps immigrants who are often scared and confused by the U.S. legal system, and who cannot afford legal assistance from the private bar.  ILC is Nebraska’s largest immigration legal services nonprofit that employs full-time licensed attorneys and provides legal services for low-income immigrants.  ILC is uniquely positioned to take a holistic approach to their clients’ complex, interwoven immigration-related legal needs through their diverse team of specialized professionals.  Because all of their attorneys specialize in immigration law, they are able to draw on multiple resources that are available for the most complex casework.

Erik Omar, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Center, virtually stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to discuss the mission of this organization as well as their upcoming fund raising campaign, the 2020 Food Truck World Tour, with Mike Hogan.  

This years’ event will take place at the Mastercraft Building located at 13th and Millworks behind Hot Shops.  This will be on Sunday 10/11, from 2-6pm.  Due to COVID, this will be a drive thru format and will be routed through the parking lots to the west side of the building.  For more information or tickets, one can visit the website https://immigrantlegalcenter.salsalabs.org/FoodTruckWorldTour/index.html

Dreamweaver Foundation, an Omaha-based nonprofit, has been providing Facebook Portals® to seniors isolated during the pandemic to help them regain connection with loved ones.  Reactions to calling family on the Portal video device for the first time have ranged from tears of joy to an overwhelming sense of relief and independence.  With the overwhelming response (they have given out 300 Portals so far), Dreamweaver Foundation is hoping to share the news of this program to help keep it going.

Cheri Mastny, Dreamweaver Foundation Executive Director, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how easy it is to give the gift of hope to seniors.  The Portal devices are free to the seniors, use the resident wi-fi in the facility, and allow them to connect to their families.

For information on how to give a Portal to a senior or to nominate a senior in need of some joy and family connection, one can go to the website  https://dreamweaver.org/about/join-us-to-bring-joy-during-covid-19/.

WNIN

There are now more than 39-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Nearly 450 new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 39-thousand-419.  Officials have confirmed 449 COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska since the pandemic began. School districts in Pottawattamie County are urging people to follow COVID-19 safety measures.  Council Bluffs, Lewis Central, AHSTW, Riverside, Treynor, Tri-Center, and Underwood schools are taking part in the "Together We Can" program.  The districts launched a video on social media yesterday to promote the use of facemasks in schools.

Denver Post

Eight University of Nebraska football players are dropping their lawsuit against the Big Ten Conference.  The players filed the lawsuit last month after the conference announced that sports, including football, would not be played this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to a statement, the players instructed their attorneys to drop the lawsuit after the Big Ten announced that football would be played this fall.

Omaha Public Schools is prepared to responsibly reopen schools and welcome students back for in-person learning through a phased approach. The decision to transition to in-person learning follows months of planning with the health, safety and well-being of students, staff and families in mind.

Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin announced Tuesday the results of the grand jury investigation into the death of James Scurlock.  Jake Gardner has been indicted on the following counts: Manslaughter, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, attempted first-degree assault and terroristic threats.

Franklin said that much evidence came from Gardner himself and said that jurors learned information that "undermined" the narrative that the shooting was self-defense.

Omaha Public Library (OPL) closed on March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and remained closed due to City of Omaha budget concerns.  Following the approval of CARES Act funding by the state and county, Mayor Jean Stothert announced on August 25 that libraries may reopen.

Emily Getzschman, Marketing and Media Relations Manager for OPL, discusses the phased reopening which begins Monday, Sept. 21st with Mike Hogan.  Library branches that have been providing curbside service will suspend curbside operations between Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 to prepare for reopening.  Curbside services will resume at all branches during normal operating hours.

Following reopening, OPL branches will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Three branch locations (Millard Branch, Milton R. Abrahams Branch and W. Dale Clark Main Library) will offer Sunday hours, 1-5 p.m., upon reopening.  Masks will be required for all OPL visitors until further notice.

  • Monday, Sept. 21: Five branches will open.
    • Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, 402-289-4367
    • Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
    • Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
    • Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
    • Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
  • Monday, Sept. 28: Three additional branches will open.
  • The opening dates for the remaining four branches will be announced at a later time.

Book drops will open as branches reopen beginning Sept. 21, and items checked out will resume normal due dates.  Items checked out during OPL’s closure will be due for return on Oct. 19.  Items placed on hold shelves in the branches prior to Oct. 1 that are waiting to be picked up will expire and be made available to other patrons on Oct. 15. 

Meeting and study rooms will not be available for reservation for the foreseeable future.  Computers will be available for public use, however, due to physical distancing, there will be fewer computers available.

As more information becomes available, OPL will provide updates on its website, omahalibrary.org, as well as through its social media channels and email. Library staff will also be available to answer questions at 402-444-4800 or through ask.omahalibrary.org.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library.

Bid farewell to summer with one final outdoor extravaganza at OCP! Don’t Stop Me Now: A Celebration of Rock Musicals is a drive-in style concert featuring songs from acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll musicals, including Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rock of Ages, Beautiful, Hair, Dreamgirls and more!  Sing and dance along with your favorite musical hits from the your private socially-distanced parking area, or tune in to hear the show from OCP’s radio station inside your car!  Featuring Billy McGuigan’s Rave On Productions band and six powerhouse vocalists, Don’t Stop Me Now is the end-of-summer spectacular you won’t want to miss.

Musical Director Jim Boggess joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" and discusses the fun and hard work that came together to bring this production to life.  Tickets and more information are available at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/

The Douglas County Board has allocated $20 million to OCF.  $10 million of that is allocated for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment organizations, and $10 million will support Community Services.  Applications are due to the Foundation by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 23 and technical assistance is available through the Foundation for any nonprofits applying for funding.

Vice President of Community Investment, Kali Baker, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the webinars which explain the intricate process of applying for this grant money.  Since the money has federal origins, this grant process is very different from the usual Omaha Community Foundation grant process.

In addition, Mike and Kali discuss the COVID-19 Response Fund Impact as well as the release of the Landscape 2020 report.

For more information on the grants and the process for applying, one can go to https://omahafoundation.org/news/ocf-and-douglas-county-announce-launch-of-cares-act-funding-application-for-local-nonprofits/

Additional eligibility and application details for nonprofits can be found at the following web pages: https://omahafoundation.org/CARESACE and https://omahafoundation.org/CARESNP.  OCF will also be hosting two webinars for eligible nonprofits to provide an overview of the process, and answer questions. Webinar details can be found via the links above.  https://omahafoundation.org/community/douglas-county-cares-arts-culture-and-entertainment-program/

KDVR

State health officials reported 456 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 37-thousand-373 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and 430 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 35-percent of hospital beds and 82-percent of ventilators are available. Twenty staff members and 30 students in Douglas County schools have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. The Public Health Department also says 26 staff members and 372 students from county schools are currently in quarantine.

The 2020 U.S. Census is entering the home stretch and the Bellevue University Library is hosting an event and offering free assistance to those who need help completing the 2020 U.S. Census.  

The community event will be held Thursday, September 10, 3:30-5:30 p.m., outside the front entrance of the Freeman Lozier Library located at 1028 Bruin Boulevard, Bellevue, Nebraska, 68005.  Staff from the U.S. Census and Bellevue University will be on hand to answer questions or assist individuals.  Accessible parking is available and a ramp is available for those who need it.  Additional parking is available south of the Bellevue University Durham Administration Building.  Face masks must be worn (and will be available, if necessary) and physical distancing will be observed.

Allie O’Connor, Document Delivery Specialist at BU, is heading up the census event that’s happening on campus.  She takes a moment out of her busy day to chat with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM.

More information can be found at https://blogs.bellevue.edu/library/index.php/2020/09/cooperative-event-between-2020-census-and-bellevue-university-library/

The Omaha Public Library has suffered through the pandemic, like everyone else.  And while closed to internal visitors, the library has been lending books by providing some limited curbside service.  Before the CARES Act money to the library was announced, Emily Getzschman joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the procedures and to give her recommendations for some very interesting books!

More information, including which branches will be reopening and when, is available at omahalibrary.org.

Most school districts in Nebraska have some percentage of their learning happening remotely.  This requires parents to help their children with the school work.  So what happens if a parent (or child) is visually impaired?

This happened to Paulette Monthei, who has low vision.  She discovered she could not use some applications to complete remote learning assignments for her 10-year-old son, who just started fourth grade.

Fortunately, Monthei is program manager for Outlook Enrichment, which provides a range of programs and services that create greater accessibility and inclusivity for the visually impaired.  The nonprofit has created a virtual support group on Zoom that will be held on six consecutive Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.   The group started on August 27th.  The group gives blind and visually impaired parents the chance to talk with peers and the nonprofit’s adaptive technology training staff about distance learning issues they come across this school year.  They will work together to provide creative solutions that accommodate for vision loss in a remote learning environment.

Paulette joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the obstacles to be overcome.  This two part interview is below, as it was aired.  More information can be found at https://www.outlookne.org/programs/enrichment  and https://shareomaha.org/nonprofit/outlook-enrichment.

KSNB

There are now more than 34-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Officials confirmed 293 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 34-thousand-46.  There have been 392 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska since the start of the pandemic. The Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln has been placed under quarantine after 29 inmates tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Sunday. The positive cases were identified by tests that were done Friday.

Empowerment Network transforms the economic condition and quality of life of African-Americans, North Omaha residents, and citizens of greater Omaha by building wealth, creating strong families, preparing successful children, and rebuilding thriving neighborhoods. 

Willie Barney is the Executive Director and Founder of Empowerment Network.  He joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the genesis of the organization, the Seven Step Empowerment Plan, and how they achieve the lofty goals set in the mission.

Since the topic was rich with content, the original conversation went longer than the "Live & Local" time slot allows.  This web-exclusive audio below includes the full 10-minute discussion between Willie and Mike.

More information can be found at https://empoweromaha.com/

Great Plains Black History Museum is the only museum in Nebraska whose sole focus is on the rich history of African Americans.  Eric Ewing is the Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum and he spent some "Live & Local" time with Mike Hogan to discuss the origins and mission of this organization.

Due to COVID, they are requesting all guests to book an appointment prior to visiting the museum. They’re open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm.  To ensure that they are following social distancing they are limiting visitor’s sizes to no more than 8 visitors at a time.  To ensure the safety and health of all visitors to the Museum face mask will be required for entry. 

For more information or a virtual tour, go to https://gpblackhistorymuseum.org/

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents LOW END on the Bricks, a free outdoor concert featuring Omaha-based experimental musicians Dereck HigginsMesonjixx, and Teetah!  The socially-distanced block party experience includes event procedures and a visitor code of conduct that will ensure the safety of guests, artists, and staff.   

And while admission is free, LOW END on the Bricks is currently sold out.  To be placed on a waiting list contact Andy Garlock, Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Technician at andy@bemiscenter.org or 402.341.7130 x 23. 

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how you can also stream the concert from the comfort of your home for free!  Watch live at twitch.tv/bemiscenter.

More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/low-end-on-the-bricks-tickets-116898942885

Pascale Sablan, Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment (BBE) is virtually bringing the SAY IT LOUD exhibition to Nebraska.  SAY IT LOUD showcases the design contributions of women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) designers from around the world to inspire the next generation of diverse designers. 

Pascale spent some time with Mike Hogan to discuss this year's exhibition and the opportunity for local Nebraska designers of color to display their work.  More information on the organization and how to submit can be found at https://www.beyondthebuilt.com/

They are accepting submissions now through the end of August.

Omaha World Herald

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 31-thousand.  As of yesterday, there had been 31-thousand-40 cases in the state since the start of the pandemic.  There have been 371 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska. Douglas County health officials say a COVID-19 testing site in South Omaha is closing because of staffing issues.  Health Director Dr.

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Kristi Johnson is in charge of the FBI Omaha Field Office.  The Omaha field office covers Nebraska and Iowa.  SAC Johnson spent a little "Live & Local" time with Mike Hogan to discuss many topics including "Operation LeGend," the multiple task forces that the FBI is operating in Omaha and Des Moines, Civil Rights Investigations, Color of Law Investigations, as well as the best part of her job.

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