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**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.

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.

Governor Urges Self Quarantine For Lake Goers

May 28, 2020

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska officials are reacting to large parties that took place at a Missouri lake.  Governor Pete Ricketts is urging Nebraska residents who visited the Lake of the Ozarks during the Memorial Day weekend to stay home if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.  Officials in Missouri and Kansas have already advised people who attended the parties to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.  

A Portiat of a Pandemic: Homeless in a Pandemic, part two

May 21, 2020
Joshua LaBure

In this installment of A Portrait of a Pandemic, we continue with our portraits of those in and surrounding the homeless community of Omaha. Last week we heard from Daryl and his experience of homelessness in a pandemic. Today, KIOS’s Emily Chen-Newton brings us Devon Lee, volunteer coordinator at the The Stephen Center, an emergency housing and addiction recovery campus in Omaha.

To contact the HERO Addiction Recovery Program: 402-715-5440

The number of COVID-19-related deaths is increasing in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported seven deaths yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 132 since the start of the pandemic.  There have been 10-thousand-846 coronavirus cases reported in Nebraska.

Our community will be giving midnight to midnight on May 20, 2020. How about you? Omaha Gives! has raised more than $49 million for local nonprofits since 2013 through more than 300,000 donations. Together, we care, we connect, we celebrate!

Ally Freeman, Director of Communications for the Omaha Community Foundation joins Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the big day of giving, how you can win $1,000 for your favorite charity, and the importance of helping during a time when everyone’s contribution is so important.

You can get to the KIOS Omaha Gives! page here: https://www.omahagives.org/kios/overview

Or you can peruse the entire Omaha Gives! site at https://www.omahagives.org/index.php

Whether or not you were able to listen to the two-part interview with Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan which aired on KIOS last Thursday, below is the full interview.  If your only have time for the two part version, you can listen to that here:  https://www.kios.org/post/superintendent-dr-cheryl-logan-discusses-ops-future-plans-during-live-local-2-part-interview

One topic of note that has happened since the interview was conducted is that the head of the Omaha Public School District has turned down a pay raise.  The Omaha Public Schools Board voted on May 13 to approve a contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan through June 2023.  Logan declined a pay raise and her salary will remain at its current level.

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This week we continue with our questions on dinosaurs as we discuss the mass dino extinction with Lizzie Planck from the Omaha Children’s Museum. Then St Patrick Reid, Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center explains vaccines and what that means for COVID-19.

 

The "Nebraska Promise" tuition assistance program for the University of Nebraska system has been launched.  And with that, the University of Nebraska Omaha has also launched some of its own financial assistance programs to give students of many situations the opportunity to start, continue, or finish their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor at UNO, took time out of his schedule to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about these programs, about the current state of the pandemic, and what he believes the future holds for Omaha and the state as a whole.

Stereotypes in Global Pandemic

May 8, 2020
Laura Huang

We take a step back from the history lessons in this episode to talk about a startling trend in American society today, prejudice against Asian Americans amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19. We hear from one of the earliest guests on our podcast, professor Laura Huang of the Harvard Business School. She walks us through her book, Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage, and we discuss its’ relevance to the ballooning trend of identity-misunderstanding in America.

In case you missed the broadcast of the two part "Live & Local" interview with Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan, both parts are available below.  During the interview, KIOS' Mike Hogan was able to chat with the OPS leader about the current status of school and what the future holds for the students and teachers.  

Joshua LaBure

“Stay home” became a nationwide mantra in early 2020, but for the thousands of homeless men and women in America this is more complicated. As shelters across the country do their best to social distance within their facilities, still countless individuals sleep outside every night. The voices and stories of these individuals are not often heard as part of the pandemic landscape. So, in this edition of a portrait of a pandemic, we feature Daryl and his story of living homeless in a pandemic.

Omaha Children's Museum

This week we talk about how viruses can jump from one species to another with Omaha Public School science teacher, Ms. Lostaglia-Hoskovec and  Dr. Theodore Cieslak from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

  Because of Covid-19 the movie industry is on hold. Film productions have shuttered, movie theaters are closed and that has affected artists and theaters here in Omaha.  Joshua Allen LaBure speaks with a local filmmaker and the non-profit movie theatre Film Streams about how Covid-19 is affecting the cinema landscape.

Special thanks to Film Streams & filmmaker, Nik Fackler.

Governor Updates Directed Health Measures

Apr 30, 2020

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is announcing updates to Directed Health Measures.  Douglas, Cass, Sarpy and several other counties will have relaxed Directed Health Measure guidelines for restaurants starting May 4th.  The changes call for restaurants to have 50-percent capacity, no bar seating, no buffets and no salad bars.  Customers can only consume alcohol with a meal, and no more than six people can be seated at a table.

Iowa Catholic Churches To Continue Suspension Of Services

Apr 29, 2020

Iowa's Catholic churches will continue the suspension of in-person worship, despite a lifting of COVID-19 coronavirus service restrictions.  The state's four Catholic bishops issued a joint statement this week, saying they were surprised at Governor Kim Reynolds' decision.  Even so, churches will be allowed to gather again starting May 1st.

Nebraska Sees Highest One-Day Spike Of Covid Cases

Apr 28, 2020

Nebraska health officials are confirming the state's largest one-day increase in the number of coronavirus cases.  Three-hundred-30 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the statewide total to 33-hundred-58 cases since the pandemic began.  Fifty-five people in Nebraska have died from COVID-19.  Health officials confirmed the 15th coronavirus death in Douglas County yesterday.  The case involves a woman in her 60s who had underlying health problems.

 From concerts and music festivals to movie screenings and conferences, large events all over the world are being postponed, rescheduled, canceled and moved to digital platforms. This includes the Lincoln Marathon here in Nebraska. Joshua LaBure of Omaha Public Radio reached out to a runner and a race organizer on this Portrait of a Pandemic

The IRS has just launched a website that allows taxpayers to check and see if they are getting a stimulus check.  Go to 

Emily Chen-Newton/KIOS

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert sat down (at a safe distance) with KIOS Station Manager Ken Dudzik on Tuesday, April 7th for a conversation about the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic and how that response has impacted the day-to-day lives of citizens. The discussion was driven by listener questions, and you listen to the entire interview below.

On Tuesday, April 7th, starting at noon, KIOS will host a one-hour question and answer discussion with Omaha Mayor, Jean Stothert.  We invite listeners to submit questions for the Mayor in writing before Tuesday.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years of age, and a resident of Dubuque County.

Officials for the Ralston Public School district are confirming that a staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus.  District officials say the staff member works at Ralston High School, and they began to have symptoms on March 16th.  Students were last in the building on March 12th, and the Douglas County Health Department says staff members who had direct contact with the employee have been notified.

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, and Department of Labor Commissioner John Albin will host a press conference.  Gov. Ricketts and the commissioners will announce new steps they are taking to provide relief to Nebraskans as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Governor and commissioners will make brief remarks before taking questions.  

When: 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. CT on Monday, March 16, 2020

Local Food & Education Resources

Mar 16, 2020
Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt

OPS Announces COVID-19 Preemptive Measures

Mar 12, 2020
OPS.org / Omaha Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools says that beginning Monday, March 16th, all of its schools will be closed for at least one week to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

In today's announcement, OPS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan says the decision to close was made after careful consultation with the Douglas County Health Department, as well as state and local officials. 

LINCOLN – On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, education leaders, and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host a press conference.  Gov. Ricketts and education leaders will announce the guidance they will use for school closures.  Additionally, leaders will make remarks on how the Nebraska business community is preparing for the coronavirus pandemic.

This press release just arrived from the Douglas County Health Department:

The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) continues to investigate the most recent cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. These investigations involve tracing the activities of individuals who are sick in our continuing efforts to contain the disease.

Our epidemiologists have identified two locations as the site of possible low-risk exposures. Those exposures would have occurred during the following times at these locations:

The University of Nebraska Lincoln has just announced that classes have been canceled from March 16 to March 20, and classes will be held March 30 onward remotely, not in person, .  The university and housing units will remain open while students are encouraged to return home if they can.  Students who cannot go home will be supported in residence halls.

The university's statement reads that all non-essential university domestic and international travel has been suspended through the end of the semester.  All summer study-abroad programs through June 30 are canceled.

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