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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

State health officials announced 332 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 23-thousand-818 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and 316 deaths. Thirty-four-percent of hospital beds and eighty-percent of ventilators are available. Officials in Omaha say a citywide mask mandate could go into effect next week. Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said the area needs to get COVID-19 under control in order for schools to reopen.

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

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska.  Officials confirmed 343 cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 23-thousand-190.  There have been 310 coronavirus deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic.  Douglas County leads the state with 89-hundred COVID-19 cases.

Nebraska lawmakers returned to their session with lingering concerns about the coronavirus and extra safety precautions that will likely remain in place until they adjourn for the year. The 60-day session resumed Monday with plexiglass barriers separating lawmakers in the legislative chamber, mandatory temperature checks to enter and tougher restrictions on who can access the room. Lawmakers took the unusual step of suspending their session on March 25 to try to keep the virus from spreading after they passed an emergency coronavirus funding bill.

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

Ricketts Moves To Challenge Lincoln Mask Order

Jul 20, 2020
Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln and Lancaster County's mask-wearing mandate is facing a possible challenge from Nebraska's top elected official.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts' office says the governor is considering all available legal options in challenging the mask order. A spokesperson for Ricketts says the governor encourages the use of masks in appropriate situations, but he disagrees with Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird's public mask order, which runs until August 31st.

**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.

New Covid-19 Information Website Launched

Jul 16, 2020

There is a new website for Nebraska coronavirus information. Governor Ricketts announced the Nebraska Coronavirus website will be updated regularly while the state continues dispersing state and federal coronavirus aid funds. The website is coronavirus-dot-Nebraska-dot-gov.

Grand Island Independent

Nebraska health statistics show more than 400 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus so far this week. The state's online virus tracker shows 174 cases were reported Sunday and another 227 cases were reported on Monday, bringing the state total to  nearly 20,400. Of the total, 16,025 have recovered from the virus. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, had reached 288 by the end of Monday.

State Covid Total Exceeds 20,000; Testing Centers In Flux

Jul 7, 2020

There are now more than 20-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 20-thousand-46 cases and 283 deaths reported statewide during the pandemic.  Douglas County leads the state with 75-hundred coronavirus cases. The Douglas County Health Department and the University of Nebraska Medical Center closed the COVID-19 testing site at 50th and G streets on July 4th due to a shortage of lab supplies.   Officials say the manufacturer is sending supplies to states where COVID-19 cases are surging. A new Test Iowa site is opening in Council Bluffs this 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.

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.

Omaha Children's Museum

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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.

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