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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.

Dr. Derrick Fox, DMA, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, has partnered with the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation to provide an online platform where music educators nationwide can brainstorm and share ideas on how to adapt music education for all grade levels (K-12 and college) to the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

This new collaborative effort, known as Unified Voices for Music Education (UVFME), is an expansion of Fox’s Professional Choral Collective.  With the support of the CMA foundation, music educators now have an online home to share resources, lesson plans, and creative ideas to continue music education in the upcoming school year.

Dr. Fox spent a little "Live & Local" time with Mike Hogan to talk about the program and how anyone can get free resources.  If one is interested in more information, email Derrick at DaFox@UnOmaha.edu.

KOLN

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Nebraska.  State officials confirmed 131 new cases yesterday, bringing the total in Nebraska to 30-thousand-372.  There have been 361 coronavirus-related deaths statewide since the start of the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen more than 12-thousand COVID-19 cases. Parents of 81 Nebraska football players posted a letter to the Big Ten yesterday that voices their displeasure with the postponement of the 2020 season.

Omaha Children’s Museum has announced its plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 15.  The first stage of the reopening will include timed tickets that must be reserved ahead of time, reduced hours, and masks requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Omaha Children’s Museum Executive Director Lindy Hoyer joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local" to discuss the new hours, procedures for acquiring tickets, and the extensive cleaning and safety measures to insure everyone has fun, stays healthy. and gets to enjoy the learning benefits of the museum.

For more information, one can go to the website at http://www.ocm.org.

State health officials announced 416 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 29,660 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 360 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 36 percent of hospital beds and 80 percent of ventilators are available. Officials at Lincoln Southwest High School announced a positive COVID-19 test in the community yesterday. An email sent to parents did not specify if a student or staff member tested positive, but the freshman football team was told to quarantine.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Schools in the Omaha area are reporting new cases of the coronavirus, just days after opening classes to in-person attendance during a global pandemic. The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials disclosed two confirmed cases at Reagan Elementary School in the Millard Public Schools district. Ralston Public Schools also sent notice of a confirmed case in its Blumfield Elementary School. Officials in both districts said those infected and those who have been in contact with them have been told to self-quarantine, and that both schools are being deep-cleaned.

Douglas County Marathon To Proceed In Defiance Of Pandemic

Aug 13, 2020
WOWT

The COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping marathoners from lacing up their shoes.  The Douglas County Health Department is allowing the 45th annual Omaha Marathon to proceed.  The race will take place September 20th, and runners will undergo temperature checks and be instructed to wear face coverings when they are not racing.  In addition, the event will include staggered starts, and in-person award ceremonies will be eliminated.

Consumer Reports

There are now more than 29-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 29-thousand-30 cases and 351 coronavirus-related deaths reported statewide since the pandemic began.  More than 11-thousand-500 of those COVID-19 cases have been reported in Douglas County. A public facemask ordinance is now in effect in Omaha to combat the pandemic.  City Council members approved the measure during yesterday's meeting. The measure passed 7-0 after four hours of testimony from a divided public.

NPR

The emergence of COVID-19 this year has presented us all with a host of unique and profound challenges.  Its impact has even rippled out to the broadcast world, affecting production processes and the shows they create.

As you may already know, these concerns involving COVID-19 have led to the end, or imminent end, of programs like Live From Here, Only a Game, and our own Jazz Junction.  They’ve also played a role in the reduction of On Point from two hours to one.  Hopefully, this will be the extent of it.

Omaha World Herald

Nebraska is continuing to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.  Officials confirmed 264 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 28-thousand-696.  There have been 348 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen 11-thousand-354 COVID-19 cases, the most in the state.

Omaha Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Logan, announced this afternoon that the start of school has been pushed back to August 18th and there will be no in-person classes.  For the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year the 100% Remote Learning Instructional Model will be used.  

The text of the full notice sent to staff and families is below, as well as a link to the OPS website with more information.

State health officials announced 332 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 27,821 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 340 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 40 percent of hospital beds and 79 percent of ventilators are available. The Omaha City Council is expected to vote on a mask mandate on Tuesday. The council plans to propose an emergency ordinance to put the requirement in place, and needs six of the seven members to vote yes to immediately go into effect.

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 

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