The first Pops concert of the Omaha Symphony’s season is this weekend, Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th) at the Holland Center.  Maestro Ernest Richardson is conducting the show which is called “The Streisand Songbook” with Ann Hampton Callaway.  It is a celebration of the music of the great Barbara Streisand.

Ann Hampton Callaway is a platinum award-winning singer-songwriter.  During her interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS’s “Live & Local” we find out that Ann has written songs for Barbara, how to pronounce “Streisand,” and many other details about the career of this Tony Award nominated singer.

More information about the show can be found at

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Union Pacific and its labor unions are suing each other to determine whether the railroad has the authority to require its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The unions argue that the Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad should have negotiated with them before announcing it would require all employees to get the shots. The railroad contends in its own lawsuit that it believes it has the authority to require the vaccine under its existing contracts because it can set standards for when employees are fit for duty.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A federal grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents who were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire. The U.S. attorney’s office announced that the federal grand jury in Los Angeles had indicted the nine-term Republican on one charge of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. The congresssman is proclaiming his innocence and promising to fight the charges.

Attendance is critical for student success.  Across Omaha Public Schools, families are encouraged to #StriveFor95, which means attending school on time at least 95% of school days.

Winter weather is on the way, so the Omaha Public Schools Foundation is working to ensure every child has the hats, gloves, and scarves they may need to come to school on time every day.  The project is called “20,000 Villagers” to honor the many community members who support OPS students.

Executive Director of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation/Kids Club, Toba Cohen-Dunning, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to explain the program and the mission of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  She explained that a $20 donation can purchase hats, gloves, and scarves for four students who may need them.

Donations will be accepted through October 31st, when staff will order the winter gear to distribute in November. 

If one would like to contribute, the website is  

Or, checks may be mailed to the OPSF offices with a note for “20,000 Villagers” in the memo.

Mail to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

3861 Farnam St.

Omaha, NE 68131

Attention: 20,000 Villagers Campaign

Award-winning, seasoned journalist and Omaha Central alum Matt Wynn is also the Executive Director of the Flatwater Free Press.  The Flatwater Free Press is Nebraska’s first independent, nonprofit newsroom focused on investigations and feature stories that matter.

Matt joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about this Nebraska focused news outlet.  He invited everyone to read the well thought out content and even sign up for the newsletter version to be delivered, at no charge, to all of our listeners.

For more information or to start reading the stories that matter right now, go to


Nebraska’s attorney general says he won’t seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don’t engage in misconduct. The office of Attorney General Doug Peterson released a legal opinion saying it didn’t see data to justify legal action against health care professionals who prescribe ivermectin, a decades-old parasite treatment, or hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that former President Donald Trump took to try to prevent a COVID-19 infection.

Crime And Justice Institute

Nebraska’s court system agreed to release a nonprofit group’s analysis of state criminal justice data after the governor’s office refused to release the information. The state’s judicial branch released almost 100 pages of reports the nonprofit Crime and Justice Institute has presented to a group of officials who are trying to decide how to address Nebraska’s prison overcrowding. The director of the ACLU of Nebraska, Danielle Conrad, praised the decision to release the records on Friday.

By keeping residents informed, connected to their community, and represented in city government, they are empowered to influence decisions that impact their lives.  One Omaha works to achieve those goals by addressing the lack of knowledge and resources available for residents to sustain a better quality of life. 

Alexis Bromley, Executive Director of One Omaha, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to introduce listeners to the organization’s mission, the ways in which all citizens can get involved in the development and success of their community, and the work yet to be done.

More information on One Omaha can be found at

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There’s an organization that is working hard to be an oasis for those who desperately need help to make a better life for themselves…And the children they may have. 

The Omaha’s Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) has answered more than 8,200 hotline calls, up nearly 40% from this time last year.   Assisting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking and their children to achieve safety and empowering them to lead self-determined lives.

Jannette Taylor is the President & CEO of the WCA.  She spoke with Mike Hogan on an episode of “Live & Local” about the great work they do and the fundraiser they have on Friday, October 15th. 

More information can be found at

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Nebraska’s corrections director says the state's prison workforce shortage has become so severe that two facilities have cut back on the hours when they’re fully operational and a third will do the same starting next week. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes says the prisons now have more than 625 job openings, thanks to an increase in staff turnover, which has forced remaining workers to pick up the slack.

Fremont Tribune

 Officials at the Lincoln Children's Zoo say five big cats tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Zoo officials announced Wednesday that two Sumatran tigers and three snow leopards were tested after they began showing symptoms of the virus during the weekend. Spokeswoman Sarah Wood said in a news release the cats are the first animals at the zoo to contract the virus. They are being treated with plans that have been successful at other zoos.

Lincoln Journal Star

A Lincoln man accused of mispresenting himself as a financial adviser has been arrested after police say he bilked four people out of more than $1 million. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 65-year-old Douglas Cmelik turned himself in to police Tuesday and was arrested on suspicion of four counts of sale of securities by an unregistered investment adviser. Investigators say his scheme dates back to 2013, when a Lincoln man reportedly invested $500,000 with Cmelik. Police say three other Lincoln residents together invested another $768,000, and that Cmelik charged fees for his services.

Maestro Christopher Allen makes his Opera Omaha debut conducting Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues on October 15 & 17 at the Orpheum TheaterIn a recent conversation with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local,” listeners get to know Christopher as he talks about the differences and similarities of conducting an orchestra versus an entire opera, his musical upbringing (and off-key violin solos), and the joy of making music all over world.

More information about this boldly retold story of star-crossed lovers, not allowed to love each other because if who they are, is available on the website

Olean Times Herald

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced a 5-year ban on Phi Gamma Delta fraternity for student conduct code violations following a report of a sexual assault at the fraternity's house in August. The report led to a massive protest outside the fraternity house and sparked similar protests on college campuses around the country. The university said Tuesday in a news release that Phi Gamma Delta — better known as Fiji — is no longer recognized by the university and is suspended from the Lincoln campus through 2026.

Fairfield Citizen

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley has tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokesman says Foley has mild symptoms and is self-isolating as he recovers. He didn’t answer questions about when the lieutenant governor was tested or whether he has been vaccinated. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has been vaccinated and has urged the public to get vaccinated too, but he opposes vaccine requirements. The governor’s office updated Foley’s public schedule to remove all planned events for the week. Foley, a Republican, is a former state auditor and lawmaker from Lincoln.

Omaha police are investigating after downtown pedestrians were forced to dodge deck chairs, tables and bricks thrown from a rooftop. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the incident happened Saturday night when items were thrown from the roof of the nine-story Old Market Lofts apartments. Omaha resident Lisa Brauer told the newspaper on Monday that she was nearly struck by several objects. Brauer, who works for Park Omaha, was checking parking meters when she was nearly hit by a rock. That was followed by a metal table, a metal chair and a grill rack, all landing within inches of her.

For young people looking for a direct way to get into high wage, high skill, high demand fields, the Career Center at Omaha Public Schools may be the answer.  In fact, this week is Career Prep Week for the current students in the program.  And this week culminates with a Career Fair on October 15th.

Jeremy Nielsen, the Program Director and Principal at the Career Center joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the program, the benefits, and the bright future that awaits these kids.

More information and an application is are available at

Des Moines Register

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds have embraced Donald Trump’s return to Iowa. They stood by the former president at a rally in Des Moines as he repeated his false claims of voter fraud and a stolen election to a crowd of thousands.

The Nebraska governor's office announced Friday a contract agreement with state public employees that will provide significant pay hikes, particularly to those working in some health care and high-demand jobs. The state and the Nebraska Association of Public Employees reached an agreement in principle, meaning it's not yet been ratified, worth $47 million in new compensation. The union represents more than 8,000 public employees in agencies throughout the state.

Omaha World Herald

A Nebraska man accused of participating in the storming of the U.S. Capitol has pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct. Brandon Straka, of Omaha, entered the plea Wednesday. In exchange, a felony count of impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder was dropped. In court documents outlining Straka's plea, prosecutors say he entered the Capitol with a mob on Jan. 6. In a video Straka recorded, he's heard yelling, “Go! Go! go!” to encourage others to storm the Capitol. He later chimed in with a crowd chanting, “Take it!

Fremont Tribune

A Fremont man is proving he might truly be lucky for life.  Buster Shafer of Fremont won 25-thousand-dollars a year for life after purchasing a winning Lucky For Life Nebraska Lottery ticket.  Shafer purchased the winning ticket at the Hy-Vee Food Store in Fremont, matching all five winning white ball numbers from the October 2nd drawing.  Shafer chose the 25-thousand-dollars a year annuity when he claimed his prize at Nebraska Lottery headquarters in Lincoln.  This is the second Lucky For Life winning ticket sold since the Nebraska Lottery started offering the game in 2017.  A minimum of 2

Imagine, your child is not feeling well.  Muscles ache, energy is depleted, just can’t seem to return to feeling well.  After a doctor’s visit with tests, it’s straight to the hospital.  Your child has developed type-1 diabetes.  Why did this happen?  What do we do next?  How do we go on?

Jared and Jenny Hensley have lived through this type of event with their daughter, Ruby.  Every day they make their way in a world that literally changed overnight.  They are also doing something to fight this disease.  And you can, too.

The Hensleys are the co-chairpersons of the Omaha chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “JDRF One Walk,” which raises money for research and supplies to help families dealing with this condition.  The walk is this Sunday, October 10th. 

Jenny and Jared also spoke with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local” program.  In this two-part interview, the Hensleys share their experience as parents.  They talk about Ruby’s diagnosis, coming home from the hospital, the anxiousness of taking care of her, and the tools provided by JDRF.

More information about the JDRF One Walk and juvenile diabetes can be found at the website

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 Work has halted at all of the Kellogg Company’s U.S. cereal plants as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike. It wasn’t immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or other iconic brands would be disrupted. The strike includes plants in Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee. The union and company have been at an impasse for more than a year. Daniel Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha said the dispute is over the loss of several key benefits, and the company has threatened to move work to Mexico.

Omaha World Herald

A Nebraska woman who is believed by many to be the oldest living American has celebrated her 115th birthday. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Thelma Sutcliffe marked her birthday quietly on Friday at the facility where she lives in Omaha. Sutcliffe was born Oct. 1, 1906, in Benson, Nebraska (now part of Omaha). She married at age 17. Her husband died in the early 1970s. The Gerontology Research Group says Sutcliffe became the nation’s oldest living person on April 17 when Hester Ford died in North Carolina at age 115.

Star Herald

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has picked a former Republican Party operative to serve as Sarpy County’s election commissioner. Emily Ethington, of Papillion, will administer elections in Nebraska’s third-largest county. Ethington is a former county field director for the Nebraska Republican Party as well as for the 2020 legislative campaign of her twin sister, state Sen. Julie Slama, who was appointed to her seat by Ricketts in 2019. Ethington has also worked as a branch office administrator for the financial services firm Edward Jones and a commercial loan assistant for Pinnacle Bank.

St. Francis Ministries

A state contractor that places Omaha-area children in foster homes and checks on their welfare has been temporarily barred from taking any new cases because it’s struggling to fulfill the requirements of its contract. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services set the 60-day restriction, starting Friday, on Kansas-based St. Francis Ministries. State officials also granted the provider a probationary license as a child placing agency. The department says state child welfare workers will handle new cases in Douglas and Sarpy counties during the probationary period.

Lincoln Journal Star

A ransomware attack has disrupted several trade industry and auction websites run by a Nebraska company. Sandhills Global, which is based in Lincoln, told its customers that its operations were disrupted by a ransomware attack, and it had shut down several systems temporarily to protect data.

The Theodicy Jazz Collective, a liturgical jazz band, is the next guest on the Vesper Concert Series.  The instrumentalists come from all over the U. S. and the vocalist, Anne Phelps, is a Hastings College grad and Nebraska native.  Vesper Concerts is also bringing in the Hastings College Choir and Resound Choral Ensemble (from in-house at Presbyterian Church of the Cross) to perform Theodicy’s Canterbury Jazz Mass on Saturday night, October 9th.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” feature to tell the listeners of KIOS-FM about this rare opportunity to hear this amazing music, how Vesper Concerts has adapted to the new paradigms brought about by recent events, and the special extra performance The Theodicy Jazz Collective is giving in Omaha.

More information can be found at

The “Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon” is this Sunday, October 3rd.  It benefits safe and stable housing for the vulnerable in our community.  100% of the funds raised by the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon will go to assist families and youth, in and around Omaha, find stable and secure housing.  Specifically, the funds will be equally divided between Heartland Family Service, Open Door Mission- Lydia House and Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.)

Becky Nichol is with the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon and she describes the mission on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local.”

More information can be found at

The Annual Art & Literary Festival Joslyn Castle features a unique and intimate theatrical adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s iconic Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.  The two-week festival, beginning September 30th and running through October 9th, will take a new and exciting direction with in-person performances being staged outdoors on the Castle grounds with two seatings each evening at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  You can even try your hand at writing a ghost story, best ones win prizes and bragging rights!

Sha Buchanan is the Development & Marketing Coordinator at Joslyn Castle.  She recently took some time to talk to Mike Hogan about this year’s festival and the changes that are implemented.

More information is available at