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KANEKO invites families to bring the kiddos to the KANEKO on Saturday mornings for exclusive family time to enjoy the exhibits and take part in some family activities.

KANEKO Education Manager, Katherine Scarpello explains on “Live & Local” how the times from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings is set aside for parents and caregivers of small children (under 12) to move freely within the galleries and enjoy the current Community exhibits and the KANEKO- UNO Creative Library that has a dedicated space for kids!  KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library offers thoughtfully curated children’s books about creativity in a relaxed environment. 

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/family-admission/

A hundred years ago, two Omaha newspapermen – Leo Bozell and Morris Jacobs started the advertising firm Bozell & Jacobs.  A century later, three women own the legendary firm in an industry that at one time was male dominated.

Jackie Miller, one of Bozell's owners and the Chief Marketing Officer, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the rich history of Bozell which includes culturally iconic campaigns, (milk mustache campaign, “pork … the other white meat,” and Boys Town’s "He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s m’ brother” rebrand), decades of adapting to the changing culture of America, and an evolution to become a woman-owned business.

More information about the firm or the book “From Newsboy to Adman: The Story of Morris E. Jacobs, Co-founder of Bozell & Jacobs” can be found at https://bozell.com/.

During the pandemic, business faced closure while workers faced unemployment.  Two centers at UNO worked hard to provide the resources and data to help business owners stay afloat and provide civic leaders with the data necessary to make decisions that helped the citizens of Nebraska.

Cathy Lang, State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), and Josie Schafer, Director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), spoke with Mike Hogan during this two-part interview about how NBDC helped keep Nebraska businesses afloat in 2020 and how CPAR’s work (alongside the state of Nebraska) tracked the pandemic’s impact on Nebraska’s workforce, allowing for action to be taken to help the unemployed.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/index.php and https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/center-for-public-affairs-research/index.php

Terry Streetman,  Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter, chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about several topics including a recap of what the Unicameral was able to accomplish to help the fight against Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, and the importance of brain health and early detection.

More information and caregiver assistance is available at https://www.alz.org/nebraska.

Vox

Warren Buffett resigned Wednesday as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which says it will announce plans in July to answer questions raised about its leadership structure. The announcement from Buffett comes weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage but would continue to jointly run the foundation. It's one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Buffett also said Wednesday that he is halfway to reaching his goal of giving away the entirety of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway, his company.

New data released Wednesday shows that Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained one of the lowest in the country as it fell even lower in May. The state’s 2.6% unemployment rate tied with Vermont for the second-lowest rate in the nation, behind only New Hampshire’s 2.5% unemployment. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in May to 2.6% from April’s 2.8% as the number of jobs in the state continued to grow.

The Union for Contemporary Art's current round of Populus Fund grants are open.. 

Like last year during the initial Populus Fund cycle, many artists are still in need of critical financial support due to COVID, The Union has designated the available funds as unrestricted emergency relief for local working artists.  Funds can be used to support vital needs such as medical bills, rent, debts, and food. 

Patrick Mainelli, Communications Director for The Union for Contemporary Art, explains to Mike Hogan how the Populus Fund will award seventy-five $1,000 grants using a weighted lottery system for a total of $75,000 awarded to artists by the end of the year.

Like last years' cycle they will prioritize BIPOC applicants during this round of funding.  The goal is to give at least 55% of the awards to BIPOC artists.  Artists can learn more and apply at: https://www.u-ca.org/populusfund.

Deadlines for participation are as follows:

CYCLE 2: 7/9 deadline, 11:59p deadline

CYCLE 3: 8/1 deadline, 11:59p deadline

Imagine a college scholarship program that gives so much more than just financial assistance.  It also mentors, builds a community of students who go on to become doctors, educators, engineers, artists, and elected officials and they remain a member of that community. 

The Goodrich Scholarship program at UNO is one such program.  Troy Romero, the Chair of the Goodrich Program, joined Mike Hogan to explain how the program changed his life.  Troy was a first generation college student who needed the help the Goodrich Program provides.  Once a “Goodricher”, always a “Goodricher.”

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/index.php

KETV

Work has begun on nearly $30 million in renovation projects that will change the entrance to Omaha's Eppley Airfield and upgrade one of the national airport's garages. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the entrance to the airport terminal will be moved about a quarter mile south, toward downtown along Abbott Drive. The change comes following several studies in recent years showing the need for a longer and wider entrance that will give drivers more time to make maneuvering decisions.

The Epoch Times

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to help patrol the nation's border with Mexico. Ricketts has criticized President Joe Biden's approach to border security and several other policies, but he said the aid is being provided to Texas under a preexisting agreement that is normally activated in times of emergencies. Nebraska's announcement on Saturday came several days after Florida officials said they would also send law enforcement officers to Texas and Arizona.

NPPD

Nebraska will pay out public assistance beyond what it normally offers to local governments hit by the 2019 floods. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved the payments for the state’s share of disaster relief. The money will go to Nebraska’s power, irrigation and natural resources districts, which don’t usually receive that form of assistance from the state. The agency says Ricketts approved the state share because of the extent of flood, wind, and winter storm damage.

NBC

Nebraska state offices will close today in anticipation of a new federal law that will establish Juneteenth as a recognized government holiday. Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered the closure to comply with a state law that grants the same paid holiday benefits to state employees. State employees will receive a paid day of leave. Exceptions may include law enforcement, security, military and state employees engaged in other essential functions. The governor’s office said in a press release that all workers should receive official instruction from their agency director or personnel representative.

Bellevue Little Theater is debuting a brand new play, a farce called "Temporary Insanity" by playwright Karen Schaeffer.   The show will run through June 27th.

Karen Schaeffer chatted with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about how the play came to be, the fun in writing a farce, and the magic that occurs when the actors bring the written words to life.

More information can be found at http://bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com/

KTLA

Nebraska is approaching having 70% of its adult population vaccinated for the coronavirus but the pace of distribution of the shots continues to slow down. The state may be close to President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% or more of all adults with at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 63% of Nebraskans 18 and older had received at least one shot as of Friday, That rate ranks 24th among all the states.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska government tax collections surged well above projections in May, with the state collecting $297 million more than expected. The Nebraska Department of Revenue on Tuesday reported net tax receipts $720 million, which was more than 70% higher than the official forecast of $423 million. The increase was driven by corporate income tax collections that were 375% above the certified state forecast and individual income tax collections that were 97% above the forecast. Net sales-and-use and miscellaneous tax receipts were 14.9% and 30.9% higher, respectively.

BBC

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are asking Nebraska state regulators to revoke the land easements granted to the company across private land now that the project has officially been scrapped. Attorneys for Bold Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska made the request in a letter to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which approved the pipeline’s proposed route in 2017. Attorneys Ken Winston and Brad Jolly say the commission has an obligation to protect the property rights of landowners that are threatened as long as the route approval remains in effect.

UNL

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday has marked the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. Ricketts proclaimed “State Museum Day” and the acknowledged the contribution of the museum and others throughout Nebraska. The University of Nebraska State Museum is a staple of the university’s flagship campus, with displays of history, wildlife and geology, among other features. This year also marks the 60-year anniversary of the Trailside Museum in the Panhandle and the 30-year anniversary of Ashfall Fossil Beds in northeast Nebraska. 

Lincoln Journal Star

A bison calf born last month at a safari park near Omaha is now on full display at the park, where it is roaming the grounds with its mother and the rest of the herd. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the auburn-colored calf was born May 11 at the park's Bison Plains. Bison young are lighter than adults and don't turn the characteristic dark brown of bison until they are several months old. Zookeepers have not directly interacted with the calf and do not yet know if it's male or female. The calf brings the herd's total to 32.

KOLN

A Nebraska county that was ordered to pay $28.1 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder may be able to cover the balance of the federal judgment in the next three years, much sooner than first expected. The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that Gage County officials had initially predicted that it would take nine years to pay off the legal judgment. The change in schedule came after state lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts approved $4 million in state money this year to help the county.

Iowans Prepare To Lose Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Jun 11, 2021
WeAreIowa.com

Iowans on unemployment will lose their additional 300-dollar federal unemployment payments starting Monday.  Iowans stand on both sides of the issue.  Some say Governor Kim Reynolds is ending unemployment benefits for political gain, while others say Iowans on unemployment need to be more focused on getting a job.  Business Centric Technology says there are currently about 15 percent more jobs available across the country than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Kate McCauley is the CEO of Wounded Warriors Family Support.  Their mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.  The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

Kate joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the mission and the many diverse ways that WWFS helps veterans and their families. 

If you need help or would like to “help the helpers” more information can be found at https://www.wwfs.org/.

O-pa Vice President of Human Capital and Inclusion, Gennean M Scott, chats with Mike Hogan about Music at Miller Park, a free event, kicking off this weekend with Enjoli & Timeless.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/on-stage/music-at-miller-park.

Former Police Chief Named Omaha Mayor's Chief Of Staff

Jun 4, 2021

(Omaha, NE)  --  Mayor Jean Stothert announced her new chief of staff in a press conference yesterday afternoon.  Thomas Warren, a community leader with 24 years of law enforcement experience, including 4 years a chief of police, will join the mayor’s staff officially on July 1st…If his contract is approved by the city council.  Warren retired from the Omaha Police department in 2008 when he then became the President and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska, a position he holds to this very day.

The Olympic Swim Trials are returning to Omaha June 4-7 and 13-20 at the CHI Health Center.  The Omaha Sports Commission (OSC) fills 6,500 volunteer shifts throughout the event, mostly with local support.  They have successfully filled this number of positions three different times (2008, 2012 and 2016) and they are once again looking for help from the local community for this year!

But as OSC's Director of Events, Lindsay Toussant explains to Mike Hogan during her "Live & Local" interview, there is so much more the OSC does for sports and the economy of the great city of Omaha!

More information is available at https://omahasports.org/get-involved#volunteer

Ian Echlin

Not since Scott Usher has a Nebraska native made the men’s or women’s USA Swimming team competing in the Olympics.

But that may change soon.

The first of two waves in the trials begins Friday (June 4) at CHI Center. It will be the fourth consecutive time the trials are held in Omaha. The swimmers who qualify in Omaha will advance to the Tokyo Olympic games scheduled to start on July 23. Because of the pandemic last year, the trials and the Olympics were postponed for a year.

Two installations open this Saturday, June 5, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!  You can join the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts to celebrate the opening of All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy and Charley Friedman: Soundtracks for the Present Future!

Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Rachel Adams chatted with Mike Hogan about this free event which includes live performances, libations, and a full afternoon of culture and discussion.  More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/events/summer-2021-exhibitions-opening-reception.

Performances will take place outdoors and stream live at twitch.tv/bemiscenter.

Rocker and local favorite Billy McGuigan is back at the Holland Center with his band in tow for a collaboration with the Omaha Symphony – this time at the brand new outdoor venue for a weekend of celebratory shows that are sure to bring the party and the hits! 

McGuigan talked to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about bringing his lineup of heavy-hitting band members to perform symphonic arrangements of hits from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, The Beatles, and more with original tunes in the mix.  The Omaha Symphony adds dramatic color to these crowd favorites, making for an incredible weekend of safe community gathering around the music we all love conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson.  

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at the Holland Center Outdoors.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/billy-mcguigan-2021

The pandemic introduced students and parents alike to the brand new world of remote learning.  Turns out, the Omaha Virtual School (OVS) has been providing a hybrid remote/in-person learning model for the past several years.

OVS is accepting applications, and Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, the Director of OVS chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about what it takes to succeed at OVS, how to apply, and what a family’s expectations should be when embarking on such a program.

More information can be found at https://www.omahavirtualschool.org/.

All ages are encouraged to participate in the free annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha Public Library (OPL)!  This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales,” meaning there will be plenty of activities featuring fun animals and fantastic stories.

Emily Getzschman took the time to talk with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about the program and how to get involved. 

SRP takes place June 1-July 31.  To learn more about it and register at your local branch, go to omahalibrary.org, or by call 402-444-4800. 

Bellevue University is hosting a Young Nebraska Scientists Camp June 7-11 for 9th through 12th graders. The camp is focused on viruses and bacteria and features hands-on engaging activities.  

Dr. John Kyndt joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss this first of its kind camp and all the various technology the kids will get to use while attending.

Throughout the camp, participants will do things like collect soil samples for local tallgrass prairie sites; learn bioinformatics approaches to analyze microbial meta-genomics sequencing data; analyze how the immune system recognizes and responds to viruses; purify DNA from soil samples; run DNA sequencing and interpret results; set up experiments to stimulate cells with molecules that might be found in viruses; and experience field excursions involving modern laboratory techniques.

More information can be found at https://yns.nebraska.edu/camps/hs-viruses-and-bacteria.

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