Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American doctor in the United States.  She was also a reformer in the late 19th century.  She campaigned for public health and for the formal, legal allotment of land to members of the Omaha tribe. In addition, she started a hospital on the reservation in Walthill, Nebraska that needs some restoration help today.

Joe Starita is a journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and he joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” for a two-part chat about the amazing life, achievements, and work that Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte accomplished in her short life.

More information about this incredible woman, her hospital and its renovation can be found at

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska officials are speaking out against a bill that could legalize medical marijuana in the state.  Governor Pete Ricketts, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley and former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne hosted a news conference yesterday to voice their opposition to the proposal.  Ricketts mentioned several young people who died after consuming marijuana products.  Osborne noted that he has mentored people whose lives have been negatively impacted by the drug.

More than 250,000 people have signed up for a coronavirus vaccination on Nebraska’s official registration website, but state officials say they want more and urged residents to add their names. State officials want residents to sign up online at or through a toll-free hotline at 833-998-2275. The state is currently working to vaccinate residents who are at least 65 years and older, but the next phase will focus on people ages 50 to 64 and those with certain underlying health conditions.

Biden Marks 1 Year Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 10, 2021
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Thursday, March 11th at 7 p.m. CST, President Biden is giving the first prime-time address of his presidency to mark one year of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after Congress passed a massive relief package. More than 500,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.  Watch or listen to President Biden's address here.

Sarpy County Moves To Oust Treasurer

Mar 10, 2021
Omaha World Herald

The Sarpy County Commission is moving forward with legal action to remove County Treasurer Brian Zuger from office.  The commission's vote comes after the Nebraska State Auditor released a report that identified numerous issues in the Sarpy County Treasurer's Office that impacted more than 12-point-five-million-dollars in public funds.  According to the report, some districts were either overpaid or underpaid in property tax disbursements. 

Covid Variants Now Confirmed In NE

Mar 10, 2021

Nebraska health officials continue to identify more cases of different variants of the coronavirus in the state. The state said Monday that five cases of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom and 14 cases of a variant first identified in California have now been confirmed. Both of those variants of the virus are believed to be more easily transmitted. State officials said they expect to receive 82,430 doses of the vaccines this week.

March is colorectal cancer awareness month.  In fact, the governor’s office finds the topic so important, the governor himself issued a proclamation officially naming March "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month."

Joining Mike Hogan in a two-part “Live & Local” discussion is Dr. Josh Evans.  Dr. Evans specializes in gastroenterology and is involved with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition, the nonprofit organization behind the "Dress in Blue Day" and Colon Cancer Awareness efforts.  He breaks down the steps that you can take to not only detect colorectal cancer early (increasing chances of survival) but actually preventing any colorectal cancer from developing in the first place.

For more information, visit the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program website, call (800) 532-2227, or go to

Loessfest Cancelled Again

Mar 9, 2021

An annual celebration in Council Bluffs is cancelled for the second year in a row.  City officials have announced that the Loessfest celebration has been called off again.  Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh says the event was cancelled because officials weren't sure where the city would be by Memorial Day of this year, and acts must be booked several months in advance.  Loessfest has been held at Council Bluffs' River's Edge Park since 2013. 

Mayor Suspends Re-election Campaign In Wake Of Tragedy

Mar 9, 2021

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is putting her reelection campaign on hold temporarily.  Stothert's office announced yesterday that the mayor is pausing all campaign activities following the death of her husband.  Dr. Joe Stothert was found dead on Friday at the family's home in southwest Omaha, and no foul play is suspected. 

Omaha World Herald

Roughly 5,000 teachers from the Omaha area received their coronavirus vaccine shots this weekend. The Douglas County Health Department held two large vaccination clinics Saturday at Millard North and Omaha North high schools to distribute doses of the new Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine to educators. Tim Royers, president of the Millard Education Association, praised the mass vaccination effort. Royers said he’s optimistic all educators in Douglas County could be vaccinated by the end of next weekend. 

The family of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says her husband has died. Police found a man dead at the couple’s home. A statement Friday from the Stothert family announced the death of Joe Stothert. The statement came about three hours after Omaha police were called to the mayor’s home to investigate reports of a shooting. Officers found the body of a man. Police didn’t provide details about the shooting but stated that foul play wasn’t suspected. The family says Joe Stothert's death was a "tragic loss." 



With spring approaching, the sandhill cranes are making their way to breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska. Six-hundred-thousand of them will make their famous pit stop in Nebraska along the Platte River. Their gathering is a sight to behold.


Dusty Barner owns outdoor adventure outfitter Dusty Trails in North Platte. He founded the business about 15 years ago to provide activities like horseback riding and river tubing.


Emily Matis, Director of AIM Code School, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the AIM Institute’s free Introduction to Technology course the nonprofit is now offering in an effort to connect people with an interest in technology to opportunities they haven’t been able pursue as a result of financial barriers. 

More information can be found at

The Last Five Years is a captivating, intimate musical that retraces the rise and fall of a five-year romantic relationship.  The story is presented in chronological order by Jamie, the man, and in reverse by Cathy, the woman, with the two versions of the story meeting only once—at their wedding in the middle. Profoundly emotional with comedic moments sprinkled throughout, The Last Five Years is beautifully heartbreaking.

Susan Baer Collins directed this production and she spent some time “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan to discuss the show, the fantastic efforts by cast and crew in this pandemic era, and what it means to mount the first musical in months in front of a live audience.

More information can be found at

Starting at midnight, Thursday, March 4th, KIOS will be off the air briefly for a planned outage to address station maintenance.  This outage will last until approximately 3 a.m. Thursday morning.  However, broadcast operations may resume earlier if maintenance is completed.  However, listeners can still tune in via our website, thoughout this process.

We apologize for any inconvenience and, as always, thank you for your listening and your support!


A pile of trash is causing concern in an Omaha neighborhood.  WOWT reports that as of yesterday afternoon, a large garbage pile was posing problems for residents near 13th and Vinton.  City Councilmember Vinny Palermo says residents need to get into the habit of using their trash and recycling carts, and he noted that he is working with the Omaha Public Works Department to correct and prevent another pile up. 

Police Union Publicly Aligns With Stothert

Mar 3, 2021

Omaha's police union is throwing its support behind the mayor.  The Omaha Police Officer's Association endorsed Jean Stothert for mayor yesterday.  Stothert is seeking her third term as mayor, and union president Sergeant Tony Conner noted that they are rewarding loyalty for a mayor who has stood with the police.  Omaha's primary election is next month. 

Lincoln Journal Star

State regulators have filed a lawsuit accusing a Nebraska ethanol plant of repeatedly failing to comply with their orders to clean up wastewater and old, pesticide-laced seed corn. The lawsuit filed Monday comes amid growing complaints about the AltEn plant outside of Mead, a town of less than 600 people about 37 miles west of Omaha. Mead residents have complained about a stench coming from the plant since shortly after it opened in 2015. They’ve reported bloody noses, headaches and trouble breathing, although no one has studied whether those problems are tied to the plant.


Nebraska could get its first doses of drug-maker Johnson & Johnson’s new coronavirus vaccine as early as this week. Gov. Pete Ricketts says the state has been allowed to order up 15,000 doses, but state officials don’t yet know how much they’ll get. The announcement came days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine, clearing the way for a third shot that’s shown to be effective. Unlike the vaccines from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, which require two doses to provide full immunity, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be delivered in one shot.

Pandemic or not, we can still count on the Girl Scouts to make sure we get our cookies!  Susan Payne, Public Relations Specialist - Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, chats with Mike Hogan about our favorite annual sweet tooth satisfaction and what the proceeds do to help the organization help the girls.

More information can be found at

"I Be Black Girl" is a collective that creates space for Black identifying women, femmes and girls to grow, connect, give and take action. We envision a world where Black women, femmes and girls can access their full potential to authentically, be.

Founder Ashlei Spivey took the time to chat with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" to introduce us to the work of the organization and the future goals.  More information can be found at

Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk Public Schools will be on probation for the rest of the school year after racial slurs were yelled at players from Omaha Northwest's girls basketball game earlier this month. The Nebraska School Activities Association concluded its investigation Thursday. The school district is implementing several measures in response to the incident on Feb. 12. The steps include issuing a formal apology to Omaha Public Schools, changing seating arrangements at activities and developing an equity and diversity plan. School officials were not able to determine who was responsible for the slurs.

The National Review

Nebraska Republicans have reprimanded U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse for his work in Washington, D.C., but stopped short of censuring him Saturday for his outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump. Sasse was one of just seven Republicans who voted last month to convict Trump at his impeachment trial, and he has been openly critical of Trump.

Five University of Nebraska―Lincoln students announced the creation of “The Civility Effect,” a communication campaign aimed at promoting civility, a topic that 93% of the public believes to be a major problem, according to a recent report from global PR firm Weber Shandwick.

Emerson Belitz is the Project Manager for the Bateman team, and Amanda Barker is the Deputy Executive Director + Director of Civic Health at Civic Nebraska.  They spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the project and the hoped for results in this two-part interview.

If you would like more information on the project, please go to the website

Jesse White plays Hedwig Schmidt in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  This is Billy McGuigan’s company, Rave On Productions, first show in The Omaha Series, performing a limited run at The Waiting Room in Benson.

Jesse chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show which is a groundbreaking show that tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch”.  Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, playing to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway.

More information can be found at

The 29th Annual Irish Fest to benefit the works of Catholic Charities takes place tonight.  Otis Sallid, Director/Choreographer, and Annette Tanner, Writer, join Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to discuss their work to make this fest a memorable one.

More information about Irish Fest and the work of Catholic Charities can be found at

Omaha World Herald

A bill that would impose harsher penalties on protesters who loot, riot or commit other crimes has received a chilly reception from a Nebraska legislative committee. Some critics of the bill argued Wednesday that it would infringe on free-speech rights and punish people who gather peacefully. The measure was modeled after a recently passed Tennessee law and was introduced in response to last year’s Black Lives Matter protests in Omaha and Lincoln that led to property damage and one death.

The Economic Times

Investor Warren Buffett’s right-hand man says the U.S. stock market is overvalued, but he doesn’t know when the bubble will burst. Billionaire Charlie Munger is a vice chairman at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Munger said Wednesday that the recent frenzy over GameStop’s stock was driven by small investors gambling on the stock market. He says the investors are playing the stock market like bettors at a horse rate. Munger says inexperienced investors are being lured into the market by newer brokerages like Robinhood that offer commission-free trading.

Two black and white prints are next to each other with a little space in between them. The left is of a young face in profile with eyes closed and mouth open. The right is an ear with swirl patterns superimposed over it to suggest age.
Maria Antelman and Melanie Flood Projects

Omaha World Herald

Redevelopment of the former Crossroads Mall site is one step closer to reality.  The Omaha City Council voted yesterday to approve an 80-million-dollar tax increment financing request for the project.   The 553-million-dollar plan calls for offices, retail stores, apartments, hotels and entertainment venues to be built near 72nd and Dodge streets as soon as 2024.