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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.

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NE Covid Total Tops 44,000; IA Total Over 86,000

Sep 28, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 44-thousand.  Officials confirmed 467 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 44-thousand-63.  There have been 470 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic.

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Nebraska.  As of last night, there were 56-hundred-59 cases and 78 deaths reported statewide.  Hall County leads the state with 12-hundred-56 coronavirus cases, Dakota County has seen 918 cases and Douglas County has reported 878 cases.

Nebraska Sees Highest One-Day Spike Of Covid Cases

Apr 28, 2020

Nebraska health officials are confirming the state's largest one-day increase in the number of coronavirus cases.  Three-hundred-30 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the statewide total to 33-hundred-58 cases since the pandemic began.  Fifty-five people in Nebraska have died from COVID-19.  Health officials confirmed the 15th coronavirus death in Douglas County yesterday.  The case involves a woman in her 60s who had underlying health problems.

Nebraska Covid-19 Total Tops 2000; Nearly 50 Deaths

Apr 24, 2020

There are now more than two-thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska. State health officials reported the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases yesterday with 311, bringing the total number up to two-thousand-124. The state also announced two additional deaths from the virus, raising the toll to 47.

A new Nebraska website designed to ramp up testing for the coronavirus logged about 20,000 new registrations on its first day, and the data residents submit could help determine which parts of the state get tested first. Gov. Pete Ricketts says the $27 million program, similar to ones in use in Iowa and Utah, will help state officials decide where to first use the 540,000 new tests that were included in the deal.

Four states along the Missouri River are joining forces to look for ways to avoid the kind of flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage last year. Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas are pooling their money to pay for half of a $400,000 study with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to measure how much water flows down the Missouri River. State officials hope to present a united front to federal officials to gain more influence over how the river is managed after devastating floods in 2011 and 2019.

Authorities say an ice jam is causing minor flooding near Loup City in central Nebraska's Sherman County. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory that is scheduled to expire Tuesday afternoon. The flooding is occurring in low-lying areas near the Nebraska Highway 10 bridge over the Middle Loup River south of Loup City and the Nebraska Highway 92 bridge just west of town. The service says the flooding is expected to continue until the jam breaks up, which could take several days. 

Authorities say an investigation into reports of large drones flying in groups after dark since November has confirmed nothing unusual or criminal. They're mostly hobbyist drones, commercial aircraft, stars, planets and weather phenomena. Yet if history is any guide, the investigation involving flights of a heat-detecting plane in northeastern Colorado will settle nothing for many people. They've also been seen in Nebraska and Wyoming. Dan Carlson says drones have flown after dark near his Nebraska farm four times this year. He suspects military involvement. U.S.

Nebraska Braces For Winter Storm

Nov 26, 2019

Nebraska is bracing for a winter storm.  A winter weather advisory will take effect today at noon for the Omaha area as three to five inches of snow could fall before the system moves out of the area tomorrow morning.  Winter storm warnings will be in effect for most of the state as snowfall amounts in western Nebraska could approach one foot.  Drivers are being warned about the potential for slick road conditions and reduced visibility.


Stories From the Trail: The Film

Nov 18, 2019
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You heard the stories, now the film has been released! The newly formed Great Plains Trail is the first its' class to tackle The Great Plains region for almost the full 2,200 miles of the route. 

Omaha Public Radio's Emily Chen-Newton caught up one ambitious in his second week of walking. See the short film of their trek, and check out the audio mini-series here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the removal of four Superfund sites in Nebraska and Iowa from their national priorities list.

NE Stays In Top Ten Of Best States

May 15, 2019

 Nebraska is still in the top ten of best states in the country.  According to U.S. News and World Report, the Cornhusker State dropped two spots from last year to the ninth best state to live in with good scores in education, infrastructure, and fiscal stability.  Nebraska was weighed down by two scores outside the top 25 in health care and natural environment.

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2018 Midterm Election Coverage on KIOS

Oct 23, 2018
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Beginning at 7 p.m. this Election Day, KIOS will provide national and statewide election coverage from NPR and from around our region. 

On 91.5 KIOS, we will pre-empt our regular broadcast of As It Happens for NPR special coverage, which will feature interviews with newsmakers, reports from state races, and analysis from NPR's Political Team.

Visions of Nebraska's  varied landscapes are explored by the Artists' Cooperative Gallery during their August exhibition.  The group will hold an opening reception Friday, August 5, from 6pm to 9pm.

Starting more than 40 years ago in space above M's Pub, the Artists' Gallery shows the work of strong professional artists from the region.

The gallery is located at 405 S. 11th St., Omaha.  For more information, their website is

Artist, Lori Elliott-Bartle, talks about the August exhibition.

Nebraska has 25 delegates and five super-delegates at stake when Democrats caucus Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee is shifting away from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' tax proposals and toward alternative solutions as farmers and ranchers clamor for property tax relief.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha could get a $136 million medical facility built next to the ailing veterans hospital if a public-private initiative is carried through.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have risen for the second month in a row, suggesting more improvement in the regional economy.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The director of a commission organizing celebrations for Nebraska's 150th birthday next year says events will be held within driving distance of every citizen.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's prison system is facing a staffing crisis that it may not be able to overcome amid a statewide nursing shortage and the state's relatively low wages.

Nebraska Democrats prepare to caucus for the third time

Feb 29, 2016

Four days after Super Tuesday, Nebraska Democrats will caucus for the third time.