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Since 1938, Inclusive Communities has served Nebraska, Iowa, and the region by directing efforts in the areas of youth; community and workplace human relations; and leadership programming to achieve the mission of confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.

You can end the Thanksgiving weekend with laughter and fun at "FriendsGiving," Inclusive Communities’ third annual friend-raiser.  Executive Director, Maggie Wood, and Senior Program Partner of Volunteer Initiatives, Tena Hahn, stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission of the organization, how they actually take action against bigotry, and give more details on this casual fundraiser on Sunday, December 1 from Noon-2:30pm at The Slowdown featuring Omaha native Amber Ruffin.

More information can be found at www.inclusive-communities.org.

NOTE:  The audio from this interview was initially lost.  The attached audio is the recovered version, and while audible, is not the quality of audio to which our listeners have become accustomed.

Launched in the United States in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving.  Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday and kicks off the giving season.  More information about the global campaign can be found at GivingTuesday.org.

This year, Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019.  Executive Director of Share Omaha, Marjorie Maas, stopped into the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about how those of us in the area can give to our favorite charities using the "#GivingTuesday402," "#GivingTuesday712" and "#24HoursofImpact."  One can also get more information by going to the websites https://givingtuesday402.org/ and https://givingtuesday712.org/.

This Giving Tuesday, let’s ignite local generosity.  Volunteer, donate, surprise someone with kindness – just put positivity out there.  And watch it take over.

Hundreds of containers — many carrying hazardous materials — have floated into Missouri since flooding in the upper Missouri River basin during the spring.

Authorities say firefighters have completely contained a fire that blackened just under 604 acres (244.4 hectares) in the Nebraska National Forest, west of Dunning.

An oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported.

The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets, featuring a uniquely breathtaking Waltz of the Flowers scene. The Nutcracker includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, and features lavish sets and more than 250 beautiful costumes.

Artistic Director of American Midwest Ballet, Erika Overturff, joins Mike Hogan "live & Local" to discuss the 10th anniversary of the company, this latest production, and watching young dancers grow into mature adults.

More information can be found at https://amballet.org/performances/the-nutcracker/

Stories From the Trail: The Film

Nov 18, 2019
Emily Chen-Newton

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.

Fans of the Missouri River can learn about its importance to the Great Plains at an upcoming lecture in Lincoln.

 The University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies will host the lecture Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at its office in downtown Lincoln. The lecture will feature two speakers: Daniel Peterson, chief of interpretation, education and outreach for the National Park Service; and Jarrett C. Bies, a writer and kayaker. The presentation will include a short documentary film about conservation efforts on the Missouri River. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists at a discussion in Lincoln will cover strategies for increasing agricultural production to meet global demand.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has done it again!  Two new exhibits are opening the same night.  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs has curated Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE.  In TIMESHARE, Miami native Jillian Mayer explores how art can function and/or aid during times of disaster or when the planet becomes uninhabitable.  

And Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, has her own show, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing.  This show contains new works by the Canadian artist duo, some researched and produced in Omaha this past summer, examine hospitality and care of birds and avian communication with humans.  

Both curators stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about how they got the ideas for their respective shows, how they went about bringing these exhibitions to fruition and how art can save lives.

Both shows open on Wednesday, November 20, with an Exhibition Opening Reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (724 S. 12th Street).  The event is free and open to the public with free parking.  Both shows run through February, 2020

For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.bemiscenter.org/.

Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.

The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

More information can be found at http://heartland2050.org/

Vesper Concerts is bringing together percussion wizards Arx Duo with acclaimed pianists Qing Jiang and Sean Chen for a Midwest premiere of composer Nick DiBerardino’s Atlas, a work in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the landing on the moon (1969).  Atlas will celebrate the art of creation, exploring sonic spaces with a sense of wonder about the universe, the spaces we inhabit within it, and the spaces we might someday traverse.  Composer Nick DeBerardino will be a special guest. Do not pass up the chance to see this one-of-a-kind Omaha performance.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to sit down with Mike Hogan and discuss this extraordinary musical event, which is free to the public.  More information about this Monday, November 18th show is available at the website: http://vesperconcerts.org/event/arx-duo-atlas-with-qing-jiang-and-amy-yang-piano-nick-diberardino-composer/

UNO Responds To Intimidating Note

Nov 14, 2019

University of Nebraska-Omaha officials are responding after an intimidating note was found near campus.  UNO student worker Joshua Garcia found a note on his car Tuesday evening that read "Illegals are not welcome."  UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold announced yesterday that everyone is welcome at school and intimidation has no place on campus or near it.

 

Mumps Cases On The Rise

Nov 14, 2019

The number of mumps cases is on the rise in Lancaster County.  The Lancaster County Health Department says nine mumps cases have been reported since September.  Three of the cases have been confirmed, but officials have not said if the cases are related to an outbreak of at least 30 cases in northeast Nebraska.  Mumps is spread through coughing, sneezing and saliva. 

 

Creighton President Disagrees With Student Vote

Nov 14, 2019

The president of Creighton University is disagreeing with a student vote over fossil fuels.  Nearly 21-hundred Creighton students voted last week to ask the school to divest from fossil fuels and stop new investments in the fossil fuel industry by 2025.  Creighton President Reverend Daniel Hendrickson announced yesterday that the non-binding student referendum does not align with the school's goal of a properly diversified endowment. 

 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says it’s “imperative” that he and lawmakers come up with a way to lower property taxes that can win approval in the upcoming legislative session.

Meteors Reported In Nebraska

Nov 13, 2019

Some people may have seen a meteor in Nebraska last night.  According to the American Meteor Society, meteors were reported last night in multiple state including Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.  The meteors are reportedly apart of the annual Northern Taurid Meteor Shower.

 

CDC Considers Flu Scattered In Nebraska

Nov 13, 2019

The flu is considered scattered across the state of Nebraska.  That's according to the Centers for Disease Control.  It says nearly 200 positive flu tests were reported in Nebraska between September 29th and November 2nd, more than six-times as many during that time last year.  So far, no deaths have been reported.

 

Construction Grant Made Official

Nov 13, 2019

A multi-million dollar grant for an Omaha road project is made official.  The 17-million-dollar grant is part of 900-million-dollars in transportation grants announced yesterday by the Trump Administration.  Money from the grant will used to upgrade 120th Street from Stonegate Drive to Roanoke Boulevard with new sidewalks.  The road will also be converted into a four-lane divided highway, and construction will start next May.

 

Organization Seeks More Prison Beds

Nov 13, 2019

Another law enforcement organization is calling on Nebraska to add more prison beds.  The Nebraska State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police issued a letter yesterday that noted that more beds are needed at state prisons after corrections officials noted that facilities are near capacity.  The organization claims the effort to make some state laws into misdemeanors has forced county jails to add more space for offenders.

 

Bellevue University will present “Women of Government,” a luncheon event designed to support and develop aspiring public servants, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, 812 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68005.

The “Women of Government” event features a panel of four female public officials from the Omaha metropolitan area: Rita Sanders, District Representative for U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry; Rosalyn Cotton, Chair, Nebraska Board of Parole; Diane Battiato, Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds; and Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner.

According to Gina Ponce, Bellevue University’s Director of Latino Community Outreach, the panel discussion and luncheon is an opportunity for attendees to be inspired and to learn how, specifically, the panelists started and have sustained their involvement in public service and government roles. 

Gina stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM about the program, this specific installment, and the good that happens when women have the chance to learn from mentors.

Attendees can register by calling 402-293-2000 by December 2nd.

The Refugee Empowerment Center (REC) assists refugees who are transitioning from their own culture to American life.  They focus on helping refugees live and work productively, further their education, and achieve a better life for themselves and their children.

Amanda Kohler is Executive Director of the Refugee Empowerment Center.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with two guests, Jean and Jamal, to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how REC is able to empower refugees to integrate into their new homes and obtain the skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency. 

The three of them also discussed the hand-made candle sales, with proceeds directly benefitting the daily efforts of REC.  REC is grateful to the Omaha community for uniting in solidarity to support refugees in becoming healthy and successful members of the community we all share.

If you would like to get some of the hand-made, scented candles, you can stop by the Refugee Empowerment Center at 3610 Dodge Street, Suite 100, Omaha NE 68131 between the hours of Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or give a donation online at https://refugeeempowerment.org/donate/

Winter Weather Leaves Shelters At Capacity

Nov 12, 2019

Winter weather conditions are forcing homeless residents to Omaha's emergency shelters.  Siena Francis House officials say nearly 300 people stayed in their shelters on Sunday night due to the frigid temperatures.  The shelters have about 260 available beds, but Siena Francis House is planning to open a new shelter next month. 

 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska agricultural products and reinforce the state's connections with German companies.

The Keystone pipeline has been restarted nearly two weeks after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in North Dakota.

Biden Holding CNN Town Hall Tonight From Grinnell College

Nov 11, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Iowa tonight to participate in a CNN town hall.  It's taking place at Grinnell College and it begins at 8:00.  The former vice president will first hold a town hall on veterans issues today at 4:00 in Oskaloosa.  It'll be at William Penn University's Musco Technology Center Atrium.

 

Two free forums have been scheduled to hear from people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers about their experiences with emergencies or disaster situations.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to sample deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease during the coming firearm season, Nov. 16-24.

Snow and bitter cold is expected across much of Nebraska and Iowa at the start of the work week.

 The National Weather Service says much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa is likely to see 1-to-2 inches of snow by early Monday. Some parts of eastern Iowa could receive 4-to-6 inches of snow. Cold temperatures are expected to follow the snow on Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Monday morning and winds up to 30 mph are expected. The wind may create blowing snow and wind chills around 0 degrees.

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