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(Bellevue, NE)  --  Some homes that were wrecked by flooding in Bellevue earlier this year are being demolished.  The Bellevue City Council voted earlier this week to condemn all of the houses in the Paradise Lakes development, nearly 200 total, and the first one came down yesterday.  The rest of the demolition must happen by the end of the summer.  There have been questions about who will pay for the activity, but the couple involved in yesterday's knock-down said they received assistance from FEMA that will help.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing

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(Omaha, NE)  --  No injuries are reported after a plane made an emergency landing in Omaha.  Omaha Airport Authority Police say a United Airlines flight was traveling from Denver to Boston on Saturday afternoon when the plane experienced a pressure issue.  The flight safely landed at Eppley Airfield, and the incident is under investigation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are laying the groundwork for the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion program, but many people who will eventually qualify now face a long and difficult wait.

About 90,000 low-income Nebraska residents who will get new Medicaid coverage must wait until the expansion's launch date of October 2020. That's nearly two years after voters approved the expansion.

The second annual ON Brand conference is July 18th.  This unique career development and networking opportunity will introduce participants to influential speakers from across the nation, as well as major players in the Omaha branding community. 

Nebraska ON Brand Chair, Lauren Fischer, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about everything ON Brand has to offer and invite the public to attend the Centro Networking Reception immediately following the closing keynote presentation.  The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista.

More information can be found at https://onbrandcon.com/

Iowa Disaster Incident Period Extended

Jun 20, 2019

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Federal assistance can now cover more damage that came as a result of bad weather that hit Iowa this year.  The incident period that determined eligibility for federal assistance was March 12th through May 16th, but that's been extended to June 15th.  The extension was granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, after heavy rains hit the state starting in mid-May.

Tuition Going Up At Three Nebraska State Colleges

Jun 20, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Tuition is going up at three state colleges in Nebraska.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports the Nebraska State College System met yesterday where it agreed to increase tuition at Peru State, Wayne State, and Chadron State over the next two years.  Tuition will increase by four-dollars and 50-cents per credit hour next year and increase another four-dollars and 50-cents the year after that.  The is the first time the system has set tuition for more than one year.

Highway Closes For Emergency Repairs

Jun 20, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  A piece of metal slicking up in the roadway is to blame for the closure of an Omaha highway.  Multiple westbound lanes of Interstate-80 between 72nd and 84th streets were closed last night as crews made emergency repairs.  Two lanes were reopened within 30 minutes, but the repair work caused lengthy traffic delays.

Thousands Of Hazardous Containers Recovered

Jun 20, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Thousands of potentially hazardous containers have been recovered following flooding in Nebraska.  State and federal officials announced yesterday that more than 22-hundred containers have been recovered from areas affected by the Heartland Flood.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency says heavy rains and flooding has led some containers to remain inaccessible from land.

Tattoo Artists vs Human Trafficking

Jun 19, 2019
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  Medical professionals and firefighters are understood to be on the front-line of Human Trafficking, but a new group of professionals is stepping up: tattoo artists. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is teaming up with the tattoo community to create a training model for artists; how to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Reporting from one of Omaha’s popular late-night tattoo shops, Omaha Public Radio’s Emily Chen-Newton explores the industry’s relationship to human trafficking and their efforts to subvert it. 

Quest Forward Academy Omaha is a four-year independent high school located on the campus of Bellevue University and approved by the Nebraska Department of Education.  In small classes, with guidance from expert mentors, students actively pursue their interests through an innovative quest-based curriculum.

Mark Smith is the Director of Quest Forward Academy Omaha and he stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the academy's approach to education, the open house for perspective students and their parents on June 27th (at the Riley Science Ctr.- Bellevue University), and which students may be right for this education.

More information can be found at https://questforward.academy/omaha/

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — After-school programs will receive more than $300,000 in grant money to help provide activities for Nebraska kids at 48 sites statewide.

The Nebraska Department of Education says the two-year grants are funded with proceeds from the state lottery. The grants range from $10,000 to $30,000 and must be matched by the recipients.

The grant money will help programs in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte, Ogallala and Garden County.

All the sites that received grants have been in operation for at least five years.

School Official To Run For Legislature

Jun 19, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The president of the Omaha Public Schools board is planning to run for the Nebraska Legislature.  Marque Snow announced his plans yesterday.  The Democrat is running for the District Nine seat currently held by State Senator Sara Howard, who is term-limited. 

Justice Center Funding Approved

Jun 19, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The proposed Douglas County courthouse annex and juvenile justice center is one step closer to reality.  The Omaha City Council voted four-to-two yesterday to approve a financing plan for the 114-million-dollar project.  Plans call for a new courthouse annex and juvenile detention center to be built near 18th and Harney in Omaha.

NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable.  First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.

Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans.  Deborah Goodkin is the Managing Director of Savings Plans for First National Bank of Omaha and she stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the tax advantages of these plans plus how families saving just a little at a time can really benefit.

For more information visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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A longtime Democratic activist who spent his life fighting for Native American causes in Nebraska has died. Frank LaMere’s son says the 69-year-old died Sunday after a bout with cancer.

LaMere was known nationally for his decades-long effort to close four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, that were blamed for alcohol-related problems on the neighboring Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Regulators shuttered the stores in 2017.

(Pebble Beach, CA)  --  Western Nebraska golfer Nate Lashley is finished with his debut at the U.S. Open.  Lashley, from Scottsbluff, scored a round of 72 at Pebble Beach on Sunday to finish at one under par.  His four-day total of 283 put him in the top-30.  The winner of the PGA event was Gary Woodland with a four-day total of 271.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Education Department intends to provide school districts with guidance on students' sunscreen use during the school year.

Officials say various districts have wrestled with the issue and have sought state direction.

Rules vary from district to district. Some require the sunscreen be sent from home and require parents to sign permission notes guiding administrators on application. Some require notes from doctors and some don't. Some districts have no policies at all.

Omaha, Neb. – The OPS Board of Education is prepared to approve a contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan following a successful first year leading the largest school district in the state.

OPS And Teachers Close To New Contract

Jun 17, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Public Schools and its teachers have a new two-year contract agreement.  Teachers got the contract details yesterday.  The Omaha World-Herald reports teachers would receive a one-point-eight percent pay raise next school year and a nearly three-point-two percent raise for the year after that.  Employee contributions to health insurance premiums would also reportedly increase.  The school board will vote on the contract on today.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Midwestern Region held a one-and-a-half-day meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.  The meeting, hosted by Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, who serves as Chair of the NAAG Midwestern Region, focused on “Confronting Health Care: The State’s Role in Combating Rising Costs and Ensuring Quality Care for our Constituents.”

One of the invited speakers was Dave Chase, author of The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream and co-founder of Health Rosetta, a nonprofit that promotes reform for the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. Dave knows healthcare stole the American Dream, but knows how we can take it back.   

Dave stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the challenges of fixing the healthcare system in this country, the rising health costs, and the lack of transparency which have caught the AG's attention.

It's THAT time of year when you can gather at the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market!  Omaha's favorite Friday night neighborhood market has returned to the lot on 33rd Street. 

All are invited to join on Friday nights through Sept 27, from 5-8pm, to stock up on locally-grown produce, herbs, plants and flowers; browse through handmade goods, skincare products, jewelry, prepared foods & more! 

There are kids' activities each week and family-friendly live music, too.  Alex O'Hanlon with the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the market and how to enjoy it  as either a vendor, buyer, or both!

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/GiffordParkNeighborhoodMarket/events/?ref=page_internal

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert wants the city council to write out four things to be included in the next solid waste contract.  Stothert sent a letter to the council this morning saying she wants to know what services it wants, what company it will support, how much it's willing to pay, and how it will reach consensus.  Reports say it will take about 14 to 16 months to set up waste operations in the city.  FCC Environmental and West Central Sanitation are the two companies bidding for the job.

Laughter may be the best medicine but music is not far behind! 

The Nebraska Medical Orchestra (NMO) was created in 2018 as a collaborative project between UNMC and the UNO School of Music, the Nebraska Medical Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine with the support of UNO School of Music faculty and students as mentors.  

Dr. Washington Garcia, professor and director of UNO's School of Music, has been working with partners at UNMC to develop this "medical orchestra" for the benefit of patients, their families, and medical staff as well.

Dr. Garcia joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the genesis of this program and the many benefits it produces.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/music/community-engagement/index.php

New High School Plans

Jun 12, 2019

(Papillion, NE)  --  The Papillion-La Vista Community School District is announcing the location of a new high school.  Officials say they will purchase a site on 72nd Street about three-fourths of a mile south of Shadow Lake Towne Center.  The 87-acre site will cost nearly four-million-dollars.  The new high school, which officials say is still years away from being built, will be the district's third. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A company that tracks travel data says road congestion in the Omaha area is getting worse.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that data released by TomTom International BV shows the Omaha-Council Bluffs area has experienced increasing traffic congestion between 2017 and 2018.

The company's global Traffic Index has found that after tracking 310 million local travel miles, trips around the Omaha area take 14% longer than they would without congestion, up from 13% a year earlier.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State auditors are criticizing a Nebraska agency leader for using state-owned vehicles for questionable personal trips, possibly in violation of the law.

The audit released last week says Department of Natural Resources Director Jeff Fassett used vehicles for trips to Colorado and Wyoming, where he maintains a home, and submitted an incorrect travel log.

A spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts, who appointed Fassett, says the governor's office takes the findings seriously and has ordered a review of the audit findings.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal safety regulators have proposed fining Family Dollar Stores more than $300,000 for what the regulators say are safety violations at an Omaha store.

A news release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday that inspectors found two serious violations, four repeat violations and one "other than serious" violation at the Family Dollar Store at 3552 Leavenworth St.

The Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter serves statewide.  They help all those facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by providing support groups and educational resources, while advancing crucial research and public policy initiatives.

Public Policy Manager Terry Streetman chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" with an update of what was accomplished during this past unicameral session, what was left on the table, and what is on the horizon from a federal government standpoint.

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

(Des Moines, IA)  --  President Trump is in Iowa today.  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will meet the president at Offutt  Air Force Base in Omaha.  Republican Senator Joni Ernst and Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne will join them in Council Bluffs for a tour of an ethanol plant.  Trump will then head to West Des Moines to attend a Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds' 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information.  The records contained the governor's Social Security number, driver's license number and other sensitive information that should not have been made public under court rules.

After an inquiry from The Associated Press last week, the court system removed public access to the files.

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