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Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity… led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the “true-ish” story of ten explorers on four boats charting the course of the Colorado River in 1869.  Omaha Community Playhouse's latest offering includes the story of the outlandish but loyal crew, guided by their one-armed captain,  encountering various disasters, conflicts, and harrowing adventures.

Actress Breanna Carodine chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the effects, and the fun this spectacle brings.  Opening May 3rd and running through the 26th, more information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/

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The state of Nebraska is receiving millions of dollars in federal flood relief. FEMA and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced yesterday that the state will get 48-million-dollars in federal funding for residents and businesses impacted by last month's widespread flooding.  The funding will come from the U.S. Small Business Administration, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.  More than five-thousand Nebraska households have applied for assistance following the floods, and FEMA teams have visited more than 14-thousand homes in the state.

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A flood-damaged Bellevue mobile home park is facing demolition.  A barricade went up yesterday at the entrance to Paradise Lakes after residents finished gathering their belongings on Sunday.  All of the units at the mobile home park have been ruled to be contaminated after last month's floods.  Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike says the city is working to make sure the mobile homes are demolished as soon as possible.

 

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Undefeated Omaha world welterweight champion Terence Crawford wants to fight unbeaten Dallas-area Errol Spence Junior next.  Crawford owns the WBO belt, while Spence owns the IBF 147-pound title.  Bob Arum of Top Rank and Crawford's promoter says he will try to make that match, which boxing fans are clamoring to see.  Arum has offered a 50-50 financial split.  The problem is Spence is promoted by Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions.  Haymon rarely does business with Arum.  ESPN has a TV contract with Crawford, while Fox and Showtime have TV rights with Spence, making it more complicated.  

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Gas prices are continuing to rise across the Cornhusker State.  Though the average price for unleaded is only up one cent since last week it's nearly 20 cents higher than it was this time last month.  The average price for unleaded in Douglas County is two-dollars and 73-cents per gallon, two cents lower than the state average of two-dollars and 75-cents per gallon.  Nearby Colfax County has the cheapest gas in the state at two-dollars and 59-cents per gallon.

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The Nebraska Department of Corrections is working to recruit and retain employees with financial incentives.  Corrections officials announced yesterday that three-thousand-dollar bonuses will be given to the first 100 new employees that stay at least one year at the Tecumseh State Prison, Lincoln Correctional Center, the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center or the State Penitentiary.  Current prison workers will get bonuses ranging from 50-dollars to 400-dollars for recruiting a new employee, and supervisors can get up to a 400-dollar bonus if a staff member they oversee stays at least one year

(Omaha, NE)  --  An organizer of an attempt to recall Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert from office is stepping down.  Eric Scott announced in a Facebook post that he is ending his effort to recall Stothert after he had his family were involved in a car crash last Thursday.  Scott says there is a strong infrastructure in place for anyone who wishes to take over his push for a recall.  Scott had hoped to have a recall petition ready for circulation by late June or early July.

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Iowa is very close to being the next state to legalize sports betting.  The House passed a bill yesterday that legalizes betting on college and professional sports.  Daily fantasy sports wagering on professional sporting events is also legalized in the bill.  The measure now goes to Governor Kim Reynolds. 

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Changes are being made to a bill allowing students and staff to carry stun guns on Regents university and community college campuses.  The Iowa Senate passed a bill yesterday that would ban the carrying of stun guns at Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa football stadiums.  The measure would also ban stun guns on hospital and clinic grounds.  The measure now goes back to the House.

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  A retired colonel and an army of airmen have saved irreplaceable artifacts from floodwater that covered much of an Air Force base south of Omaha.

Mike Hoskins told the Omaha World-Herald that the historical treasures of the 55th Wing were locked inside the wing historian's office and other offices at Offutt Air Force Base as the Missouri River water rose March 16. Base firefighters joined the effort by breaking down the necessary doors.

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One lucky person in Sioux City will soon have a lot of extra money.  They won a million-dollars in Friday's Mega Millions drawing as the first five numbers were correctly picked. The ticket missed the Mega Ball, so the person didn't win the 175-million-dollar jackpot.  They must travel to Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive to claim their prize.

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City crews in Lincoln are removing dozens of ash trees in order to reduce the threat of emerald ash borer bugs.  The city says nearly 40 trees were removed from Holmes Golf Course yesterday and they'll be replaced with a different type of tree.  The city says it's trying to replace about one-thousand ash trees every year.

Heartland 2050 is a long-range vision for the future of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.
In the coming years the region will experience dramatic demographic changes and face increased challenges related to workforce.  The Heartland Vision addresses these issues through collaborative leadership, a quality growth strategy for transportation and housing, and an eye toward improved access to opportunities for all.

The Heartland 2050 Summit is May 8th.  Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Community Relations Manager, Jeff Spiehs, and Information Officer, Sue Cutsforth join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the MAPA mission and the upcoming summit.  

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

(Undated, IA)  --  Most of the country is expected to have a hotter than normal summer but not the Midwest.  Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says the states that will have a cooler summer will be Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  The NWS also forecasts above normal rainfall this summer for the same states.

(New York, NY)  --  Undefeated Omaha world welterweight champion Terence Crawford stopped former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan in the sixth round of their title bout at Madison Square Garden.  Crawford knocked down the British boxer in the first round and dominated the match.  The end came when Crawford accidentally hit Khan with a low blow in the sixth round and after a five-minute break, Khan's corner opted not to send him out for more punishment.   Crawford improved to 35-and-0 with 26 knockouts.

(Whiteclay, NE)  --  A group of activists is calling for a treatment center for fetal alcohol syndrome in a northwest Nebraska village.  The Omaha World Herald reports that activists want the center to be built in Whiteclay, where stores that sell beer were closed two years ago.  Officials say the goal of the treatment center is to end the cycle of fetal alcohol syndrome in the Whiteclay-Pine Ridge area.  Up to 25 percent of children born on the Pine Ridge Reservation are born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which is 25 times higher than the national average.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha Police Department is adding two additional civilian gang specialists.  Officials say hiring the specialists will allow the police department to help local youth find new opportunities and a better path.  The police department hopes to hire a refugee to the gang specialist team after six alleged members of a Sudanese gang were arrested last week. 

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community.

Molly McCleery, Program Director / Staff Attorney – Health Care Access Program joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the ramifications of the Medicaid Expansion vote and the impact on the citizens of Nebraska. 

More information can be found at https://neappleseed.org/

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Omaha firefighters are hoping to secure funding for cancer research.  The firefighters have started a goal to better understand the relationship firefighters have with the deadly disease after dozens of them have been treated for cancer over the last year and a half.  There's currently a bill in the State Senate that would fund a firefighter cancer registry with two-and-a-half-million dollars.

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Officials with the Douglas County Correctional Facility are planning to fix an issue involving neighbors and inmates.  Reports say the facility has gotten a lot of complaints recently about inmates who have been allowed to play basketball on the roof staring and shouting at neighbors and cars driving.  Now, the corrections director says he's repositioning officers to make sure inmates stay away from the edges of the roof and he's considering putting up a barrier on one side of the roof.

 

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Undefeated Omaha world welterweight champion Terence Crawford and former junior welterweight champion Amir Kahn will weigh in today for their title fight tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.  The weight limit is 147 pounds.  Crawford who is 34-and-0 with 25 knockouts has not fought since October 13th when he stopped Jose Benavidez Junior in the 12th round in Omaha.  Kahn is 33-and-4 with 20 knockouts and won two fights in England last year.  The bout will be on pay per view. 

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 Farmers would enjoy expanded protection under a proposed bill under the Nebraska Right to Farm Act that advanced last week.  That's the word from Senator Dan Hughes of Venango, who says LB 227 was approved on April 10th.  The Nebraska Right to Farm Act, adopted in 1982, protects farms and warehouses from nuisance complaints by neighbors.

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Gale County taxpayers may be on the hook for the 28-point-one-million dollar payout to the "Beatrice Six."  The introduced bill, facing a final decision by Governor Ricketts, would create a half-cent sales tax for federal judgments over 25-million dollars.  This would help pay the millions owed to six people wrongfully convicted of a Beatrice murder in 1985.  Senator Myron Dorn, who proposed the bill, says there will be a push for a veto override vote if the governor decides to veto it. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have unveiled a new plan to reduce property taxes by boosting state aid for K-12 schools, raising the state sales tax and eliminating tax exemptions.

Members of the Revenue Committee announced the proposal Wednesday but say it's still subject to change.

The measure would increase state equalization aid to schools from roughly $1 billion to $1.5 billion a year in an effort to reduce the taxes schools generate through local property taxes. School property taxes would decline by an average of 20 percent.

(Undated, IA)  --  Construction on the flood damaged part of Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa is underway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's working to repair a stretch of the interstate from U.S. Highway 34 all the way to the Missouri border and it plans to have it back open by June.  Updates on construction are available on the Iowa DOT website.

(Undated, IA)  --  A second measles case is being confirmed in northeast Iowa.  According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the case involves an unvaccinated person who has household contact with the person involved in the first confirmed measles case.  That person was also unvaccinated and had recently returned from Israel.  The DPH still says there's no danger to the public since the cases are isolated to one home.

All children benefit from interacting with same-aged peers.  CRCC's new program promotes curiosity, learning, friendships, and understanding, while celebrating each other.  

Learning Together Preschool uses a theme and project-based approach that will enable children to acquire information and learn concepts through meaningful hands-on opportunities and experiences.  Learning Together Preschool promotes learning through purposeful play, choice based activities, and meaningful experiences that are relevant to the child and their development.

CEO Anne Constantino sits down with Mike Hogan to discuss this new program which integrates typically developing children with medically fragile, developmentally delayed, and physically challenged children to the benefit of all the children involved.

More information is available at https://crccomaha.org/

(Omaha, NE)  --  A Nebraska police helicopter is damaged after making an emergency landing.  Omaha Police Helicopter Able-One had just taken off from the Omaha North Airport Tuesday morning when it suffered a mechanical failure.  Pilots were able to land in an open field, but the helicopter suffered damage and was inoperable after the incident.  No injuries were reported.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska lawmakers are revealing a plan to lower property taxes.  The proposal, which was unveiled yesterday, calls for increasing state sales taxes by three-fourths of a cent and cigarette taxes by 36-cents per pack to one dollar.  Officials say the proposal would result in a 20-percent decrease in local property taxes, which would provide about 540-million-dollars per year in property tax relief.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Fewer potholes are being reported in Omaha.  Between April 4th and April 11th, more than six-thousand potholes were filled on city streets.  Only 31-hundred potholes were reported during that time.  The city of Omaha has received more than 19-hundred pothole claims this year, but the city has paid out on only 13 of those claims.

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