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Terry Streetman is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter.  He spends a great deal of time and effort at this state's capitol showing the unicameral senators how they can help the many thousands of families in Nebraska impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease.

He took the time to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to discuss with Mike Hogan the latest bill that has been introduced, explain how he advocates for Alzheimer's related causes, and how you can get involved.

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

In addition to all of the great year-round offers (found here), KIOS MemberCard holders can take advantage of special bonus benefits each month.    You can redeem these benefits by using your wallet card, or by using the MemberCard app (available from iTunes or Google Play).

Mayor Stothert Proposes Street Improvement Bond

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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert proposes a 200-million dollar bond for street improvements.  Stothert announced the plan Thursday morning, saying city streets have been under-funded for too long.  Stothert says the bond would cost property owners about 35 dollars per 100-thousand dollars of property value a year.  She wants Omaha residents to vote on the bond in May.

 

Online retailer Hayneedle will lay off some 200 workers at its Omaha headquarters in the coming months. Hayneedle's parent company, Walmart, told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that about 100 local workers will remain employed and will be based at the Sarpy County call center. Those being laid off will get at least a 60-day notice and will be eligible to apply for other jobs within the Walmart organization. A written statement from Walmart says the layoffs follow a decision to integrate the Hayneedle business and select functions within Walmart.com.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's new economic development director has been confirmed by lawmakers who praised him for his business experience. Senators voted 42-0 to put Tony Goins, of Lincoln, in charge of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Goins in July. Goins replaces Dave Rippe, who stepped down as the director to return to his home in Hastings. Goins serves as director of Branded Products for Lincoln Industries, where he leads a sales team responsible for aftermarket truck and Harley Davidson parts. Goins started in his new role Oct.

Nebraska's chief justice says the state's courts are expanding their public services to protect abused children, keep former prisoners from re-offending and help some counties save money. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican outlined the accomplishments of the state's judicial branch in his annual State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers. Heavican says the courts are working to reunite more foster children with parents, help offenders with drug and alcohol addictions, and save money by having clerks serve both district and county courts.

Nebraska's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a state commission that voted to allow machine bets on previously run horse races despite the attorney general's warnings that the machines are illegal. The lawsuit alleges that the Nebraska State Racing Commission approved so-called “historical horse racing” even after state lawyers advised the commission that the machines violate state law and the Nebraska Constitution's prohibition of gambling.

A bill that would lower Nebraska’s property taxes by shifting more state aid to schools is drawing support from the state’s top agricultural and business groups but opposition from schools that don’t want restrictions on their taxing power and don’t trust the state to maintain its funding. The face-off before the Legislature’s Revenue Committee was a troubling sign for the bill’s prospects, although the committee chairwoman says the proposal was likely to change.

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with Visual and Sound Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, to announce the second installment at the new LOW END venue.  The new 25,000 square foot music venue in Bemis Center's lower level will kick off this event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 with an Artist Talk in presentation space on main floor, hosted by Rachel.  Then at 8:00 Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, a New York-based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations that thrive across subjectivities performs for the audience.

All performances at LOW END, including this one, are free thanks to a generous foundation donation.

Rachel and Jeremy sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this program and Jeremy's creative process.

More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/get_involved/low-end.html

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein is the Director of Omaha Virtual School.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits, the kindergarten roundup as well as the middle and high school open houses on the 30th of January.  These event kicks off the recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year.

More information can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

With the mission to “ engage the imagination and create excitement about learning” the Omaha Children’s Museum is truly fun for the whole family!

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner stops by the KIOS studios to chat “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan about the latest addition to the fun, “AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” which runs through April 19th. 

Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel.  They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.  The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe.  Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/america-to-zanzibar/

Senate Impeachment Trial Live Streams

Jan 21, 2020

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump.  And while each day of the trial will stream through these players, you can also listen to full coverage on 91.5 FM from the opening gavel until 9:00 p.m. CST.    

In an effort to continue keeping you informed of happenings in the local Omaha/Council Bluffs area, the "Live & Local" interviews will be recorded and replayed at 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. during Morning Edition (locally hosted by Mathias Jeske).

A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services. The bill introduced would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which include legitimate dating websites as well as businesses that act as a front for prostitution and human trafficking. Money generated from the tax would go into an existing state fund to help pay for services for human trafficking survivors. Sen.

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. 

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — A proposal by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph reports the proposed change follows complaints from last Fourth of July of overcrowding and rowdy behavior. Those changes are meant to lower attendance to address the overcrowding on the lake’s beaches. Under the plan, public access to boat ramps at McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala would remain unchanged.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Arizona man was allowed to board his flight after a loaded handgun was found in his bag at a security checkpoint at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. A news release Friday from the federal Transportation Security Administration says the .45 caliber gun — loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber — was found Thursday as the bag it was packed inside entered an X-ray machine. Omaha Airport Authority Police were contacted and the gun was confiscated. The man was detained for questioning before allowing him to catch his flight.

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Nebraska say two Elmwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old James Pollock and 19-year-old Austin Vanburen were charged Jan. 7 after the office received calls reporting a video posted to social media showing Pollock throwing the year-old Labrador onto the lake, causing it to land on its back and break through the ice.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is growing in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The survey released Thursday showed that the overall index for rural parts of the region improved to 55.9 in January from December's 50.2. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says hiring remains strong across the region. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Tuberculosis Cases Connected

Jan 17, 2020

(Omaha, NE)  --   The Douglas County Health Department is investigating a series of tuberculosis cases.  Health officials learned last month that a person from out of state staying with family was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  Since that time, 14 people in Douglas County, including a child, have tested positive for the disease.  Officials say the cases are latent tuberculosis, which means the virus is dormant and not contagious.

A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is growing in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The survey released Thursday showed that the overall index for rural parts of the region improved to 55.9 in January from December's 50.2. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says hiring remains strong across the region. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Marine Gets 3 Years For Weapons Charges

Jan 17, 2020

A Marine is heading to prison for trying to bring several weapons onto Offutt Air Force Base.  Private First Class Ali Al-Kazahg was sentenced earlier this week in Hawaii to three years behind bars after pleading guilty to possessing a machine gun and falsifying an official statement.  Prosecutors say a sentry guard asked Al-Kazahg if he had any weapons and he said he did not.  But he later revealed a cache of weapons and ammunition, including a rifle, pistol, and a bump stock, which allows a gun to fire more rapidly.  The judge also ruled Al-Kazahg should be discharged for "bad conduct."

January is National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR Nebraska and their partner mentoring programs are joining forces for the 7th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign in January.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the various mentoring opportunities available through different organizations and address common misconceptions about time commitment and other possible deterrents to becoming a mentor. The goal for the campaign is to recruit 400 mentors in January.  Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the different options at MentorNebraska.org.

Laura Bonnet (Mentoring Coordinator) and Roberta Wilhelm (Executive Director) with Girls Inc. Omaha join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss mentoring opportunities and the life-changing impact that mentoring has on the kids as well as the mentors.

More information is available at https://www.mentornebraska.org/

Omaha police have captured an inmate who didn't return from a job hunt in Lincoln. The state prisons department says Anthony Durand had been given permission to leave the state's Community Corrections Center-Lincoln on Jan. 6. He didn't return. The department says he also had managed to remove the monitoring device he was wearing. He was found by Omaha officers Wednesday and taken into custody. Durand started serving his three-year prison sentence on Sept. 18 last year. He'd been charged with methamphetamine possession, theft and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. 

Health officials in eastern Nebraska say they're investigating a string of tuberculosis cases in the Omaha area. Television station KETV reports that the Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that 13 people have tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed active case of the lung infection. The department says it has tested 31 people since December, when it learned a person from out-of-state staying with family was diagnosed with TB. Common symptoms of TB include unexplained rapid weight loss, profuse coughing, night sweats and fever.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has proposed nearly $60 million in state assistance to help the state recover from last year’s record floods. That proposal includes a surprise $9.2 million boost for a dozen of Nebraska's hardest-hit counties. Ricketts unveiled the plan Wednesday during his annual State of the State address to lawmakers that lavished praise on the citizens and state officials who responded to the disaster. Ricketts says the flood response was “Nebraska's finest hour,” but the disaster put undue pressure on local governments.

The Omaha Academy of Ballet (OAB) is proud to present the 15th annual Omaha Dance Project (ODP), which will feature an impressive line-up of local and regional dance on January 24-26, 2020.

ODP 2020 will feature: La Esmeralda, a classical ballet based on Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, re-staged by Artistic Director Juliette Henning (Omaha), Flamenco Omaha, as well as works by Ashley Durst (Lincoln) and Lauren Wichert (Omaha).

Juliette Henning stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the exciting talent involved, and how you can enjoy the show.

More information and tickets for Omaha Dance Project are available at http://oabdance.org/home.aspx or by calling 402-346-0469.  All performances will be at the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave, Omaha, NE.

Max I. Walker is hosting the 13th annual "Ultra Chic Boutique" dress sale on Saturday, February 1st.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at "A View on State Street," located at 134th and State streets.  The event will include the standard dress sale (all dresses are sold for $30!) as well as a Dress Raffle Fashion Show.  This part of the event highlights some of the best and most beautiful gowns that have been donated to the sale, and raffles off the ‘first right to purchase’ these special dresses for just $30 to shoppers.  Some of these dresses originally cost hundreds, even a thousand dollars.

All proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter.  The 2018 and 2019 sales reached a combined $38,000 for the association.  Dress donations are still being accepted at all Max I. Walker locations. Employees will clean, press, and store the dresses for no charge.

Steph Dorland, (Marketing Director at Max I. Walker), and Casey Walker, (Director of Retail Operations at Max I. Walker) stop by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how Alzheimer's has touched everyone, including the Walker family.

Dresses will be available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The event is a more economical and eco-friendly way to shop.  More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

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.

Lawmaker Proposes Train System

Jan 15, 2020

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a new train system to link the state's two largest cities.  State Senator Adam Morfeld unveiled a proposal yesterday that calls for building a train system between Lincoln and Omaha.  Morfeld says a train system would boost each city's economy and help attract jobs.  The proposal also calls for a study to be conducted to determine the cost and economic impact of the project.

 

New Recycling Company In Place

Jan 15, 2020

The city of Omaha is moving forward with a new recycling company.  City officials have awarded a 312-thousand-dollar contract to FCC to haul recyclable materials from collection site.  FCC officials told city officials yesterday that trucks and containers have been ordered and employees are being hired.

 

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