Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about issues currently facing the city of Omaha.  While you may have heard the interview excerpts on this morning's "Live & Local" segment, below is the entire unedited interview.  

In this full length discussion, Mayor Stothert reveals  details on the trash contract, budget creation and approval, the inner workings of city government, the riverfront revitalization, personal details regarding her run for and eventual winning of the office of mayor, and her television sketch comedy experience.  

This full length, uncut interview sheds some light on the process of running a municipality and the person holding the top office in the city of Omaha. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize.

The Nebraska Lottery says Daniel Moore, of Bellwood, bought the ticket at the Parkview One Stop on Colfax Street in Schuyler. It matched the first five numbers drawn Saturday night: 18, 21, 24, 30 and 60. But it didn't match the Powerball number: 20.

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A banker who leads a nonprofit wants to transform an old college campus in eastern Nebraska into a place where former foster care youths would live and learn various trades.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Ed Shada came up with the idea while working on an annual event devoted to getting homeless people connected to the services they need. He's working with the man who owns the former Dana College campus in Blair, which would be the site for the $20 million project.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some western Iowa fields are getting sprayed to get rid of painted lady butterflies that have proven problematic for soybean crops.

Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong says the agricultural community believes this year's influx of the painted lady butterfly, or thistle caterpillar, is the largest ever in Siouxland.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair set a new attendance record, as pleasant weather gave a boost to the usual attractions of food, animals, carnival rides and performances.

Fair officials say Monday that an unofficial 1,170,375 people visited the fair during its 11-day run on the eastside of Des Moines. That topped the previous record, set last year, by about 40,000 people.

The busiest day was Saturday, Aug. 10, when 122,111 visited the fair.

Attendance exceeded 100,000 on nine of the fair's 11 days.

International opera star and Omaha resident Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire!  Taylor will be joined by Omaha arts icon (and former Artistic Director for nearly 10 years at Opera Omaha) Hal France for this collaboration in an intriguing program of arias from "Proving Up" and "Eric Hermannsons’s Soul," two operas that are set in Nebraska and written by women composers, as well as some of Taylor’s favorite songs and arias.  

The program is called "At Home In Nebraska" with a performance on August 25, 3:00 pm, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. in Omaha.   Hal and Taylor join Mike Hogan live at the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the program and the ever-growing artistic scene in Omaha.

Omaha musicians Olga Smola, violin, and Brian Sherwood, cello, will join Taylor and Hal as featured guests.  More information can be found at

Opera Omaha kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the seventh annual Opera Outdoors, a fun, family-friendly and FREE opera concert in Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park.  Featuring a sampling opera’s greatest hits and previews of Opera Omaha’s upcoming season.  The concert is open to the public; no tickets are necessary, and this year’s event will be hosted in English and Spanish for the second year.

Head of Music and Conductor Sean Kelly along with Bass Soloist Hidenori Inoue sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, the season, and opera in general.  

Opera Outdoors is Friday, August 23rd, with the park opening at 5:30, free pre-show activities starting at 6:00 (including Costume Station, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Arts & Crafts, and more), and the show beginning at 7:00.

More information is available at

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service is Hosting the first annual “Skate to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday, August 24, 2019  at Grover Ice Arena, 6171 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68106. 

There will be two Drop–In Hockey Skates at 10:15am to 11:15am and 11:30am to 12:30pm followed by a Public Skate from 4:15pm to 6:15pm.  All Skates are a "Free–Will" Donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visiting Angel owner and recreational hockey player, Phil Labadie, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, the very generous hockey community, and the hope to turn this event into an annual tradition that raises funds for the Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association.

Taking on the idea of Re•Purpose in a new and innovative way, KANEKO invites you to join in an evening of creative discussion and interactive art-making with internationally recognized multimedia artist Phil Hansen, artist, lecturer, and Ted Talk phenom.

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of KANEKO, stopped by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the presentation, a funny story regarding some of Phil Hansen's displayed art, and the Great Minds program as a whole. 

The doors open at 6:30 tonight and more information is available at

New School Opens In Omaha

Aug 14, 2019

A new school is opening its doors in an Omaha neighborhood. Gifford Park Elementary at 717 North 32nd Street is the Gifford Park neighborhood's first elementary school in 20 years. The school, which opens today, serves students in pre-k through sixth grade.  

Trash Contract Public Hearing

Aug 14, 2019

The Omaha City Council is weighing its options in choosing a new trash pickup provider. Council members held a public hearing at city hall yesterday to listen to residents' opinions about the two bidders, FCC Environmental and West Central Sanitation. Earlier this summer, the council rejected Mayor Jean Stothert's recommendation that FCC Environmental be awarded the contract. Omaha's current trash contract with Waste Management is ending in the coming year, and a city council vote on a new contract will take place August 20th.  

County To Fight Nicotine Addiction

Aug 14, 2019

Mills County, Iowa, is taking part in a new program to help children fight nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarettes. The Quitline Iowa program is designed to provide children 13 and older with information about Nicotine Replacement Therapy, coaching and free plans to quit. County officials are also encouraging students to join the local Iowa Students for Tobacco Education chapter.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that anti-immigrant sentiment in rural America declines when residents know and appreciate the role of those moving into their communities.

A private university in Nebraska plans to offer an online program this fall that will cover the science, cultivation, processing and regulation of marijuana and hemp.

Doane University in Crete will offer the three-course program. Chemistry professor Andrea Holmes will help teach the certificate program, and she told the Omaha World-Herald that the industry is growing rapidly. She cited jobs across the country for cultivators, technicians, scientists, geneticists, administrators, salespeople, marketers and advertisers.

Apollon Art Space has the stated mission to provide creative space and resources for local artists to learn and grow as part of the South Omaha community.  Visual and performance art are together offered to the patrons.  

The latest show, "Pokenon" is a tribute to the wildly popular game/cartoon/video game.  Co-Creative Lead and Director, Katy Kepler, stops by with actor Cote Werner to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, the theatre, and the fun they are having presenting this family friendly production.   This show runs through August 25th.

Rediscover the magic of starting a new journey in the world of Pokemon! Get ready to set off on your adventure, meet other trainers, befriend Pokemon, and work to become the best Pokemon master of them all!

This show is appropriate for all ages. Snacks are included. (There will be no meal for this show.) Beverage service is available for purchase. Friday & Saturday - Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:00.  Sunday Matinee - Doors open at 1:30 and show starts at 2:00.

More information can be found at

FAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) — A living history event scheduled at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park will show what everyday life was like in the Nebraska Territory in 1864.

On Aug. 17 historians will inhabit the park's reconstructed road ranch, demonstrating haying, carpentry, blacksmithing and stock tending.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office is giving people the opportunity to get rid of unwanted or unsafe guns, ammunition and leftover fireworks.

People can turn in those items from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at a drop-off location at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office south parking lot garage in Papillion.

The amnesty day event allows the items to be dropped off with no questions asked, but police will document all firearms. If a gun is linked to a crime or reported stolen, police will investigate.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of tanning salon owners, who had claimed the Nebraska Cancer Coalition had defamed them and hurt their businesses with an anti-indoor tanning message.

Vocalist Karen Oberlin & guitarist Sean Harkness have been working together now for years, and delve into the exquisite and varied Billy Strayhorn songbook that has been an ongoing passion of theirs, making this latest Brownville Concert Series offering inevitable.

While they play prominent Strayhorn standards like “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life” and “Something to Live For,” along with rare works written for the Ellington Orchestra, David Hajdu offers live, poignant readings and fascinating biographical information about Strayhorn from his award winning biography of the composer, "Lush Life."

Professor at Columbia University and Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how he came to discover Strayhorn, what lead him to write the biography, and what one can expect to enjoy at the performances this weekend.

The show opens tonight and plays through Sunday, August 11th.  More information is available at

In Performing Artists Repertory Theatre’s (PART) intimate, cabaret-style setting, plays and musical theater of superb quality and richness offer audiences a ​unique, immersive experience.  Singer/Actor John Hickerson joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new show "Ring of Fire" which opens August 9th.

From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family.  More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!  Though he is never impersonated, Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate.

More information can be found at

Nebraska Children’s Home Society will host its 9th Annual Neighborhood Celebration at its Children & Family Center located at 3549 Fontenelle Blvd on Friday, August 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to this FREE community event which includes face painting, a dunk tank, a live DJ, carnival games, raffles, free backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies, and free food!

Children and Family Center Program Director Maria Nielsen and Program Resource Specialist Katie Konold join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the event, the mission of the organization, and the wonderful facility they've been in since 1924!

More information can be found at

The Play-It-Forward Expo is helping to raise funds for Omaha area law enforcement agencies and bicycle organizations by providing them with educational materials.  Last year's event raised money to provide bicycle helmets for community bike rodeos.   A limited amount of free bike helmets for kids and adults will be available to help promote pedestrian safety at the event this Saturday, August 10th! 

Jackie Kolakowski, Chair of People Aspiring to Cycle & Exercise, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission of the organization, and the fun that can be had at this gaming event!

More information can be found at

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Representatives of a small aviation museum in southwestern Iowa hoped they had stumbled upon a rare postage stamp potentially worth a fortune. But experts at a national stamp convention in Omaha have delivered the sad truth: it isn't the real thing, after all.

The Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield, Iowa, has had what it thought was an "Inverted Jenny" stamp on display for some 20 years and brought it to the Omaha gathering.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has kicked off his re-election campaign surrounded by top Republicans who vouched for the first-term lawmaker as best candidate in the deeply conservative state.

Sasse announced his 2020 campaign bid Monday, saying he'll work to minimize the role of Washington in Nebraska residents' lives and support President Donald Trump's "really great judicial nominees."

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot who was injured in the crash of an ultralight plane east of Lincoln told rescuers flying had been on his "bucket list."

The crash occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday north of Pester Airport. The crumpled wreckage ended up nose-down in a mowed field within a few yards of a field of corn.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the 65-year-old pilot, Douglas Bornemeier, told Lincoln fire department rescuers he descended too steeply when trying to land. He added that the flight was an attempt at "checking flying off his bucket list."

(Omaha, NE)  --  Some fans were in for a treat last week when Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and actor Bill Murray got ice cream in Omaha.  Buffett and Murray were at Ted And Wally's on Thursday.  It's not clear why they were there.  Last year, Murray performed in the area and was on the sidelines for a Huskers football game.   

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending the Republican Party from criticism by a state senator that the GOP is "enabling white supremacy" through its support of President Donald Trump.

Ricketts, a Republican Trump supporter, called the critique by state Sen. John McCollister "baseless" in a Twitter posting Monday afternoon.

Ricketts doesn't mention McCollister by name in his posting, but says the GOP doesn't tolerate hateful views. He says white supremacy and racism have no place in the country and must be driven out.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Gets New Motorcycles

Aug 6, 2019

(Douglas County, NE)  --  Douglas County sheriff's deputies will have a new way to catch reckless motorcyclists this week.  The Omaha World-Herald reports the sheriff's office recently purchased two new BMW patrolling motorcycles intended to help catch speeding motorcycles.  The sheriff's office intends to buy two more bikes in the future.  The first batch of bikes will begin patrolling this week.

Omaha, NE – The 11th annual Boxer 500 Run and Walk to prevent colorectal cancer will take place on Sunday, August 11th at 8:00 AM. The Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force proudly hosts the event again this year at Werner Park. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear.

Jeri Engen, Event Co-Chair, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how preventable this disease is, how the task force helps people get diagnosed, and how much fun this event is for the whole family!  Whether or not you're pre-registered, everyone is welcome to attend. 

More information is available at

KIOS is proud to announce the launching of our new regular podcast "Made in the Middle," which  premiers today.  The podcast takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how the Midwest has influenced the rest of the United States.  Part history, part science and culture: each episode looks at famous people, inventions, events, and cultural beliefs that got their start in the Midwest and left a mark on America. 

Host Emily Chen-Newton chats with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the podcast project and introduces the first installment.   New episodes will be released on the first Friday of every month and one can download or  subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and our website:

The first episode can also be heard by following this link,