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You may know that The Pinnacle Bank Championship is happening right here in Omaha August 9th through the 15th and you may also know that it is the regular season finale of the Korn Ferry Tour.  Since all of these golfers are basically the Triple-A talent of the PGA tour, at the end of this tournament many will receive their PGA tour cards here in Omaha.

While that is very exciting, did you know that the Pinnacle Bank Championship is also a charity, raising tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes?  Or that they need volunteers?

Jessica Brabec, Tournament Director of the Pinnacle Bank Championship, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to discuss the philanthropy, the competition, and the need for volunteers on both the golf side and the charitable activities side.

More information about the tournament and how you can be involved can be found at https://thepinnaclebankchampionship.com/volunteer/registration-and-overview/

John DiGirolamo has written a book called “It’s Not About the Badge” which focuses on the human side of policing.  The book gives everyday police officers a voice and features stories showing insight about how the job can impact family, mental well-being, and marriage.  It also gives insight into the lives of some of those in trouble, how they got there, and what happens when these people on two different sides of the law interact.

John joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat to discuss the book, the pressures of police work, his family’s personal involvement in some of the stories, and the Omaha connection in the book.

More information about the book can be found at  “It’s Not About the Badge”

NBC

Nebraska agreed not to seek reimbursement from Texas for the state patrol troopers that it sent down to the U.S.-Mexican border at the request of Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Nebraska State Patrol documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the state committed, at least initially, not to seek reimbursement for the mission, which is estimated to cost more than $334,000. A spokesman for the patrol and Nebraska Gov.

Lincoln Journal Star

Officials in Lincoln are defending their actions to remove a homeless encampment that had been set up in a wooded area. City officials say concerns from residents nearby prompted an investigation by Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Jon Carlson, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff, told the Lincoln Journal Star that conditions were found to be dangerous for those who were living there. But some homeless advocates say it was unjust to demolish a community people made for themselves.

KHGI

Nebraska schools are getting conflicting advice from state and federal health officials over whether students should quarantine after contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The state Department of Health and Human Services is telling schools that students who had contact with an infected person would not have to quarantine as long as they don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19. But the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that students who aren’t vaccinated and have close contact with an infected person should still quarantine.

Norfolk Daily News

The company that’s building casinos in Nebraska after voters legalized them has announced plans for another facility in Norfolk. WarHorse Gaming, LLC says it will pitch a horse-racing track and eventual casino at the DeVent Center. The company, a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc., which financed the casino legalization campaign, will present its plans Friday to the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission. WarHorse Gaming is seeking a racing license before the company breaks ground for construction of the new track and an overhaul of existing buildings.

Nebraska ended its fiscal year in much better financial shape than expected despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reports net general fund tax collections of $5.959 billion during the fiscal year that began in June 2020 and ended last month. That’s 19.2% higher than the certified state forecast of $5.001 billion. State officials report higher-than-expected collections of sales-and-use taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, and miscellaneous taxes.

Lincoln Journal Star

A state lawmaker from Omaha has announced he will run in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Sen. Tony Vargas said in an announcement Tuesday that he will seek the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a three-term Republican in the district that includes Omaha and parts of its suburbs. Vargas said Tuesday his focus will be on meeting the needs of working families, including access to affordable, quality health care, living wages and better education.

Omaha Company Heads Plead Guilty In 2015 Explosion Case

Jul 14, 2021
Workers Compensation Watch

An Omaha company and its owners are pleading guilty in connection to a 2015 railcar explosion that killed two workers.  Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services, Steven Michael Braithwaite, president and owner of the business, and Adam Thomas Braithwaite, vice-president and co-owner, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy, violating worker safety standards resulting in death, and submitting false information to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Workers Adrian LaPour and Dallas Foulk were killed in the explosion and a third worker was injured.  The Braithwaites will be sentenced

The severe storms on Saturday, with the power fluctuations and eventual outages, have damaged some of the KIOS equipment.  The engineering department spent the weekend working hard to bring the transmitter back to life.  While successful in that endeavor, portions of the transmitter have been damaged and replacement parts are on the way.

Wastewater Spill Contaminates Cole Creek

Jul 13, 2021
Omaha-By-Design

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage is discovered in an Omaha creek.  City inspectors discovered the overflow yesterday morning in Cole Creek near Ames Avenue and Benson Park Drive.  Officials say due to power-feed damage caused by Saturday's thunderstorm, nearly 214-thousand gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the creek.  Residents are being warned not to wade, swim or have any contact with Cole Creek to the confluence at Little Papio Creek.

NBC

An Omaha, Nebraska, zoo says roughly 200 people were possibly exposed to a rabid bat. Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday said it's paying for rabies shots for 186 campers who stayed overnight at the aquarium in recent weeks. A camper woke up to a wild bat flying around her head July 4. No scratches or bites were found on her. The zoo euthanized seven wild bats found in the aquarium. One tested positive for rabies. The zoo's animal health director says people who visited the aquarium during the day shouldn't be worried because bats are nocturnal.

Eminetra

The storms that knocked down trees and power lines across eastern Nebraska this weekend left more people without electricity that any area storm in years. The Omaha Public Power District says the 188,000 customers that lost power after the storms Friday night and early Saturday is a larger outage than any storm since June 2008 when 156,000 customers lost electricity. By midday Sunday, less than 60,000 OPPD customers remained without power but utility officials said it could take several days to restore electricity to everyone.

Due to the massive power outage in the greater Omaha metro area, the transmitter is still without power at this hour.  The streaming signal is running well and can be heard at www.KIOS.org.

We are actively working with OPPD to return power to the transmitter.  Thank you so much for your patience and support!

Financial Times

Media mogul and billionaire bison rancher Ted Turner is donating an 80,000-acre ranch he owns in western Nebraska to a nonprofit agriculture ecosystem research institute and says he might do the same with four other ranches in Nebraska’s Sand Hills. But he says he'll continue to pay taxes on the land. The Omaha World-Herald reports that news comes as a relief to state and local officials who had feared Turner might donate the nearly 500,000 acres of Nebraska ranchland he owns and remove them from property tax rolls. Turner Enterprises Inc.

Amazon

Omaha police are investigating so-called "Kool-Aid man" vandalism incidents.  Police say a group of youths have run through as many as 15 fences in west Omaha while performing the stunt.  The "Kool-Aid" man stunt has been popularized on TikTok.  Similar incidents have also been reported in Douglas and Sarpy counties.   

KMEG

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Nebraska jumped last week, but the rate of new cases remained below the national average. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the state recorded 456 virus cases last week, which was up from 253 and 181 in the two previous weeks. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the state’s rate of new cases per capita ranked 23rd among the states last week. Dr.

Sandhills Express

A tomahawk once owned by Chief Standing Bear, a pioneering Native American civil rights leader, is returning to his Nebraska tribe after decades in a museum at Harvard. The university's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology says it's been working with members of the Ponca Tribe in Nebraska and Oklahoma to repatriate the artifact. The tribe's chairman says its anticipated return is a powerful symbol of homecoming for the tribe.

Shondaland

An Omaha therapist and mental health advocate announced that she will run in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Alisha Shelton says she will seek the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a three-term Republican in the district that includes Omaha and parts of its suburbs. In a statement announcing her run, Shelton says she plans to focus her campaign on jobs, affordable health care and higher wages. Shelton would be Nebraska’s first Black member of Congress if elected.

This week the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship is taking place at Omaha Country Club.  “Live & Local” host Mike Hogan went to the press event there and was able to have a conversation about the importance of this event, (in quick succession with the Swim Trials and the College World Series), to the economic recovery of the greater Omaha metro area. 

Deborah Ward, Executive Director of Visit Omaha, and Mark Rath, Director of Sales for Visit Omaha, joined Mike for this chat.

More information on this week’s festivities surrounding the U.S. Senior Open Championship can be found at www.USSeniorOpen.com.

Several charitable organizations have banded together for the "Saddle Up Under the Stars FREE Drive-In Movie Night."  Julie Boilsen, CEO with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the motivation behind the event. 

The event is taking place at Falconwood Drive-In Theater in Bellevue on Wednesday, July 14.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for fun horse activities prior to the movie, including mini ponies, educational games and more for the entire family.  Following the pre-movie activities, at 9 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures’ Black Beauty will play.

For more information or to reserve free tickets go to OmahaEquestrian.org/movie.

The event is hosted by a combination of nonprofits: HETRA, Nebraska Humane Society, North Hills Hunt, Omaha Equestrian Foundation, Omaha Rodeo and Take Flight Farms.

Investor Warren Buffett said the economic impact of the pandemic remains hard to predict but most big companies have fared OK throughout it as long as they weren't tied to travel. Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger said in an interview that U.S. regulators should do more to restrict the amount of gambling in financial markets by limiting how much investors and banks can borrow on margin. Munger praised the financial regulations that Chinese regulators have put in place to limit speculation.

UNO Gateway

Nebraska plans to stop reporting coronavirus numbers online after this week. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that it planned to retire the online dashboard that it has used to report statistics on the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year. The current state virus emergency also was set to expire on Wednesday, and along with that Nebraska would eliminate the last few social distancing guidelines that remain in place. As of its final update Wednesday, the state had reported 224,488 virus cases and 2,261 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

WhyArts (whyartsinc.org) and Arts in Motion (artsinmotionomaha.org) are merging on July 1, creating an arts nonprofit in Omaha that will serve thousands of Nebraskans annually, with a particular focus on serving people with disabilities.

WhyArts Executive Director, Kim Jubenville, chatted with Mike Hogan about the reasons behind the merger and the benefits of the new, combined organization.

More information can be found at whyartsinc.org or artsinmotionomaha.org.
 

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director of Omaha Girls Rock chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about all the activities the organization is now having, since the pandemic has come to an end.

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

From their website, some of the activities include:

Songwriter Series  Mon, July 12th, to  Fri, July 16th,

Youth ages 8-12 / Teens ages 13-18: Spend a couple hours with our amazing instructors in a Songwriter Track or Spoken Word Track!

Youth artists will workshop a piece with our amazing Teaching Artists to share at our Open Mic Night to end the series on July 16 (youth) and July 24 (teens). We will get our creative juices flowing and use our voices to express ourselves!

OGR JAMboree!: Youth Open Mic!  Friday, July 16, 2021  5:00 PM  8:00 PM 

Our last JAMboree will celebrate our Youth Artists and give them a chance to share what they worked on all week. DJ Crabrangucci will also be there for a Dance Party!

WHERE: The Venue at Highlander

OGR JAMboree!: Gear Swap and Teen Open Mic Night!  Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00 PM  8:00 PM  Benson Neighborhood (map)

At our third JAMboree, in partnership with BFF, we will be selling some gear and offering a space for our community to sell their gear. Proceeds from each sale will go back to OGR in support of our programming!

  • JAMboree will also include TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!
  • Music and dance with DJ Chevy!

UNO partners with community organizations and public schools to both provide UNO students with valuable learning experiences while also benefitting the community.  Sara Woods, Director of UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the opportunities for these students and the benefits the community experiences from this partnership.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center/index.php.

KETV

Employees at two Nebraska prisons will have to work longer shifts and may be asked to clock in at a facility where they don’t normally work to compensate for staffing shortages. Director Scott Frakes says he has declared a “staffing emergency” at the Lincoln Correctional Center and the Diagnostic Evaluation Center, located next to each other in Lincoln. Prison officials will implement 12-hour shifts for some employees, up from the usual 8.

KTVU

A high-ranking California police official has been nominated to serve as the next police chief in Lincoln, Nebraska, making her the city’s first female chief and the first who is openly gay. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird says she has selected Teresa Ewins, a 55-year-old commander with the San Francisco Police Department. Ewins was one of four finalists who was chosen from a field of 31 applicants. If she's approved as expected by the Lincoln City Council, Ewins would assume her new job on Aug. 31.

Rural Health Information Hub

Nebraska health officials are continuing to work to persuade residents of rural parts of the state, where coronavirus vaccination rates remain low, to get their shots. The Omaha World-Herald reports that vaccination rates in the state’s rural counties tend to lag far behind the rates in the state’s urban counties. Only about 40% of the adults in rural parts of Nebraska are fully vaccinated compared with more than 60% of those living in the state’s metropolitan areas. As part of the effort to reach rural areas.

Lincoln Journal Star

Federal regulators have ordered a Nebraska rancher and county officials to clean up a remote stream after it was deluged with enough sand and sediment to change the shape of the waterway. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Environmental Protection Agency said the Snake River had been a deep and narrow creek until an estimated 1.6 million tons of sand washed into it, turning a 3-mile stretch into a wide, shallow and sandy waterway. That’s enough sand to fill an area the size of a football field about 540 feet deep.

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