LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says a trade deal between the United States and Mexico is critical to Nebraska's economy, particularly in agriculture.

Sara Croll has taught students for more than a decade.  She introduces us to a program in which "Student Teaming" is used as a tool by which children learn how to challenge themselves and each other to foster more effective learning.  Sara chats with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about how this process works.  More information can be found at  

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new website makes it easier for birders to learn about Nebraska's birds.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A group of Nebraska residents is proposing a $45 million aquatics and events center in Scottsbluff.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight a fast-spreading tree species that crowds out other plants, destroys valuable ranchland and threatens the Great Plains from Texas to the Dakotas.

The State Capitol’s Holiday Tree is getting a facelift this year with all new ornaments.

First United Methodist Church takes pride in being open to all ideas.  On Tuesday, August 28th, they are hosting a dinner and discussion regarding the pros and cons of gentrification.  All ideas and viewpoints will be discussed and explored.  Karen Abrams, Executive Director of Policy, Research, and Innovation stops by the KIOS dtudios to chat with Mike Hogan about this topic and event.  More information is available at  

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of Nebraska state education groups is pledging to lead efforts to ensure that all students are welcomed and treated with respect in the wake of racially charged incidents at school sporting events.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials say Delta Tau Delta fraternity is being investigated following a hazing complaint.

A new report by The Trust for Public Lands -- City Park Facts 2018 --- has some good news about Omaha’s parks.

Charlie McCabe, Director of City Parks Excellence for TPL, says for this report they examined the park systems in the country’s 100 largest cities. He praised the Omaha parks department, the public-private partnerships dedicated to Omaha parks, and especially Omaha’s trail network.

Working with Omaha area residents and volunteers to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs using environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques is the mission of City Sprouts.  With three growing seasons annually, there's a lot going on.  Roxanne Draper joins Mike Hogan for a chat to catch us up on all the happenings.  More information can be found at

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found further west into Nebraska.

Metropolitan Community College was recently one of only five colleges nationwide to win a Gateway Graduation Achievement award for the high school graduation rates in their Gateway to College program  – roughly 65%.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is in line to get a $36.2 million refund from the federal government as part of a lawsuit that said a fee on the state's Medicaid program was unconstitutional.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha World-Herald is eliminating 23 positions from its staff, including 10 employees who were laid off.

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Officials have closed a state recreational area along the Missouri River in southeastern Nebraska because of flooding.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials have announced a $6.5 million statewide commitment to improve stroke response and care in Nebraska.

Back to School Safety Tips

Aug 22, 2018

As the kids head back to school, Omaha Professional Firefighters Association, Local 385 is reminding everyone in the community about the importance of safety measures.

Opera Outdoors is a family affair!  The "Kids Zone" opens at 6:00 p.m. with the pre-show at 6:45 p.m. and the opera selections beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Holland Community Opera Fellow Chabrelle Williams joins Mike Hogan to discuss the event and the outreach goals of Opera Omaha.  More information is available at  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha-based company has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine levied by federal regulators citing spill protection violations at production facilities in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Jane Raybould has released a new statewide television ad highlighting her work in her family's grocery store chain.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two groups will study how the University of Nebraska-Lincoln got on a national group's censure list and research ways the university could be removed from it.

18,400 Nebraska residents now work in clean energy industries in 92 out of 93 counties in the state.

African game-changers, thought leaders, business people and entrepreneurs will attend the first annual Leadership Africa Summit, Saturday, Aug. 25 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Scott Conference Center.  Organizer Marco LeRoc stops by the KIOS studios to chat about the event with Mike Hogan.  More information can be found at

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The water levels will be lowered at two Nebraska state parks as part of projects to improve the areas.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce.

35% of Americans plan to spend up to $250 per child on clothing and supplies for school this year.  That’s according to a survey from

When your mission is to "End generational poverty, one young person at a time, by enabling kids to discover their passion and build their talent" you need to have creative ideas on raising funds for those goals.  Rabble Mill COO, Andrew Norman chats with Mike Hogan about the cause, the mission, and the coolest fundraiser on record!  More information is available at  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy is expected to continue growing slowly in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the ongoing trade disputes remain a concern.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal for a giant chicken farm has been advanced by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.