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Lincoln's mayor says selling the natural gas generated at one of Lincoln's wastewater treatment plants will produce $2 million of new revenue for the city annually. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Thursday the sales also will further the city goal of environmental sustainability. Lincoln has used the gas to produce electricity that helped power the wastewater treatment plant. City officials decided in 2017, however, that upgrading the system at the Theresa Street plant and selling the biogas locally or nationally would provide a greater return on investment.

For nearly 40 years, Institute for Career Advancement Needs - ICAN has developed leaders at all stages in their careers.  They develop whole-life leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow and create limitless possibility for themselves and their organizations.

The 27th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will take place at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha on May 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The theme for this year’s conference is Ensemble: Elevating Team Performance and focuses on teamwork, collaboration, diversity, networking and connectivity.

The conference will provide attendees tools to develop and sustain high-performing work teams that elevate business performance.  Just like music, when everyone brings their own contribution and works together in harmony, business success will follow.

Allison Zach, Director of Marketing, Communications & Events at ICAN stopped into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program (which is open to everyone), the available scholarships, and the changes in management technique over the past 40 years.

More information is available at icanglobal.net

Paradise Lakes Mobile Homes Slated for Destruction

Feb 28, 2020

A flood-damaged mobile home park in Bellevue will be torn down. Bellevue city officials say demolition of more than 200 mobile homes at Paradise Lakes will start in about 30 days. The mobile homes were condemned after they were damaged by floodwaters in March 2019.  The mobile homes have attracted looters and have been the scene of house fires over the past year.

Coronavirus could impact the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway convention.  WOWT reports that Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett noted that coronavirus may have an effect on the convention because shareholders come to Omaha from all over the world.  Nearly 40-thousand shareholders gather in Omaha each year for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, which will take place on May 2nd at the CHI Health Center Arena.

UNL students Called Home from South Korea

Feb 28, 2020

Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students currently studying abroad in South Korea are being recalled due to the coronavirus. The university says the decision comes after the CDC elevated its travel advisory to Level Three in the country, and that the students are expected to come back this week. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green says the school is also monitoring the study abroad programs in other affected countries including Italy and Japan.

With a nod to the past, and an eye toward the future, the Omaha Symphony announced details of its diverse and vibrant centennial season, celebrating 100 years of music in Omaha, and a year-long swan song for Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who will retire from the position at the close of the season.

Special guest artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist André Watts, and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the Omaha premiere of several new works, the return of popular groups like Pink Martini and the Doo Wop Project, and a free community concert at Turner Park to kick off the season.

Anwar Nasir, (Vice President, Marketing & Communications) and Dani Meier, (Vice President of Artistic Administration and symphony bass player) joined Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to share the exciting news around the centennial celebration.

Wilkins, who has helmed the Omaha Symphony since 2005, will retire at the close of the 2020/2021 season.  He is the longest-serving music director in the organization’s history. A search for his replacement is underway. 

“In my final year as the Omaha Symphony’s artistic leader, it is a joy to showcase the incredible talent and unmatched versatility of this orchestra,” added Music Director Thomas Wilkins. “What an honor it is to invite world-renowned guest artists and friends to share our stage and join in celebrating this milestone season and the great community we call home.”

More information can be found at www.omahasymphony.org

A Lincoln health care company targeted by cybercriminals says there's no evidence of any patient data being compromised. NRC Health says it immediately shut down its system Feb. 11 to contain the ransomware attack. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that NRC Health says it's made significant progress in restoring services to customers. NRC Health offers performance measurement and management services for health care companies. Ransomware renders files inaccessible unless a computer user pays the cybercriminals to release them.

State officials have issued a warning for people in Nebraska who recently traveled to one of 10 countries that have experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 and are asking them to self-report to state or local public health officials. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday they were tracking the virus that originated in China. They're also seeking people who have traveled within the last 14 days to Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.

Omaha Public Library (OPL) buys new books on a daily basis.  How do they choose which ones to purchase?  Do you have a say in which books are bought, after all it's your library, too?!?

OPL's Collection Development Librarian, Melanie Schultz, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the process and to talk about some new books that may be of interest to you and are available to the public for checkout. 

The complete list of the discussed "new favorites" is below.

More information can be found at omahalibrary.org

Hillary Horner is the Director of Education for the Omaha Children's Museum (OCM).  OCM is putting together a fascinating panel discussion in partnership with the American Muslim Institute.  The panel is set for March 5 (from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Muslim Institute) and it's titled "Let's Start The Dialogue: Creating Communities of Understanding and Respect."  The event is free and open to the public.

Hillary Horner made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the panel discussion, the hope and goals behind hosting such an event, and the current OCM exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”

More information can be found https://10804.blackbaudhosting.com/10804/America-to-Zanzibar-Panel-Discussion

Evensong is a devotional service which will include singing of Psalms and traditional texts like The Magnificat Nunc Dimiti, and a new choral work by Omaha's own Marie Rubis Bauer entitled: We Have Met Christ Raised and Living.  It takes place at St. Andrew's 84th and Pacific, 4:00 p.m. March 1.

There will be three Episcopal Choirs from All Saints, Saint Andrew's, and Trinity Cathedral joining  together for an Evensong Service.  The service will be followed by a reception. 

Two of the choir directors, Marty Wheeler Burnett and Michael Bauer, sat down with Mike Hogan to explain the 12 year history of this musical celebration and chat about some of the music to be presented.  The service is free and open to all.

More information can be found at http://trinityepiscopal.org/events/2020/3/1/lenten-evensong

Omaha native Charles Hood came to Omaha on February 25th to celebrate his latest project – an episode of the Hulu horror anthology “Into the Dark” called A NASTY PIECE OF WORK.  Film Streams refers to Charles as "one of our favorite emerging directors!"

Last night at the Ruth Sokol Theater, Charles opened the festivities and after a viewing of his film, he presented a talk called, “Nasty Work if You Can Get It: Making a Comedy-Horror in the Streaming Era,” and conducted a Q&A with the audience.

Charles was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan about making movies, directing, and the creative process.  

More information on Film Streams' events is at https://filmstreams.org/

Ground Broken for Transformation of Conagra Campus

Feb 26, 2020

A transformation is underway at the Conagra campus in Omaha.  City and business leaders were on hand yesterday for a groundbreaking for "The Mercantile" development.  Plans for the development include 375 apartments, a 720 car parking garage and 42-thousand-square-feet of retail space.  Construction on the project is scheduled to start next month.

The latest "Benefit of the Month" has just been posted!  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).

Nebraska appears poised to allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals with sneaker companies, car dealerships and other sponsors after a measure cleared a major legislative hurdle. The measure advanced through the first of three required votes on Tuesday. It had bipartisan support in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. California last year became the first state to let college athletes use their status to make money. Other states are considering similar measures, though the NCAA has taken steps to address it on a national level.

The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world. Half the patients will receive the antiviral medicine remdesivir while the other half will receive a placebo. Several other studies are already underway internationally. Dr. Andre Kalil, who will oversee the study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said Tuesday the clinical trial was developed quickly in response to the virus outbreak that is centered in China.

Some Nebraska lawmakers are expressing shock and outrage that gun owners were allowed to bring loaded, semi-automatic rifles into the state Capitol to protest bills that would have imposed new restrictions on gun ownership. Some lawmakers say they viewed the demonstration as an intimidation tactic during a contentious legislative hearing Friday afternoon that drew an estimated 400 protesters.

A wildlife biologist will present a program next month about people-powered science and wildlife observation. The presentation March 15 is part of a Sunday speaker series at Schramm Education Center. The presenter will be Alie Mayes, a biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Her program is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the center. It sits along Nebraska Highway 31 near the Platte River, about 6 miles south of Exit 432 off Interstate 80.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha District says work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year. The break just southwest of Rock Port was one of several along the levee section that saw thousands of rural acres submerged and a section of Interstate 29 and other roads in the region damaged and closed to traffic. The Corps says crews will continue restoring the levee section to its pre-flood height.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration that will take place May 8-10, 2020 on historic South 24th Street that has been recognized as one of the top 15 Great Places in America that draws some 125,000 attendees over the 3-day weekend from surrounding states.

​The festival will take place along 24th street from F to L that will feature live music/entertainment, carnival rides, food, exhibitors, health fair, MISS coronation, games, concerts and children’s section. Keeping with tradition, the biggest parade in the Midwest will be on Saturday, May 9th.  Also, a banquet will take place that will recognize Latino families that have contributed to the Omaha fabric of life.

Marcos Mora, Coordinator of Omaha Cinco de Mayo, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the festival, the historical context, and the century plus of contributions to and from the Latin community here in Omaha.

More information can be found at http://www.cincodemayoomaha.com/

Officials say the 57 Americans who've been held in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard camp left the location Thursday. They landed at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Feb. 7, having flown from the Wuhan region of China. They soon were bused to Camp Ashland. On Thursday morning, all of those in quarantine left Camp Ashland and headed to the Omaha airport. During their stay, one woman who developed a cough was tested for the virus and was cleared. They've not been asked to wear masks or take any other health measures as they leave or once they arrive home.

Federal experts confirmed that 11 of 13 people evacuated to an Omaha hospital from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for COVID-19. The University of Nebraska Medical Center announced Thursday night that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had verified test results completed Monday by the Nebraska Public Health Lab. Ten of those people are being cared for at the National Quarantine Unit while three are in the nearby Nebraska Biocontaiment Unit. The medical center said only a few of the patients were showing symptoms of the disease.

What is "Vamping?"  When should my child get a phone?  How can I monitor my child online?

These are questions parents are asking every day.  Studies are now showing that unfettered access to screens for children is damaging them.  And parents need help finding answers.  That help is available to everyone on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Millard West High School.

The Millard Public Schools Superintendent's Interfaith Advisory is presenting the #BeKind When You're Online initiative.  In addition to a presentation, free and open to the public, there will also be "tool kits" that families can use to set boundaries and expectations regarding the use of technology, and how to present those new programs to kids.

Project Manager of the initiative, Marian Fey stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to explain to Mike Hogan how the program works, why it was created, and how everyone is welcome and encouraged to join!

More information can be found by emailing Marian at mfey12@mpsomaha.org or you can get information at the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/167793924512404/

By the way, "vamping" is when kids wake up in the middle of the night to respond to posts, texts, and other notice driven alerts from their mobile device.  It is short for "vampire" because they don't sleep! 

Saturday, February 15 was the closing of the "BIRDS OF A FEATHER" exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, and Sophia Potter, Omaha-based professional cellist, both stopped into the studios at KIOS-FM to share their thoughts on the closing event and the impact this and other Bemis Center events have on them and the community as a whole.

More information about the Bemis Center and the activities can be found https://www.bemiscenter.org/

Lincoln Airport Receives $800,000 Grant

Feb 20, 2020

The Lincoln Airport is getting over 800-thousand dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The DOT recently announced about ten-point-seven-million dollars in infrastructure grants to 18 Nebraska airports.  The DOT says Lincoln will use about 450-thousand dollars to update the airport master plan and 360-thousand on snow removal equipment.

 

Senator Proposes End to Daylight Saving Time

Feb 20, 2020

A Nebraska lawmaker wants to make changes to daylight saving time.  A measure introduced yesterday by Senator Tom Briese calls for Nebraska to spring ahead by one hour and then stay there year-round.  Under the proposal, the change would not take effect until the federal government allows states to decide if they want to observe daylight saving time and until two neighboring states adopt similar laws.

 

City Councilman Seeks Former Senate Seat

Feb 20, 2020

An Omaha city councilman is seeking his former seat in the Nebraska Senate.  City Councilman Rich Pahls filed yesterday to run for the District 31 seat.  Pahls previously held the seat from 2005 to 2013.  The 76-year-old Pahls is one of four people seeking to replace incumbent state Senator Rick Kolowski, who is term limited.

Dr. David Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Warren has been at UNMC for four years, and his lab has funding from the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC studies the brain systems supporting cognition, especially memory, and how those brain systems are affected by aging and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The lab’s research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurostimulation.   

The good doctor stopped by for a chat with Mike Hogan about the work his lab does and how one can get involved in the research.  The war against diseases like Alzheimer's starts right here on the front lines!

For information about research opportunities with Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC, please email wnl@unmc.edu or call 402-559-3158.

Omaha Symphony presents another installment of their Masterworks series, Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

You’ll feel like you’ve gone to New York City with the strutting strings, powerful brass, and wicked rhythms in Bernstein’s opening Three Dance Episodes from On the Town!  Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore (“Luminous and hypnotic.” – The Omaha World-Herald) will then whisk you off to Scotland with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, with romantic and popular tunes that spin out beautiful songs and virtuosic showcases.  Brahms makes his symphonic debut with the thunderous, resounding Symphony No. 1, a stormy work that gives way to a radiant, triumphant finale.

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore checks into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how she has approached the music, both fifteen years ago when she first played it and today when she has tackled it again.

The performances are at the Holland Center both February 21st and 22nd.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/brahms-symphony-no-1

Last March, Eastern Nebraska and surrounding areas experienced record-breaking floods especially along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers.  This spring, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting an “above-normal” flood risk in the same areas.

Butch Kinerney is Chief of Marketing and Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Butch stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about  flood risk in the Eastern NE region, tips to help residents prepare for floods, and resources to find more information.

More information and resources from FEMA can be found at:

  • FloodSmart.gov website
  • Info about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • brochure that answers the question “Why do I need flood insurance?”

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