KIOS-FM

Deborah (Van Fleet) Newcombe

On-air host

Deborah has a long history as a part-time announcer/host with KIOS, having first worked at the station from 1983 to 1994 – hosting and producing two weekly interview/public affairs programs for part of that time.   She returned as the Morning Edition Host from 2002-2003 and has now been back since 2009 as a part-time host on Tuesday and Friday evening and Saturday afternoons.   In addition to some free-lance reporting, Deborah’s broadcasting background also includes teaching television broadcasting at the OPS Career Center, a segment about the 2003 College World Series on NPR’s Morning Edition and four short-term summer internships at Ken Burns’ Florentine Film Company in Walpole, New Hampshire. 

Next week, the Missouri Valley History Conference, sponsored by UNO's Department of History, will observe its 60th year.  Dr. Martina Saltamacchia, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Conference Coordinator, says it is the longest running professional history conference in the region.

At a time when many elected officials are facing angry constituents at their town hall meetings across the country, the Iowa-based company, Global Horizons, LLC --whose passion is growing rural communities -- has some tips that might help.  

As part of its Leadership Exchange Event series, ICAN will be holding a 7 x 7 x 7 event tomorrow night in Lincoln.  

It is getting close to time to start thinking about 2017 summer camps, and Kaneko has received a $20,000 grant through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation to use on their summer STEM-based summer camps.  

Last week, when Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts expressed support of President Trump’s immigration ban, he encouraged Nebraskans concerned about it to get involved with one of the state’s three resettlement agencies. 

Dr. Soonjo Hwang, a neuroscientist and Assistant Professor in the Department Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present the next Omaha Science Café on Tuesday, February 7th . 

“Next Generation Services” is the topic of the UNO Department of Gerontology’s upcoming “Aging with Passion and Purpose” conference, to be held March 21st on the UNO campus. 

DIBS for Kids is a local non-profit dedicated to fostering a love of reading  in kids, especially those in high-poverty Omaha schools. 

Nebraska Medicaid’s Managed Care program is now called Heritage Health – which covers medical, pharmacy and behavioral health services.  

During the recent bitter cold spell, the Open Door Mission was operating above capacity and went through a number of winter warm-up items.  Candace Gregory, President and CEO of the Open Door Mission, says at their emergency shelter for women and children, The Lydia House, the 300 beds were not enough; women and children slept on mats on the floor in their community rooms every night. 

A local Writers Resist event will take place this Friday, January 20th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  It’s one of over 75 such events planned across the country as well as in London, Zurich and Hong Kong.   

Voices for Children and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have just released the 2016 Kids Count report. This year, they focused on young people aged 18 to 24 – a group they refer to as “emerging adults,” since many in this age group are still working on independence and self-sufficiency.

  The 10th annual Ultra Chic Boutique -- Max I. Walker's sale of cleaned and mended donated dresses and gowns – takes place on Saturday, January 28th from 9 to 3.  This year it will be in a new location, the Omaha Design Center at 15th and Cuming Street. 

Effective January 1st, Nebraska has made modifications in the administration of its Medicaid program by private insurance companies.   

All Nebraska Medicaid recipients who did not pick one of the available plans by December 1st were automatically enrolled in one.  Molly McCleery, Staff Attorney for the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed, stresses that recipients who are not happy with their plan have 90 days to change.   

AAA Auto Club’s Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast says more than 103 million Americans will travel over the next several days – approximately 1.5 million more travelers than last year at this time.  

If you are looking for an active way to start the New Year, a Nebraska Game and Parks First Day Hike might be just the thing. 

The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program served around 14,000 meals in Omaha last winter and handed out roughly 9,000 coats, gloves, scarves and socks. 

Students in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO have developed a guide for inmates leaving the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility, which they presented to the NCYF staff last week.  

Beginning in January, in addition to the new state license plates, you will begin seeing the new UNO specialty plates on Nebraska roads. 

Volunteers in the SHIPP program have been busy helping Medicare beneficiaries decide whether or not they have the best drug plan for the 2017 year.

The next Broadly Speaking talk, part of MAPA’s Heartland 2050 speaker series, is: “Growing Your Own: Why Entrepreneurship is Critical to Developing Black and Latino Communities.” 

Christmas at Union Station at the Durham Museum begins this Friday with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony between 4 and 8 p.m.  

Project Harmony serves children and families in Douglas and Sarpy County dealing with child abuse or neglect issues.  They have just received their five-year re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance.

If you’re planning some remodeling, you might want to check out the free items at Under the Sink’s recycle shop, the Re-Store. 

U.S. Election Debrief – What’s Next for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East? is the title of the next Middle East Forum to be presented by the UNO Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.  

This is the 10th year the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Climb Theater has brought its interactive drama lessons to schools in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.  

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