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. 

Freelance journalist Lily Raff McCaulou, author of Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner, will speak at the Joslyn Art Museum on April 7th as part of the current exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art.

As part of Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebration, the Omaha Public Library will hold a “Nebraska Voices Reception” on Friday, March 24th at the W. Dale Clark Library.  

The United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for a Karnett Trust Grant from non-profit agencies serving children up to age 21 with intellectual disabilities. 

For anyone who has a favorite “farm mom,” the Americas Farmers organization is accepting nominations for their Farm Mom of the Year through March 31st. 

OPS School Board President, Lacey Merica, introduced the third and final candidate for the next OPS Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at a press conference yesterday afternoon. 

At an afternoon press conference yesterday, Lacey Merica, President of the OPS Board of Education, introduced Dr. Jane Stavem, the second of three finalists for the next OPS Superintendent. 

The President of the Omaha School Board, Lacey Merica, introduced the first of three finalists for the next OPS Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman, at a press conference last night.  

Ballet Nebraska’s third and final performance of its seventh season, Momentum, takes place on April 1st and 8th. 

A firearms preemption bill currently before the State Legislature, LB 68 – introduced by State Senator Mike Hilgers -- would allow only the state to pass laws related to firearms ownership and carrying.  

The Nebraska Legislature is considering a firearms preemption law this year for the second time.  

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. 

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