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. 

A local Writers Resist event takes place this Sunday, January 15th, from 5-7 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.  

A new National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness will be built at UNMC. 

Thanks to a $300,000 federal grant to UNMC’s Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, (BHECN), and Monroe-Meyer Institute, 21 masters-level counseling students from four Nebraska universities will receive paid internships.  

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in conjunction with the national Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, is offering grant opportunities to promote fishing in Hispanic communities.  

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Elizabeth Power, Marketing Director for the Women’s Center for Advancement, says they provided  22,000 services related to domestic violence and sexual assault last year.  

Nebraska Angels, a local 60-member investment network, provided the seed money for EyeVerify  along with two Kansas City angel groups.  

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is completing its fall trout stocking through the end of October.  

OPS’s JP Lord School, which serves students age 5 through 21 with severe physical and cognitive challenges, will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new building at 9:00 on Friday, September 30th. 

The Missing Senior Network is a free service created by Home Instead designed to help families locate an elder family member who has wandered off.  

A new report from US Census Bureau data says 50,000 more Nebraskans were insured in 2015 than in 2013, but roughly 154,000 remain uninsured.  

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