Searching for Stability After City
Condemns Midtown Apartment Complex
Lead reporter Chris Bowling sits down with Dana Swope, one of many residents forced to leave an apartment complex deemed unlivable by the City of Omaha, to learn about how she ended up paying $700 a month for a cramped studio apartment with mold, mice and no heat.
Listen to their conversation on Reader Radio.
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Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Today’s news celebrates how art — music, dance, painting, literature — touches the soul and sparks the imagination: Read about how Herbie Husker’s hand signal changed because of white supremacists, Nebraska now has a Pro-Life flag, and the White House and Department of Justice recognize UNL’s Tenant Assistance Project.
Harper’s Index Fact of the Day
Factor by which the Chicago Police Department’s
advertising budget is projected to increase this year: 96
Source: Chicago Office of Budget and Management
Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup
As announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 29, bonus newsletter, in light of the Omicron variant, Reed Moore will replace the “Thing To Do” section with a COVID-19 spotlight featuring coronavirus-related content. The Reader believes it’s irresponsible to promote events when hospitals are nearing capacity and some community members refuse to get vaccinated. As cases continue, The Reader won’t promote any events — be they concerts, plays, art-gallery openings or stand-up comedy — that don’t require
masks, vaccination and social distancing.
- Watch UNMC’s COVID-19 Q&A, held in Spanish.
- Here’s why Omicron and its subvariants are infecting more local children than previous variants, according to the Douglas County Health Department’s senior epidemiologist.
- COVID on College Campuses: Booster shots will be mandatory at Creighton. According to the most recent data, UNL’s positivity rate is 11.7%.
Reed Moore will return with the usual COVID-19 graphics on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
In the meantime, find local COVID-19 case and vaccination trends here.
For nationwide trends, click here.
- Papillion La Vista Community Schools plans to install surveillance cameras at its elementary schools, following the disappearance of Ryan Larsen, who was 11 years old when he went missing.
- The Empowerment Network holds the State of North Omaha and State of African-Americans Summit.
- The Omaha Lancers hockey team has a new owner.
- Separate from the controversy surrounding the planned demolition of the W. Dale Clark Library, there might be a new library southwest of the 72nd and Dodge intersection.
- These are the interim safety measures being taken in Blackstone, following a series of pedestrian accidents.
- Herbie Husker’s hand signal changed because of white supremacists. Reed Moore about it on CNN and The Hill.
- The state now has a Pro-Life flag.
- Here’s what the future of housing could look like for workers in the state’s rural communities.
- The Lincoln City Council might ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ people under city code.
- The White House and Department of Justice recognize UNL’s Tenant Assistance Project.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts says the state won’t apply for round two of federal emergency rental aid.
- Latest in the Legislature: Nebraska joins the list of states asking for a convention to propose U.S. constitutional amendments, public utility representatives push back against a bill related to fuel and electricity supply, Sen. Megan Hunt proposes a constitutional amendment to form an independent redistricting commission, Sen. Justin Wayne pays tribute to a guide from Tanzania, parents ask for the advance of legislation related to child abuse allegations, and Sen. Anna Wishart introduces a bill to extend Medicaid access for new moms, according to a tweet from Wishart.
This Week in Your Local Government:
City Council to Vote on Library Move,
and TIF for Central Park Plaza
Presented by Reader government reporter Anton Johnson
- Library Move: The Omaha City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on lease agreements for the W. Dale Clark Library’s two replacement buildings, as well as an agreement with Noddle Company to oversee the moves. The lease agreements have over 100 pages in opposition.
- TIF: The City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on an $18 million tax increment financing loan for the redevelopment of Central Park Plaza at 222 South 15th St. The plan includes renovation of the existing towers and the construction of an 80,000-square-foot tower.
- County board: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to hear a COVID-19 update from Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse.
Every week, Anton Johnson picks noteworthy agenda items from the Omaha City Council and Douglas County Board of Commissioners. See the full City Council and Board of Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, Feb. 1, and tune in here to the Douglas County Board at 9 a.m. and the Omaha City Council at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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