An FBI agent leading the investigation into illegal, “straw man” political contributions funneled to U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry testifies that the congressman was informed at least four times during a 2018 phone call that the donations were problematic.
By Paul Hammel. Originally published in the Nebraska Examiner.
Republished in The Reader.
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Harper’s Index Fact of the Day
Average increase in U.S. blood pressure, in millimeters of mercury,
since the start of the pandemic: 2
Source: Cleveland Clinic
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy National Sloppy Joe Day
Today’s news salutes this beloved sandwich, a staple of school cafeterias for what seems like forever: The Legislature gives the first-round go-ahead to a $9.9 billion budget bill, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium prepares to welcome a third baby elephant, and Chris Crutchfield, who played football and basketball for the UNO Mavericks, will replace recently fired Derrin Hansen as the men’s basketball coach, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup
- In Case You Missed It: Officials spar over an ordinance, with a vote set for March 29, that would limit the epidemic powers of the Douglas County health director, according to KMTV.
- Got COVID-19 symptoms? It could be the flu, whose cases are on the rise in Nebraska.
- BA.2, an Omicron subvariant, is tripling in prevalence every two weeks and might soon be responsible for an uptick in coronavirus cases.
5.8% of Douglas County residents are partially vaccinated.
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- Chris Crutchfield, who played football and basketball for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks, will replace recently fired Derrin Hansen as the men’s basketball coach, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
- Omaha home care agencies struggle with staffing shortages.
- In Case You Missed It: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium prepares to welcome a third baby elephant.
- Didn’t get your Fortenberry fix with today’s feature story? Check out this Nebraska Examiner look at why Fortenberry might not be entirely truthful in his reasoning for why he’s voting by proxy in the U.S. House.
- Randy Essex, whose recent layoff from the Omaha World-Herald stirred significant controversy, pens an opinion piece for NOISE about race-baiting and critical race theory in the state.
- Latest in the Legislature: Senators talk about why Nebraska prisons are overcrowded, and the Legislature gives the first-round go-ahead to a $9.9 billion budget bill, which prompted conversations about sex ed standards.
- Nebraska now has an official migratory bird: The sandhill crane.
- Nebraska Public Media takes a deep dive into the future of Mead, where the AltEn ethanol plant disaster still looms large in the lives of many residents.
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