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Happy National Puppy Day
Today’s news thinks a romp in the park and a rubber ball are in order for your four-legged best friend. Don’t have a pup of your own? Click here for cuteness:
570,000 broiler chickens are slated for slaughter due to bird flu in the flock, Maha Festival reveals its lineup, and MacKenzie Scott — the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos — gives Habitat for Humanity of Omaha its biggest single donation.
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On a less jovial note, COVID-19 is sticking around — and therefore so are the daily COVID-19 roundups. Yes, that means we’ll also continue to hold off on the Thing To Do. Sigh. Reed Moore about our coronavirus coverage in the “COVID-19 Update” section below and — you can guess what’s coming next — get vaxed and masked!
REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
FBI Agents Testify Fortenberry Was Inconsistent in 2019 Interview and They Suspected Him of Lying
Agent says Fortenberry should have known he got illegal “conduit” contributions during 2016 L.A. fundraiser.
Story by Paul Hammel. Originally published in the Nebraska Examiner. Republished in The Reader.
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Given the worldwide rise in COVID-19 cases, Reed Moore’s coronavirus coverage will continue on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. Don’t blame Reed Moore. Blame the BA.2 variant, our new ‘rona nemesis.
But if you’re sick (no pun intended) of our Christmas-colored COVID-19 graphics, you’re in luck: We’re swapping those out for a COVID-19 Dashboard from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. Check ‘er out below.
Moderna is trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for kids ages 6 months to under 6 years. On the topic of vaccines, check out this list of upcoming clinics hosted by the Douglas County Health Department. And as the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department shifts its COVID-19 Risk Dial to green, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is getting rid of mask requirements, according to The Daily Nebraskan.
By the numbers:
- No-knock warrants are a topic of discussion when law enforcement leaders sit down with North O community members at a monthly town hall hosted by Black Votes Matter.
- MacKenzie Scott — the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos — gives Habitat for Humanity of Omaha its biggest single donation: $11 million for affordable housing.
- The Maha Festival announces its lineup. Get ready for Beach House, Car Seat Headrest, Indigo De Souza and more.
- Latest in the Legislature: Lawmakers give the first-round go-ahead to a proposal intended to support underserved parts of Omaha. A bill that would allow individuals with certain drug convictions to access federal food assistance also moves forward, as does a budget bill that includes $53.5 million for Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposed Colorado canal. A package that would chop the state’s top income tax and corporate tax rates is staying afloat, but Sen. John Cavanaugh, who wants to pay every Nebraskan $200 in lieu of tax cuts, says he has plans for a filibuster.
- 570,000 broiler chickens are slated for slaughter due to bird flu in the flock.
- GOP Sen. Ben Sasse grills U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on her judicial philosophy.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners makes adjustments to the county budget for pay increases and additional expenses. The Board also approves funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to various mental health projects. The Omaha City Council does not meet Tuesday. Read local government reporter Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader here.
FACT OF THE DAY
from Harper’s Index
Percentage increase since 2019 in the number of Americans
ages 18 to 34 who have a will: 50
Source: Caring.com (Charlotte, N.C.)
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