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Happy National Arbor Day
Reed Moore is proud to inform us that the nation’s very first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City in 1872.
Today’s news: The Omaha World-Herald dives deep into Gov. Pete Ricketts’ repeated denial of federal pandemic assistance to support underserved communities, workers plan to protest BNSF Railway’s new work scheduling system outside Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 30, and a Trump rally is slated for today, April 29, in Greenwood, featuring speakers who are, according to the Nebraska Examiner, “a who’s who from Trump world” — and GOP candidate Charles Herbster is hosting the rally, the Nebraska Examiner reports.
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REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
Making a Reference Is Not Telling a Joke:
Adrift somewhere between a Charlie Kaufman concept and “Point Break,” “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” seemingly checks off everything on the list of what is needed for a cult classic: Two Nicolas Cages fight and then make out with each other. End of list. Sadly, despite “hot” Cage-on-CGI-Cage action and the human special effect that is Pedro Pascal, it turns out a comedy also needs actual jokes.
Review by Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.
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Here’s the latest on COVID-19 in Douglas County. And in case you missed it, Moderna is trying to get emergency-use authorization from the FDA for its coronavirus vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years.
By the numbers:
- District 2 candidates Alisha Shelton and Tony Vargas, both Democrats, are vying for GOP Rep. Don Bacon’s spot in the U.S. Congress. Click here for their interviews with Nebraska Public Media.
- Workers plan to protest BNSF Railway’s new work scheduling system outside Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 30. The policy forces workers to be on call 90% of the time, according to locomotive engineers.
- “The real work is just beginning”: Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska lawmakers, including state Sens. Justin Wayne and Terrell McKinney, talk about springing into action on a $335 million recovery plan for underserved parts of the state, including North and South O.
- The city might buy parking structures on Mutual of Omaha’s midtown campus, in addition to the new parking garage that’ll be constructed at Mutual’s upcoming downtown headquarters.
- “It just looked like somebody had a gigantic torch”: Nebraskans get candid about living through the Road 702 Wildfire last weekend.
- Governors from eight states — including Nebraska — want the EPA to issue a permanent waiver letting them continue to sell ethanol-blended gas all year without limitations.
- The Omaha World-Herald takes a deep dive into Gov. Pete Ricketts’ repeated denial of federal pandemic assistance to support underserved communities.
- “I was terrified that in addition to sexually assaulting me, he would try to ruin my public reputation — which is exactly what he is trying to do now”: The HuffPost gives a recap of GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster’s campaign ad attacking GOP state Sen. Julie Slama, whose lawsuit against him alleges sexual battery.
- A Trump rally is slated for today, April 29, in Greenwood, featuring speakers who are, according to the Nebraska Examiner, “a who’s who from Trump world.” GOP candidate Charles Herbster, whose Trump endorsement is making waves in the Republican party, is hosting the rally, the Nebraska Examiner reports. Here’s what people are saying about their plans to attend.
PORTRAIT OF A PET
This is Jax. He loves striped bandanas and goofing around, and he hopes you’ll watch this TikTok he made about wanting to be adopted. What’s that you say? You want to adopt him? Click here to learn how!
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Estimated percentage decrease in U.S. condom
sales since the start of the pandemic: 8
Source: IRI (Chicago)
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