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- Omaha is putting a second round of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act toward affordable-housing programs, park modernization, full-time employee bonuses, and more.
- Both candidates in the special election in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District are revving up their bases in the final week of campaigning.
- Advocates for private schools in Nebraska say a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court gives them momentum.
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What To Do If You’re Denied Public Benefits
In April, Reader reporter Leah Cates profiled Melinda Jacobs, a 32-year-old single mother who was incarcerated on drug offenses and as a result banned from receiving some public benefits. After that piece was published, we received an email from a single mother who had applied for public benefits but was told her income was too high and didn’t know where to turn. That’s when we knew what the next “Omaha Jobs” column would be.
By Arjav Rawal. Published in The Reader.
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Two-year-olds Eloise Manderfeld and Michael Rogel Kronschnabel are among the first kids under age 5 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Douglas County. 6 News reports the two were all smiles when they arrived for their shots, with relieved parents in tow. Last week, the FDA approved an emergency-use authorization to begin giving the vaccine to kids ages 6 months to 5 years.
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- Omaha is putting a second round of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act toward affordable-housing programs, park modernization, full-time employee bonuses, and more. The Reader’s lead reporter, Chris Bowling, dives into the details.
- A new entrance to Eppley Airfield opens today, June 22. The entrance replaces a temporary one used during construction over the last year and sits about 500 feet to the south.
- A fired police officer will not get his job back. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says that during the civil rights protests of 2020, Grant Gentile fired a pepper ball gun to the groin of a protestor and inappropriately discussed it among other officers. Arbitrators rejected Gentile’s appeal.
- The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners approves a three-year contract with the union representing its Department of Corrections employees. The contract includes a raise in the starting wage to $27 an hour, up from $22.06 an hour. The agreement takes effect July 1.
- It’s been 71 years since Nebraska held a special election for Congress, so predicting what turnout will look like might be difficult. One thing is for sure: Both candidates are revving up their bases in the final week of campaigning.
- Advocates for private schools in Nebraska say a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court gives them momentum. The ruling says that a program in Maine using public dollars for schools cannot exclude religious schools. Nebraska is one of 37 states that prohibits funding religious schools with public dollars. That provision is now essentially nullified.
- An informal watchdog group keeping an eye on the former AltEn ethanol plant in Mead says additional studies and funding are necessary. The Legislature funded $1 million in continued research, but the scientists studying AltEn have been volunteering their time and relying on private donations.
- Nebraska City is partially financing the production of a feature film. Writer and producer Adam Rehmeier is returning home to film “The Snack Shack,” based on a true story from his teenage years. Filming would begin this month and wrap by September.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners hears an updated plan for the area’s upcoming highway improvements ahead of a vote. The commissioners also approve two projects requesting funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, including surveillance at election drop boxes.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage by which Americans with college degrees
are more likely than those without to get their news from podcasts: 65
Source: Pew Research Center (Washington)
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