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03/12/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

A Year in The Pandemic

One second we were working in offices, walking through crowded grocery stores or picking up our kids from daycare. Then social media exploded. News stories about a novel coronavirus that first appeared in China began to paint a less abstract picture. Everything shut down and we started asking how long this would last.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Good Afternoon,

Today we have stories about Warren Buffett’s net worth passing $100 billion, OPPD’s presidentand CEO announcing his retirement, and Gov. Pete Ricketts rejecting the Department of Education’s new health standards. 

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Around Omaha

  • The net worth of Omaha investor Warren Buffett surpasses $100 billion, as Berkshire Hathaway share prices climbed to more than $400,000. Buffett is now the world’s fifth-richest person.
  • High-speed gusts of wind tear through Omaha’s power lines, causing fires and power outages. 
  •  OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke is retiring in July after 24 years of service. The OPPD Board of Directors plans to hire his replacement from within OPPD’s ranks, hoping to have a replacement by May.
  • Omaha police say they haven’t issued a mask mandate citation since Jan. 3. Five citations have been issued in total.
  • The owners of Garden View Manor, an elderly care facility being built in the middle of a west Omaha neighborhood, respond to the complaints of Spruce Ridge residents. 
  • Omaha’s CHI Health Center is opening its doors amid a pandemic for a weekend of Disney On Ice performances with cautionary measures in place to ensure the safety of the audience and performers.

Around Nebraska

  • Nebraska lawmakers vote to advance a bill that would create a statewide hotline for reporting safety concerns about students who may harm themselves or others. 
  • State prosecutors push for the death penalty for Aubrey Trail, who is convicted of first-degree murder, but Trail’s defense team argues a life sentence is adequate. A three-judge panel will decide his fate.
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts wants the Department of Education to eliminate new health standards that would teach students about gender identity. The department defends the new standards, saying they were formed with the advice of medical and education professionals.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do In The Spring

Find more on our Things To Do page.

Visit Local Museums

El Museo Latino

4701 S. 25th St., Omaha

The Midwest’s first Latino museum and cultural center was opened in Omaha in 1993 by Magdalena Garcia, who moved to Omaha from Mexico City at age 9. Today, Omaha remains the only Midwestern city besides Chicago with a Latino museum, one of just 24 in the United States.

This spring, come out to El Museo Latino’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Stay for the Almuerzo, or brunch, and plenty of fun and learning.

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