05/19/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

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Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Devil’s Food Cake Day

It’s no sin to eat this treat when reading today’s news: A popular bar is being investigated for accusations of serving alcohol to minors, the Methodist Health System is offering free CNA training, and Nebraska lawmakers reject a bill to protect meatpacking workers.

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Around Omaha

  • The Good Life Sports Bar and Grill is under investigation for accusations of serving alcohol to minors and possible involvement in a DUI case. The Omaha City Council delays its decision whether to revoke the bar’s liquor license.
  • The Omaha City Council hears public input on continuing the Lime and Spin scooter sharing program. Mayor Jean Stothert recommends continuing the program. 
  • The Douglas County Health Department partners with North Omaha’s religious community to offer church-based Covid-19 vaccine clinics, providing vaccines for anyone 12 and older. 
  • In response to the growing need for healthcare workers, the Methodist Health System is offering free training to become a nursing assistant. Interest in the program is increasing as more people switch careers during the pandemic. 
  • Visit Omaha is looking to support businesses that lost money during the pandemic by renting space at attractions, hotels and restaurants, instead of leasing an office space. 
  • A median on 60th Street is extended past K Street, cutting off access to an auto repair service, a muffler shop, and a hotel. Business owners say they were not alerted about the new island and that and it will cost them customers and money.

Around Nebraska

  • La Vista police say countless agencies and volunteers from the community are helping in the search for Ryan Larsen, an 11-year-old boy with autism who recently went missing. 
  • The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department decides to let its mask mandate expireon May 21, as the Covid-19 risk dial drops to green. 
  • The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska asks the state Legislature to pass a resolution that would return the tomahawk of legendary leader Chief Standing Bear from Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. 
  • Nebraska lawmakers reject a bill that would mandate Covid-19 protections for meatpacking workers. The bill is sidelined for the rest of the year by a 25-18 vote.

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Omaha Fitness Fun Guide:
Stroll the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

  • 705 Riverfront Dr.

For 12 years, residents of Omaha and Council Bluffs have used the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. And if you want to travel between those two areas without using gas, exercise in a conducive environment, or have a reason to leave the house, then this bridge is for you. 

This welcoming bridge is a place to stroll or jog for all skill levels, featuring an out-and-back trail design for 1.4 miles of exercise pleasure. In addition to the wide range of activity, visitors have an excellent view of the river and birds, making for a contemplative, peaceful experience. 

At night, the bridge lights up in a brilliant display of colors, not only keeping the bridge well-lit but giving it a different atmosphere. Whether you wish to exercise alone or with friends, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a low-key spot to check out. 

The Daily Funny

The Centers for Disease Control made big news by announcing that people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer have to socially distance or wear masks, even indoors.

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