Tuesday, April 28

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Good morning,
Today we have stories about rural Nebraska counties continuing to be national coronavirus hotspots, a pork plant closing in Crete as food processors warn of shortages and stories from the children of doctors and nurses facing fact they may never see their parents again.

Your top local stories

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In Omaha

Around the State

What to do during quarantine?

From our list of things to do during quarantine:

Research Your Family Tree

The Omaha Public Library is opening up family history research (normally allowed only on site) to patrons to use from home. You must have an OPL card and PIN to get started. Ancestry Library Edition will open your world to the largest general collection of genealogical information.

What’s happening in the United States?

Children of the Pandemic

  • As nurses and doctors fight on the front lines, their children are writing goodbye letters and making detailed plans for what to do if they never see mom and dad again.

Trump’s New Testing Rollout Might Not Be Sufficient

  • On Monday, President Donald Trump proposed expanded testing capacities after weeks of pressure from health and government officials. One official said under this proposal, states could test at least 2% of their populations a month, roughly three million Americans a day. Health officials at Harvard University have called for five million tests a day by June and 20 million by late July.

Remote Learning is Overwhelming America’s Parents

  • Parents are struggling to keep their kids focused and learning as schools remain closed due to the pandemic.

GOP Falling Behind in Mail-in Voting Push, Strategists Say

  • Some worry the Republican Party is letting Democrats lead the mail-in voting charge, spending millions in advertising to draw remote voters as the coronavirus limits social activity.

What’s happening across the world?

Make China Pay for it, Trump says

  • On Monday, Trump said China could have done more to stop the spread of the coronavirus and suggested the U.S. would seek damages. On Tuesday a Chinese official accused American politicians of “lying through their teeth.”

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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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