05/07/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

Racism Drives Some BIPOC to Flee State

At age 2, Aixa Flores-Dominguez immigrated from Mexico to Nebraska. At 18, she ditched The Cornhusker State for NYC. The first-gen college student explains why.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Space Day

Today’s news is out of this world: OPD buys 586 new tasers, fentanyl becomes the No. 1 cause of overdose deaths in Omaha, and authorities say a former police officer crashed a van full of drug money into a school bus in Lincoln.

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Around Omaha

  • OPD buys 586 new and improved tasers for its officers. They will be required to train with them before use in duty. In September, OPD asked the City Council for $5.5 million to buy new tasers and body cameras.
  • Drive-in movie theaters are making a return to Omaha, after two years of inactivity. Three drive-ins will be showing movies this summer.
  • The Omaha Fire and Rescue team sees an increase in deaths by accidental overdose from Fentanyl. In 2020, more Omaha residents died from fentanyl overdoses than any other drug, killing 49 people. 
  • A California winery, Josh Cellars, will donate $30,000 to Children’s Hospital in Omaha after being inspired by the generosity of fellow Joshes during the “Josh fight” in Lincoln. 
  • CHI Health launches its “Grow Our Own” program to provide scholarships and financial compensation to nurses who want to grow their careers and become psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

Around Nebraska

  • Authorities say a former police officer from California crashed a mini-van containing $570,000 in suspected drug money into a school bus carrying the Pius X  girls soccer team in Lincoln. No student was injured.
  • An arsonist causes $3,500 in damages by setting multiple fires at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. 
  • An unoccupied 1941 Piper plane takes off at Central City Airport and crashes into a cornfield. The plane climbed 200 feet and flew almost 1.5 miles before crashing.  
  • Nebraska lawmakers give initial approval to a bill requiring watered-down Covid-19 protections. State Sen. Tony Vargas, whose district has many meatpacking workers, said these workers deserve safeguards, and he will work on more amendments for the bill in later rounds of debate.

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Omaha Spring Wedding Guide
Flowers: You Want Them and Spring Has Them

You might think that because flowers bloom in spring, choosing them for a spring wedding is simple, right? Well, it can be that and more. It can also be challenging if you do not know about flower preparation or seasonal pricing.

Because flowers wilt quickly, you should consider seeking assistance from a florist who will know how to prepare these lovely beasts within one day of the wedding. There are several florists in Omaha to assist with or provide your bouquet and centerpiece arrangements.

The creative, independent and frugal folks may desire a DIY approach to save on cash and flex their creativity fashioning beautiful arrangements from dried or paper flowers. Keep in mind, though, you can end up spending more money or mishandle the flowers if ill-prepared, and this can inflict day-of turmoil for your nuptial plans.

For those not committed to a 100 percent DIY approach, consider splitting the job between yourself and a professional. Hiring a pro for half of the load is much more reasonable than assuming you can do it all.

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