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Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Today we have stories about a grand jury investigating 15 in-custody deaths, Omaha hospitals protecting patients’ private information, and Gov. Pete Ricketts opposing gambling and pension bills in Nebraska’s Legislature.
- A Douglas County judge calls for a grand jury to investigate 15 in-custody deaths in recent years to determine if charges should be filed. Mayoral candidates question OPD’s processfor reviewing these cases, calling for more transparency.
- Omaha’s major hospital systems say they will not share private patient information with members of the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition for its COVID-19 vaccine scoring system to determine eligibility.
- Due to a substantial increase in homeschooling, families and school districts are weighing their options for the fall.
- The Douglas County Health Department announces 91 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and zero new deaths.
- Second gentleman Doug Emhoff visits Nebraska to promote the American Rescue Plan and COVID-19 vaccinations, as part of the Biden administration’s Help is Here tour. He thanked workers at hospitals and vaccination sites for their work during the pandemic.
- The Douglas County Board passes a resolution honoring Dr. Joe Stothert, late husband of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, for his work improving Omaha’s emergency care.
- Nebraska Air National Guardsmen who are stationed in Guam rescue five fishermen who were missing for three days.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts opposes three bills being considered by the Nebraska Legislature, two related to worker pensions and another that would allow electronic keno in the state’s newly approved casinos. He says he objects to a bill that would give unemployment benefits to undocumented immigrants because it would undermine existing state laws.
- Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill to give tax incentives to investors in small businesses in North and South Omaha and Lincoln.
Reed Moore’s Things To Do In The Spring
Fight Food Insecurity
Heart Ministry Center
2222 Binney St.
Everyone deserves access to food. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has worsened many social and structural inequalities that make food insecurity possible and prevalent in our great city.
That’s why you should spend your springtime helping others in need – after all, there’s no better gift than giving. And Heart Ministry’s Choice Food Pantry – an invaluable resource to Omaha’s food-insecure population – could not function as successfully as it has, or at all, without the help of thoughtful volunteers.
This is a great way to get involved with the community and have fun in the process. It’s simple and worth it to sign up on Heart Ministry’s website.
Additionally, if you are interested in attending the Choice Food Pantry this spring (once every 30 days), please do. There are updated pantry hours due to COVID-19.
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