(Originally published Dec. 15, 2021)

Nebraska Severs Ties with Troubled Foster Care Provider in the Omaha Area

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announces the state will take over case management responsibilities from Saint Francis Ministries, which has seen controversy since the nonprofit promised to care for some of Nebraska’s neediest kids with an astoundingly low bid.

By Chris Bowling. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Cupcake Day

Swirled with frosting and covered in sprinkles, these sweet treats are irresistible for today’s news: The Omaha Public Power District says to expect some power outages due to hurricane-level winds this afternoon, a local nonprofit plans to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to convert a hotel into a homeless shelter, and the holiday season means more Omahans getting COVID-19 tests.

Harper’s Index Fact of the Day

Portion of teen girls who say that Instagram has
aggravated their body image issues: 1/3

Source: Facebook (Menlo Park, Calif.)

For nationwide COVID-19 case and vaccination trends, click here.

Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

In Your Local Government

Former state Sen. Ernie Chambers appears before the Omaha City Council on Tuesday to oppose the newly drawn district map. The City Council also discusses a proposal to revive the inactive Civil Rights Hearing Board and assign its duties to the Human Rights and Relations Board. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners meets to discuss ARPA funding for mental health and receives an update on the county’s correction facilities.

Read local government reporter Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader here..

Reed Moore Presents a Film Review:
Secondhand Serenade at Barnato

On Dec. 17, John Vesely’s stripped-down set at Barnato
will function as a love letter to die-hard fans.

Event Pick by Matt Casas. Published in The Reader.

As COVID-19 variants spread through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated, boosted and masked before going to public gatherings.
Find more music content here, and check out local guides here.

The Daily Funny

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