(Originally published Dec. 9, 2021)

New Petition Drive Fights for a
Living Wage in Nebraska

Let’s do some math. If a single mom with three kids works full time at Nebraska’s minimum wage — $9/hour — her yearly earnings are $18,720.
That puts her thousands of dollars below the federal poverty level for a family of four. Raise the Wage Nebraska wants to change that and help struggling workers afford basic necessities.

Story by Leah Cates. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy International Day of Veterinary Medicine

Fido and Fluffy told today’s news they appreciate the care they get at the pet clinic: A lactation room returns to the state Capitol building (but with stipulations), Lee Enterprises’ board of directors unanimously rejects Alden Global Capital’s proposal to purchase the company, and dig into the controversy over a video that features Gov. Pete Ricketts’ former communications director yanking out a yard sign promoting Charles W. Herbster’s gubernatorial candidacy and throwing it in a dumpster.

Harper’s Index Fact of the Day

Rank of The Villages, a Florida retirement community, among the fastest-growing U.S. metropolitan areas: 1 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.)

Source: Jeff Hancock, Stanford University (Calif.)

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

Around Omaha

  • Dive into the unanswered questions about the demolition and move of Omaha’s biggest library.
  • A University of Nebraska at Omaha professor will compete in a “Jeopardy!” episode.
  • Lee Enterprises’ board of directors unanimously rejects Alden Global Capital’s proposal to purchase the company, which owns many Nebraska newspapers, including the Omaha World-Herald. As Reed Moore previously reported, Alden Global Capital is infamous for gutting newspapers.
  • A freshman at Papillion-La Vista High School faces “school and legal consequences” when a photograph of her holding a gun circulates, according to 3 News Now.
  • Starting in January, Ralston Arena will be called Liberty First Credit Union Arena. Over the course of a decade, Liberty First Credit Union will pay almost $1.7 million for the arena to bear its name.
  • Old Towne Bellevue will be revitalized.
  • At a town hall, state senators talk about how American Rescue Plan Act funding can help solve problems that affect North Omaha, including criminal justice concerns.

Around Nebraska

  • Remember the controversy over the removal of a lactation room at the state Capitol building? Over two months later, the room returns — with stipulations.
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts hires a new strategic communications director: Alexis “Alex” Allen Reuss, who’s worked as a member of U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s policy team and as a legislative advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • “It was just a dirty trick, honestly”: Dig into the controversy over a video, taken six months ago, that features Gov. Pete Ricketts’ former communications director, Taylor Gage, yanking out a yard sign promoting Charles W. Herbster’s gubernatorial candidacy and throwing it in a dumpster.
  • Naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote, is available at many pharmacies in the state.
  • Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking.
  • In the next two decades, Nebraska is slated to spend almost $15 billion to maintain and upgrade the highway system.
  • Here’s how infrastructure funds might be allocated in some Midwestern states, including Nebraska.
  • The North Platte City Council unanimously approves $21.5 million to go toward a sustainable beef plant.

Reed Moore’s Thing To Do: 
The Real Zebos, Distressed Damsels, Infinite Video at The Waiting Room

Since forming on Craigslist a few years ago, The Real Zebos have made a righteous splash among alternative listeners. Distressed Damsels and Infinite Video join them for a night of visceral indie rock jams.

Event Pick by Matt Casas. Published in The Reader.

As COVID-19 variants spread through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated and mask up — even if you’re fully vaxxed — before checking out shows.
Find more music content here, and check out local guides here.

The Daily Funny

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