05/18/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

Hundreds of PPP Loans Went to Fake Farms in Absurd Places, Including Nebraska

An online lending platform called Kabbage sent 378 pandemic loans worth $7 million to fake companies (mostly farms) with names like “Deely Nuts” and “Beefy King.”

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National No Dirty Dishes Day

Disposable plates, cups and silverware are perfect for today’s news: Omaha police shoot and kill a man repeatedly making suicidal comments, sports fans in Omaha ditch their masks at events, and newly elected members of the Lincoln City Council take the oath of office.

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Around Omaha

  • Five Omaha police officers shoot and kill a man who repeatedly made suicidal comments.The officers are placed on administrative leave and will be interviewed by investigators. 
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts holds a news conference with Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to encourage high school students to get the coronavirus vaccine. The Douglas County Health Department is hosting vaccine clinics at its offices on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • The Nebraska State Patrol issues an Endangered Missing Advisory for Ryan Larsen, 11, a boy with autism who was last seen leaving school Monday at La Vista West Elementary.
  • Due to new CDC guidelines, Omaha sports fans are ditching their masks at events, but fans and athletes have mixed opinions. 
  • The Douglas County Health Department reports 70 new Covid-19 cases and zero new death certificates related to the virus. The number of Covid-19 deaths in Douglas County remains at 710. 
  • The CHI Health Center transforms to prepare for the Olympic Swim Trials, building two 50-meter pools in 14 days. The arena will have reduced capacity for the event.

Around Nebraska

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts predicts Nebraska’s K-12 schools will return to normal by this fall. He says he’s encouraged by vaccination rates and decreased hospitalizations, which are below 100 statewide. 
  • Newly elected members of Lincoln City Council take the oath of office. Councilmember James Michael Bowers makes history by being the first openly LGBTQ person appointed as chair of the City Council.
  • $6.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provides 2,500 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to all law enforcement agencies, first responders, state offices and facilities across Nebraska.
  • A federal lawsuit against Cody-Kilgore Unified Schools in north-central Nebraska says Native students’ rights were violated when an employee cut their hair.

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Omaha Fitness Fun Guide:
Bicycle at Zorinsky Lake Park

  • 3808 S. 154 St.
  • Open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ed Zorinsky Lake Park, named for the former Nebraska senator, is a great place to get in touch with nature, the state’s senatorial history, or just plain exercise. The lake’s loop trail runs 7.8 miles, and large stretches are pleasantly shady and cool during summer. This provides bicyclists a secluded trail to share with fellow enthusiasts. 

The West trail offers bicyclists and wheelchair users a place to glide, as this paved asphalt trail is usually 6 feet wide and most accessible to those using mobility equipment. A few steep sections are marked to warn you may need assistance or may need to turn around. Dogs can exercise alongside you (or at the helm) but must be kept on leashes.

Come for the biking, stay for the amenities. The park offers several to check out after you have biked, from nine sporting fields to fishing. 

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