04/28/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

Welcome Our Newest Reporter, Bridget Fogarty

Thanks to your continued support and community donations, The Reader is able to grow its newsroom by one starting June 1. And what a mighty one it is: Bridget Fogarty was chosen among three Report for America candidates in a national search to cover immigration issues in Omaha. She has a background in community-led journalism, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Superhero Day

Wonder Woman, Spidey and Batman can’t wait for today’s news: Omaha’s face mask ordinance is set to expire on May 25, Douglas County sees a slowdown in vaccination appointments, and Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to expand rural internet services.

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Around Omaha

  • The Omaha City Council is ready to stop using face masks, as the mask mandate will expire May 25.
  • The Douglas County Attorney’s Office is requesting an increase in its annual budget to address rising numbers of autopsies and felony prosecutions. 
  • The Omaha Farmers Market is returning to normalcy with a few COVID-19 precautions. Masks will be mandatory only for vendors and staff members but strongly recommended for visitors.
  • The Douglas County health director may decline additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the state, as it has seen a slowdown in daily vaccination appointments.
  • Omaha’s spring cleanup program is coming back in May, running every Saturday. The demand might be higher this year because it was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
  • The Nebraska Department of Economic Development opens a North Omaha field office to help locals start businesses and help current businesses grow.
  • The City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department is planning an Arbor Day celebration for Saturday with special remarks from Mayor Jean Stothert to commemorate the event.

Around Nebraska

  • The Nebraska State Penitentiary is searched for homemade alcohol, synthetic marijuana and other drugs and items after a staff member was assaulted by an intoxicated inmate. 
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to expand high-speed rural internet with a $40 million budget that has received initial approval by Nebraska lawmakers. 
  • Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis files a complaint against Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner for not disclosing the benefactor of his legal challenge against last year’s medical marijuana ballot initiative.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do

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Your Spring Move-In Guide
Week Five: Packing and Hacking

The fifth week is for beginning your systematic packing. Now, with your non-essential belongings gathered and grouped, they should prove easier to pack.

However, just because something is non-essential does not mean it is inexpensive or invincible. So, handle and pack these expensive and fragile items with caution. Wrap them properly and label their boxed homes legibly and sensibly.

It’s also important to remember you cannot move with or mindlessly dispose of dangerous items. Visit a designated drop-off facility if you have fire extinguishers, paint or loaded guns – to name a few – to get rid of them safely before the big day.

Lastly, if you plan to drive your vehicle out of state for your move, you should service it beforehand to ensure you make the trip safely and as scheduled. Scheduling a quick check with a repair shop could mean avoiding a dreadful mistake later.

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