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Stories We Missed,
and How We’ll Do Better in 2022

As we roll into the new year, The Reader and El Perico staffs consider how we can make our coverage even more robust in 2022.

By Chris Bowling, John Heaston, Leah Cates, 1st Sky Omaha, Lynn Sanchez,
Karlha Velásquez Rivas and Bridget Fogarty, Report for America Corps Member



Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy Peculiar People Day

Today’s news celebrates the “unusual,” “different” and “eccentric” people who set the world in motion because they refuse to conform to society’s idea of “normal”: Douglas County hits its highest single day of positive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, take a deep dive into ongoing safety concerns in meatpacking plants, and a 2009 Nebraska gun law spurred overcrowding in the state prison system, which has a faster-growing inmate population than any other place in the U.S., according to the Omaha World-Herald.


Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

  1. Percentage of U.S. prisoners released in 2008 who were arrested again in the following decade: 82
  2. Portion of those arrests that were for drug-related offenses: 1/2

Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics


Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup

As announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 29, bonus newsletter, in light of the Omicron variant, Reed Moore will replace the “Thing To Do” section with a COVID-19 spotlight featuring coronavirus-related content. The Reader believes it’s irresponsible to promote events when hospitals are nearing capacity, some community members refuse to get vaccinated and Omaha still doesn’t have a mask mandate. As cases continue, The Reader won’t promote any events — be they concerts, plays, art-gallery openings or stand-up comedy — that don’t require masks, vaccination and social distancing.

  • Douglas County hits its highest single day of positive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
  • Huskers football coach Scott Frost tests positive for the coronavirus.
  • Learn about “Flurona” with Bryan Health’s Dr. Alissa Clough.
  • As we inch toward year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, take a deep dive into ongoing safety concerns in meatpacking plants.

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


Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

  • Ricketts Roundup: As he prepares to release a state budget proposal this Thursday, Jan. 13, Gov. Pete Ricketts isn’t in favor of a significant uptick in spending state tax moneyNebraska Public Media reporter Fred Knapp sits down with Ricketts to talk abortion, the Nebraska State Penitentiary, natural resources and more.
  • A 2009 Nebraska gun law spurred overcrowding in the state prison system, which has a faster-growing inmate population than any other place in the U.S., according to the Omaha World-Herald. Read what the World-Herald calls “a significant untold story behind the prison crisis.”
  • A Title IX lawsuit against UNL goes forward in federal court.
  • State Sen. Carol Blood drafts a bill to give education professionals retention payments.
  • Dick Carson, younger brother of Johnny Carson who directed “The Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and “Wheel of Fortune” — and spent his formative years in Nebraska — dies at age 92.

This Week in Your Local Government:
Library Relocation and Warhorse Casino TIF on City Council Agenda. County Board to Discuss ARPA Funding and
Correction Facilities.

Presented by Reader government reporter Anton Johnson

Every week, The Reader‘s Anton Johnson picks noteworthy agenda items from the Omaha City Council and Douglas County Board of Commissioners. See the full City Council and Board of Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, Jan. 11, and tune in here to the Douglas County Board at 9 a.m. and the Omaha City Council at 2 p.m. Tuesday.


The Daily Funny

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