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Today we have stories about prison reform advocates who say the state needs to do more to protect incarcerated people from coronavirus, the Nebraska Crossing Outlets deciding to reopen as many other retailers remain closed and Trump’s sudden decision to cut WHO funding.
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- The Nebraska Crossing Outlets will be “the first shopping center that opens in North America,” said its owner as the Gretna outdoor mall plans to reopen this month amid the pandemic. The Douglas County Health Director called the decision disappointing.
- Domestic violence advocates fear for victims during coronavirus shutdown.
- As people try to limit face-to-face contact, telehealth at local hospitals is becoming an accessible alternative.
- Eppley Airfield will receive $33 million as the U.S. Transportation Department is giving airports across the nation $10 billion to help them respond to the pandemic.
- Storm Chasers owner will donate 45,000 face masks to local hospitals.
- A cold, rainy Thursday could give way to a warmer weekend, according to local forecasts.
- Already, Nebraskans have filed 18,000 loans totaling $2.7 billion for small business relief. One local lender fears the money could run out as nationally $240 billion of the $350 billion pot has already been claimed.
- Rural first responders are training for pandemic response efforts through online classes offered by UNMC.
- As some report cases of coronavirus, processing plants take precautions to continue producing food.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts said he will continue working with President Donald Trump to decide when Nebraska will reopen, following Trump’s controversial remarks that only he decides when states reopen.
- Several incumbent senators say they would not support abortion to save the mother’s life.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing at 2 p.m.
What to do during quarantine?
From our list of things to do during quarantine
What’s happening in the United States?
- Like many economic indicators during the pandemic, the drop is unprecedented in the history of the reported figure that measures sales at stores and shops nationwide.
- This visualization shows how transmission from a cough travels and why it’s important to maintain social distancing.
- The Treasury Department has ordered Trump’s name be printed on the memo line of the $1,200 stimulus checks people are receiving which could slow their progress by a few days.
- As universities lose millions of dollars and consider online classes into next year, some wonder if students will stick around.
What’s happening across the world?
- World leaders balk as Trump suspends funding to the WHO for its handling of the pandemic
- The decision is pending and will follow an investigation into the World Health Organization’s handling of the virus in China.
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