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Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Today we have stories about second gentleman Doug Emhoff visiting Omaha, OPS changing rules for its high school student assignment program, and Nebraska residents reacting to a spike in heating bills from February’s cold snap.
- As Omaha plans for its future, city leaders are looking at public transportation and urban infill development as key components for growth.
- Metropolitan Community College is planning to host a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site at its Fort Omaha campus, citing the need for a mass vaccination site in North Omaha.
- Omaha City Councilman Pete Festerson is facing challengers from the left and right in his bid for re-election in District 1.
- Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff is visiting Omaha on Tuesday as part of the Biden administration’s Help is Here Tour to promote the American Rescue Plan.
- In response to an increase in domestic violence during the pandemic, the Child Saving Institute is preparing its new Family Empowerment Program, a free service geared toward children ages 4-13.
- Preparing for the opening of two new high schools in 2022, the OPS board approves changes to the high school student assignment program, altering the rules for school choice and transportation.
- CORRECTION: A version of this newsletter read, “Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is donating $25,000 to four food banks in Omaha to feed more people.” It’s been corrected to read, “Omaha nonprofit Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is donating $25,000 to four food banks across the country.”
- Nebraska health officials report nearly 250,000 residents 16 years and older have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Heating and utility bills spike throughout Nebraska, resulting from February’s extreme cold. About 15 smaller communities were hit the hardest by the need for natural gas, and some municipal governments are passing along the price hike to their residents.
- Lincoln nursing homes are expecting a return to normal, as the high rate of vaccination and a drop in new COVID-19 cases among residents are cause for optimism.
Reed Moore’s Things To Do In The Spring
Adventure on the Pedestrian Bridge
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
705 Riverfront Dr.
This beautiful bridge, connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs, stretches 3,000 feet over the Missouri River. The Pedestrian Bridge, a Nebraska/Iowa staple for 12 years, is the perfect way to spend time outdoors this spring, and snap some great pictures of the sunset.
Whether you’re looking for a midday stroll, a friendly Blue Troll or an evening under hundreds of multi-colored lights, traversing this public bridge is a great way to get exercise while enjoying leisure. What’s more, the bridge connects to 150 miles of nature trails, so you can continue your adventure on foot or bicycle long after you’ve stepped off the iconic footbridge.
And, especially if you have business/pleasure to attend to in Omaha or Council Bluffs, taking the Pedestrian Bridge is a great way to get there while not burning unnecessary, harmful gas. Yes, you can improve your health while improving the greater metropolitan area by skipping the car ride and appreciating a nice stroll on this great slice of Midwestern architecture.
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