10/09/20 • Day 26 of Phase IV • Nationwide case trends

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With a pandemic, the office of the president at stake and so much more, Election Day 2020 has a lot going on. At The Reader, we want to make sure we still have the basics covered while walking readers through mail-in voting and other important information you’ll need for Nov. 3.

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Today we have stories about Douglas County’s struggle with disbursing rental assistance funds, the Omaha Police Union’s new labor contract and the confusion surrounding the federal P-EBT program.

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In Omaha
  • Douglas County has given out around $2.4 million to those needing rent assistance but still struggles with getting funds to all who need it.
  • The City of Omaha has terminated the lease for the Love’s Jazz and Art Center at 24th and Lake.
  • The Omaha police union and the city have reached a tentative labor contract, city leaders said Thursday.

Around the State

  • The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said some school districts didn’t apply for a second round of P-EBT because of a “lack of clarity” in federal guidance.
  • The Nebraska State Education Association has sent a letter to all Nebraska superintendents urging them to require the use of face coverings in schools.
  • The Nebraska Republican Party was told Tuesday to stop sending robocalls using an unregistered third party that attack legislative candidate Janet Palmtag.
  • Nebraska Sen. Tony Vargas, who lost his father to COVID-19, says he’s doing his part to help fight the spread by taking part in a vaccine trial.

What to do during quarantine?

From our list of things to do during quarantine:


Why yes, it’s come time again to practice our most civic duty. If you’ve somehow missed all the signage online and in real life, there’s a host of resources online to help you figure out how to vote in Nebraska.

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