Thursday, April 30
Josh Foo and his partner Lauren Abell started “Right Here, Right Now,” a series of photos and videos showing the pandemic’s effect on small business owners and workers. We asked them how the series came together and how they’ve seen their work have an impact.
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Your top local stories
- OPS is weighing whether to buy each of its students, about 54,000 kids, a laptop as many districts look toward extending distance learning into the fall.
- Ralston High School students will receive Chromebook laptops, the district announced yesterday.
- UNMC researchers have developed a potential new treatment for HIV.
- An Omaha postal worker has tested positive for the coronavirus.
- The Henry Doorly Zoo will not open as planned on April 30 with officials saying facilities will be closed until further notice.
- A UNMC infectious disease expert says Nebraska Medicine has had positive results treating patients with a new drug that shortens the recovery time of the coronavirus.
- A controversial Omaha landlord with a history of tenet complaints will have his tax-increment financing rescinded, the Omaha City Council voted this week.
- Swipe through photos comparing popular spots for Berkshire Hathaway pilgrims last year and this year.
- A new Lutheran Family Services program refugees plots of land for farming.
- Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has recently dealt with criticism and talk of her appearance, an age-old sexist reaction, albeit in unique times, women politicians and public figures said.
Around the State
- A Tyson plant in Dakota City, Nebraska will close for four days to deep clean the facility.
- The state’s testing web app has already taken information from tens of thousands of Nebraskans, but some wonder if the app, run by private companies from Utah, will protect users identity.
- Lincoln’s mayor says the city may not follow the Gov. Pete Ricketts new, relaxed direct health measures citing limited testing capacities and public health concerns.
- Four former University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are suing the NCAA said the organization did not do enough to respond to their sexual assault complaints.
- More than a year after a man lost his life trying to save others during Nebraska’s floods, he now has a highway named in his honor.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing today
What to do during quarantine?
From our list of things to do during quarantine:
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What’s happening in the United States?
- The Trump Administration has continued dismantling Obama-era regulations to open public lands to use by industries.
- Even as new unemployment figures show more than 30 million people have applied for unemployment benefits, that might only be half of the number of people who actually need it.
- Many states in Midwest and South are reopening while others remain on lockdown.
- As Joe Biden searches for a vice president, which he said will be a woman, they will have the unique task of defending him against sexual assault allegations.
What’s happening across the world?
- For the first time since 1998, experts say global poverty will increase with possibly half a billion people sinking back into destitution.
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