In the midst of a deadly pandemic that has killed almost 155,000* people across the U.S., millions of Americans are finding themselves living a nightmare. They don’t know how to pay for housing or put food on the table, a reality that economists have long warned was on the horizon.
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Today we have stories about Omaha food pantries trying to meet the increasing need for food assistance as the pandemic continues, Omaha City Council potentially setting a mask mandate in place as soon as Tuesday and Omaha and Nebraska being listed as hot spots for the virus.
Your Top Local Stories
- The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is expecting a $29 million revenue loss after closing for months and reopening with restrictions due to the coronavirus.
- At a neighborhood association meeting yesterday, the Omaha Public Schools superintendent said that the district can either have school or sports but not both.
- If the Omaha City Council passes an emergency ordinance of the proposed mask mandate, masks could be required as soon as Tuesday.
- Clarkson College of Omaha has named James Hauschildt its new president replacing the interim president who served for 18 months.
- The Sienna Francis House is accepting new male guests to the emergency shelter once again, weeks after seven shelter residents tested positive for COVID-19.
- The coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force listed Omaha amongst the nation’s most concerning coronavirus hot spots during a private call with state and local officials.
- Family members of incarcerated individuals are fearful for their loved ones’ safety after nine inmates and 23 officers tested positive for COVID-19 in Douglas County Corrections facilities.
Around the State
- Meatpacking plant employees and their family members testified their support of an amendment to require stricter safety measures for all plants in front of Nebraska Legislature yesterday.
- More than half of the teachers surveyed by the Nebraska state teachers union responded that their district could not safely reopen in-person learning this fall.
- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorized Nebraska with California as being in the red zone for having a coronavirus positivity rate over 10%.
- Student-athletes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are calling on the university to hire more diverse leaders in Nebraska Athletics.
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