The New American Arts Festival is a joint project of Lutheran Family Services and Benson First Friday. Its Reframed edition, reimagined for the pandemic, is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 7 in a combination of virtual and in-person opportunities.
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Today we have stories about the New American Arts Festival continuing on for its seventh year, Mayor Jean Stothert announcing a redevelopment plan for the Crossroads Mall area and a busy South Omaha coronavirus testing site possibly shutting down.
Your Top Local Stories
- A group of students created a petition, and garnered more than 100 signatures, for Omaha Public Schools to start the year with remote learning for the safety of their teachers.
- Mayor Jean Stothert announced a $500 million redevelopment plan of the Crossroads Mall area on 72nd and Dodge.
- Children’s Hospital in Omaha is only offering coronavirus tests to admitted patients due to a national shortage.
- Millard Public Schools’ students wrote a research paper criticizing the school district’s reopening plan for endangering students and faculty.
- The South Omaha COVID-19 testing site run by OneWorld is on the verge of shutting down, leaving Douglas County’s most vulnerable population to the virus without a testing location.
Around the State
- Governor Pete Ricketts echoed the Red Cross’ call for plasma donations with coronavirus antibodies to treat the rising number of COVID-19 patients.
- During a press conference yesterday, Governor Pete Ricketts defended his legal threats toward potential mask mandates in Omaha, saying that a mask requirement would be counterproductive.
- The Nebraska Legislature advanced a bill that is a compromise on three major issues intended to bring property tax relief and more jobs and residents to the state.
- Nebraska voters will get to decide in November whether or not to cap payday loans at 36%.
- A bill that would give more prison inmates in Nebraska a chance for parole advanced through the first round of debate after a lengthy filibuster by its opponents.
- Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill banning methods used in second-trimester abortions.
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