The Douglas County Election Commission counted a record-breaking 72,752 votes this primary election. The top two candidates in each category will move on to the general election on May 11.
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Raise a glass to today’s news: Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh is sued over the failed medical cannabis ballot initiative, a record number of ballots are mailed to voters for Omaha’s primary election, and Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill to give unemployment benefits to family caregivers.
- Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh is named in a lawsuit filed by donors to the medical cannabis ballot initiative. The lawsuit claims Cavanaugh and the other defendantsdid not account for spending donations and failed to create a nonprofit to handle donations.
- The OPS board announces principals hired for Northwest and South high schools.
- The Douglas County Health Department reports an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Cases among 20 to 29 year olds have the biggest spike, increasing by 20.7% in the last week.
- Based on early primary results, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is likely to face RJ Neary in the May 11 general election, as she goes for an unprecedented third term in office. Stothert has nearly 60% of the primary votes and over 26,000 more votes than Neary.
- Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says Douglas County mailed roughly 77,000 ballots to voters for Tuesday’s primary, a record number of early ballots.
- Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall is scheduled to re-open on Memorial Day weekend in 2022, pictured as a park with lots of activity.
- Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill that would give unemployment benefits to anyone who left a job due to family caregiving needs. State Sen. Hunt, who proposed the bill, says it will help people struggling financially while caring for a loved one.
- Unofficial results are in for Lincoln’s primary elections for City Council, School Board and Airport Authority Board of Directors.
- Midland University offers free COVID-19 vaccinations to its students, becoming the first school in Nebraska to do so.
Reed Moore’s Things to Do in Omaha on 4/20
Have a Chill 4/20 Dinner at Crescent Moon
- 3578 Farnam St.
- Closes at midnight
If you’re in the mood for ruminating in Omaha’s nightlife and want to find a bar that features great food to satisfy those late-night munchies, look no further than Crescent Moon. It may not be “dinner” in a traditional sense, but in the non-traditional spirit of 4/20, the location makes perfect sense.
This bar is known for putting a chill vibe out into Omaha’s universe thanks to friendly staff and bar-goers alike. And that’s saying something given Omaha’s vast array of excellent bars. If you’re looking for that final drop of 4/20 greatness, then get the Tuesday enchiladas and a cold one if you’re drinking.
The bar has limited seating due to the pandemic, necessitating an eight-person, per-group limit. But if you want to order delivery, that’s always an option as well. If you’re going to the bar, remember your mask. Add to that your ID, your way home, and a great tip for your bartender.
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