Second Gentleman Visiting Omaha, OPS Changes High School Allocation Rules, and Nebraska Residents Shock Electric Bills

03/22/21 • Nebraska Vaccine Data. • Nationwide Case Trends

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Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

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Today we have stories about second gentleman Doug Emhoff visiting Omaha, OPS changing the rules on their student referral program, and Nebraska residents responding to a spike in heating bills due to the February cold snap.

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Around Omaha

  • As Omaha plans its future, city guides view public transportation and the development of city fillings as key components for growth.
  • The Metropolitan Community College plans to set up a transit COVID-19 vaccination center on its Fort Omaha campus as a mass vaccination center is required in northern Omaha.
  • Omaha City Councilor Pete Festerson faces challengers from left and right as he runs for reelection in District 1.
  • The second gentleman Douglas Emhoff visits Omaha on Tuesday as part of the Biden administration’s Help is Here Tour to promote the American rescue plan.
  • In response to the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic, the Child Saving Institute is preparing its new Family Empowerment Program, a free service for children ages 4 to 13.
  • The OPS board is preparing for the opening of two new high schools in 2022 and approving changes to the student allocation program, changing the rules for school choice and transportation.
  • CORRECTION: One version of this newsletter reads, “The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is donating $ 25,000 to four food banks in Omaha to help feed more people.” It was corrected to read, “The nonprofit Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition by Omaha is donating $ 25,000 to four food banks across the country. “

Around Nebraska

  • Health officials in Nebraska report that nearly 250,000 residents ages 16 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Heating and electricity bills are rising across Nebraska due to the extreme cold in February. Around 15 smaller communities were hit hardest by the demand for natural gas, and some local governments are passing the price increase on to their residents.
  • Lincoln nursing homes expect a return to normal as residents’ high vaccination rates and a decline in new COVID-19 cases give cause for optimism.

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Adventure on the pedestrian bridge

The Bob Kerrey Footbridge
705 riverside Dr.

This beautiful bridge, connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs, spans 3,000 feet over the Missouri River. The footbridge, a staple in Nebraska, Iowa for 12 years, is the perfect way to spend time outdoors this spring and snap some great pictures of the sunset.

Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime stroll, a friendly blue troll, or an evening under hundreds of colorful lights, crossing this public bridge is a great way to get moving while enjoying free time. Additionally, the bridge is connected to 150 miles of nature trails, so you can continue your adventure on foot or bike long after you’ve stepped off the iconic footbridge.

And especially if you’re in Omaha or Council Bluffs for business or pleasure, the pedestrian bridge is a great way to get there without burning unnecessary, harmful gas. Yes, you can improve your health while improving the open plan space by skipping the car ride and enjoying a nice stroll on this great piece of Midwestern architecture.

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