Omaha zoo facing nearly $7M loss in wake of virus outbreak

OMAHA, Neb. – (AP) Officials with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium say the attraction is facing a nearly $7 million loss as its doors close to the public in the wake of a global pandemic. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the zoo’s closure on March 16 through the end of April is projected to amount…read more »

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Dawson PPD temporarily suspends electrical disconnections for nonpayment

LEXINGTON, Neb. – Dawson Public Power District will temporarily suspend electrical disconnections for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “COVID-19 has changed life as we knew it,” said Dawson PPD Consumer Accounts and Records Supervisor Connie Hird. “Dawson PPD wants to help. The District will not disconnect customers with a past due balance during this…read more »

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Property tax bill in limbo with Nebraska session on pause

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers who are pushing a package to lower property taxes won some extra time to make a deal with opponents last month when the coronavirus pandemic brought their session to a halt, but so far, it doesn’t appear that anyone is budging. Key lawmakers say they’re still working behind the…read more »

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COVID-19 Update 4/6/20

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KGFW) – 45 Grand Island doctors have signed a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts asking for more help. The plea comes after 10 workers at the JBS meat placking plant tested positive. The Central District Health Department has reported 56 cases of COVID-19. The Omaha World Herald reports that the State will…read more »

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Two COVID-19 Deaths Reported in State Bringing Total to Eight

Reminder: All 93 Nebraska counties now covered by state Directed Health Measures LINCOLN – Two deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today bringing the state total to eight. Both were Douglas County residents. A man and a woman, both over 70 years old…read more »

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NDCS staff member tests positive for COVID-19

April 4, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and has been isolated at home for the past 10 days. This is…read more »

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Gov. Ricketts Thanks President Trump for Federal Disaster Declaration

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that President Donald J. Trump had approved Nebraska’s request for federal disaster assistance.  Governor Ricketts submitted the request to aid Nebraska in its ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Thank you to President Trump for approving Nebraska’s disaster request,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Nebraskans are…read more »