Chambers Blasts Fortenberry, Sasse Doesn’t Sign, Joslyn’s Two-Year Shutdown

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Starting May 2, art lovers won’t be able to visit the Joslyn Art Museum for two years as it undergoes a massive makeover, Nebraska’s Ben Sasse is the only Republican senator not to sign a letter asking for advance reports to conviction related to justice Ketanji Brown Jackson rulings in child pornography cases and former state senator Ernie Chambers pen a poetic, typewritten letter to indicted GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, with whom he had a rocky relationship , telling him, “When your criminal trial is over, / You’ll be the culprit / Who gets taunted by the public: ‘You’re all wet!’ »


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Nebraska lawmakers zero in on who gets $1 billion in federal pandemic recovery funds

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State lawmakers, following a day-long hearing, amend the Appropriations Committee’s spending proposal for the state’s allocation of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Story of Cindy Gonzalez. Originally published in the Nebraska Examiner. Republished in The Reader.

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Given the global rise in COVID-19 cases, Reed Moore’s coronavirus coverage will continue daily for the foreseeable future. Don’t blame Reed Moore. Blame the BA.2 variant, our new nemesis of rona.

But if you’re sick (no pun intended) of our Christmas-themed COVID-19 graphics, you’re in luck: We’re swapping them for a COVID-19 dashboard from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. Check below.

‘ Rona roundup:

A divided Omaha City Council awaits a hearing, scheduled for March 29, on a proposed ordinance that would remove pandemic authority from the Douglas County health director, as well as rebuild the procedure for setting implementation of the Omaha Public Health Order. And a church in Omaha pays tribute to Nebraska lives lost to COVID-19.

By the numbers:

This chart is updated at 7:20 a.m. on March 24. For the latest stats, click on the image, which takes you to the Johns Hopkins website.

AROUND OMAHA

AROUND NEBRASKA

  • Newest in Legislature: A bill that would force Gov. Pete Ricketts to seek $120 million in federal rental assistance funds — but it won’t become law for three months, when the June 31 application deadline March has long expired. According to the Nebraska Examiner, however, there is still hope. The Legislative Assembly is closing in on approving spending of just over $1 billion in
    federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act on a series of projects. In addition, senators agree to allocate $150 million in federal pandemic recovery funding to North and South West housing, and a proposal is moving forward to set higher targets in matter of school success. And researchers want senators to fund a study of how pesticides affect human health when it comes to Mead’s infamous AltEn plant.
  • Former State Senator Ernie Chambers writes a poetic, typewritten letter to indicted GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, with whom he had a rocky relationship, telling him, “When your criminal trial is over, / You will be the culprit / Who is taunted by the audience: ‘You’re all wet!’ Discover the latest news from the Nebraska Examiner, republished in The Reader and Nebraska Public Media.
  • Agrochemical contamination of state water may be the cause of fatal childhood cancer in some children in rural Nebraska.
  • Republican senators write letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin requesting pre-sentence reports related to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rulings in child pornography cases. The only Republican senator who doesn’t sign the letter? Ben Sasse from Nebraska.

FACTS OF THE DAY

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Average cost of a funeral in the United States which includes
visitation, ceremony and burial: $7,848

Estimated percentage of Americans who died
who will be incinerated by 2035: 75

Source: National Association of Funeral Directors (Brookfield, Wisconsin)


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