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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


2020Talks - August 6, 2020 


Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

The pandemic forced the U.S. Census Bureau to extend the deadline for self-reporting in the once-a-decade tally of all people living in the United States to Oct. 31. (U.S. Census Bureau)

OMAHA, Neb. - Census workers soon will be heading into Nebraska neighborhoods to ensure that people who have not yet responded to the 2020 census are counted in the once-a-decade tally mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Households can avoid in-person visits and save taxpayer dollars by filling out t

If Nebraska expands Medicaid now, 94,000 people would gain coverage through October, bringing roughly $245 million in federal funding to the state. (Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- More than 100,000 Nebraskans have lost their job-related health insurance due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and pressure is mounting for state officials to finally implement the Medicaid expansion approved by voters in 2018. Sarah Maresh, staff attorney for the

Bus Rapid Transit lines have helped transform communities across the globe, boosting local economies. (Adam Coppola Photography/Flickr)

OMAHA, Neb. -- The city of Omaha is expanding its public transit service, and if it adopts a proposed Transit Oriented Development policy, neighborhoods along Dodge Street will have the opportunity to create "age-friendly communities." AARP Nebraska state director Todd Stubbendieck said smart zonin

Nebraska currently produces more than 2,132 megawatts of wind power, and an additional 1,000 megawatts from wind is under construction. (Chris Lim/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Support for renewable energy in the U.S. cuts across party lines, according to a new Yale University report. Three in four Republicans surveyed are in favor of increased funding for clean energy research, generating power on public lands and giving tax rebates for installing solar

A new online anti-racist toolkit includes tips for advocating while practicing safe social distancing, and from the comfort of your couch. (Becker1999/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- With demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer well into their second week, civic organizations in Nebraska are offering resources for individuals who want to end state-sanctioned violence against people of color. Ashlei Spivey, an Ameri

In 2017, with an average Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program loan amount of just under $28,000, 26 new businesses created 286 new jobs. The vast majority of RMAP loan recipients were women and people of color. (USAF)

LYONS, Neb. -- With Congress in gridlock over future stimulus spending during the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses with loans through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, or RMAP, still have not received any financial help. Johnathan Hladik, policy director with the Center for Rur

A current initiative gathering signatures for the November ballot would ban lobbyists, elected officials, party leaders, current and former political candidates or their family members from serving on independent citizens commission charged with redrawing voting district maps. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The COVID-19 health emergency has created new challenges for proponents of a ballot initiative that aims to put an independent citizens commission in charge of drawing voting district maps. With people avoiding contact at grocery stores, and big gatherings postponed indefinitely,

Nebraska is one of 13 states with at least 50% of deaths from COVID-19 connected to nursing homes. (U.S. Army Reserves)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- AARP Nebraska is urging Gov. Pete Ricketts to release the names of nursing homes and assisted-living communities with confirmed COVID-19 cases among their residents and staff. AARP Nebraska state director Todd Stubbendieck said residents and families deserve to have this informatio

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