Thursday, October 14th 2021

State and Local News

September 11 2001, a day that will live in history, as it was the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Many people died that day, in planes, in towers, and in the pentagon. The twin towers were a very big part of the Manhattan skyline.  That day Operatives of Al-Qaeda Hijack four commercial airlines crashed into the World Trade Center, The pentagon, and the Fourth plane we do not know where it was going but it crashed in a field.  One Northeast Adviser Matt Sazama Remembers that day clearly as he was a freshman in high school. In Those next couple of weeks, President George W. Bush would send troops over to Afghanistan. He even signs into law a joint resolution authorizing the use of force against those responsible for the attacks on 9/11. This includes taking sweeping measures to combat terrorism, from invading Afghanistan, to eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without a court order, to standing up a detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now today as measure to not have this happen again they created the TSA to ensure the safety of the nation’s transportation systems.

An Omaha man is headed to prison for a child sex crime.  Twenty-three-year-old Mitchel Abraham was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 12-years-and-six-months in prison for transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.  Prosecutors say Abraham met a 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl online and transported her to Nebraska to engage in sexual activity in December 2020.

The COVID-19 death toll in Douglas County is continuing to rise.  Nine additional deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the total in Douglas County to 813 during the pandemic.  In addition, 232 new cases were confirmed yesterday, and Douglas County has seen 85-thousand-206 COVID-19 cases overall.

A new Police Service Dog is joining the Council Bluffs Police Department.  Officials say Police Service Dog Houser is a Belgian Malinois that came from Hungary.  Houser is attending training with his handler and is expected to begin his tenure with the police department by the end of the year.  Houser is named after Marine Sergeant Thomas Houser, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.


A new study says Americans drank and smoked more, exercised less and logged more screen time after the pandemic hit.  Researchers at UCLA found alcohol consumption increased by 23-percent and smoking by nine-percent, compared to pre-pandemic levels.  Exercise fell by almost a third and screen time jumped by 60-percent.  The study says almost 80-percent of Americans looked at a screen for more than four hours a day during the pandemic.

United Airlines plans to fire more than 200 employees who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  United CEO Scott Kirby told CBS News the airline will fire 232 of its 67-thousand U.S. workers because they missed the deadline for getting vaccinated.  United was one of the first major U.S. employers to announce a vaccine mandate, setting a deadline of late September for employees to get their shots.  Kirby said he decided to require vaccinations for employees after a United pilot died from the coronavirus in July.

The first official trailer is out for the highly-anticipated new Beatles documentary.  The four-minute trailer shows Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in a London studio trying to come up with songs for a new album, and for their first live performance in two years.  “The Beatles: Get Back” will feature six hours of unseen Beatles footage that has been locked in a vault for 50 years, and is a collaboration between The Beatles and director Peter Jackson.  The documentary will air in three two-hour episodes starting November 25th on Disney Plus.

Senate Democrats will work to push a voting rights bill forward next week.  Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Democrats and said the Freedom To Vote Act will set “common sense national standards” on free-and-fair elections.  The bill is backed by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, a key swing vote in the Democratic caucus.  The problem for Democrats is they need some Republican support to clear a 60-vote threshold to move the measure forward.  That’s an unlikely scenario.

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