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- Nearly two weeks after the Nox-Crete chemical plant in South Omaha caught on fire, we still don’t know what chemicals were in the building.
- The Omaha City Council will consider over $300 million in tax-increment financing for the planned three-mile streetcar line along Farnam and Harney Streets.
- Four nonprofit biking organizations are joining forces to push for the completion of the 325-mile Cowboy Trail, stretching from Norfolk to Chadron.
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The Biden administration has ordered millions of pediatric COVID vaccines ahead of a possible federal authorization next week. Pharmacies and states were allowed to begin ordering doses last week, with half the shots made by Pfizer and half made by Moderna. If the authorization comes through, it will open eligibility for more than 20 million children in the U.S. under age 5.
By the numbers:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed its sampling at the Nox-Crete plant in South Omaha. Nearly two weeks after the fire, we still don’t know what chemicals were in the building, because Nox-Crete isn’t giving officials a list. The EPA says it should know the extent of the fire by next week.
- The Omaha Streetcar Authority wants more than $300 million from the City Council in tax-increment financing. Next week, the council will consider a redevelopment agreement that would place guidelines on the creation and funding of the streetcar line. Extra revenue from TIF would be spent on affordable and workforce housing programs.
- A recount in one of the most hotly contested races for the Nebraska Legislature changes… nothing. Democrat Michael Young finished first in District 18 (Bennington and Northwest Omaha), but the margin between his two Republican challengers, Christy Armendariz and Clarice Jackson, was just 21 votes. Armendariz, who has been endorsed by outgoing state Sen. Brett Lindstrom, will face Young in an officially nonpartisan contest in November.
- More than 13,500 students across all grades are enrolled in summer classes with Omaha Public Schools. Some students are learning how to teach by interning for the program. OPS is paying its high school interns $14 an hour.
- Four nonprofit biking organizations are joining forces to push for the completion of the Cowboy Trail in northern Nebraska. The trail is 325 miles long and utilizes the roadbed of the abandoned Chicago & North Western rail line from Norfolk to Chadron. This spring, the groups creating the Cowboy Trail Coalition successfully pushed for American Rescue Plan Act funds to be spent on completing a gap in the Mo-Pac trail, which runs between Omaha and Lincoln.
- Ukraine produces one-tenth of the world’s wheat, and without that supply for the rest of the world, American farmers are taking advantage of the higher prices for their crops. The Flatwater Free Press profiles a Nebraska farmer sounding the alarm on a global food crisis.
- Two Nebraskans win medals at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. Rachel Mulligan of Papillion and Craig Schutt of Kearney both won powerlifting medals, with Schutt pulling a personal best.
- The Grand Island Children’s Museum is coming to life. More than $3 million have been raised of the $11.3 million goal, and a space has been leased. Officials hope to have the museum’s grand opening in two years.
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FACTS OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
1. Estimated number of times per day Netflix viewers
select the option to “skip intro”: 136,000,000
2. Number of years in saved time this represents each day: 195
Source: Netflix (Los Gatos, Calif.)
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