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- A fourth elephant is pregnant at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts unveils the 988 suicide prevention lifeline.
- The group proposing the largest cattle feedlot in the state seeks a new location.
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COVID-19 reinfection is on the rise in the metro area. One UNMC doctor says that new variants have proven successful at resisting immune systems. Hospitalizations have not accelerated in the same manner as the Omicron wave, but a COVID reinfection could make someone just as sick.
By the numbers:
- A fourth elephant is pregnant at the Henry Doorly Zoo in the past few years. Jayei, the matriarch of the elephant herd, is expected to give birth in about 13 months. Lolly is also pregnant and expected to give birth to her first calf in spring 2023.
- Two months ago, the City of Omaha made major changes to the Blackstone district in an attempt to improve pedestrian safety. The changes included narrower driving lanes and more signs. Now, the city says it is collecting data on the effectiveness of the changes with the intent of making improvements.
- Former Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning, a Republican, pens an open letter questioning the motives of Greg Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate running for Dunning’s old job. Dunning plans to endorse Aaron Hanson, Gonzalez’s opponent.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts unveils the 988 suicide prevention lifeline. The three-digit number is being rolled out nationally and will replace Nebraska’s 1-800-273-TALK number. The 988 number will become operational this Saturday, July 16. It will be operated by Boys Town, which has been Nebraska’s suicide hotline provider since 2005.
- The group behind the proposed largest feedlot for cattle in the state is seeking a different site. Critics said the previous site, which is on the border of Dundy and Chase counties, was too close to residential areas and would impact groundwater quality. The new location would be north of Haigler, near the Colorado border.
- Researchers at UNL are launching a study to determine whether climate and weather conditions can predict civil unrest. The researchers will develop a drought indicator and then factor in socioeconomic indicators. The project is part of the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at UNL’s School of Natural Resources.
- With the Nebraska Public Power District setting a goal of net-zero carbon by 2050, smaller power districts that purchase their power from NPPD are exploring their options. Southern Public Power is adding wind turbines near Upland, but its solar projects have been delayed due to tariff issues.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage by which Biden supporters are more likely
than Trump supporters to use social media as a news source: 24
Source: YouGov (NYC)
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