HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN
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- The OPPD’s North Omaha Station was slated to stop burning coal in 2023, but it appears the coal burning will continue through the end of 2026.
- The U.S. House passes a bill guaranteeing the right to contraception usage without government intervention. Every Nebraska representative votes against it.
- State Sen. Mike Groene won’t be prosecuted for taking pictures of female staffer Kristina Konecko without her knowledge — and Groene has harsh words for those who believe he did wrong.
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REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
Men Would Rather Become Assassins
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It’s possible that the fights in “The Gray Man” are cool. No one will ever know. Edited by a blender with meth addiction and shot while the sun was on time out, almost all the copious brawling is nearly indecipherable.
Still, somehow Netflix’s latest attempt to bust blocks at home remains in the general vicinity of a good time.
Movie review by Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.
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- Local — Good news: There are just three people on ventilators for COVID in Douglas County, as of July 21. Bad news: Douglas County COVID case counts are significantly higher than this time last year, prompting UNMC’s Dr. James Lawler to warn against throwing caution to the wind. “We need to get up to date on vaccines and … take those precautions in high-risk indoor environments to prevent the spread,” Lawler said. “If we don’t do these things then the fall is going to be unfortunately ugly again.”
- National — For those living under a rock: President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID. Here’s how Biden’s prognosis is different from that of former President Donald Trump’s in 2020 — and what that says about the state of COVID prevention and treatment, according to Scientific American.
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- The OPPD’s North Omaha Station was slated to stop burning coal in 2023 — but it appears the coal burning will continue through the end of 2026, according to OPPD Vice Chair Eric Williams. Click here to check out NOISE’s interview with Williams.
- Renovations totaling $570,000 are coming to South O’s Brown Park, according to WOWT.
- Two Amazon warehouse facilities are newly constructed, reach a combined 400,000 square feet, and are devoid signs of business activity.
- An American Immigration Council report (click here for a visual representation) finds immigrant workers play an essential role in America’s food and labor landscape. According to the report, Omaha is one of five cities with the greatest need for meat and dairy workers.
- Nebraska’s semi-professional women’s and nonbinary football team — the Nebraska Valkyries — closes its first season.
- “It was a kangaroo court … I regret resigning. I should’ve stood toe-to-toe”: State Sen. Mike Groene won’t be prosecuted for taking pictures of female staffer Kristina Konecko without her knowledge, according to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. Groene, who labeled one of the photos “legs” and another “rear tight,” according to the Nebraska Examiner, has harsh words for those who believe he did wrong.
- The U.S. House passes a bill guaranteeing the right to contraception usage without the government intervening — and every Nebraska representative votes against it, according to the Nebraska Examiner. Now the bill’s headed to the Senate.
- Nebraska leaders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, name a state office building in honor of Chief Standing Bear. The Chief Standing Bear Justice Administration Building commemorates the civil rights work of the Ponca chief.
- Seventeen GOP attorneys general — including Nebraska’s — pen a letter to Google, cautioning the company against limiting anti-abortion pregnancy center appearances in abortion-related search results.
- A ballot initiative is seeking to gradually raise Nebraska’s minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 by 2026, with cost-of-living adjustments thereafter.
- The state has its own Li’l Sebastian: Meet the 30-inch-tall therapy horse putting smiles on Nebraskans’ faces.
PORTRAIT OF A PET
This is Puffs, a 3-year-old male guinea pig. If you’re a fan of squeaks, soft snuggles, and popcorning (when piggies get all happy and jump up and down), click here to learn more about adopting this little fellow.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Maximum portion of American parents who would
give up social media to see their kids more: 1/4
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