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- A ’90s vampire flick filmed in Omaha finds new life.
- Omaha tourism returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.
- Economic indicators suggest a stagnant economy up to the first half of 2023.
REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
Fangs for the Memories: ’90s Vampire Flick Finds New Life
Back when vampires didn’t sparkle and downtown Omaha gave its oddballs room to play, a crew set out to hunt a Midwestern monster.
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By Gaby Martinez-Garro. Published in The Reader.
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- There’s a new vehicle ramp at Eppley Airfield. The ramp leads to the premium parking area on the third level of the south garage. The premium area was relocated from the first level. The road and garage upgrades are part of the airport’s terminal modernization project.
- The Nebraska National Guard is building a readiness center in Bellevue. The center is located between Offutt AFB and base housing, a break from the trend of keeping readiness centers away from communities. It’s the 43rd center of its kind in the state.
- Omaha tourism returned to near pre-pandemic levels in 2021. Data released by the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau says 12.7 million people visited Omaha and Douglas County. The tourists poured $1.25 billion into the Omaha economy.
- Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says more than 42,000 ballots have been returned out of the 93,000 handed out. Kruse says he expects between 55-60% turnout in the midterms, with about half voting early.
- There’s little improvement in Nebraska’s economy, according to UNL economics chair Eric Thompson. Thompson, the director of the Bureau of Business Research, says the state’s leading indicator suggests a stagnant economy up to the first half of 2023. The indicator is designed to project activity six months ahead.
- The Nebraska State Environmental Trust is heavily criticized during a “listening session” for its grant approval process. The grant is supposed to fund projects by using $20 million in state lottery revenue. Three people who testified said the trust is departing from its mission to protect the environment.
- After a delay, work is set to begin on a temporary casino in Grand Island. A portion of the Fonner Park clubhouse is being remodeled to include 300 slot machines, kiosks for wagering on live and simulcast horse races, a snack bar and a club. Casino leadership hopes to open before Christmas.
- Indoor protests are banned at the University of Florida. Outgoing President Kent Fuchs made the decision after U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, the sole finalist to replace Fuchs, was the subject of demonstrations during an on-campus forum. The UF Board of Trustees will consider Sasse’s candidacy next week.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The Omaha City Council approves an agreement with Google Fiber, as well as the preliminary plat for a Costco in West Omaha. Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse assures the Board of Commissioners the Nov. 8 election will be safe.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage of undergraduates who say they encounter
at least moderate difficulty with online learning: 94
Source: Richard Harvey, San Francisco State University
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