HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN
Beware Friday the 13th
Reed Moore’s goals for today: Avoid walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror and encountering a black cat.
- The Reader’s Tim McMahan looks into his crystal ball for what the music scene will bring in 2023.
- A bill is introduced in the Legislature that would ban anyone under age 19 from attending a drag show.
- Police are increasingly finding guns on students, including a 17-year-old at Omaha North High who was arrested after an altercation with another student.
Music Visions for 2023
What will tomorrow bring for our precious indie music scene?
By Tim McMahan. Published in The Reader.
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- The Hummel Park camp in North Omaha welcomes over 2,000 children every summer, but very few are from North O. Instead, the majority of children attending camp come from West Omaha. Flatwater Free Press has the details.
- A 17-year-old armed student is arrested at Omaha North High School after an altercation with another student. The incident has made police talk about the increasing number of guns being found on students.
- The Omaha Public Power District wants to build Nebraska’s first utility-scale solar array on a capped landfill that closed in 1989. A feasibility study will be done to determine the project’s future.
- The Henry Doorly Zoo announces one of its giraffes is pregnant. Eight-year-old Zola’s first baby is due in early spring. It will be fifth calf in the giraffe barn.
- Two metro-area hospitals announce renovations and expansions. Methodist Hospital will undergo an $18.6 million renovation, including two new units. Children’s Hospital is building a pediatric care facility at 204th and Harrison, expected to open in spring 2024.
- The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging is ending its rural transportation program, which provides service to Washington, Dodge and Cass counties as well as parts of Sarpy and Douglas. It will end on June 30.
- Legislature: Sen. Dave Murman introduces a bill that would ban anyone under age 19 from attending a drag show, along with anyone under 21 from attending a drag show where alcohol is served. The ACLU of Nebraska condemned the bill, and Sen. Megan Hunt filed a motion to kill it.
- U.S. Sen.-designate Pete Ricketts may not face much political fallout despite receiving the appointment from his hand-picked successor as governor, Jim Pillen. Observers say voters won’t care or remember the optics of his appointment should he run in 2024, as expected.
- The executive director of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Commission, Frank Daley Jr., will retire in August. Daley has had the position since 1999. The process of choosing a successor is to be determined.
- A study from UNMC shows high instances of cancer-risk behaviors and low screening rates for certain cancers among Nebraska farmers. The data will be compared with results from Nebraska’s non-farming population to help conduct outreach to rural areas.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Portion of working adults who say they have moved to an
area with a lower cost of living to cut expenses: 1/5
Source: Qualtrics (Provo, Utah)
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