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HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN

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Reed Moore is tickled pink that the weekend is almost upon us.

Today’s news:

  • The Omaha Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the use of force during the arrest of a 12-year-old boy.
  • Construction on Nebraska’s largest solar farm, located in Norfolk, is complete.
  • With two weeks to go until the deadline, the petition to place medical marijuana legalization on the ballot is short 50,000 signatures.

REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY

If We Build It, Will They Come?

Omaha is betting on the success of new music venues around town, but can demand match supply?

By Virginia Kathryn Gallner. Published in The Reader.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

‘Rona roundup:

Moderna says its Omicron-specific COVID vaccine will be ready for public distribution by August. The company says its vaccine targets Omicron and its BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants. Moderna’s investor relations head says the company is concerned about this fall, when it believes infections will go up because more people will spend time indoors.

If you’re not yet up to date on COVID vaccines, visit vaccines.gov to make your appointment today. To order more at-home COVID tests, visit CovidTests.gov.

By the numbers:

This graphic is updated as of 8:20 a.m. on June 22. For the latest stats, click the image, which sends you to the Johns Hopkins site.

AROUND OMAHA

  • The Omaha Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the use of force during the arrest of a 12-year-old boy. The Reader’s Report for America Corps Member, Bridget Fogarty, speaks to witnesses who recorded the incident.
  • A gas station in Bellevue hosted lobbying group Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska and Republican politicians as part of an event offering gas at $2.38 per gallon. That’s the same price as when President Joe Biden took office. The station sold nearly 1,750 gallons in two hours.
  • Mexican soccer legend Luis Hernández will be the special guest at a South Omaha vaccination clinic. Hernández, known to fans as El Matador, will give every fan who gets vaccinated or boosted an autographed item. The event is Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Omaha South High School’s Collin Stadium.
  • Beginning Aug. 1, Metro Transit is getting a facelift and becoming a bigger entity. The new Regional Metropolitan Transit Authority of Omaha will have an elected board of directors beginning in 2024 and allow the transit agency to expand its service beyond Omaha’s city limits.
  • It’s the end of the road for Union Omaha in the U.S. Open Cup. The soccer team was shut out by Sporting KC 6-0 in a quarterfinal match.

AROUND NEBRASKA

  • With two weeks to go until the July 7 deadline, the drive to place medical marijuana legalization on the November ballot is short 50,000 signatures.
  • Jose Arredondo planned on getting only an associate degree from Central Community College in Lexington. Today, he’s preparing to become an English teacher when he graduates from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Nebraska Public Media profiles Arredondo and the Hispanic experience in Nebraska’s higher-education system.
  • Construction on Nebraska’s largest solar power farm is complete. The project, located in Norfolk, produces enough energy to power 1,250 homes.
  • The Nebraska Department of Education is accepting applications to serve on a school safety task force. Notable supporters of the task force include state Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont. She called on NDOE to establish the task force in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

FACTS OF THE DAY

From Harper’s Index

1. Estimated percentage by which the 2020 U.S. Census
undercounted the number of Black Americans: 3.3
2. By which it overcounted the number
of non-Hispanic white Americans: 1.6

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.)


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