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HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN

Happy National Best Friends Day

Reed Moore likes to quote Brazilian author Paulo Coelho: “Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things.”

Today’s news:

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts selects Millard business owner Kathleen Kauth to fill a legislative vacancy.
  • A new report from the state Auditor’s Office says the Oakland Police Chief used $15,000 to buy personal items.
  • State Sen. Julie Slama’s legal team seeks to subpoena three Trump staffers who consulted on Charles Herbster’s campaign for governor.

REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY

Reader Radio Podcast: The Cities We Build and What it Takes to Get There

Ryan Reed, historic preservationist. Photo by Chris Bowling.

Reporter Chris Bowling drove around with historic preservationist Ryan Reed to hear what he’s learned by researching the past of Omaha’s buildings — from historic homes to downtown success stories to a former church with a disturbing past.

Published in The Reader.

REED (OR IN THIS CASE, LISTEN) MOORE >>


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COVID-19 UPDATE

‘Rona roundup:

Moderna has updated its COVID-19 vaccine to provide stronger protection against Omicron. The bivalent vaccine, which targets both the Omicron variant and the original strain of COVID with one shot, has been tested in clinical trials. Early results suggest the new vaccine leads to an eightfold increase for neutralized antibody levels.

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 8. For the latest stats, click the image, which sends you to the Johns Hopkins site.

AROUND OMAHA

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts selects Millard business owner Kathleen Kauth to fill a vacant seat in the Nebraska Legislature. Kauth fills the seat of former state Sen. Rich Pahls, who died in April. She will run in a special election this November for the last two years of the four-year term. (Click here for previous Reader coverage of Kauth’s unsuccessful campaign for the City Council last year.)
  • Nearly 700 OPS students will attend Westview High School at 156th and Ida, beginning this summer. The newest addition to OPS’ high schools openedTuesday, June 7. Like Buena Vista, the other new OPS high school opening this fall, it will enroll freshmen and sophomores only.
  • After over 85 years in business, Joe Tess Place is closing its doors. The famed fish market’s owners say the costs are too high to continue operating. The restaurant will remain open until Saturday, June 11, or until it runs out of food.
  • Fourteen Bike Share stations and 100 e-bikes are being installed along various bus routes, including ORBT. The idea is for passengers to get off a bus and check out a bike to complete their journey. They can also bring a bike on the bus.

AROUND NEBRASKA

  • A report from the state Auditor’s Office says Oakland Police Chief Terry Poland used nearly $15,000 in budget funds to buy items for himself, including ice-fishing equipment and a wake surfboard. The audit also says Poland and two other officers double-billed both Oakland and Lyons for patrolling hours. An FBI investigation is underway. Poland insists he bought ammo with the money.
  • State Sen. Julie Slama is seeking to subpoena three staffers for former President Donald Trump who consulted on Charles Herbster’s campaign for governor: Kellyanne Conway, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie. Slama’s legal team is also seeking to subpoena Herbster’s campaign manager, Ellen Keast, and his spokesperson, Emily Novotny. The first hearing in her lawsuit against Herbster over accusations of sexual misconduct is scheduled for June 14 in Beatrice.
  • An Omaha-based developer is financing $150 million in affordable housing projects throughout Nebraska. Rob Woodling with Foundations Development is building 20 senior units in Ashland and 10 rent-to-own homes in Wisner, in addition to his ongoing projects in Omaha.
  • An 18-year-old man is charged with two counts of manslaughter and DUI in a Memorial Day weekend crash in Lincoln that killed two and injured 20. Kyvell Stark of Omaha turned himself into Lincoln police. Two of the injured remain in the hospital.

REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A North Omaha theater gets a tax break. The Douglas County Board hears a presentation on a new mental health center. An agreement between the County Board and Deloitte to distribute COVID relief money gets extended.

Read local government reporter Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader here.


FACT OF THE DAY

From Harper’s Index

Portion of Republicans who do not know what
it means for a person to identify as transgender: 1/3

Source: YouGov


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