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Today’s news: New developments are coming to Omaha and Ralston. Jim Pillen’s polling says he has the lead in the final days of the gubernatorial primary. Nebraska is set to receive a substantial sum as part of a federal settlement with opioid companies.
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Apparently proving host Trevor Noah’s description of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as “the nation’s most distinguished superspreader event,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken is among the many attendees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Others include ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl, who shook hands with President Biden, as well as Washington Post reporter Jada Yuan, who had complained during the event that it was “like a horror film.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the president tested negative.
By the numbers:
- A development worth nearly $35 million is coming to Omaha. The Dizzy Mule will be a mixed-use building, with the first floor for commercial space, and the remaining four for market-rate housing. The development joins the Ashton warehouse and the Hello apartments in the new Millwork Commons district, just north of downtown Omaha. Construction is planned to begin this summer.
- Applications are open for a third round of rental assistance in Omaha. The Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless says it has simplified the application process and added another nonprofit to help process applications. The application deadline is September 30.
- The City of Ralston unveils its $30 million redevelopment project in the Granary District. Located where the once-famed Old Granary used to be, the new building is an indoor and outdoor venue with a capacity of over 400 people. Developers say the outdoor Granary Green is set up for concerts as well.
- With the Olympic Swim Trials leaving Omaha for Indianapolis, the Omaha World-Herald takes a look at what the city’s Sports Commission is planning next.
- On the Campaign Trail: A new poll of the Republican gubernatorial primary, this time from Jim Pillen’s campaign, shows him leading Charles Herbster 31%-26%, with Brett Lindstrom far behind at 16%. Donald Trump will host a tele-rally for Herbster on Thursday, May 6, four days after rallying for the candidate in Greenwood. State Sen. Tom Briese endorses Herbster, while former Republican Congressman Doug Bereuter endorses Lindstrom.
- Nebraska Public Media reports that the state will receive its portion of an opioid settlement this summer. The settlement is between the federal government and the opioid industry, with Nebraska set to receive $100 million.
- In Case You Missed It: The Reader republishes this story from the Flatwater Free Press about Afghan refugees’ experience settling into Nebraska, and the groups helping them do so.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Factor by which Americans spent more time
listening to the radio last year than to podcasts: 6
Source: Edison Research (Somerville, N.J.)
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