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- A Douglas County judge rules in the case of the M’s Pub explosion and fire.
- Omaha Performing Arts announces a new venue next to the Holland Arts Center.
- A film being screened throughout Nebraska claims that students are being “groomed” for sex with pedophiles in classrooms.
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FDA regulators have given an emergency-use authorization to the Novavax shot for anyone above age 18. It’s the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States. Before it becomes available, the shot must also be authorized by the CDC director. That approval is expected after July 19, when the CDC’s expert committee meets.
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- A Douglas County judge rules that MUD and Northern Central Services are responsible for a 2016 explosion and fire that ultimately destroyed M’s Pub in the Old Market. Firefighters say they could have stopped the fire if it weren’t for MUD taking 90 minutes to turn off the gas line. Another trial will take place to determine damages.
- The union representing paraprofessionals with OPS’ summer school program rejects a raise. Union President Steve Owens says he wants the raise to apply to year-round paraprofessionals, too.
- Omaha Performing Arts announces a new venue next to the Holland Arts Center. The planned $103 million Center for Arts Engagement will fill the need for rehearsal, workroom, and classroom space. The venue completes OPA’s campus, which includes the Holland Center and Steelhouse Omaha, a music venue that is under construction.
- The three-year construction project along I-29 in Council Bluffs passes the halfway point. A traffic signal at the new 40th Street interchange will soon be activated, as well as a portion of frontage road being opened. Construction on the highway is expected to be finished next fall.
- There are more closures at the Gene Leahy Mall. Turf work is underway in the playground area, and stone adjustments are needed near the sculpture reflection pool at the park’s west end. The LED wall under the 10th Street bridge remains boarded up, and the swings along 11th Street have still not reopened.
- A film being screened throughout Nebraska claims that students are being “groomed” for sex with pedophiles in classrooms. Candidates for education-related offices have either organized screenings or shown up to them. The Flatwater Free Press dives into what’s going on.
- Lincoln Public Schools has a month to fill 150 vacancies before the school year starts. KLKN-TV looks at what LPS is doing differently to attract more staff.
- On Eric Underwood’s first day as chair of the Nebraska Republican Party, he was greeted by a locked door and missing items. At a news conference scheduled to promote party unity, only one Republican elected official showed up. Nevertheless, Underwood tells the Nebraska Examiner that he believes the party remains dominant in Nebraska.
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FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage by which men are more likely than
women to view NPR as untrustworthy: 50
Source: YouGov (NYC)
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