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- Higher long-term mortgage rates are slowing Omaha’s housing market.
- Huge trees and head-high weeds are making it difficult to find the right route for a bike trail that would link Omaha and Lincoln.
- The Central Nebraska Regional Airport is looking to make upgrades.
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REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
Omaha Band Finds Pandemic ‘Weird Blessing in Disguise’ on Journey to Maha
Bad Self Portraits, which used the last year to create new music, found a new sound with an additional band member just in time for their performance at Maha Music Festival on July 29.
By Sydney Johnson. Published in The Reader.
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Numbers reported by the CDC suggest that Nebraska’s COVID situation may be flattening, with cases down 11% from the week of July 18th. The percentage is considered an undercount, with many infected people either not testing or using at-home tests. However, hospitalizations are trending higher at the national, statewide, and local levels. Intensive care usage remains relatively low.
By the numbers:
- Higher long-term mortgage rates are slowing Omaha’s housing market. The Omaha World-Herald talks to a local realtor to make sense of the numbers.
- Downtown Papillion is getting a different kind of traffic signal to manage the intersection of Washington and West 2nd streets. WOWT demonstrates how a high-intensity activated crosswalk works.
- Tiny homes built by Metropolitan Community College students are headed to the Siena Francis House. KETV takes a look at the construction program at Metro that helped make the housing project happen.
- A UNL researcher is developing an app that aims to boost the grades of STEM students. The National Science Foundation gave the university a three-year grant of $600K for the project. KMTV profiles “Messages from a Future You.”
- This past spring, the Legislature approved $8.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for a hike-bike trail linking Omaha to Lincoln. But huge trees and head-high weeds are making it difficult to find the right route. The Nebraska Examiner drives around the area with state Sen. Rob Clements to learn more.
- The Lincoln City Council is taking up affordable housing issues, with no shortage of citizen input. KLKN talks to some who showed up to testify and propose solutions.
- The Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island is looking to make upgrades in the next year. An air show is planned, with runway and parking upgrades on the list. KSNB learns more from CNRA’s executive director.
- The Kearney Little League wins its 10th statewide title, defeating Gretna 8-2 to represent Nebraska in the Midwest Regional. The team plays its first game against Wisconsin in Whitestown, Indiana, on Friday, Aug. 5.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The City Council and Board of County Commissioners are meeting today, July 26, and local government reporter Anton Johnson will have the details. Follow Anton at @AntonIsWriting for live tweets from the City Council, and to catch up on important Omaha government happenings. Tune in here to the Douglas County Board at 9 a.m. and the Omaha City Council at 2 p.m.
FACTS OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
1. Portion of Americans who are unable
to name all of their grandparents: 1/2
2. Of Philadelphians who are unable to: 3/4
Source: Ancestry (Lehi, Utah)
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