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- Papillion is building a mixed-use development spanning 120 acres, to be completed by the end of the decade.
- Former U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry is sentenced to two years of probation and a $25,000 fine.
- Omaha native Marlin Briscoe, the first Black quarterback to start a game in the AFL, dies at 76.
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- Papillion is building a mixed-use development spanning 120 acres. The project is called the Tower District Papillion, named for its proximity to the city’s water tower. It will stretch from 84th to 90th Street, north of Highway 370. Developers say the project will take a decade to complete.
- Douglas County has identified its first case of monkeypox. The Health Department says the patient is a man in his 30s with a history of international travel. The patient is self-isolating.
- Football legend Marlin Briscoe dies of pneumonia at 76. The South Omaha native was the first Black quarterback to start a game in the American Football League. Briscoe was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968.
- Omaha Public Schools says it has enough funds to provide every student in the district with a meal through the 2024-25 school year.
- Signs have been placed along Skyline Drive between Harney and Pacific after residents complained about frequent speeding.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gives Council Bluffs a $500,000 grant. The grant will go toward cleaning up the contaminated site of an old battery factory. Mayor Matt Walsh says after the cleanup is complete, the city will use the site to build more housing.
- Former U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is tentatively sentenced to two years of probation and 320 hours of community service, as well as a $25,000 fine. The 61-year-old Republican was convicted in March of lying to federal investigators and committing campaign finance violations. He had been facing up to 15 years in prison.
- Voters in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District will choose who replaces Fortenberry today, June 28. It’s the state’s first special election for Congress in over 70 years. The election is being held under the redrawn lines. Polls close at 8 p.m., so act quickly and go vote.
- Fremont veteran Merlyn Lee Cavner Jr. will turn 61 soon. His life’s goal? To prove to the IRS that he’s not dead. Both Cavner and his father wound up on the deceased list at Veterans Affairs when his father, Merlyn Sr., died seven years ago. He’s been dealing with a nightmare of red tape ever since.
- Lincoln County is moving forward with plans to secure an inland port for North Platte. The move comes after the Legislature voted to establish five inland ports in the state. Lincoln County leaders believe that the county’s new industrial rail park near Hershey makes North Platte a suitable spot for an inland port.
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The City Council and Board of County Commissioners are meeting today, June 28, and 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.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage of U.S. workers who quit their jobs
in 2021 who are now earning more than they were: 56
Source: Pew Research Center
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