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Today’s news will go by this motto until midnight — Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow:
Papillion La Vista Community Schools will put in security cameras at its 16 elementary schools following student Ryan Larsen’s disappearance from La Vista West Elementary School, at the last minute, Sen. Ben Sasse gives his stamp of approval to renaming the Benson branch post office for Black WWII hero Charles Jackson French, and almost $278,000 from the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems is wrongfully given to 11 people — who aren’t alive.
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Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to drop in Nebraska, with early June 2021 being the last time the state had so few cases in one week — but CHI Health warns another surge could be here in 8-12 weeks, (no) thanks to the BA.2 variant, which might be more contagious than Omicron.
By the numbers:
- The Omaha World-Herald has a new editor-in-chief: Veteran local journalist Paul Goodsell.
- Hanscom Park United Methodist Church founds a food pantry that’s culturally appropriate.
- Security in Schools: Papillion La Vista Community Schools will put in security cameras at its 16 elementary schools, according to KMTV. The proposal, passed unanimously by the board, comes in the wake of student Ryan Larsen’s disappearance from La Vista West Elementary School. And Cass County is putting in place an emergency response system at most of the county’s public schools that’s similar to a text-message chain between school staff and law enforcement.
- Almost $278,000 from the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems is wrongfully given to 11 people — who aren’t alive. Now law enforcement is investigating potential fraud, according to Craig Kubicek, deputy state auditor.
- Your Fortenberry Fix: Here’s the latest in the Los Angeles trial of indicted Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Confused about how we got here? The Nebraska Examiner offers a timeline of events before Fortenberry’s trial.
- A health center for Native Americans opens in Lincoln.
- The infamous AltEn ethanol plant might get a renewed permit from the state Department of Environment and Energy to let treated wastewater be released onto surrounding agricultural land.
- Latest in the Legislature: With a last-minute letter, Sen. Ben Sasse gives his stamp of approval to renaming the Benson branch post office for Black WWII hero Charles Jackson French. And a majority of Nebraska voters are against a full abortion ban in a poll conducted by Impact Research.
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FACT OF THE DAY
from Harper’s Index
Percentage by which Republicans are less likely to trust a
doctor’s advice than they were a decade ago: 18
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