U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

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TestNebraska Shows Progress in Grand Island, but Frustrations Persist

While the rate of confirmed cases in Hall County, once Nebraska’s hardest-hit COVID-19 hot spot, has decreased following increased testing, many are still unsatisfied with the state’s testing program.


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Good morning,
Today we have stories about Trump taking an anti-malaria drug he’s controversially touted as COVID-19 treatment, metro-area bike sales increasing as people search for socially distant activities and the Nebraska Legislature reconvening in July with a full plate of controversial bills.

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Until theaters reopen, we’ll be posting new reviews of classic movies online each week on Friday. Send suggestions for classics we should cover to film@thereader.com.

What’s Happening In The United States?


  • President Donald Trump has started taking the anti-malaria medication that he’s touted as a treatment for COVID-19. Health care officials criticized him immediately, saying his choice poses risks to his health and sets a bad example for others.

Millions of Animals to Die as Plants Close and Slow Production

  • As supply chains continue to see disruptions, industry reports estimate millions of chickens and pigs will probably have to die in the next few months as supply chains continue to see disruption.

National Guard Faces Hard Stop Before Most Would Earn Benefits

  • About 40,000 members of the National Guard are helping states track and test for the coronavirus but their current deployment ends June 24, one day before they would earn benefits promised in the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Trump Threatens to Cut WHO Funding, Leave Body Permanently

  • Dissatisfied with the World Health Organization’s response to the pandemic, Trump said he would consider cutting ties with the group if it did not agree to major changes in the next 30 days.

What’s Happening Across The World?


Rio’s Record Year of Police Killings

  • In a city already defined in some ways by police brutality, violence has worsened as officials have vowed to “dig graves” to stop crime, resulting in the death of 1,814 people in 2019.

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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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