A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.
Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.
The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."
Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.
Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.
Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.
A UNO political scientist expects further challenges following the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned three parts of that law. Justices kept a provision allowing police to check a person’s status during a separate violation if they suspect the person is an illegal immigrant.
The Douglas County Election Commission wants to add 30 precincts and make changes to 69 others before the November election.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps made the announcement Wednesday, following public and advisory coalition meetings on the closure of polling places. The number of precincts was reduced by almost half prior to the May 15th primary election. State law, the 2010 Census, and redistricting meant changes to precincts would be needed in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties.