April 24th, 2019

State and Local News

The Northeast Community College men’s golf team competed in its second invitational of the week on Wednesday and Thursday at the Southeast Community College Invitational in Beatrice, Nebraska. Matthew Schaefer took second in the two-day event, hitting a 12-over par 156. John Lapour came in fourth with a 158, while Mason Stubbs tallied a 159 for fifth place. As a team, the Hawks shot a 638. The Hawks compete in the Region XI Tournament on May 5 and 6 at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa.

Nebraska lawmakers are re-thinking plans to reduce property taxes. The Legislature’s Revenue Committee met on Thursday after a bill that would get the job done by increasing state aid to Kindergarten through 12th grade schools by targeting new tax revenue got mostly negative feedback. The committee decided to consider adding features of other proposals and plans to meet again today.

Another attempt to once again repeal the death penalty in Nebraska is falling short. Debate at the Nebraska State Capitol focused on whether LB 44 ignored the will of Nebraska voters, who voted to overturn the Legislature’s repeal of the death penalty in 2016. Senator Ernie Chambers, who is well-known for his fight against capital punishment, was the bill’s sponsor, which failed on a first-round vote of 25-to-17.  Seven senators abstained from voting.

World and National News

The Sri Lankan government is not commenting yet on earlier reports of gun battles and possibly more suicide attacks. The shooting reportedly occurred as police continued hunting for dozens of suspects connected to the Easter Sunday bombings. Over 250 people were killed in the bombings. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Concern about a measles outbreak in Los Angeles is resulting in quarantines for hundreds.  Health officials say about 300 students and faculty members are quarantined at UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles for the next day, or until medical records can verify whether they need vaccinations. Los Angeles County declared a measles outbreak with five confirmed cases. One involved a UCLA student who might have exposed hundreds of people on campus this month.  That student also visited a library at Cal State-LA.

President Trump is again insisting that he never told now-former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Speaking at the White House today, Trump said he had every right to fire Mueller but chose not to do so. He again argued that Mueller found no collusion and no obstruction in the Russia investigation. Mueller’s final report outlined several instances where obstruction of justice may have occurred.

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is the number one pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals took the Oklahoma quarterback first-overall at the draft in Nashville. The San Francisco 49ers then selected Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa second. Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams went third overall to the New York Jets. The Oakland Raiders came up with the first surprise, taking Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell  with the fourth pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took LSU linebacker Devin White fifth. The New York Giants drafted the potential successor to Eli Manning in Duke’s quarterback, Daniel Jones, as the sixth pick.

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