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NU President Ted Carter (right) and Gov. Pete Ricketts (far right) announce how the university system plans on opening campuses in five weeks. Photo courtesy of NET Nebraska

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Each week, I’ll highlight the top Nebraska news and sports stories produced by Nebraska News Service journalists. We start by reading about how two Huskers continued to play baseball during COVID-19.  Then, read about Gov. Pete Ricketts address to the Legislature. Read about why Republicans are calling to censure Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha. Then, read about NU President Ted Carter’s plan for this fall. Finally, learn about why spring football is certain for some universities and possible for others.

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Two Huskers find a summer home in the middle of a pandemic

By  Brent Bartels| July 25, 2020

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Husker pitcher Quinn Mason throwing for the Fremont Moo. Photo courtesy of Fremont Moo

Leagues across the nation shut down, forcing thousands of college baseball players to relocate to a new league or not play at all.

Freshman Husker baseball players, Luke Boynton and Quinn Mason, decided to join the Fremont Moo baseball league for the summer. After having their freshman year at Nebraska cut short, both players were thankful to have the opportunity to join the Fremont Moo. 

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Ricketts asks Legislature to focus on property tax relief

By Katie Anderson| July 24, 2020

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Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers a legislative address as session
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Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed the Legislature July 24, two days after lawmakers stopped short of advancing a property tax relief bill, making its fate unclear. LB1106, introduced by Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn,  would increase state funding to K-12 schools while indirectly lowering property taxes.

Ricketts also spoke about the recent state revenue forecasts, and he encouraged Nebraskans to continue practicing COVID-19 safety measures. 

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Republicans call for censure of Sen. Ernie Chambers calling his comments sexist and misogynistic

By Luna Stephens | July 22, 2020

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On July 20, the Legislature’s first day back in session, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha commented on Peru Sen. Julie Slama’s campaign ad against opponent Janet Palmtag, which Chambers and others called racist.

Some Nebraska Republicans are now asking for the censure and expulsion of Chambers after what they call sexist and misogynistic comments he made toward Slama. 

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NU President Carter: Back-to-school will not look ‘normal’ this year

By Madeleine Grant| July 21, 2020

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NU President Ted Carter and Gov. Pete Ricketts announced how the university system plans on opening campuses in five weeks. Photo courtesy of NET Nebraska

Gov. Pete Ricketts and NU President Ted Carter announced during a July 21 press conference the university system’s plans for opening in five weeks. This fall, the University of Nebraska will look different with fewer students in classrooms, cafeteria take-out food and mandatory face masks.

The Big 10 announced that it will have a conference-only season for fall sports, including football. Carter is optimistic that NU will have sports this fall. 

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Spring football is certain for some, possible for others

By  Justin Slepicka| July 20, 2020

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Iowa Western will be back on the field in the spring, not this fall. Photo Courtesy of Iowa Western Athletics

The National Junior College Athletic Association announced July 13 that it would move all fall sports to the spring. 

Iowa Western head coach Scott Strohmeier said he was relieved his team would still have a football season and said they don’t have the resources that some Division I schools do to have football in the fall. Doane University and Midland University have concerns about the  logistics and game management of having a spring season. 

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