Nebraska Morning Summary – 6/11/15
Governor Pete Ricketts heads a trade mission to Europe. So far, the governor says he has talked with a number of Italian businesses who are eager to expand their operations outside Europe. Ricketts says they see the U-S as a great market for them. Ricketts is joined on the mission by Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Brenda Hicks-Sorensen. The governor says his group has met with food processors, agri-business interests and energy companies. The second stop is in Brussels, followed by a visit to Denmark.
Standing flood waters are breeding millions of mosquitoes all over the state. Experts are calling it the biggest population explosion of mosquitoes in years. They are annoying, but there is some good news. The swarming bugs are harmless. So-called “flood water mosquitoes” hatch in wet areas, but they don’t carry West Nile Virus. Nebraska hasn’t seen a big outbreak of West Nile since 2003 when more than 100 people got sick in Lincoln alone. State health officials still monitor mosquitoes for any sign of the virus.
Omaha’s police union takes to Facebook to let gang members they are being targeted. Members of the 40th Avenue Crips and44th Avenue Crips are suspected of committing a long list of crimes this year, including drug sales, racketeering, firearms possession and murder. The Omaha Police Officers Association is telling gang members that local authorities and several federal agencies are looking for them. The officers union says it is working with the A-T-F, the F-B-I and the U-S Attorney’s Office to make neighborhoods safer.