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State health officials reported 474 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 35-thousand-469 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 404 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 34 percent of hospital beds and 82 percent of ventilators are available. Three new COVID-19 clusters were announced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Officials say five cases were reported at the Chi Omega sorority house, and eight were found in FarmHouse fraternity.

Nebraska lawmakers will debate a new bill to lower property taxes as early as next week after a legislative committee endorsed it. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 6-1 in favor of the bill, which would provide roughly the same $520 million boost to Nebraska's K-12 public schools as an earlier proposal that stalled last month. Schools are the biggest consumers of local property tax revenue in Nebraska, and the bill would offer them the additional money along with tighter controls on their ability to tax and spend.

A bill designed to lower property taxes by boosting state aid for Nebraska's K-12 public schools has advanced out of a legislative committee but will still face opposition when lawmakers debate it. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 6-2 Wednesday to send the proposal to the full Legislature. The bill has won  support from farm and business groups, but some school districts have objected because they would lose some taxing authority and the bill would tighten state-imposed spending restrictions. Gov.

Students and teachers from private schools have rallied at the Nebraska Capitol to recognize National School Choice Week, a campaign to promote alternatives to public schools. The gathering on Wednesday drew hundreds of students, administrators and advocacy groups who want to promote private schools, charter schools and homeschooling. Nebraska public school teachers celebrated with their own “I love Public Schools Day." Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports public school alternatives, proclaimed this week as National School Choice Week as part of the event. Lt. Gov.

Omaha Public Schools invites community members to meet the principal candidate for its new elementary school under construction at 32nd and Burt Streets and learn about the candidate's educational philosophy and background. The special meeting will be held at the Yates Community Center, 3260 Davenport Street, on Monday, September 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Community members may submit questions or topics for discussion at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ya2yv3j9 by midnight on Saturday, September 8.