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After Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order allowing for the sale of mixed drinks to go, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission issued guidelines Friday. Containers can't be larger than gallon in size, and such "to-go" cocktails can't be opened in a vehicle or just outside the establishment, or the purchaser risks violations of laws banning open containers of alcohol.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes billions in aid to small businesses, with financial incentives for them to keep workers on the payroll. For those out of work, it offers enhanced unemployment benefits that for most of the jobless could more than replace their lost wages. It probably won’t keep the country out of a recession. Many economists think that’s already a foregone conclusion. But it will certainly blunt economic fallout that would otherwise have grown even more apocalyptic.

Virtual finance may far outlast the coronavirus. Around the world, there are early signs that some of the emergency measures Wall Street is rolling out to keep employees safe in a pandemic will become a lasting practice in an industry that’s long mythologized the handshake. That’s likely to hearten working parents who’ve struggled to persuade managers to let them log in from home, as well as many younger recruits who are at ease doing things digitally.

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Dr. James Lawler, head of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said it’s difficult to predict when the coronavirus will “peak” in the state or when things might begin returning to normal. “I think we’ll know better once we have more widespread testing,” he said. “Right now, we’re guessing, we’re looking through a keyhole trying to determine what’s going on.”

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It's hard to say yet what the situation might look like this fall, but possibilities include delaying the start of the school year, separating students into groups and rotating them into school buildings at different times, or using partial or complete distance learning.