Buffett wins Medal of Freedom

Omaha's most famous citizen can now add the nation's highest civilian honor to his already distinguished resume. The White House announced Nov. 16 that Warren Buffett is among 15 honorees who will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at a ceremony early next year. The award is presented annually for "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests...

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Child advocacy groups: Privatization not sustainable

Funding, accountability and data: Those are the three main concerns stakeholders have regarding child welfare privatization in Nebraska, representatives said at a press conference Wednesday at the Lincoln downtown YWCA. The event was hosted by Voices for Children in Nebraska and Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. The reform “shows no evidence of succeeding or being...

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Protest at South High funeral ends without incident

More than 100 people showed up at St. Anthony Methodist Church on Nov. 12 to help block a protest during the funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger. The Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church announced last week that its members planned to picket Klinger’s funeral, saying the teacher, who died in a traffic accident Nov. 3, was “cut off by an angry God for teaching rebellion...

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Papillion street named after fallen soldier

The Papillion street where Army First Lieutenant Mark Noziska grew up will now carry his name in memory of his service in Afghanistan. Mayor David Black unveiled the new street sign Nov. 15, commemoratively renaming S. Polk Street as 1st LT Mark Noziska Lane. Noziska, 24, died in an explosion on Aug. 30, one month after arriving in Afghanistan. Since 2001 5,710 soldiers have died in Iraq and...

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State Law pushes abortion doctor elsewhere

Well known late-term abortion provider Dr. LeRoy Carhart announced Nov. 10 he is opening new clinics in Council Bluffs and Maryland and updating an existing facility in Indianapolis as a result of Nebraska's new Abortion Pain Prevention Act. The new law bans abortions on fetuses older than 20 weeks and is the first law of its kind to use fetal pain as the threshold. Previous Supreme Court...

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Religious group to protest at South teacher’s funeral

In a press release that ended with the words "God Hates Nebraska," the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church announced it would picket outside the Nov. 12 funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, who died last week after being hit by a car. The group claims Klinger was "cut off by an angry God for teaching rebellion to the youth of this nation." The WBC is infamous for...

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Moving In

Homeless not hard to find, if you know where to look We parked outside what used to be Mac’s Tavern, a forgotten space just north of Cuming on a stretch of 16th Street that’s full of shuttered buildings. The doors were still locked behind iron grates, but Anne Smolsky heard laughter around back. Behind Mac’s, we found a group of eight people seated on a blanket sharing a plastic bottle...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »


A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »



Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »


A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »