Heineman Gives Health Care to Feds

When Governor Dave Heineman told the federal government on Nov. 15 that Nebraska would pass on running its own health insurance exchange, he pointed to cost and lack of control. It was a very different Governor from the one who had presided over a public meeting featuring invited panels of health insurance executives and agent/brokers just 10 weeks earlier.

Industry was ready, but the...

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Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some of our relatives actually dropped the last ‘er,’” he explained during an hour-long interview with The Reader. Water is an apt metaphor for Todd Schmaderer’s thoughtful, soft-spoken demeanor. Still waters run deep and so does Omaha’s 40-year old police chief.

Schmaderer has...

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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 and emergency shelters are focused on the most basic needs. The seasonal surge will test a budding framework helping Omahans without a place to go to recover their lives and find a home.

On the evening of Jan. 25, from 10 p.m. to midnight, seasoned outreach staff will hit...

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<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>Ganging Up

Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and embraced him. The 30 or so community leaders at the first South Omaha Violence Prevention and Intervention meeting included: local clergy members; representatives from the mayor’s office; citizens; school advisors; the captain of Omaha’s Southeast Police Precinct; and...

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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 police weapon in the Jan. 5 shooting at Millard South High School. The department's current policy reads: "Officers will not store or leave a firearm in any place within the reach or easy access of a minor or unauthorized individual." The policy is approved by the Commission on...

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Man dies while cleaning gun

James Williams, 61, died Jan. 11 after his gun accidentally fired while he was cleaning it at his home at 4527 Decatur St. Police do not suspect foul play, and are continuing to investigate.

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Millard principal’s condition improves

Principal Curtis Case was upgraded to fair condition Jan. 6 after being shot a day earlier at Millard South High School. Case was previously listed in serious condition. Robert Butler Jr., 17, shot Case and Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar shortly before 1 p.m. on Jan. 5. He had been suspended from school earlier that day. Butler was found dead in a nearby parking lot from a self-inflicted...

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Man killed at gas station

Milton Jackson, 54, was shot and killed Jan. 6 while inside the Shell Rapid Lube near 114th and Center. Police have made no arrests.

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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 »