What Price the Free Market?

“Would those 45 companies have been here in Nebraska without the investment credits?” asked Kearney Senator Galen Hadley, Chair of the Revenue Committee. "When you cut through everything, this is what you get to.”

The Legislature’s Revenue and Appropriations Committees met August 30 looking for the answer to a persistent question: Do Nebraska’s business incentive programs work? If so, how...

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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 remains stalled by House Republicans after bipartisan passage in the Senate, Representative Lee Terry, Omaha’s 8-term Republican congressman is back in Omaha on “break,” with a jammed schedule of community events.

That includes a townhall meeting at Omaha South High School...

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Creative Humans

Betsye Paragas

Queen of Cultural Collaboration: Paragas grew Omaha’s cultural footprint

story by Cheril Lee

“My favorite thing is collaborating. I like to see the arts organizations in Omaha do things together,” enthused Betsye Paragas, director of community relations for Opera Omaha.


Over the course of her career, Paragas has worked for many arts organizations including the Omaha...

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The Omaha World-Herald’s Back (But only on Sundays)

Before I tell you why we began getting the Sunday Omaha World-Herald delivered to our door again, I first have to tell you why we stopped in the first place.

It was during the fall about four or five years ago. A long-time subscriber to the weekend  OWH, one golden Sunday morning I walked to the end of my driveway and looked for the familiar orange delivery bag -- (a.k.a. “the poop bag”) --...

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At Age 5, the Maha Music Festival Is All Growed Up

Was this year's Maha Music Festival a success?

The concert, held last Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, drew 5,100 people. If that number seems light -- especially compared to your typical CenturyLink Arena concert -- consider that you cannot hear any of the bands that performed at Maha on your local FM radio. None. They don't call it "indie rock" for nothing.

Tre Brashear, one...

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Mousetrap’s Back, But Don’t Call it a Reunion

For regular readers of this column, a quick synopsis of who/what is punk rock band Mousetrap:

To use the word “seminal” to describe their impact on the Omaha music scene would be an understatement. Almost every significant Omaha band I’ve interviewed -- whether they play punk, hard rock or even singer-songwriter stuff -- has name-checked Mousetrap as an influence. That includes all of Saddle...

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In Memoriam

Special to The New York Times

If you're a devotee of public television then chances are you saw the work of the late nonfiction filmmaker Gail Levin. The Omaha native and longtime New York City resident died July 31 in a NYC hospice care facility at age 67 after a long fight with breast cancer.

Outside Ken Burns and Errol Morris, documentary filmmakers are rarely household names. Levin...

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The Bee Problem: Don’t Freak Out, Do Something

A few months ago I received an unsolicited email from an advocacy website called Avaaz.com that warned about “the global bee emergency.”

“Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food,” said the website, the text sat beneath a large photo of a honey bee floating in front of a flower. “But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

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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… more »

Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th… more »

A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of… more »


Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name:… more »

A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the… 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… more »