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Today’s Highlights:

  • An Elkhorn restaurant announces the end of its 17-year run.
  • UNO introduces a reduced tuition rate for students from neighboring states.
  • Senators vote to change the rules mid-session in an attempt to stifle the filibuster.

Elkhorn Restaurant Says Goodbye

Bella Vita will end a 17-year run on April 1.

Dining column by Sara Locke. Published in The Reader.


Around Omaha

UNO is introducing a reduced tuition rate for students in 11 states as part of its attempt at attracting enrollment from outside Nebraska and tackling the state’s labor shortage. In-state tuition remains cheaper than this program.

To combat the opioid crisis, Westside Community Schools considers making Narcan a part of its nurses’ first-aid toolkit. Last week, the Bellevue school district introduced Narcan in five schools.

The City of Omaha says 81 street preservation projects are planned for this year, with 54 being major street resurfacing. Austin Rowser, the city’s maintenance engineer, says the major street resurfacing lasts about 8-12 years.

Goodwill opens a training center in Omaha at 36th and L. The facility will provide free programs for community members, including pre-apprenticeship tracks and CNA training.

The Council Bluffs school board unanimously votes to shut down Crescent Elementary School, citing declining enrollment and budget issues. The school will close at the end of the school year.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to get the updated booster shot before heading to any of these events.

Around Nebraska


  • Senators vote 32-13 to change the rules mid-session in an attempt to stifle the filibuster. But among Sens. Machaela Cavanaugh, Megan Hunt and Danielle Conrad, a whopping 742 motions were filed on bills that have come out of committee.
  • The first bill to advance out of second-round debate is Sen. Tom Brewer’s bill to allow concealed carry of a firearm without a permit.

Uranium is creeping into Nebraska’s groundwater, prompting concern from scientists and municipality officials alike.

A survey from UNL finds ag land values went up 14% last year, the second-largest increase since 2014. When not adjusted for inflation, it’s the highest statewide land value in the 45-year history of the survey.

Local Government

The Omaha City Council discusses salary raises for city maintenance employees. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners also meets.

Click here to read Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader. Follow Anton and Omaha Documenters on Twitter for more local government coverage.

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Factor by which the 2020 U.S. census expanded
the population threshold for areas defined as urban: 2

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.)


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