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Today’s Highlights:

  • MarQ Manner profiles the lineups of this year’s Maha and Outlandia festivals.
  • The City of Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Director resigns after just three months on the job.
  • One Democratic senator helps Republicans give first-round approval to a six-week abortion ban.

Here Come the Festivals

Omaha’s musical past and present share the stage at Maha and Outlandia.

By MarQ Manner. Published in The Reader.


Around Omaha

The City of Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations director resigns after just three months on the job. Gerald Kuhn was appointed by Mayor Jean Stothert in January. Stothert’s office did not offer any reason for the resignation.

two-alarm fire at Wintersong Apartments, near 88th and Miami streets, critically injures one woman. Fire crews say they didn’t see smoke detectors in the building, a potential violation of state law. Meanwhile, in Bellevue, all tenants (potentially except for a cat) escape a three-alarm fire at Country Estate Apartments.

PACE holds its first community event since the beginning of a federal investigation. The youth sports nonprofit says there’s no timeline into when the results will be shared. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he’s concerned PACE was used for criminal activity.

Upcoming Events

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

Around Nebraska

Legislature: Senators vote 33-16 to give first-round approval to a six-week abortion ban. All 32 Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Mike McDonnell, voted in favor.

Statewide, the Ogallala Aquifer is doing well, especially compared with other states. But in parts of southwest and northwest Nebraska, the declining water level has prompted regulation and monitoring, with some experts saying it’s changed irrigation farming.

Wildfires continue to burn across Nebraska. Lincoln, Wheeler, Rock, Garfield, Jefferson and Cherry counties have had major fires across the last week, with Jefferson County seeing one of its largest.

Local Government

Public Meetings Next Week, Courtesy of Omaha Documenters:

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Percentage of U.S. employees who have used
ChatGPT for work but didn’t disclose it: 68

Source: Fishbowl (San Francisco)


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