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Today’s Highlights:

  • More beer, chicken for a cause and a goodbye to Julio’s on 114th.
  • Omaha sees its first homicide of 2023.
  • Lawmakers advance a “Christmas tree” bill decorated with uncontroversial ornaments.

Food Truck Rally, 4/20 Party and a Closure

A beer garden debuts, a Legal Aid fundraiser and Julio’s bids farewell on 114th.

Dining column by Sara Locke. Published in The Reader.


Around Omaha

Four people are arrested, two of them held on no bail, in connection with the first homicide of 2023. The suspects are the victim’s daughter, her husband, her husband’s cousin and a family friend. Police speculate Gary Lew was killed in March, although his body was found last week.

severe weather event may occur in the Omaha area this evening, April 19. Storms are expected to develop after 5 p.m. There is potential for large hail, damaging winds and minor flooding.

Muchachos’ expansion to Omaha now has a timeline: The New Mexico/barbecue fusion joint is aiming to open its 13th Street location in May.

Upcoming Events

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

Around Nebraska


  • Lawmakers are putting together a “Christmas tree” of legislation with provisions for health insurance requirements, incentives for a semiconductor manufacturer and much more.
  • Sen. Lou Ann Linehan and Gov. Jim Pillen use the occasion of tax day to call for the passage of proposed cuts to income and property taxes.
  • The final round of debate on a bill to allow permitless concealed carry of a firearm is expected today, April 19.

Gov. Jim Pillen is accepting applications for state economic development director until May 2. Former director Tony Goins resigned after the Nebraska Examiner reported on potential conflicts of interest over Goins’ job and his ownership of a cigar lounge.

Local Government

The Omaha City Council votes to rename a portion of 21st Street for Vivian Strong, a North Omaha resident who was killed by police in 1969. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners receives a monthly update on the corrections department.

Click here to read local government reporter Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader.

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Percentage by which U.S. workers with a best
friend at work are less likely to look for another job: 25

Source: Gallup (Washington)


Comic by Jeffrey Koterba. Support him on Patreon.




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