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- Local cartoonist Jeff Koterba, regularly featured in The Reader, needs your support.
- Vinny Palermo and his co-defendants are expected to hear their custody status.
- Sen. Megan Hunt is the subject of a complaint over the proposal to ban gender-affirming care.
Things Are More Interesting When Koterba Draws Them
The Reader is the only Omaha-area outlet that regularly features local cartoonist Jeff Koterba’s work in print and online. Now, he needs your support to keep doing what he does best.
Omaha City Councilman Vinny Palermo and his co-defendants will likely hear Friday, April 28, if they will remain in custody. Palermo, former OPD officers Rich Gonzalez and Johnny Palermo (no relation), and fundraiser Jack Olson are facing 41 federal fraud charges.
Dodge Street heading eastbound will be restricted to one lane near 74th Street as the Crossroads redevelopment continues to take shape. The restriction is expected to last until May 7.
The metro area’s office vacancy rate sits at 7.6%, a slight increase but well below the nationwide rate of 12.5%. The Miracle Hills area has the highest vacancy rate at 14.5%, while the best-performing is Southeast Omaha at 3.6%.
- April 28: Hot Shops Spring Open House
- April 29: My ’90s Playlist
- May 2: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
- May 7: Poetry and Music Concert
- Until May 7: Little Shop of Horrors
Be sure to get the updated booster shot before heading to any of these events.
- Omaha attorney Dave Begley files a complaint against Sen. Megan Hunt. Begley alleges a conflict of interest on the bill banning gender-affirming care for minors, because Medicaid could foot the bill for her trans son’s gender-affirming treatment.
- The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce issues a statementcalling on the Legislature to pursue bills that are “supportive and inclusive,” something interim President and CEO Tim Burke says is a reference to the proposal to ban gender-affirming care for minors.
- Sen. Teresa Ibach says she’s concerned about the proposed six-week abortion ban not including an exception for fetal anomalies. The bill is expected to receive second-round debate today, April 27.
During the OPPD board meeting April 20, CEO Javier Fernandez announced that the Energy Efficiency Assistance Program will expand to include renters of single-family homes. Traditionally, this assistance has not been offered to renters. It will provide upward of $2,000 in energy-efficiency improvements. For more information about this meeting, click here.
Public Meetings Next Week:
- Millard Public Schools Board of Education: Monday, May 1, at 6 p.m.
- Douglas County Board of Commissioners – Tuesday, May 2, at 9 a.m.
- Omaha City Council – Tuesday, May 2, at 2 p.m.
- Omaha Planning Department Board – Wednesday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m.
- Omaha Parks and Recreations Board – Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m.
Fact of the Day
From Harper’s Index
Percentage increase since 2019 in the number of whistleblower tips sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission: 136
Source: Securities and Exchange Commission
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