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Today’s Highlights:

  • A proposed six-week abortion ban fails to advance by one vote.
  • Omaha City Councilman Vinny Palermo’s wife updates her divorce filing in the wake of his indictment.
  • A Lincoln family unexpectedly emerges as a Republican mega-donor.

Nebraska Abortion Ban Tied to Cardiac Activity Falls One Vote Short; 20-Week Limit Remains Intact

Sens. Megan Hunt, Jen Day and Machaela Cavanaugh embrace an abortion-rights proponent after a bill to further restrict abortion is defeated on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Lincoln, Neb. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

The vote means the six-week ban is likely dead for 2023.

By Aaron Sanderford. Originally published in the Nebraska Examiner.


Around Omaha

Omaha City Councilman Vinny Palermo’s wife Aubrey updates her divorce filing in the aftermath of his indictment on federal fraud charges. She’s asking for the couple’s home on 13th Street and ownership of Vinny’s Tree Service. A decision on whether he will be released from custody pending trial is expected today, April 28.

A judge throws out the petition to have missing La Vista boy Ryan Larsen declared dead. The judge ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Ryan, who disappeared in May 2021 at age 11, was more likely dead than alive. If the petition had been approved, the boy’s mother would have been able to proceed with legal action against his school district.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer is interviewed by the Washington Post about the city’s Omaha 360 program and how the city has seen a decline in gun violence over the last 15 years, bucking the national trend.

Students at Omaha Central High School appear to have broken the world record for largest water balloon toss. The current record is held by Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, which had 902 people tossing water balloons. Central High had nearly 1,500 students participate. The record won’t be confirmed by Guinness for a while.

Upcoming Events

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

Around Nebraska

One family has spent more than $1.6 million on this year’s race for mayor of Lincoln. But it’s not who you think.

A complaint against the leader of a bible study group at the Capitol is dismissed. Arin Hess, a minister and former county Republican Party chairman, insists he’s simply “lobbying for Jesus.” Moving forward, Hess says he’ll be more mindful of keeping legislative matters out of his meetings.

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Amount Americans spend each year on the
“psychic services” industry: $2,200,000,000

Source: IBISWorld (Los Angeles)


Comic by Jeff Koterba. Support him on Patreon.




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