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Potential Family Dollar liquor license brings community ire, gets City Council disapproval

By Chris Bowling, Originally printed in the Omaha Star The overcast February day melted into cold night as hours passed inside the Omaha City Council’s Tuesday meeting. Some of the community members in attendance shift in their seats, others prop their elbows to hold their heads up, but all take notice when Cindy Gains grips […]

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Hoodoo: Passion and Persistence

Let’s start with what’s new. The newly opened jazz club, The Jewell, in the Capitol District. The vision and efforts of Omaha transplant Brian McKenna are bringing world-class jazz artists to Omaha and giving some of our fine local talent that has been gigging at places like Jambo Cat in Dundee a new place to […]

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Douglas County Corrections Struggles with COVID, but Health Director Says Declining Hospitalizations Provide Breathing Room. City Council Approves Extending Infrastructure into Northwest Omaha.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday to receive reports on the corrections department and COVID-19, as the Omicron variant wave subsides. Douglas County Corrections Director Mike Myers said that the department experienced an “unprecedented” 95 staff members who missed time because of COVID throughout January. This resulted in nearly $600,000 being spent on […]

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The Kids Aren’t OK: Mental Health Issues Skyrocketed for Nebraska Children during Pandemic

This story was originally published on the Flatwater Free Press. Six-year-old Elijah Wastell, of Omaha, started feeling anxious last fall.  It came hard for the kindergartener at bedtime. His parents tried breathing exercise.They attempted to build up his confidence. They tried everything they could think of, but the anxiety only got worse. It got to […]