As Nebraska lawmakers consider the use of “revenue triggers” to enact income tax cuts, Oklahoma serves as a cautionary tale of what happens when states use these mechanisms to put the state’s finances on autopilot. more

Feb 15, 2017 1:04 PM Economic Justice

Ice scabs over the charred remains of M's Pub Sunday morning, serving as a beautiful and terrifying tribute to the decades of tradition The Old Market lost in Saturday's fire. With the blaze finally contained, we know that the basement of M... more

Jan 10, 2016 10:41 PM News

Firefighters have worked in shifts throughout Saturday, battling not only the 3 alarm fire that engulfed M's Pub, but also the single degree temperatures that have made working outside unsafe. It remains unclear what caused an explosion, w... more

Jan 10, 2016 9:20 AM Green Scene

Using buckets and a wet/dry vac to remove ankle deep rainwater out of the basement of The Reader’s South Omaha location with then-news editor and cartoonist Neal Obermeyer, my last day as TR’s managing editor was highlighted by the same kin... more

Apr 6, 2015 2:27 PM News

Coming to work at The Reader before our first issue in March 1994 meant heading to a 2-bedroom loft at Alahambra Apartments on 49th & Dodge Sts., preferably after its newlywed residents were up and the boundless husky pup had been taken... more

Nov 25, 2014 1:00 PM News

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland’s most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact, the little town had gone more than a century without a single h... more

Jul 31, 2014 12:25 AM News

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972. Forty-two years ago heavy... more

Jun 23, 2014 3:28 PM News

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Maya Angelou’s planned June 9 appearance in Omaha, Walter V. Brooks of the Omaha Star had the opportunity to interview the cultural icon. Angelou passed away May 28. This was one of her final interviews. T... more

Jun 3, 2014 6:28 PM News

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has a veritable folk-hero in its midst in hard-throwing senior softball ace Dana Elsasser, who's overcame serious challenges to become a pitching phenom. With her near legendary career fast nearing its ... more

Apr 28, 2014 1:31 AM News

As state senators assembled for the second, shorter, 60-working-day session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature on January 8, 2014, many observers expected that tax reform and Medicaid extension would be high on the list of priorities, as t... more

Jan 17, 2014 7:04 AM News

  Dreamers from Neb., as from everywhere else, have flocked to Hollywood since the motion picture industry's start. Softening the harsh realities of making it in Tinsel Town's dog-eat-dog world, where who you know is often more vital ... more

Jan 4, 2014 6:23 AM News

No, this isn’t my year-end list of favorite albums; this is me catching up on the third quarter album reviews (halfway through the fourth quarter). Due to the sheer number under consideration — and in this 140-character Twitter age — each... more

Dec 10, 2013 10:12 PM News

Addressing the food insecurity problems that nag poverty-stricken northeast Omaha, where access to fresh, organic produce, dairy and bread products is limited, are an array of individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives. Many eff... more

Nov 27, 2013 5:00 AM News

“I didn’t set out to be the poster child for this but I want to put a face with it because I feel like a lot of the stigma is still there. People hear HIV/AIDS and they think of someone who is frail and sickly looking and I am far from th... more

Nov 27, 2013 4:55 AM News

On Sept. 16 the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report, a statistical compilation of criminal offenses and arrests known to law enforcement agencies for the year 2012. The report includes data voluntarily reported by 18... more

Oct 30, 2013 8:19 PM News

Is pirate radio finally ready to go legit? Colorado Springs Independent's Bill Forman covers the FCC's move to allow applicatons from non-profit groups that want to start their own non-commercial Low Power FM stations. Click here to read ... more

Oct 24, 2013 12:13 AM News

BY Oscar Chacon, Guest Op-Ed Editor’s Note: On Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m., a collection of community organizations will hold a Family March and Rally for Respect and Dignity at the corner of 10th and Pacific Sts. More information is a... more

Oct 10, 2013 3:57 AM News

Betsye Paragas Queen of Cultural Collaboration: Paragas grew Omaha’s cultural footprint story by Cheril Lee “My favorite thing is collaborating. I like to see the arts organizations in Omaha do things together,” enthused Betsye Para... more

Aug 28, 2013 10:10 PM News

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Indust... more

Aug 12, 2013 12:01 AM News

In January The Reader contacted some Omaha state senators to see what they were expecting in the long 90-day session ahead of them. On June 5th senators were scattering after a session almost uniformly described as “tough.” We tried to ... more

Jun 8, 2013 8:44 PM News