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Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

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Measures seek to change Nebraska’s new voter-approved minimum wage provisions

By: - January 24, 2023

LINCOLN — A few months after Nebraska voters approved a minimum wage increase schedule, two state lawmakers have introduced bills to try to change that course. A third state senator promptly objected with a legislative motion she calls a “red flag” of concern, signaling that the Legislature could be in for “lengthy and arduous” debate. […]

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Omaha streetcar debate rolls into the Nebraska Legislature

By: - January 23, 2023

OMAHA — Though Omaha city officials have greenlighted the $300 million-plus urban streetcar project, a Nebraska lawmaker is waving the caution flag and has proposed legislation that could disrupt the flow. Among streetcar-related bills introduced by State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn is a call for the city or its streetcar authority to cover […]

Amazon facility at 72nd and State

Amazon update: New Bluffs facility has opened, Omaha’s 72 & State site still inactive

By: - January 19, 2023

OMAHA — Another new area Amazon warehouse, this one in Council Bluffs, swung into action recently, albeit with a much smaller crew than originally envisioned.  The 270,000-square-foot sorting center at South 24th Street and Veterans Memorial Highway was completed at least a half year ago and opened just prior to this past holiday season as […]

Concerns raised about new Nebraska voter ID restrictions outlined in legislation

By: - January 17, 2023

LINCOLN — Concerns were raised Tuesday about a major voter ID bill introduced by State Sen. Julie Slama of Dunbar. Among changes called for under Legislative Bill 535 is a requirement that those requesting early mail-in ballots must send election officials proof of valid state-issued photo ID or “a photocopy of any other valid photographic […]

Nebraska’s first Amazon ‘fulfillment center’ opens on sprawling Sarpy County site

By: - January 17, 2023

PAPILLION — Nebraska’s first and massive Amazon “fulfillment center” has opened in this Omaha metro area suburb, initially employing about 300 (not including robots that are to work alongside the humans). The opening this week came later than the originally projected 2022 date, but sooner than the 2024 date that officials last year said was […]

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A $10 million request and a new coalition take aim at health care worker shortage

By: - January 13, 2023

LINCOLN — Twenty weighty health and educational entities have teamed up to put a full court press on solving the shortage of health care workers in Nebraska. Early conversations among the new “Nebraska Healthcare Workforce Collaborative” have led to a $10 million request to the state for expanded clinical training sites for nurses. Such sites […]

Nebraska lawmakers to ponder funding for relocation of iconic mural

By: - January 12, 2023

LINCOLN — A $1.5 million boost from Nebraska lawmakers would help give a new home to the iconic Pershing Center mural, whose more than 760,000 tile pieces today sit in a warehouse after removal last year from the old city arena. Fans of the mammoth artwork say they’ve already secured a new spot at Lincoln’s […]

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Pizza, news and lawn mower entrepreneurs among newbies to Nebraska business hall of fame

By: - January 12, 2023

LINCOLN — A pioneering Black newswoman, a pizza entrepreneur and a man who led his town to be called “Lawn Mower Capital of the World” are part of the next group to be inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. The 2023 nominees, who will be honored at a Feb. 2 event of the […]

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Nebraska Supreme Court hears ‘landmark’ case of evicted tenant

By: - January 11, 2023

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court began hearing arguments Wednesday on a case looking at  whether Nebraskans being evicted from their homes have a constitutional right to a jury trial. Legal Aid of Nebraska and Nebraska Appleseed consider it a “landmark case.” They are jointly representing defendant Teresa Holcomb, the tenant, against NP Dodge Management.  […]

Child tax credit proposed in Nebraska Legislature

By: - January 11, 2023

LINCOLN — About half of Nebraskans, including about 81% of the state’s children, would benefit from a newly proposed child tax credit law, said State Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, who introduced the bill Wednesday. Conrad said Legislative Bill 294 would provide families earning a certain income level a refundable tax credit up to $1,000 […]

Nebraska ‘shovel-ready’ funds help give a lift to art deco ceilings at historic Union Station

By: - January 11, 2023

OMAHA — Launching this week is the final phase of a $1.6 million restoration of art deco ceilings at downtown Omaha’s Durham Museum housed in the historic Union Station. Boosted by a grant from the Nebraska Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act, the project was interrupted by the pandemic. It was restarted later in a […]

Lengthy list of South and North Omaha grant proposals whittled to 35

By: - January 10, 2023

OMAHA — A year after debate launched over a whopping $335 million law aimed largely at lifting North and South Omaha, 35 recommended grant winners have emerged from a pack of 367. On Tuesday, the legislative committee overseeing the Economic Recovery Act grant program announced its project picks, which range from a makeover of the […]