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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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Nebraska lawmaker quells questions about a gun bill

By: - January 9, 2023

LINCOLN — One of Nebraska’s newest lawmakers, State Sen. George Dungan of Lincoln, admits that he probably puzzled some by introducing a firearms bill in one of his first official legislative actions. Rest assured, said the Democrat in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, he hasn’t changed his stance against loosening “common sense gun laws.” He said […]

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Proposed LGBTQ legislation is workforce recruitment tool, says Nebraska senator

By: - January 9, 2023

LINCOLN — Among bills introduced Monday in the Nebraska Legislature are two intended to ensure rights of the LGBTQ community.  Legislative Bill 169, introduced by Sens. Megan Hunt and John Fredrickson, both of Omaha, would prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would update the state’s nondiscrimination laws to make sure […]

Core of Nebraska’s oldest city poised for renewal, though development partner drops out

By: - January 9, 2023

BELLEVUE — One partner has pulled out but another says it will push forward on a real estate redevelopment billed as a kickoff to renewal in Olde Town Bellevue. Amid fanfare last summer, officials in Nebraska’s oldest and third largest city unveiled plans for a $12 million mixed-use apartment building on the site of the […]

Nebraska ‘housing council’ launches with plan for 35,000 new affordable dwellings

By: - January 6, 2023

LINCOLN — Saying Nebraska’s economic future hinges on solving its “housing crisis,” dozens of statewide experts and policymakers have released a plan that calls for 35,000 new affordable dwellings in the state over the next five years.  About a third of those apartments and owner-occupied homes are to be set aside for households making under […]

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce suspends programming in wake of woes with tax-exempt status

By: - January 5, 2023

BELLEVUE, Nebraska — Programs have been suspended at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce & Community as the agency tries to regain tax-exempt status, which it lost a decade ago for failure to properly file federal tax forms. Chamber president and CEO Michelle Andahl this week announced her departure in light of the tax problem that […]

Creighton University’s latest economic conditions survey shows rising risk of recession

By: - January 3, 2023

OMAHA — Creighton University’s latest survey of manufacturing supply managers in a region including Nebraska signals a rising risk this year of a recession. “Not since April and May of 2020, the middle of the 2020 recession, has the overall index fallen below growth neutral for two straight months,” said economist Ernie Goss, director of […]

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UNMC program seeks to lure out-of-state nursing students to Nebraska’s rural areas

By: - January 3, 2023

OMAHA — In Nebraska’s ongoing effort to attract health care workers, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced a new scholarship program for nursing students from certain neighboring states to attend its rural campuses. The “Nebraska Neighbors: UNMC Nursing Rural Advantage Scholarship” is open to nursing students entering baccalaureate of science traditional or accelerated […]

Google seeks to stretch farther in northwest Omaha

By: - January 3, 2023

OMAHA — Google wants to expand its Nebraska footprint with an additional 187 acres that abuts its roughly 270-acre data center site already under construction in northwest Omaha. In all, the developer representing Google would control about 460 acres of once rolling agricultural hillside northwest of State Street and Blair High Road. City documents show […]

Pot of money for South O left in limbo following change to Nebraska ‘turnback tax’ process

By: - January 2, 2023

OMAHA — About $35,000 intended for South Omaha startups is in a limbo of sorts since no entrepreneurs sought the funds available as a result of a change in Nebraska’s “turnback tax” rules. “Nobody applied for that part of the funding,” said Douglas County Commissioner Roger Garcia, a committee member who helps select South Omaha’s […]

Child Saving Institute to double space in midtown Omaha

By: - December 29, 2022

OMAHA — Child Saving Institute hopes to begin construction this spring on a $46 million project expected to expand services and more than double its campus size at 45th and Dodge Streets. Leaders of the 130-year-old CSI said the project, enabled by a capital campaign that’s about 60% to its goal, aims to address growing […]

Habitat for Humanity to muscle up affordable housing efforts in Omaha area

By: - December 28, 2022

OMAHA — Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, boosted by donations and $4 million in federal pandemic recovery funds, plans to build or rehab about 400 houses for lower income families over the next four years. The nonprofit expects to invest more than $200 million by the end of 2026 in housing programs — almost double […]

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Joe Williams — ‘a true only in Nebraska story’ — leaves $20 million gift to UNMC

By: - December 23, 2022

OMAHA — A new scholarship fund offering up to $10,000 in tuition aid to individual pharmacy students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is among initiatives made possible through a newly announced $20 million donor gift. Joe Williams, described by Omaha-based UNMC as one of the College of Pharmacy’s greatest success stories, has directed […]