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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.

Vietnamese trade group seeking new Nebraska partnerships is among guests expected at August summit

By: - July 29, 2022

A Vietnamese trade group is set to visit Nebraska in early August to try and forge new business partnerships and to attend Gov. Pete Ricketts’ Agriculture and Economic Development Summit in Kearney. The summit, Aug. 10, is touted as the state’s key forum for discussing issues relevant to the state’s agriculture and economic development sectors. […]

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Facebook parent company, Meta, continues growth in Nebraska’s Sarpy County

By: - July 28, 2022

OMAHA — The Sarpy County campus of social media giant Meta has been on continuous growth since it broke ground five years ago on two buildings in Papillion. What started as 1 million square feet of data center has expanded to the point that construction crossed into another city — requiring a more inclusive name […]

Google aims to help Nebraska’s demand for construction workers

By: - July 27, 2022

OMAHA — At least 100 teens, mostly in Omaha and Lincoln, will be offered a jump-start to a career in the construction industry and skilled trades as the result of a $150,000 Google grant. The global technology giant on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Nebraska chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors that will […]

New abortion rights group holds vigils at four Nebraska sites

By: - July 27, 2022

OMAHA — A new group called No Forced Birth Nebraska on Wednesday night held the first of what it says will be a weekly series of vigils across the state in support of abortion rights. Omaha’s event drew a dozen supporters to Memorial Park’s pedestrian bridge. A Lincoln event at the Rock-Island Trail pedestrian bridge […]

Omaha Crossroads among numerous properties shaped by homegrown real estate tycoon Frank Krejci

By: - July 27, 2022

OMAHA — From the Gretna outlet stores to Crossroads and Oak View malls and beyond, Frank Krejci in his nearly 100 years made landscape-changing impressions on the Omaha metro area. Not only was the homegrown real estate developer behind several high-profile retail ventures, he also took on residential projects such as the West Shores lakeside […]

Dunixi Guereca

Stand for Schools nonprofit names Californian with Nebraska ties as new executive director

By: - July 26, 2022

A nationwide search has led the nonprofit Stand for Schools of Nebraska to hire a new executive director from California. Dunixi Guereca assumes the role in August. He most recently worked with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and, prior to that, the Boy Scouts of America. Guereca has Nebraska connections, having studied political science and […]

Another suspected monkeypox case reported in Douglas County

By: - July 25, 2022

The Douglas County Health Department on Monday reported that it is investigating the county’s fourth suspected case of monkeypox. That report raises the state’s total of presumed monkeypox cases to six — and marks the first case in Nebraska since the World Health Organization over the weekend declared the monkeypox virus a global health emergency. […]

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Omaha’s library shifts continue to evolve, and City Council to vote Tuesday on multiple items

By: - July 25, 2022

OMAHA — The City of Omaha is preparing to pay $37,000 to open a temporary downtown library site because a replacement for the soon-to-be-demolished W. Dale Clark Library won’t be ready until March. That interim library is to open in September at 1410 Howard St., costing $4,500 a month to rent.  The City Council on […]

Nebraska’s unemployment rate on record low streak, but national rank shifts a bit

By: - July 22, 2022

Nebraska is on a streak with its record low unemployment rate, staying steady for the third month in June at 1.9%. That’s a seasonally adjusted, preliminary figure.  But, according to data released Friday, the state’s position in the national unemployment rankings has changed a bit.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Minnesota’s seasonally […]

Amazon facility at 72nd and State

No activity spotted at two newly constructed Amazon plants in Omaha and Council Bluffs

By: - July 21, 2022

OMAHA — There’s no sign of business activity at two other Omaha-area Amazon warehouse facilities that are newly constructed and span a combined 400,000 square feet — raising questions about their future. The Nebraska Examiner visited the two sites Thursday in the wake of confirmation that a third in-the-pipeline Amazon center, in the Papillion area […]

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Worn South Omaha plaza gets financial boost on way to become state tourism spot

By: - July 21, 2022

OMAHA — Today it’s a South Omaha parking lot, mostly, with a few benches and trees and a plaque dedicated in 1988: “La Plaza de la Raza, The Gathering Place of the Races.” But local advocates say the 24th and N Streets pocket is rundown and never got the polishing it was supposed to in […]

Monkeypox

Presumed monkeypox caseload rises in Nebraska

By: - July 20, 2022

OMAHA — Lancaster County has reported its first presumed case of monkeypox, which makes a total of five presumed or confirmed cases now in Nebraska, state officials said Wednesday. The Lancaster County patient is a man in his 30s, with recent travel history outside Nebraska. He is “isolating” at home, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department […]