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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.

ACLU Nebraska report: Omaha and Lincoln courts still creating modern-day ‘debtor prisons’

By: - December 21, 2022

OMAHA — The ACLU of Nebraska revealed Wednesday that a study of bail-setting by judges shows that recent state legislative reforms have failed to halt modern-day “debtors’ prisons.”  In seeking to discover how judges treat financially struggling Nebraskans, a team of 24 court watchers tracked more than 2,300 bail and sentencing hearings in the state’s […]

Set to arrive at Kearney airport: $6.28 million grant to grow facility

By: - December 20, 2022

OMAHA — The Kearney Regional Airport is set to receive a $6.28 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to expand and upgrade its facility, U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said Tuesday. “Nebraska’s airports ensure our communities can stay connected and help our state’s world class products make it to market,” Fischer, a member of […]

Omaha apartments shuttered for safety concerns, displacing dwellers of 165 units

By: - December 19, 2022

OMAHA — A sprawling northwest Omaha apartment complex that was shuttered Monday due to “widespread” and “dangerous” conditions had passed a city inspection about a year earlier. That October 2021 inspection of Legacy Crossing focused on a random sample of 61 apartments generated by a computer program, and the city said those violations were corrected.  […]

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Nebraska chamber launches statewide tech association

By: - December 16, 2022

A new statewide technology organization has been launched to unite Nebraska’s tech minds and to push for growth and favorable policies for the industry. The formation of Tech Nebraska was announced Friday by Nebraska Chamber President Bryan Slone during the chamber’s innovation and tech summit in Lincoln. Slone said he expects the new effort to […]

Nebraska unemployment rate up slightly over last month

By: - December 16, 2022

Employment in Nebraska reached another high in November, according to the latest data from the Department of Labor. “This is the second consecutive month of record nonfarm employment in Nebraska,” said Labor Commissioner John Albin. That peak number of filled nonfarm jobs, he said, reached 1,048,406, which is up 2,554 over the month before and […]

Groups write letter, urging Nebraska congressional delegation to back immigration changes

By: - December 14, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraskans representing business, education, health and more joined in sending a letter this week to the state’s congressional delegation that urges immediate action for immigration reform. Nearly 40 organizations from across the state said in the letter that more than 35 years have passed since Congress has taken “meaningful action” on immigration-related laws […]

Omaha meat processing company fined, and on probation, for false beef grading records

By: - December 13, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a comment from Nebraska Beef. OMAHA — Omaha meat processing company Nebraska Beef Ltd. has been sentenced to a year’s probation and fined $200,000 for falsely representing beef grading records. In addition to that sentence this month in federal court, the company paid a $550,000 fine as […]

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Nebraska hospital leaders call for help in battling ‘triple threat’ to patient care

By: - December 12, 2022

As Nebraska combats a triple threat — that is, a recent surge in cases of COVID-19, RSV and influenza — experts from competing hospitals joined forces Monday to advise ways to head off a bigger crisis. Four medical professionals said in a news conference that each of their respective hospital systems remains open for business […]

Omaha’s Capitol District lands first major office tenant and a 350-seat sports-centric restaurant

By: - December 10, 2022

OMAHA — Two years after construction wrapped up, the downtown Capitol District’s three-story mixed-use building is welcoming its first major office tenant.  Deloitte, an international audit and consulting firm, in mid-December will relocate its Omaha workforce to the structure’s top floor, marking the first traditional office-user at the Capitol District site touted primarily as an […]

Nebraska selects youth-focused Simple Foundation for $6 million anti-crime grant

By: - December 8, 2022

OMAHA — You might say the Simple Foundation began, well, rather simply some 20 years ago. Osuman Issaka, founder and CEO, said that’s when he and his brother, Sal, started kicking around soccer balls with refugee and newcomer kids in the eastern part of Omaha.  “We saw youths needing guidance, not having anything to do,” […]

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Simple Foundation gets $6 million in ARPA funds for crime prevention

By: - December 7, 2022

OMAHA — The nonprofit Simple Foundation of Omaha has been awarded a $6 million American Rescue Plan Act grant for crime prevention and related internships, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday. The funds come from the $335 million Economic Recovery Act passed earlier this year by the Nebraska Legislature. That legislation designated certain […]

Omahans greet bus from U.S. southern border, filled with asylum-seeking migrants

By: - December 6, 2022

OMAHA — A charter bus carrying 39 asylum seekers from seven countries arrived Tuesday in Omaha, where local volunteers temporarily will host the group that was part of an overflow at the U.S. border. The Omaha team had been preparing for weeks for the men, women and children sent by a faith-based shelter in the […]