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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.

San Francisco-based Unison chooses transforming downtown Omaha for office site

By: - March 15, 2022

A San Francisco-based company on Wednesday will open new offices overlooking Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall — bringing a pioneering fintech product and an anticipated hundreds of jobs to a transforming downtown. Unison, which specializes in home equity agreements, has leased about half of the ninth floor in the newly renovated, 15-story Landmark Center at 13th […]

Omaha church sign about immigration sparks complaints; message is quickly changed

By: - March 14, 2022

A sign in front of a Catholic church along a busy South Omaha corridor fired up furor, hurt feelings and political emotions Monday — before church officials replaced the message with the words: “Lo Siento (Sorry).”  The apology came after an apparent flurry of complaints to the Archdiocese of Omaha, which oversees churches in the […]

From teaching and coaching Creighton Prep students to helping refugees of war-torn Ukraine

By: - March 14, 2022

After a three-year stint teaching French at Omaha’s Creighton Prep, the Rev. Damian Czerniak is tackling a new mission in his homeland of Poland: organizing support for families fleeing war in neighboring Ukraine. Czerniak, who also coached soccer and cross country while in Omaha from 2018 to 2021, recalled the day Russian missiles first struck. […]

‘Nebraska Promise’ will offer tuition-free undergraduate education to additional students

By: - March 14, 2022

Nebraskans with family incomes of $65,000 or less will be able to study tuition-free in the University of Nebraska system under an expansion of the “Nebraska Promise” program that was announced Monday. When it started in 2020, the program promised free tuition for qualifying full-time Nebraska undergraduates in families earning $60,000 or less. This year, […]

Omaha’s Mayberry: where new development clashes with neighborhood ‘oasis’

By: - March 11, 2022

OMAHA — Tucked behind two of midtown Omaha’s busiest corridors is a quirky residential pocket that’s been home to four generations of Debbie Rushlau’s family. She calls it an oasis. It’s where Rushlau and hubby Mark work on vintage cars, grow gardens and bask in the quiet of a dead-end street the city never paved […]

Lawmakers advance a bill that would force Gov. Pete Ricketts’ hand on rent aid

By: - March 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers sent a message Wednesday to Gov. Pete Ricketts, voting 29-7 to advance a bill that could force him to apply for $120 million in federal rent assistance — something he has refused to do. State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln called for the backing of the Legislature because Ricketts has repeatedly […]

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Perkins County Canal project moves forward amid questions about final cost

By: - March 9, 2022

LINCOLN — After an afternoon-long debate, state lawmakers advanced a controversial proposal to begin designing a $500-million canal to divert water from the South Platte River. Legislative Bill 1015, introduced on behalf of Gov. Pete Ricketts, advanced from first-round debate on a 36-3 vote. But there were questions about why the long-forgotten Perkins County Canal, […]

Housing group stands up for Lincoln City Council’s ‘fairness ordinance’

By: - March 8, 2022

NeighborWorks Lincoln is speaking up about the city’s fairness ordinance, which became the target of a successful petition campaign after it was adopted by the Lincoln City Council. In a news release this week, NeighborWorks, a community housing development organization, announced that its governing board unanimously endorsed a resolution applauding Lincoln’s municipal leadership for adopting […]

Wild goose found near Holmes Lake in Lincoln with infectious avian influenza

By: - March 7, 2022

A highly infectious bird flu now has been confirmed in a wild goose in Lincoln, near Holmes Lake. It is Nebraska’s first confirmed case of the avian influenza since 2015, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture reported Monday.  While Nebraska has not seen HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in a backyard or commercial poultry flock within […]

Survey: Business confidence in Nebraska and region tumbles to record low with Russian invasion into Ukraine

By: - March 4, 2022

A monthly economic report covering Nebraska and surrounding states says the Russian invasion into Ukraine pushed regional business confidence to the lowest level it’s been since the survey began in 1994. “Concerns about the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war, higher interest rates, soaring inflation and supply chain disruptions combined to hammer business confidence,” said Ernie […]

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Nebraska lawmakers start talking about whether to outlaw ‘stealthing’

By: - March 3, 2022

Nebraska lawmakers began talking Thursday about whether to outlaw “stealthing” — that’s a slang term for nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex. “It’s time we start this conversation in Nebraska,” State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue said during a public hearing on her proposal that charts a course for civil action. “It’s long past […]

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Homeless and food bank programs vie for piece of pandemic recovery pie

By: - March 2, 2022

Earlier this year, a Sarpy County team fanned out to get a “point in time” count of homeless people in Nebraska’s fastest-growing county. Tanya Gifford told the Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that in just the slice she saw, 13 families had landed at a hotel because of problems including evictions. Three more families, […]