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Recent articles by Maya:

CHEAP EAT$: The Depot

SHENANDOAH, IA (KMTV) — The Depot Restaurant & Lounge in Shenandoah, IA, is a lovely mixture of history, politics, food, and community. Opened in 1983 by Bill Hillman and his family, the place has become a hub for the people of Shenandoah and political figures. The restaurant is frequently visited by politicians and campaign staff. Hillman had a solar business before opening the restaurant.… → Read More

Gretna teen turning baking talents into small business

GRETNA, Neb. (KMTV) - Welcome to Audrey's Bakery…. except it's not really her bakery. It's her parents kitchen. Audrey Wilcoxson is 14 years old and an eighth grader at Gretna Middle School. And she loves to bake. "When I was little, I used to cook with my grandma and it just kinda took off from there,” Audrey said. "I think we made cookies a lot and then I liked doing the dishes with her.” The… → Read More

What it takes to build and bring professional soccer to Omaha

Morning anchor Maya Saenz sat down with Union Omaha COO Matt Homonoff to hear more about the team. → Read More

A look at Omaha Restaurant Week

The authors of Unique Eats of Omaha talk about Omaha Restaurant Week → Read More


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — This week on Cheap Eats, Maya Saenz goes to Northwest Omaha to check out a place that serves up a bit of everything...from burgers and burritos to home-style comfort food...AJ's Diner. ADDRESS: 5146 N 90th St, Omaha, NE 68134 HOURS: Sunday - Wednesday: 7AM - 3PM Thursday: 7AM - 3PM | 5-9PM Friday - Saturday: 6AM - 9PM → Read More

CHEAP EAT$: Alpine Inn

OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — Along the side of Calhoun Rd. near Ponca Hills is the Alpine Inn, Home of the Wildlife. It's a restaurant known for its fried chicken and furry woodland creatures. Employees leave customers' leftovers on an outdoor patio for raccoons to pick over. The patio is right outside some of the restaurant's large windows, giving customers a 'meal and show' experience. "People either… → Read More

Dog sanctuary cares for elderly dogs

When visiting any animal shelter or rescue, you'll see that puppies and young, healthy dogs typically move in and out relatively quickly. → Read More

OPS facing $771 million budget shortfall

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The state's largest school district is currently facing a $771 million shortfall. A multi-series investigation by the Omaha World-Herald revealed that trustees and administrators overseeing the Omaha Public School's pension fund, transformed one of the nation's best performing funds into one of the worst. The nearly billion dollar mistake is now costing the district major… → Read More

A ride along with the Nebraska State Patrol

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska state troopers have a lot of ground to cover, hundreds of miles make I-80, which has become a contraband pipeline. We got a behind-the-scenes look at what troopers are up against. → Read More

Auburn school board suspends Superintendent over video incident involving school fight

The Auburn Public Schools superintendent is on paid leave over a video incident involving a fight among students at the high school. → Read More

City of Omaha has gone 101 days without a homicide

As Omaha enters the final week of 2018, Omaha Police are highlighting a milestone for the City - 101 days without a homicide. → Read More

Omaha family gets Star Wars surprise

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Every year the Salvation Army's "Adopt a Family" program helps provide gifts for families in need during the holiday. Thursday night, rebels and stormtroopers joined forces near 50th and L Streets to give a family of nine a Star Wars surpise they will never forget. → Read More

Family pushes to solve 12-year-old murder case

The family of a teenager killed in Omaha is still waiting for justice a dozen years later. → Read More

OPS hosts meeting for Fontenelle parents regarding sexual assault case

While a first grade teacher accused of sexually assaulting one of his students is behind bars, parents showed up to Fontenelle Elementary Thursday night asking for answers. → Read More

Bellevue vet restoring computers for single mothers free of charge

The holidays are typically a joyful time, but for single parents, money can be extremely tight. That's why the owner of a Bellevue computer shop is picking up some of those costs, at not charge. → Read More

Open Door Mission's Lydia House over capacity

The Open Door Mission's Lydia House is again overcrowded. → Read More

Troopers combat distracted drivers during traffic stops

For nearly 27 years, Trooper Scott Miller with Iowa State Patrol has kept Iowa roadways safe. → Read More

Nebraska military families experience Holiday Express train ride

Some Nebraskan military families experienced a unique night of holiday cheer during a train ride through the state. → Read More

Omaha family puts up mailbox for kids to drop off letters to Santa

With Thanksgiving behind, many kids are making their Christmas gift wish-list and checking it twice and an Omaha family is making sure those lists wind up in the right hands. → Read More

Business owners react to potential FDA restrictions on e-cigarettes

Under the proposed rule from the FDA, stores selling flavored e-cigarettes will see some restrictions. One, vape shops will be one of the only places allowed to sell fruity flavored e-cigarettes and two, the FDA wants to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. → Read More