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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3:30 pm, NE

May 18, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Nebraska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Omaha Bureau at 402-391-0031 or omahane@ap.org. Nebraska News Editor Scott McFetridge can also be reached at 515-243-3281 or smcfetridge@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. By Margery A. Beck. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER

DALLAS _ A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding. SENT: 300 words, photos. NOTE Nebraska reference.

With:

NEBRASKA TORNADOES _ The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down Friday night in rural parts of Nebraska, tearing up trees, powerlines, farm buildings and damaging some homes, but no serious injuries were reported.

AROUND THE STATE:

NORTH OMAHA REDEVELOPMENT

OMAHA, Neb. _ A $25 million federal grant will be used to help rejuvenate a neighborhood in north Omaha in the redevelopment of a deteriorating public housing project, according to officials. SENT: 275 words.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-COLLEGE CREDIT

OMAHA, Neb. _ Ninety-three Millard South High School seniors graduated last Friday from college. By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald. SENT: 975 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-NORFOLK SCULPTURES

NORFOLK, Neb. _ Ten artistic additions to Norfolk have been installed as the inaugural Norfolk Sculpture Walk officially began last Saturday. By Nick Gebhart, Norfolk Daily News. SENT: 530 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

POWER OUTAGE-PAPILLION _ Officials say nearly 18,000 customers were without power Saturday south of Omaha.

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE-POLICING _ Omaha police say they’re planning to increase patrols of a downtown pedestrian bridge after a shooting there.

METH SEIZURE-SENTENCE _ Federal prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine.

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