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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 4 pm, NE

December 30, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

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NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE-GLANCE

UNDATED _ The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has remained the same since 2009. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal level. Twenty states have minimum wage increases taking effect around the start of the new year. Here’s a look at states exceeding the federal minimum wage, with their current wage and, where applicable, the new one:

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BEETLES AND DRAGONS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Brett Ratcliffe named the new scarab beetle species drogoni, rhaegali and viserioni, The Omaha World-Herald reported . The names are Latinized versions of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, three dragons owned by Daenerys Targaryen’s character in the fictional work.AP Photos AP Photo GFX8569.NY351, NY352, NY355, NY354, NY353. SENT: 250 words

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EXCHANGE-COLLEGE GROWTH

WAYNE, Neb. _ Wayne State College might look a little different these days. The campus is buzzing with more students, events and programs, as well as new buildings and renovations. At least, that’s what Marysz Rames has noticed since starting as its president in 2015. This fall, a 9.9 percent enrollment increase meant 720 new first-year students. By Emily Case, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 951 words.

EXCHANGE-106TH BIRTHDAY

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. _ William “Mack” McLean recently celebrated his 106th birthday at his home at Cottonwood Estates in Central City. He doesn’t like being the center of attention just because he is a centenarian. At the senior living facility where he lives, residents are allowed to make a special meal request on their birthday. But he told them to serve the regular meal just like every day. By Robert Pore, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 634 words.

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_ NUCLEAR SAFETY-NEBRASKA _ Utility crews extinguished a fire at a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska over the weekend.

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