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.

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — An entrepreneur in western Nebraska is turning a long-vacant downtown building into an event center. Shots Bar and Grill Owner Chad Leeling told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald that he wanted to bring country and rock bands back to downtown Scottsbluff. The new Dark Horse event center will feature live music three nights a week, Leeling said. SENT: 250 words


ST. LOUIS — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, with water becoming increasingly scarce, experts say. Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with several counties in the northwestern part of the state facing "exceptional" conditions — the most dire classification assigned by the monitor. Conditions were nearly as bad elsewhere along the northern tier and in southwestern Missouri. By Jim Salter. AP Photo CER801. SENT: 525 words



OMAHA, Neb. — Our Gathering Place in Omaha is a free, pop-up community dinner for families with children who have all different kinds of special needs. Organizer Kinesha Roach eventually wants to host more regular events at pools, libraries or other spaces. She wants families to feel comfortable in settings in which they may otherwise experience discomfort and to connect them with other families and resources. The pop-up is the first of its kind in the Omaha area. By Hailey Konnath, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 859 words.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A former teacher at Gates Elementary School, Patsy Steenson is now an active volunteer and a member of the board of the Grand Island Area Clean Community System. Steenson retired three years ago after more than 35 years of teaching. She immediately became an active volunteer and board member of Clean Community System because of her lifelong passion for the environment and recycling. Steenson is one of the 1,500 volunteers taking part in the citywide cleanup this month throughout Grand Island. By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 912 words.


— STATE PARK PROJECTS — The water levels will be lowered at two Nebraska state parks as part of projects to improve the areas.

— URANIUM MINE HEARING — Federal regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed expansion at a uranium mine in the Nebraska Panhandle.

— OMAHA HOMICIDE — Police say a man has died in a shooting in north Omaha.


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