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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 5 pm, NE

January 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Using a drone to spy on neighbors, drop drugs into prisons or harass cows could lead to criminal charges under a new bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider later this year. The measure would impose new safety and privacy rules on the remote-control flying machines that are now used for dozens of jobs throughout the state. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 700 words

GUARD HISTORY

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska National Guard sent historians to the Southeast and the Caribbean to document the stories of citizen soldiers from the affected areas who helped with recovery efforts. Four historians accompanied the nearly 300 helicopter pilots, doctors, medics and security personnel from Nebraska that responded after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The public affairs soldiers write, edit and produce print stories and video pieces. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-DAY CARE PROGRAM

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. —Improving early childhood education is the goal of a state program that works with day care providers. The program, Step Up to Quality, is operated through a partnership of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education. By Job Vigil, North Platte Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 790 words.

EXCHANGE-BOW VALLEY LODGE

BOW VALLEY, Neb. — The North Crick Lodge opened in March, and from May through August, the vacation getaway was booked solid. Believed to be one of the oldest houses, if not the oldest, in Bow Valley, it has served many residents over the years. Krie convinced her husband it could be a great destination location for people passing through the area. In their “spare” hours, the couple renovated the 800-square-foot main floor. By Linda Wuebben, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 649 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL INTERSTATE HIT-AND-RUN — Authorities are searching for the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 64 in western Illinois that led to the death of a Nebraska man.

— NEIGHBORHOOD STINK-LAWSUITS — A 12th homeowner has sued a northeast Nebraska renewable energy plant and South Sioux City over noxious odors that drove dozens of people from their homes in 2016 and 2017.

— ICE FISHING-LAKE — Ice fishing is now open on DeSoto Lake from now through the end of February.

— CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS — Experts at the Nebraska Regional Poison Center are reminding people about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

— SCIENCE CAFE-GENETICS — An expert in genetics will talk about the ethics of the field at Omaha’s next Science Cafe.

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