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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 4:30 pm, NE

February 3, 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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Farmers who are tired of deer destroying their crops could get a new incentive to let hunters onto their land under a bill in the Nebraska Legislature, but some outdoors groups and state officials aren’t thrilled with the idea. The proposal would create special permits for landowners to hunt deer up to a week before the official firearm hunting season starts, if they open at least half of their land to hunters during the regular season. By Grant Schulte. AP Photos KSNH201, KSNH202. SENT:

BLEEDING CONTROL-SCHOOLS

OMAHA, Neb. _ Some Omaha-area school districts are installing bleeding control kits inside schools to give staff and students quick access to resources in case of an emergency, including a shooting. The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency has led the effort to get the kits into school districts, including Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska and Council Bluffs Community Schools in Iowa, The Omaha World-Herald reported. Southwest Iowa Preparedness Partners provided the funding. SENT: 250 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-BIRD BUDDIES

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. _ Otis and Cruze sat next to each other on top of the fencing of Otis’ winter enclosure at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff. The blue-and-yellow macaws watched people as they dropped by to see how the two are getting along. The pair was introduced less than 15 minutes ago, but it’s an instant friendship. Neither wanted to part with the other’s company. By Irene North, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 562 words.

EXCHANGE-PILLOW CASE DRESSES

KENESAW, Neb. _ As a former public health worker, mother of three grown children and farm wife, Mary Augustin of Kenesaw found herself wanting for some sort of meaningful activity to benefit others. So when she came across an article about women making pillowcase dresses for the less fortunate, she was sure she found her calling. By John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 758 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WRECK KILLS FOUR _ Authorities are investigating a weekend crash in foggy conditions near Fremont that killed a pregnant mom and her three sons.

_ OBIT-ANNE BOYLE _ A longtime Nebraska Public Service Commissioner who also led the state Democratic Party for several years has died at age 75.

_ PERSISTENT PESTS _ The recent extreme cold weather will kill some but not all of the insects in the area.

_ SUICIDE PREVENTION-UNIVERSITY _ The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is using a $300,000 federal grant to strengthen campus mental health services and suicide prevention programming.

SPORTS:

XAVIER-CREIGHTON

OMAHA, Neb. _ Martin Krampelj matched his career high with 23 points and Creighton defeated Xavier 76-54 on Sunday, giving coach Greg McDermott his 200th win with the Blue Jays. Krampelj was 8-of-11 shooting, made all seven of his free throws and grabbed a game-high six rebounds for the Blue Jays (13-9, 4-5 Big East), who have won three of their last four games.

_ NORTH DAKOTA-OMAHA _ Zach Jackson scored 22 points, JT Gibson added 20 and Omaha weather a big run before pulling away to defeat North Dakota 90-72 on Sunday.

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