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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3 pm, NE

September 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Three months after a coalition of Nebraska lawmakers started looking for ways to pay for K-12 public schools while lowering property taxes, senators still haven’t united behind a proposal and a tight budget could threaten their plans. Senators on the informal committee said they’re hopeful they can agree on a plan to sell to the Legislature in next year’s session, despite a possible revenue shortfall that would limit their options. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 800 words

NUKE PLANT CLOSURE

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha Public Power District ratepayers could see up to $200 million in savings if the utility’s board adopts a new, more aggressive approach to decommissioning a nuclear station. The $700 million proposal would deconstruct the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station and remove radioactive materials from the site in as little as a decade, the Omaha World-Herald reported . Utility officials suggested the faster approach as an alternative to the current $900 million approach that would store nuclear material at the site as it decays for up to 60 years before transporting it to another facility. SENT: 250 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY CENTER

FREMONT, Neb. — When the Poehling family, who founded Woodcliff Lakes, put the John G. Poehling Community Center up for sale last year, residents of the community had a decision to make. Resident Mary Schlosser wanted to bring Woodcliff residents together to collectively buy the community center, and to retain the space for a variety of community gatherings as well to continue to use it as a rentable event space. She says the issue came down to a close vote, but the homeowners bought it..By Colin Larson, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 869 words.

EXCHANGE-LEARNING TOGETHER

OMAHA, Neb. — Underwood Hills Early Childhood Learning Center, part of the Westside Community Schools district, uses a peer model program that pairs up kids with different abilities so they can learn from one another. The center serves more than 200 kids, from babies who get home visits to preschoolers who attend classes. The preschoolers who do not have disabilities can help show their special education classmates the ropes, and in turn they get exposure to classmates with special needs. By Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 671 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DEER LOTTERY — Nebraska hunters can enter a lottery for the chance to hunt deer along the Central Platte River.

— WEST NILE-NEBRASKA — Health officials say more cases of the West Nile virus are being found in Nebraska this year, especially on the eastern end of the state.

SPORTS:

FBC--First-Year Frustrations

Misery loves company, and there’s plenty to go around for first-year coaches at some of the biggest name schools in college football. Chip Kelly is 0-3 at UCLA, Scott Frost is 0-2 at Nebraska, Willie Taggart hasn’t beaten an FBS opponent at Florida State, and neither has Kevin Sumlin at Arizona. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

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