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

November 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is considering a proposal that would change the way agricultural land is taxed to provide relief to farmers who are struggling amid low crop prices. The governor floated the idea last week as a way to prevent property taxes from sharply increasing even as the state’s agricultural economy is having troubles. A similar bill stalled in the Legislature in 2017, but Ricketts said he doesn’t think it was fully debated or understood. By Grant Schulte. AP Photo NENH114. SENT: 650 words

SPECIAL SERVICES CUT

OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Public Schools district has curtailed special education services for some private school children who live outside the district, a move that’s led to criticism from parents. The Omaha district this school year reduced the type of special education services available to nonresident private school students, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The district will now only provide occupational and physical therapy to nonresident students. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL COFFEE

LINCOLN, Neb. — Down a hallway lined with Lincoln High School’s signature red lockers, through the doors of Room 123, teachers can find a little early-morning salvation: a caffeine oasis open for business each Friday morning. More likely than not, Quar-tus Jones will be there, the high school junior with his black apron on, ready to serve the steady stream of customers coming through the doors for a cup of Joe. Common Grounds is a coffee shop for Lincoln High staff run by students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who learn job skills while operating the business. By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1077 words.

EXCHANGE-MANSION RESTORATION

OMAHA, Neb. — More than 100 years ago, a lavish mansion was built on land owned by Omaha’s first mayor, Jesse Lowe, overlooking his burgeoning town. The house spoke perfectly to the excesses of Omaha’s early claim-stakers, but in the decades that followed, ceilings cracked, walls crumbled and the estate became dilapidated, ripe for demolition. Four years ago, Omaha resident Chris Janicek bought the mansion. Since then, the former U.S. Senate candidate and Cupcake Omaha owner has spent about 60 hours a month restoring it. Janicek’s work-in-progress will soon be open to the public as part of the Joslyn Castle Historic Home Tour. By Chris Peters, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 562 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HUNTING DEATH-NEBRASKA — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was fatally shot while hunting near Omaha.

— MENTORED SQUIRREL HUNT — Girls at least 16 years old and women are invited to participate in mentored squirrel hunt and workshop next month.

— TOY CREATION CONTEST — A nine-year-old Texas girl will have the chance to pitch her toy idea at the next American International Toy Fair after winning a contest.

— SCIENCE CAFé-POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION — Three mental health professionals from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine will be speaking at the next Omaha Science Café about postpartum depression.

— FERTILIZER SAFETY — Anyone who handles anhydrous ammonia fertilizer is encouraged to attend safety training because it can be dangerous if it is mishandled.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— EAST TENNESSEE ST-CREIGHTON — Ty-Shon Alexander scored a career-high 20 points and Creighton closed on a 24-6 run to rally past East Tennessee State 75-69 on Sunday.

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