AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3 pm, NE
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LINCOLN, Neb. — Solar energy is gaining traction in Nebraska as a growing number of cities adopt the technology, and state officials are looking for ways to help the trend along. The technology has become so popular that some cities have had to expand their recently built solar farms or build new ones to keep pace with customer demand. By Grant Schulte And Tess Williams.
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LINCOLN, Neb. — A decades-old detox program in Lincoln could be forced to close if it loses its funding and state license for locking intoxicated people in rooms. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that The Bridge Behavioral Health’s detox program often locks very intoxicated individuals in a treatment room after they’re brought in by Lincoln police. SENT: 325 words
HASTINGS, Neb. — Six area farmers and their families are looking to reap the benefits of a berry once relied upon by Native Americans for medicinal purposes that has recently become a much-coveted product in the health food industry. Trüronia is the brand name for the organically grown aronia berry products offered by Hastings farmer Scott Dinkler and partners. Research studies link aronia consumption to decreasing inflammation, battling cancer, improving blood circulation and increasing white blood cells. By John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1042 words.
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — A small grocery store that has stood near downtown Plattsmouth for more than six decades closed for good May 26, marking the end of a business that has served generations of people in the Cass County community of 6,500. Now a No Frills and Hy-Vee remain, and Steube’s Thriftway couldn’t keep up. Twenty-five years ago Nebraska had about 1,200 locally-owned independent grocers like Steube’s, but the count has fallen to roughly 500 as the stores face competition from chains or dwindling populations. By Michael O’Connor, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 828 words.
— ADOPT A BEACH — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a new Adopt-a-Beach program aims to keep two western Nebraska recreation areas free of litter.
— FATAL DOWNTOWN OMAHA SHOOTING — Police are investigating a shooting that killed one woman and injured at least six others in downtown Omaha’s popular Old Market restaurant and shopping area.
BBC--NCAA Regional Rdpnew
Defending national champion and top seed Florida is among the teams in NCAA Tournament regional finals. A look at highlights and top performances. By Eric Olson. 900 words, photos, by 8 p.m.
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