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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 2 pm, NE

February 24, 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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LINCOLN, Neb. _ A national fight between for-profit banks and nonprofit credit unions is spilling into Nebraska, and state lawmakers could get caught in the middle. Nebraska’s banking industry is supporting a bill this year that would require state regulators to notify them anytime a credit union seeks approval to expand its membership, giving bankers the opportunity to challenge it in a public hearing. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 940 words


OMAHA, Neb. _ Several advocacy groups have set up a website that focuses public attention on problem rental properties in Omaha and what the groups say is the need for an inspection program. The site is called We Don’t Slum — a play on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s We Don’t Coast slogan. SENT: 300 words



OMAHA, Neb. _ In “The Hobbit” at the Circle Theatre, some of the goblins are in wheelchairs and some of the elves have Down syndrome. It’s all about focusing on the abilities of the actors, not the disabilities, said Fran Sillau, the theater’s executive artistic director. It’s also about an updated vision for the Circle, as expressed in a mission statement adopted in January 2018: “Circle Theatre creates productions for differently abled individuals to view and participate in quality theater within a barrier-free environment.” By Betsie Freeman, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1056 words.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ Nine-year-old Kiante Miller sat in a barber chair at Great Clips on a recent Wednesday afternoon for his first haircut in three years. Miller, a third-grader at Knickrehm Elementary School, said he had been growing his hair out since July 1, 2016, as a way to honor his cousin, Ryker Brandt, who passed away from stage 4 neuroblastoma _ a form of brain cancer _ when he was 17 months old. By Austin Koeller, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 670 words.


WINTER WEATHER-NEBRASKA-IOWA _ OMAHA, Neb. _ Travel remains difficult in eastern Nebraska and much of Iowa after a strong winter storm moved across the area.

TURKEY HUNTING-SPRING WORKSHOPS_ LINCOLN, Neb. _ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled several workshops to help spring turkey hunters.

LAKE MCCONAUGHY CAMPGROUND WORK _ OGALLALA, Neb. _ Officials say Cedar View Campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area has closed to let construction crews complete upgrades to campground amenities.



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