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

November 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MIDWEST SNOWSTORM

CHICAGO — A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. “It’s going to be messy,” said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service who is based in suburban Chicago.

AP Photos KSOW106, KSOW102, ILNH102, KSOW102, KSOW104, ILNH101, GFX8277. SENT: 400 words

MORE SPACE FOR MECHANICS

OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha community college is running out of space to train vehicle mechanics, so it’s planning to invest $32.5 million into a new building on its south Omaha campus. Metro Community College hopes to use the 100,000-square-foot, two-story expansion for its auto technology and auto collision programs, The Omaha World-Herald reported . SENT: 250 words

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-LINCOLN ARENA

LINCOLN, Neb. — During the run-up to the 2010 election, which created what became Pinnacle Bank Arena, there was much consternation that Lincoln couldn’t draw the kind of major concerts or ticket sales promised by the arena’s boosters. Eight years later, and five years into the arena’s operations, those fears have proved to be unfounded. The concerts have come — 73 in total — and so have the crowds. The arena has sold 1,139,822 tickets with $71,181,717 in total sales. By L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 938 words.

EXCHANGE-BOOKS AND BRAIDS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Howard Elementary School teacher Bianca Ayala greeted students as they entered a classroom at the school on a recent Monday morning, surrounded by hair straighteners, curling irons and totes of hair supplies. The student was one of about a dozen students who got their hair styled at a before school program called Books and Braids. Ayala said the program was started as a way for students to feel better about themselves. By Austin Koeller, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 871 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COCKFIGHTING ARRESTS — Nebraska authorities arrested 32 men and seized 186 roosters when they broke up a cockfighting event.

— RENTAL HUNTING EQUIPMENT-STUDENTS — Students registered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may rent hunting equipment at the university’s Outdoor Adventure Center.

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