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

May 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA PRIMARY-LIBERTARIAN

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska lawmaker who left the Republican Party to become one of the nation’s few Libertarian state legislators is facing the political fight of her life against two Republicans challengers, including one backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The showdown began after state Sen. Laura Ebke switched parties in 2016, citing concerns about the GOP governor’s public demands for more “platform Republicans” in the Legislature. By Grant Schulte. AP Photos NENH206, NENH207. SENT: 900 words

COMFY CRUISERS

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha police and other law enforcement agencies have been filling their cruiser fleets with bigger, more comfortable sport utility vehicles instead of purchasing more four-door sedans. Omaha City Council approved the purchase of 40 Ford Explorer police utility vehicles in February for about $1.1 million, the Omaha World-Herald reported . Another $1.3 million was approved to install lights, lockers and other equipment. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-PIANO MAN

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. —Finding an opportunity to hear Grand Island’s Jared Hansen performing at a keyboard shouldn’t be difficult. Hansen, 34, plays keyboard instruments to accompany singing at three Third City churches, sometimes “tearing” from one church to another on a Sunday morning. Hansen began developing his musical skill by taking piano lessons when he was in the third grade. In high school he participated in jazz band, show choir band, choir and other groups at Northwest High School. By Chuck Lentz, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 711 words.

EXCHANGE-MUSIC MEMORIES

OAKLAND, Neb. —Back in the mid-1960s, the Purple Onion was the place to go in Oakland, Nebraska. It was a building on the Burt County fairgrounds. But on Tuesday nights in the summer, it was gathering place for hundreds of area teens who came to hear homegrown bands like The Touracos, The Lip and The Fenmen. Decades later, some of the musicians who performed in the Purple Onion will return to play when the town celebrates its 150th anniversary. The celebration is set for May 25-28. By Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1459 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GRAND ISLAND LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS — The Grand Island Public Library is set to see big upgrades in the coming year.

— FINANCIAL LITERACY — Nebraska’s state treasurer is calling on state lawmakers and educators to make financial literacy a required course for high school graduation in Nebraska.

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