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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 4:15 pm, NE

November 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — Now that voters have approved a proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, groups that supported the measure are gearing up to put the new law into effect — and keeping watch for attempts to sabotage it. Nebraska lawmakers still need to approve funding for the expansion, and Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration has to submit a request to the federal government to amend the state’s current Medicaid plan so that an additional 90,000 low-income citizens can qualify. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 750 words

ONLINE PORTAL FOR HELP

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lincoln-area churches and state human services caseworkers have opened an online portal for people who need a little extra help. The people’s needs are posted on CarePortal, and then the churches see whether their members can meet those needs. The requests might include rent money, beds and blankets for children, bikes, cars, clothes, furniture — things the state can’t provide. SENT: 250 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CHURCH BABY

KEARNEY, Neb. — From the time he was 9 days old, Joseph D. Marvin has lived with his adoptive parents, Larry and Melodie Marvin of Holdrege. Joseph Marvin was named Baby Doe by law enforcement when he was found on the steps of a church with part of his umbilical cord still attached in 1996. He spent a week in the hospital before he was placed into foster care and later adopted by the Marvins. After a series of health issues, he’s started searching for his biological parents. By Kim Schmidt, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1086 words.

EXCHANGE-AUCTIONS END

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A long tradition came to an end Nov. 4 when Olson Auction Service held its final consignment sale. The company had held weekly consignment auctions at the same Grand Island location since 1958. But owners Darrel and Linda Olson are not retiring. Darrel Olson, 76, will still be active in the auction business, handling estate, household and real estate sales. The Olsons will also change their business into New 2 You, which will be a retail pre-owned furniture store. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 392 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FARM ECONOMY — The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline across the Plains and western states this fall because crop prices remain weak.

— CROP PRODUCTION SURVEY — A U.S. Department of Agriculture agency will be contacting farmers to gather year-end production and storage figures.

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