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

August 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.



OMAHA, Neb. — A man convicted of a 1988 double killing in western Nebraska is seeking to reopen the case by using new technology to identify fingerprints left at the crime scene, even as a new documentary series nearing completion calls into question his guilt. Jeff Boppre, who is serving two life sentences, has maintained for three decades that he was framed for the killings of Richard Valdez and his pregnant girlfriend, Sharon Condon, in a Scottsbluff home. The Nebraska judicial system has upheld his 1989 conviction numerous times. By Margery A. Beck.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Some Omaha-area police and fire agencies are using sports to connect with local youth. Omaha police officers recently replaced a tattered basketball net and handed out balls to neighborhood youth as part of Operation NETS, or Neighborhood Engagement Through Sports. It’s a collaborative effort for law enforcement agencies to meet local youth and build trust by delivering new sports equipment. SENT: 275 words



LINCOLN, Neb. —A Nebraska teacher battling Parkinson’s is preparing to go back to the classroom. A slip in the bathtub that caused a concussion led Al Bock to his unexpected diagnosis. The North Star High School teacher has spent the summer recovering from the concussion and has been learning how to cope with the symptoms of Parkinson’s. By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,173 words.


OMAHA, Neb. —Two national reports generally confirm that a higher percentage of college students are feeling troubled. Most of those students are seeking help for the anxiety and depression. Nebraska colleges are now trying new ways to help those students. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 20 or 25 students will receive training to assist classmates in need through the Big Red Resilience program. By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,317 words.


— HUNTING CHALLENGE — Nebraska is inviting hunters to an upland bird hunting challenge.

— HIKE WITH HOUNDS — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting people to celebrate National Dog Day by bringing their pets along for a hike at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area in western Nebraska.


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