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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 6 pm, NE

January 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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XGR--PROPERTY TAX-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN — A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a massive property tax credit bill as part of his promise to try to force action on agricultural property taxes that have soared in recent years. Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard proposed the measure Thursday and is preparing for a citizen ballot initiative if lawmakers don’t pass something this year. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

WITH:

— ELECTED OFFICIALS-SALARY CAP — A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a cap on the salaries of local elected officials after a county board’s members gave themselves several pay raises.

BUFFETT OPTIMISM

OMAHA — Billionaire Warren Buffett remains optimistic about the U.S. economy and the nation’s prospects for the future. By Business Writer Josh Funk. SENT: 285 words.

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NO HOMICIDES-LINCOLN — Nebraska’s capital city recorded no homicides last year, matching the 1991 mark of zero, but its top public safety officers said the figure doesn’t prove whether Lincoln was safer than other cities. SENT: 290 words.

CASH SEIZURE-LAWSUIT — The city of Lincoln is suing for the return of more than $50,000 it paid in November to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by a Lincoln couple who said police wrongly seized $224,000 in cash, firearms and coins in 2014 from their home. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the city’s newly filed lawsuit accuses David Tarrence of violating the nondisclosure agreement of the settlement by bad-mouthing police inside a local convenience store last month. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

ELECTION COMMISSION-NEBRASKA — Officials say President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission never received any Nebraska voter information before the group was disbanded.

LIVE GRENADE FOUND — The Nebraska State Patrol says its bomb squad destroyed a live grenade found in a newly-bought truck in eastern Nebraska.

CITY WORKER KILLED — An Omaha man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for hitting and killing an Omaha street crew worker nearly a year ago has been sentenced to 14 days in jail and two years’ probation.

BUFFETT’S BENEVOLENCE — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away roughly $43 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock since last summer with the majority of that — $30 million — going to one unnamed charity.

PAY RAISES-COUNTY OFFICIALS — County commissioners have given themselves the biggest raise by percentage when compared to those they granted to other elected officials in Scotts Bluff County.

AVERA AIR AMBULANCE — Sioux Falls-based Avera plans to put an airplane and a crew of up to a dozen pilots and nurses in Pierre, to improve service. Eds: Note Nebraska mention.

INTERSTATE CLOSED-SPILLED SPUDS — Authorities say a load of potatoes that spilled across the roadway forced closure of eastbound Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.

YOUTH CENTER ESCAPE — The last of the three teenagers who escaped from the state Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney has been captured in Oklahoma.

SPORTS:

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Tim Miles could have his best team in his six seasons at Nebraska, and a game at Purdue on Saturday is an opportunity for the Cornhuskers to show they’re for real. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

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