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

February 10, 2019

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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Nebraska state lawmakers and conservationists who have seen a major drought, historic flooding and gigantic wildfires over the last decade are pushing to prepare the state for climate change, but if history is an indicator, legislators won’t be warming to the idea anytime soon. Nebraska is one of seven Plains states that haven’t created a formal plan to confront the local impact of more extreme weather, bucking the trend of 33 others and the District of Columbia that have done so since the mid-2000s. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 1000 words

TRANSMISSION LINE CONCERNS

(Information in the following story is from: KUCV-FM, http://netnebraska.org)

WOOD RIVER, Neb. _ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its final environmental impact statement on what a 345,000-volt transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills could mean to habitat for the endangered American burying beetle. The release Thursday began a 30-day period for public inspection . The service said it will then decide whether to issue a permit that would allow incidental violations of the Endangered Species Act. Documents are available by appointment at the service’s Nebraska field office in Wood River. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CRICKET PLAYERS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ On a recent, cold Wednesday night in Grand Island, seven guys were inside the Community Fieldhouse, having a great time playing cricket. The group has been playing cricket inside the Community Fieldhouse on a weekly basis for two months. All seven of the players were originally from India. But they have been joined by natives of Nepal and Pakistan. A student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, who is originally from the West Indies, has also played. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 755 words.

EXCHANGE-LASTING FRIENDSHIP

BEATRICE, Neb. _ Not many people can say they’ve had a friendship spanning 88 years, but Grace Frierichs and Katherine Wallman can. These two 101 year old women first met each other in 1931, when they went through confirmation classes at Zion Lutheran Church in Pickrell. By Monica Brich, The Beatrice Daily Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 278 words.

IN BRIEF:

SCIENCE CAFE-ORGAN DONATION _OMAHA, Neb. _ A surgeon will discuss at the next Omaha Science Café what it means to be a living organ donor.

COLLEGE PRESIDENT RETIRING_ HASTINGS, Neb. _ The president of Central Community College-Hastings intends to retire effective June 3.

MISSOURI RIVER FORECAST _ OMAHA, Neb. _ Officials say the reservoirs along the Missouri River are ready to handle the floodwaters that are expected to flow into the system this year.

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