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

October 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LINCOLN, Neb. — Residents of a small Nebraska county that owes $28.1 million to six people wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape and murder will seek a bailout from the state now that their appeals are nearly exhausted, but some lawmakers aren’t interested in helping them avoid a big property tax increase. Community leaders in Gage County plan to ask lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts for state funding or a loan to help pay the civil judgment owed to the former inmates, known as the Beatrice Six. They served a combined 70 years in prison for the slaying of 68-year-old Helen Wilson before being released a decade ago. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 1000 words


WASHINGTON — Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn’t been enough to allow his wife to join them. Mohammed, who worked as a security guard for the U.S. military in Baghdad, says he was initially told his wife would be reunited with him and the boys within a month. The wait has now dragged on for more than a year as she goes through stricter screening imposed by the Trump administration. By Susannah George And Colleen Long. AP Photos WX101, WX102. SENT: 1100 words



GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Two friends took their separate battles with cancer and turned it into a campaign to help others fighting the disease. A decade ago Lisa Willman and Julie Pfeifer started GRACE Cancer Foundation. The local nonprofit provides financial support to Grand Island area families going through treatment for any type of cancer. More than 500 families from Grand Island and the surrounding area have received support from the organization. By Julie Blum, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 872 words.


HASTINGS, Neb. — Today’s college students connect with and consume technology in a much different way than students of the past. It is with that in mind that starting in fall 2019 every student entering Hastings College will be equipped with his or her own iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. For more than a year, every faculty member on campus has been equipped with these tools to learn about operation and how he or she can incorporate it into classroom instruction. Starting next fall, each of the 1,200 students will receive an iPad and stylus. By Shay Burk, The Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1139 words.


— BUILDING EXPLOSION — Investigators are working to determine why a building containing a dry cleaning business collapsed after an explosion and fire.



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