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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 1 pm, NE

March 11, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NEBRASKA-GOP STAFFER-COMMENTS

LINCOLN _ A former Nebraska Republican Party intern who worked as a paid campaign staffer for Gov. Pete Ricketts is apologizing for anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs he made online and statements advocating for violence against gay-rights parades, black activists and journalists. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

PROTECTION ORDERS-NEBRASKA _ A Nebraska bill seeks to clarify the state’s law on protection orders and require at least an initial hearing for all applicants — a change advocates and state lawmakers hope would help those who need protection from domestic abuse, sexual assault and harassment. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

NEBRASKA UNEMPLOYMENT _ The Nebraska Labor Department says the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged in January: 2.8 percent.

ICE JAMS-DYNAMITE _ Officials say ice jams could be blasted with dynamite to prevent river flooding in eastern Nebraska.

NORFOLK FIRE _ Authorities say one person was hospitalized after a house fire in Norfolk.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

FBC--NEBRASKA-WASHINGTON _ Nebraska running back Maurice Washington surrendered to California authorities on Monday to face felony and misdemeanor charges related to possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend allegedly being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.

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