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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 1:30 pm, NE

September 30, 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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has set to work on a new state budget proposal he says will focus on property taxes and K-12 school funding, two of the many competing priorities lawmakers will consider in 2019. The Republican governor, who is up for re-election this year, is reviewing new budget requests submitted by state agencies this month and developing a two-year package to present to the Legislature in January. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 725 words

ELECTION 2018-SHERIFF-SEWARD COUNTY

SEWARD, Neb. — An eastern Nebraska sheriff’s decision to halt his department’s drug interdiction program was a political ploy to keep his election opponent from making advantageous headlines, the opponent said. Sgt. Mike Vance is running to replace his boss, Joe Yocum, as sheriff of Seward county. Vance said he’s twice been recognized by the National Criminal Enforcement Association as one of the top six drug interdiction officers in the U.S. and Canada. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-STILL DANCING

OMAHA, Neb. — Dave Beber, 95, and wife Arlene, 85, has been married for 66 years and dance every Monday. Long ago Dave Beber asked Arlene to dance at a wedding reception, and they have done so ever since. The Bebers, who worked together in their medical billing business, have outlasted a lot of venues where they danced. By Michael Kelly, The Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 540 words.

EXCHANGE-SENATOR AND SNIPER

LINCOLN, Neb. — Tom Brewer, the soldier senator who was elected to the Legislature in 2016 following a 36-year military career that included a series of sniper shooting championships, is going back into action in Bulgaria. Brewer has decided to participate in an International Sniper Cup event on a range near Sofia that will retest his shooting skills. By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SPACE LAW NETWORK — The University of Nebraska has received a $250,000 grant to create a space law network.

— MILKWEED SEEDLINGS — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving away milkweed seedlings to help monarch butterflies.

SPORTS:

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