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

April 8, 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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ADDS SPRING WEATHER. UPDATES BRIEFS.

TOP STORIES:

FLOODING-UNPROTECTED TOWNS

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. _ The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a small-town Missouri waterfront as barges float by and eagles dart in the air above. But with a major flood receding and predictions of potentially even worse flooding to come later in the spring, owner Barbara Chappuis is moving her business, abandoning the Clarksville riverfront for higher ground across Highway 79. “We’re looking at potential historic floods,” Chappuis said. “I can’t risk that.” By Jim Salter and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPRING WEATHER

HELENA, Mont. _ Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for round two of an unusual weather phenomenon. Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great Plains. By Matt Volz. SENT: 725 words, photos.

PARK PLAN-GRETNA _ Officials in eastern Nebraska hope to turn a large tract of city-owned land into a recreation area with a golf course, fishing pond, dog park, outdoor education center, picnic area and amphitheater. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

XGR--LOTTERY DISCLOSURE _ Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill requiring the state lottery to prominently disclose the odds of winning the biggest available prize in its game advertisements.

XGR--COMMUNITY COLLEGE ASSISTANCE _ Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to expand the number of community college programs that are eligible for special state assistance.

XGR--TAX REPORT-REQUIREMENT _ Nebraska cities would have to issue public reports on how they’re collecting and using occupation taxes under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

XGR--PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING _ Nebraska lawmakers are moving ahead with additional steps designed to protect the state from the national opioid drug epidemic.

BEATRICE CRASH _ Police say a driver died of a medical issue at a hospital after crashing his pickup truck in Beatrice.

FALSE TAX RETURNS _ A Kearney man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed false tax returns.

OMAHA SLAYING _ Authorities say a man found by officers in an Omaha street died later at a hospital.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

WRE--WWE-HART ATTACKED _ Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn. Bail was set at $1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Nebraska at a hearing on Sunday night. Eds: Note photos, video.

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