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

January 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RICKETTS AGENDA

LINCOLN _ Gov. Pete Ricketts called on lawmakers Tuesday to approve a new property tax package and boost funding for Nebraska’s prison system in the face of a looming state deadline to reduce overcrowding. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 550 words, photos. Eds: Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA TOURISM _ The Nebraska Tourism Office has launched its first campaign of 2019 by promoting the hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate to the Platte River Valley, with the hope of expanding on tourism success they saw after promoting the event last year. SENT: 210 words, photo.

OBIT-WWII FEMALE PILOT _ A member of a pioneering group of women who flew military planes in the United States during World War II has died. SENT: 260 words, photos. Eds: Note Nebraska mention.

IN BRIEF:

CHRISTMAS BAN REBUKE _ A Nebraska principal placed on leave after a Christian group threatened legal action over her ban on Christmas and holiday symbols has been moved into a different district job.

BANK FRAUD-CONSPIRACY _ The owners of a concrete business have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

COFFEE SHOP THEFT-MANAGER _ A former coffee shop manager in Lincoln has been given a year in jail and ordered to pay $15,000 restitution.

CHILD PORN PRODUCTION _ Prosecutors say a Lincoln man has been imprisoned for producing child pornography.

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