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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 2:45 pm, NE

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

AROUND THE STATE:

PEER MEDIATION-STUDENTS

LINCOLN _ A Nebraska high school’s students and staff have formed focus groups in an effort to reduce racial tension and other conflicts. SENT: 350 words.

FIRE RISK TOOL

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ South Dakota’s state fire meteorologist is part of a coalition using satellite technology to notify fire managers when fuels are abnormally dry. SENT: 335 words. NOTE Nebraska interest.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-OMAHA POWER

OMAHA _ Six years ago, most people elected to the Omaha Public Power District board ran on holding electricity rates low. They campaigned on the importance of containing the costs of powering homes and businesses. By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald. SENT: 1,900 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-ARTIST ENDURES

LINCOLN _ The artist’s hand moves up and down making small, even pencil strokes on the paper. By Cindy Lange-Kubick, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOOD SAMARITAN KILLED _ Southeastern Nebraska officials say a person who had stopped to help a motorist change a flat tire on a dark highway west of Hallam was hit and killed by another motorist.

_ PRESCRIBED BURNS-TRAINING _ Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are hosting training workshops across the state on prescribed burns.

_ MULTISPECIES LOTTERY _ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for certain multispecies hunting permits starting Jan. 2.

_ VETERANS CEMETERY-WREATHS _ Volunteers are being asked to help place holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans at the Omaha National Cemetery.

SPORTS:

VOL--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

MINNEAPOLIS _ Top-seeded Stanford squares off with defending champion Nebraska in the NCAA volleyball championship at Target Center in Minneapolis. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Match starts at 9 p.m. EST.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-IDAHO _ Nebraska-Omaha plays Idaho at Cowan Spectrum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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