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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3:30 pm, NE

September 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The once-a-decade process of redrawing legislative and congressional districts will face fresh scrutiny and a new sense of urgency next year as Nebraska legislators decide whether to overhaul the effort to reduce partisanship. Democrats and some Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature say that the current process, which will begin again in 2021, is too self-serving because it lets incumbent lawmakers design their own districts and those held by political allies in Congress. Others maintain the state constitution requires legislators to redraw district boundaries and turning over even partial responsibility to others would violate the spirt of the law. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 675 words


LINCOLN, Neb. — A conservative group’s plans to establish a University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter are moving forward one year after the efforts stalled from a prolonged confrontation over free speech. Turning Point USA appears to be on track to gain recognized status as a campus chapter, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The group had struggled to find a faculty adviser following the political battle that started when a graduate student-lecturer confronted and made an obscene hand gesture at a student recruiting for Turning Point. SENT: 300 words


LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. By David Eggert And Geoff Mulvihill.

AP Photos CER802, CER801, MIDTN501. SENT: 1000 words



OMAHA, Neb. - Charis University, a Christian school proposed for the metro area, will not launch this fall and has changed and downsized its plan. Charis, which was to be the offshoot of the defunct Grace University in Omaha, has a memorandum of understanding and tentative plans to partner with the Illinois-based Trinity International University. And for now, Charis’ hopes are on hold to move onto part of the old Dana College campus in Blair, Nebraska. By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 459 words.


HASTINGS, Neb. —For nearly 40 years, Hastings resident Kent Theesen had been gathering stories for his recently released book, “Backstage Behind the Curtain.” Released officially on Sept. 1, the book features 60 celebrity encounters Theesen has had while building his extensive autograph collection during his varied careers, which include stints in show business as an actor, radio personality gigs, and manning the front desk in the hotel industry. By the Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 612 words.


— VOTER REGISTRATION — Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale is encouraging eligible residents to register to vote or update their current information if needed.

— STATE FISHING RECORDS — Four new state fishing records have been set in Nebraska.


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