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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3:45 pm, NE

December 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

JOB TRAINING CONSORTIUM

OMAHA, Neb. — Some Omaha business, labor and education leaders are trying to persuade school districts to pool resources into a regional center where high school students from across the metro area could learn technical and career skills. The Career Consortium USA group has been working for several years to launch the regional career center project, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The idea is still largely conceptual, but the goal is to provide access to more classes so that students could get a head-start on college, a skill certification or a steady job right out of high school. SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-BARN QUILTS

PIERCE, Neb. — Linda Davis is always looking for inspiration for her next project. And her latest work is a spin on a familiar idea. Davis has recently taken up making three-dimensional barn quilts. Traditional barn quilts, Davis said, are typically designs painted onto a flat surface. The 3D barn quilts use wooden pieces that are placed on top of the base in specific layers and patterns. By Nick Gebhart, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 462 words.

EXCHANGE-STORING GRAIN

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The soybean crop was huge this year: An estimated 345 million bushels were produced in Nebraska and 4.6 billion bushels across the United States. Both numbers are all-time records. At the same time, demand is down because of Chinese tariffs. Producers have been “scrambling to find places to put beans,” said Kent Weems, grain manager for the Ag Valley Cooperative facility in North Platte. By George Haws, The North Platte Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 489 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SCIENCE CAFE-PEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER — Pediatric brain cancer will be the focus of the next Omaha Science Café.

— LIGHT LESSONS — Nebraska’s largest utility is encouraging homeowners to use LED Christmas lights this year because they will use less energy.

— ATTORNEY SUSPENDED — The Nebraska Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of a Holdrege attorney.

— ONLINE SHOPPING CONCERNS — The head of a Nebraska company that designs scarves with a hidden pocket says consumers shopping online have to beware of counterfeit products.

— WINTERY WEATHER-NEBRASKA-IOWA — Snow continues to fall across much of Nebraska and western Iowa.

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