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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

XGR--RECALL ELECTIONS-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state’s status as one as one of the nation’s most prolific users of recall elections. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 635 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INVESTMENTS

OMAHA _ Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has taken a new stake in Canadian firm Suncor Energy and trimmed its huge Apple stake. By Business Writer Josh Funk. SENT: 300 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

ZOO GROWING BIGGER _ An already sizable expansion project at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo is growing even bigger after donations exceeded the original fundraising goal. SENT: 280 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MARIJUANA SEIZURES-I-80 _ Nebraska troopers have seized 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms) of marijuana and arrested several people in five traffic stops in less than 24 hours on Interstate 80.

FLU DEATHS _ Officials in eastern Nebraska say a child and a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy have died from complications of the flu.

TROUBLED NURSING HOMES _ Officials say four more of the 21 nursing homes and assisted-living centers under state control are expected to close.

MISSING MAN-ARRESTS _ A second man accused of a fatal Lincoln beating over a drug debt has been imprisoned.

CUMING COUNTY FATALITY _ A driver will be sentenced in April for his role in a three-vehicle accident in northeast Nebraska.

SPORTS:

FBC-NEBRASKA-WASHINGTON

LINCOLN, Neb. _ A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Maurice Washington, clearing the way for the Nebraska running back to return to his home state to face charges related to his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 435 words, photo.

BKW--NEBRASKA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Riding a seven-game winning streak and atop the Big Ten standings, No. 7 Maryland takes on Nebraska. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 24 Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday for the top game of the weekend in the Big Ten. By Eric Olson. SENT: 720 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--SOUTH DAKOTA ST-NEBRASKA-OMAHA _ South Dakota State plays Nebraska-Omaha at Baxter Arena.

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