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AP-NE--Nebraska News Digest 1:30 pm, NE

August 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight a fast-spreading tree species that crowds out other plants, destroys valuable ranchland and threatens the Great Plains from Texas to the Dakotas. Eastern red cedar trees are native to the Plains but have spread out of control without the natural prairie fires that kept them in check centuries ago. The trees suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other native plants and turn grasslands into barren patches of dirt. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 650 words

EVENTS CENTER-AQUATICS

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — A group of Nebraska residents is proposing a $45 million aquatics and events center in Scottsbluff. Local resident Dave Schaff told the Scottsbluff City Council that the group hopes the facility will be operated as a private-public partnership SENT: 250 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FLOWER POWER

CREIGHTON, Neb. — The Flower Power/Bunk Project encourages businesses and individuals to “look up and look out” for the small things that make the Creighton community more beautiful and tourist friendly. The project also has been providing a basis for community members to work together. Keep Creighton Beautiful was organized in 1980 and was instrumental in beginning the first recycling program to Creighton. Since then, it has followed through with many individual projects. By Bev Schwindt, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 377 words.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG BLOOD DONORS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. —ROTC members and other high school drives are helping fulfill a “huge need” for the Red Cross. According to a press release from the organization, blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much 20 percent of donations during the school year. In getting high school donors, Red Cross officials say they’re gaining lifelong blood donors. By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 797 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BIRDER RESOURCE — A new website makes it easier for birders to learn about Nebraska’s birds.

— COOKING SEMINAR-WILD GAME — A cookbook author will visit Lincoln this fall for a seminar on cooking wild game and fish.

— NEBRASKA DUCK HUNTING — The duck population appears to be in good shape headed into hunting season in Nebraska.

SPORTS:

IN BRIEF:

— NEBRASKA-QUARTERBACK — True freshman Adrian Martinez has been named Nebraska’s starting quarterback for the opener against Akron on Saturday.

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