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

October 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ORGANIC FRAUD-CHARGES

IOWA CITY — Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 590 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

LINCOLN EXPLOSION

LINCOLN — A man fatally injured in a natural gas explosion at a house in Lincoln intentionally caused the blast so he could kill his wife, Lincoln police said Thursday. SENT: 260 words, photo.

WOMEN’S MARCH-FRATERNITY — A judge will decide whether the University of Nebraska-Lincoln must turn over any records withheld from a fraternity that was suspended following accusations of hazing, alcohol abuse and inappropriate behavior. SENT: 325 words.

IN BRIEF:

MCCOOK FATAL CRASH — The Nebraska State Patrol says two people were killed this week in a crash about nine miles north of McCook.

TROOPERS UNION ENDORSEMENT — The union that represents Nebraska State Patrol troopers is endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist, four years after the group backed incumbent Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

OFFICER INJURED-NEBRASKA — A North Platte police officer has been hospitalized following a fight with a suspect, who has been charged with attempted murder in the case.

HIGHWAY PEDESTRIAN KILLED — Authorities say a man was struck and killed while walking along a highway in southwest Nebraska.

JUDGE APPOINTED — An Omaha attorney who ran for attorney general has been nominated to serve as a federal judge in Nebraska.

STREETLIGHT CONVERSION — Lincoln has begun a yearlong project to convert all streetlights to LED lighting.

PANHANDLE FATALITY — Authorities have released the name of a driver killed in a collision in the Nebraska Panhandle.

SPORTS:

BOX--BENAVIDEZ-CRAWFORD

OMAHA, Neb. — Challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. has been displaying lots of bravado in advance of his fight with Terence “Bud” Crawford. The WBO welterweight champion expects Benavidez to respect him by the time things are settled in the ring Saturday night. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 425 words, photos.

FBC-NEBRASKA-FROST

UNDATED — First-year Nebraska coach Scott Frost said Thursday the transfers of three of his former players to Oregon State raised his suspicions, though he stopped short of leveling a tampering charge against the Beavers. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FBC--BIG TEN-PLAYING TRICKS

A run of trick plays this season is challenging the Big Ten’s reputation for stodgy football. Kirk Ferentz pulled the biggest of them last week when Iowa successfully ran a fake field goal against Minnesota, with T.J. Hockenson catching a sandlot-style snap on the overloaded right side and chugging 4 yards for a touchdown. By Eric Olson. SENT: 815 words, photos.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 12 Michigan hosts No. 15 Wisconsin in a Big Ten crossover game that could have major implications in the division races. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BKC--BIG TEN MEDIA DAY

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday significant “storm clouds” are hanging over college athletics because of a basketball recruiting scandal displaying what many see as the sleazy side of the sport. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 885 words, photos.

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