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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

DECEASED STUDENTS-DISTRICT POLICY

OMAHA — A new Westside Community Schools policy outlines how the Omaha district's schools, students and families can channel grief over a student's death without inadvertently glorifying death or damaging kids who are mourning. SENT: 260 words.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL SAFETY

OMAHA — As a fifth-grader at Manchester Elementary this year, 10-year-old Cosette Kaminski is supposed to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the basics of geometry — how does a pyramid differ from a cone? By Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald. SENT: 1,710 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-LEARNING JAPANESE

LINCOLN — A heated game of "rock, paper, scissors" recently played out at the front of a Southwest High School classroom as two teachers pitted their rocks against the other's scissors, their open-handed papers flying along with exclamations of "janken poi." By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GAMBLING REVENUE — A new state report says the amount of money wagered on keno, pickle cards, lottery and bingo in Nebraska dropped in the second quarter of 2018.

— FIRE PREVENTION — Recent wildfires highlight the dangers of fire, so forest rangers are encouraging home owners to take steps to reduce fire risks.

— TOXIC ALGAE-ROCKFORD LAKE — Rockford Lake near Beatrice in southeastern Nebraska remains on health alert because of toxic algae blooms.

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