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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 1 pm, NE

December 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

STUDENT KILLED-IOWA

IOWA CITY _ Before they arrested a farmhand in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, investigators scrutinized four other potential suspects during their five-week search. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 930 words, photos. Eds: Note Nebraska mention.

AROUND THE STATE:

BLUEPRINT NEBRASKA _ Nebraska’s labor shortage was one of the main concerns raised at events held by a business group seeking public input on a statewide economic development plan. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

EDUCATOR ARRESTED-SEX CHARGE _ A former Omaha area high school administrator accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to prison.

BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests the regional economy is growing.

OFFICER WOUNDED _ A 25-year-old man who shot a Columbus police officer during a gunbattle has taken a plea deal.

ELECTION 2020-NEBRASKA-EASTMAN _ Democrat Kara Eastman is looking for a rematch against Republican U.S. Rep. Don Bacon in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

SCOTTSBLUFF PUBLISHER _ The longtime general manager of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald newspaper has been promoted to publisher.

TRIBAL BUSINESS INVESTIGATED _ A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Nebraska’s attempt to regulate tobacco sales by two Winnebago Tribe subsidiaries.

WIND FARM NOISE _ Lancaster County commissioners have raised maximum noise levels for landowners who participate in wind turbine projects, making them higher than the noise level standard for landowners who aren’t getting any reimbursements.

SIMANTS COMPETENCY _ A judge has ordered a man who authorities say killed six members of a Nebraska family more than 40 years ago to remain in state care.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--COE COLLEGE-CREIGHTON _ Coe College plays Creighton at CHI Health Center Omaha. UPCOMING: 150 words. Eds: Game time 7 p.m.

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