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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 4 pm, NE

January 6, 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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Nebraska lawmakers are set to kick off a new session Wednesday with proposals to balance a tight state budget, lower property taxes and legalize medical marijuana in the face of a potential ballot measure. The new, 90-day session will also usher in 13 new state senators who will reshape the officially nonpartisan Legislature in ways not yet known. By Grant Schulte. Sent: 825 words

YARD DANGER

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Lancaster County is facing challenges caused by homeowners extending their landscaping projects to county-maintained roads. County staff is working with a homeowner who recently bought a house with a large koi pond in the front yard. The pond often extends onto the county road, saturating the pavement, which could eventually lead to the road deteriorating, the Lincoln Journal Star reported . SENT: 300 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-MINI CLASSES

ROSELAND _ Bored students and stressed out teachers were nowhere to be found on the last day of the semester for students at Silver Lake. In those last days before the end of the semester, students are usually tired after a long semester and teachers are stressing out as they work to get grade completed before their own vacation. By Shay Burk. SENT IN ADVANCE: 875 words.

EXCHANGE-AFRICA TO NEBRASKA

NORFOLK _ Megan Tarantal never met her great-grandfather. But she’s continuing the legacy that he created when he cared for the people of Pierce County. Which is why she recently traveled from her home in Capetown, South Africa, to Northeast Nebraska. By Sheryl Schmeckpeper. SENT IN ADVANCE: 570 words.

IN BRIEF:

__ INSECT WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS _ Early childhood educators who want to incorporate insects into a classroom or after-school program are invited to a free workshop Jan. 29 in Norfolk.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-Nebraska-Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ Nebraska plays Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words

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