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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3:30 pm, NE

May 19, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ Farmers, ranchers and homeowners throughout Nebraska are likely to get more state money next year to offset their property tax bills, but it won’t make a big difference for many people and that’s leaving some lawmakers exasperated as this year’s legislative session nears its end. The new state budget awaiting a final vote in the Legislature provides a major boost to the Nebraska property tax credit, which helps reduce the total tax bill sent to property owners. By Grant Schulte.

HIGH-TECH STREET STUDY

(Information in the following story is from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ A technologically advanced van is helping Grand Island determine how to keep its streets in good shape and save taxpayer money in the process. Grand Island has hired a Savoy, Illinois-based firm, Engineering & Research International, to complete the project. The street assessment van going up and down the more than 300 miles of Grand Island streets is equipped with high-resolution cameras, ground-penetrating radar, global positioning systems and onboard computers. The van equipment will look at such things as cracks in the roads and roughness.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-SLAVERY LAWSUITS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ A quarter century before Dred Scott’s petition to be free from slavery was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, a decision that further pushed the country toward civil war, a slave named Charlotte Dupuy asked a Washington, D.C. court to free her family from bondage. Her owner was Henry Clay, the sitting secretary of state, a former speaker of the House of Representatives and aspiring presidential hopeful. Known widely as the “Great Compromiser,” Clay was just the latest in a series of high-profile, slaveholding Americans living in the nation’s capital sued by their slaves for their freedom. By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1276 words.

EXCHANGE-CAMPUS ART

HASTINGS, Neb. _ A team of students at Hastings College and Sarah Swist, an assistant professor of visual arts, are trying to add a little variety to the daily routine of the college community and visitors by hanging pieces of art across the campus. The Scintilla Art Project is a monthly rotating exhibition of art pieces from national and international artists that started this March. Each piece is small enough to fit in one of the five wall-hung acrylic boxes, each in a different building on the Hastings College campus. A description of the piece and artist hang next to the art box. By Jarad Johnson, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 636 words.

IN BRIEF:

CRASH KILLS CHILD _ GRETNA, Neb. _ Authorities are investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed a 4-month-old child in eastern Nebraska.

AIRPORT SECURITY CHECKS_ OMAHA, Neb. _ Travelers will have the chance to sign up in Omaha for the Transportation Security Administration’s pre-check program this week.

UTILITY SCAM WARNING _COLUMBUS, Neb. _ Nebraska’s largest utility is warning about a recent increase in scam calls.

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