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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 3:45 pm, NE

December 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Nebraska prison and parole officials say they’re forging ahead with state-mandated plans to reduce overcrowding in the correctional system, but some lawmakers are worried the agencies will miss a looming deadline, forcing them to take more drastic action. The Department of Correctional Services and Board of Parole highlighted the steps they’ve taken in a report this month to the Legislature but offered few specifics on the progress they’ve made so far. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 750 words

FLOOD STUDY

OMAHA, Neb. _ Two government agencies are collaborating on a three-year, $3 million study of flood risks in the Omaha metro area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District are both authorized to dam creeks on residential land for reservoirs to help lessen urban flood risks. The return of the corps brings into play the federal government’s deep pockets, the Omaha World-Herald reported . SENT: 325 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-WEATHER BALLOON

GERING, Neb. _ A weather balloon will rise over Gering on Jan. 12 as students look to document Earth from 100,000 feet high in the stratosphere. Gering High School students in Justin Reinmuth’s engineering class are preparing to launch a weather balloon into the stratosphere just after the first of the year. The students will launch the balloon at the same time as another school in Minnesota. By Lauren Brant, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 787 words.

EXCHANGE-LIQUOR AND LIBRARY

FREMONT, Neb. _ Since it began selling used books in April, Dave’s Drive-In Liquor has netted more than $5,500 in book sales, owner Jeff Rise recently confirmed to the Fremont Tribune. And every penny has gone to the Friends of the Keene Memorial Library, ultimately helping the library fund a wide array of things: food and snacks for children’s programs; authors or special visitors; special events like the Christmas tree lighting; or software or hardware for computers. By James Farrell, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 374 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NPPD RATES _ Nebraska’s largest utility will keep electricity rates flat overall for next year.

SPORTS:

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

MINNEAPOLIS _ The celebration of Stanford’s NCAA-record eighth national volleyball title was in full swing when the Cardinal players went flat on their backs to flap their arms and legs for some snow angels in the layer of confetti on the court. There was some exhaustion amid the exhilaration, too, after being pushed to the limit by defending champion Nebraska. By Sports Writer Dave Campbell.

AP Photos MNAK111, MNAK112, MNAK110, MNAK109, MNAK105, MNAK102, MNAK101, MNAK104. SENT: 1000 words

BKC--Oklahoma State-Nebraska

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Nebraska meets Oklahoma State at the Sanford Sports Pentagon. UPCOMING: 600 words after 7 p.m. EST start.

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