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

January 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

XGR--NEBRASKA PRISONS

LINCOLN _ Nebraska’s corrections director is set to brief lawmakers Friday on the state prison system, including steps the department is taking to reduce inmate overcrowding. By Grant Schulte. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. Eds: Hearing starts at 1:30 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA UNEMPLOYMENT

OMAHA _ Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained at 2.8 percent in December _ a figure that speaks both well and not so happily about the state’s economy, an economist said Friday. By Nelson Lampe. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

SHARE OMAHA _ A new website is hoping to make it easier to get involved with hundreds of nonprofits in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area by creating a place where residents can easily see what organizations need. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

NEBRASKA GOP CHAIRMAN _ The Nebraska Republican Party has re-elected its chairman to another two-year term.

RAILROAD WORKER INJURED _ A man who still works for BNSF Railway has been awarded nearly $3.5 million for injuries he suffered at a Lincoln rail yard nearly five years ago.

HASTINGS OFFICIAL-ARREST _ A Hastings city official accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Lincoln has taken a plea deal.

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