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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 5 pm, NE

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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.

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Nebraska lawmakers getting to work on a new budget won’t face as much pressure to cut as they previously thought, thanks to an influx of federal dollars, but some still worry the state’s financial challenges aren’t over. Nebraska is on pace to get an extra $92.1 million from the Federal Medical Assistance Program over the next two fiscal years, according to documents released last week in Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposed budget. By Grant Schulte.

SERVICE DOG DISPUTE

(Information in the following story is from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com)

LINCOLN, Neb. _ A Lincoln paramedic went on hundreds of emergency calls before the one that took he says took his soul. Rob Ravndal said a service dog he acquired, Pride, has helped calm his anxieties but Pride couldn’t save his job.

NATIVE AMERICAN MARCH-VIDEOS

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys’ high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a group from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills. By Adam Beam and Brian Melley.

AP Photos NY520-0119192111, KYBW105-0119190939, KYBW104-0119190834, KYBW102-0119190816, KYBW103-0119190830, KYBW101-0119190815.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-TROUBLED LIBRARY

OAKDALE, Neb. _ The Lois Johnson Memorial Library in Oakdale is at risk of being closed due to the loss of village funding this past October. It’s something that Rebecca Williams, the library’s director, doesn’t want to see happen. This isn’t the first time the library has faced a financial challenge. It previously closed in October of 2017 but reopened in April this past year. By Emmalee Scheibe, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.

EXCHANGE-CHIMP PREP

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. _ For two years, the Riverside Discovery Center has been making improvements in front of and behind the scenes as well as bringing in new animals for the public to learn about. The zoo is now set to embark on another significant, long-term change to bring further enjoyment to the visiting public. A new troop of chimpanzees are expected to arrive this spring. By Irene North, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 654 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OMAHA HOMICIDE _ Police are investigating Omaha’s first homicide in more than four months. Omaha Police say 21-year-old Jacque Holbert was found early Sunday in northeast Omaha with a gunshot wound. He died later at a hospital.

_ FORT ROBINSON POND WORK _ Two ponds at Fort Robinson State Park in northwest Nebraska are being drained for a fishing improvement project.

_ ONLINE CRASH REPORTS _ Drivers can now complete crash reports online in Nebraska. The state Transportation Department says the new online form will keep drivers from having to print out and mail a form.

SPORTS:

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