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BC-NE--Nebraska News Digest 1:30 pm, NE

February 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN _ The voter-approved law to expand Medicaid in Nebraska is quietly taking shape as the state prepares to extend health coverage to an estimated 90,000 recipients, but key challenges still must be resolved and officials haven’t set a firm date to start enrolling people. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 750 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

NEBRASKA VETERANS HOME _ Grand Island’s mayor says two state agencies will work with the city on what to do with the former Grand Island Veterans Home buildings and land. SENT: 330 words.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-YOUTH MENTORING

HASTINGS _ After a year of changes, one Hastings youth mentoring organization has come out on the other side stronger than before. “I just love seeing the smiles on our kids’ faces when they see their mentors,” said Teal Anderson. “It’s really exciting and really rewarding.” In early 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings brought in interim director Brady Rhodes as the board of directors was at a bit of a crossroads. By Shay Burk, Hastings Tribune. SENT: 1,050 words.

EXCHANGE-SCOTTSBLUFF SOLAR

SCOTTSBLUFF _ Nearly two years ago, the Nebraska Public Power District embarked on a 128-kilowatt solar array, located at its office in Scottsbluff. When the project went live, the created renewable energy was sent to the electric grid. By Irene North, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT: 875 words.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-IOWA-NEBRASKA _ A storm has buried much of Iowa and Nebraska under more than a half-foot of snow.

MARSH MADNESS _ People are invited to enjoy the wonders of the spring bird migration at Ponca State Park during Marsh Madness.

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