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Nebraska News Digest

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.
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 1:18 PM CDT
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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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 broadcast 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.

TOP STORY:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BATCH TESTING

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 860 words, photo. NOTE Nebraska interest in story.

With:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEBRASKA — Health officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nebraska has topped 19,000 since the outbreak of the new coronavirus began earlier this year.

AROUND THE STATE:

OBIT-BOYS TOWN DIRECTOR

OMAHA — Former Boys Town director Rev. Val Peter, who led the iconic home for troubled youth for 20 years before retiring in 2005, has died at age 85. Peter oversaw a significant expansion of Boys Town’s programs to more sites beyond its base in Nebraska. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.

OMAHA SCHOOLS-REOPENING — Nebraska’s largest school district has announced it will open up in-person classes a week earlier than planned and require all students, staff and others to wear masks on school grounds to try to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. SENT: 250 words.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-LAWSUIT

LINCOLN — A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a Beatrice man who was shot several times in 2018 by a U.S. marshal in Lincoln. SENT: 180 words.

IN BRIEF:

PERSON HIT BY TRAIN — Police in western Iowa say a person hit by a train in Council Bluffs has been taken in critical condition to a hospital in nearby Omaha, Nebraska.

SPORTS:

Nothing at this hour.

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