LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - 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 are going to miss a looming deadline and will have 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 their progress so far.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Two government agencies are collaborating on a three-year, $3 million study of flood risks in the greater 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 NRD and corps estimate that nearly $2 billion worth of property has been built in the metro area's 500-year floodplain.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's largest utility will keep electricity rates flat overall for next year. The Nebraska Public Power District's board approved the 2019 rates on Thursday. Utility President Pat Pope says NPPD can keep rates stable because employees have been working to reduce costs.

HALLAM, Neb. (AP) - Southeastern Nebraska officials say a person who had stopped to help a motorist change a flat tire on a dark highway west of Hallam was hit and killed by another motorist. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says the person and another pedestrian had been helping someone change a flat tire Friday night at the intersection of Highway 77 and a county road when they were both hit by a pickup truck. The name of the person killed has not been released.

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