News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officials are laying the groundwork for the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion program, but many people who will eventually qualify now face a long and difficult wait. About 90,000 low-income Nebraska residents who will get new Medicaid coverage must endure until the expansion's launch date of October 2020. That's nearly two years after voters approved the expansion. Officials say they're working as fast as possible and that the expansion is a monumental task.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Visitors to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium can now see two newborn sea lion pups in the zoo's Sea Lion Pavilion. The first pup was born June 12 to 9-year-old Gemini. Another was born on Tuesday to Coco, who was born at Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium in June 2009. The sexes of the pups are currently unknown. The sea lion pups and their mothers are currently on display with the father of both pups, 15-year-old Chino.
MALCOLM, Neb. (AP) - People interested in learning about carp fishing are invited to attend Carp-O-Rama scheduled for Saturday at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. This free event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liebers Point. Carp will be used in demonstrations on cleaning, preparing and cooking the fish. The fish then will be served as a free lunch. Other activities include fish printing and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Loaner fishing poles will be available.
PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha suburb is a finalist for what some might call a magical sporting event: the Midwest Regional Championship of quidditch. Papillion is vying with La Crosse, Wisconsin, for the honor. This form of quidditch is a ground-bound adaptation of J.K. Rowling's creation in the "Harry Potter" book series, where players from the magic school take to the sky on broomsticks.
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