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ADDS: ASSISTED-SUICIDE CHARGE, UNEVEN FURLOUGHS, T25-ONE-SIDED FEUD,
COLUMBUS — A woman accused of preparing a lethal cocktail of medications for herself and her boyfriend was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face a charge of assisted suicide. Court documents accuse Jennifer Peters, 34, of Columbus, of helping 34-year-old Kyle Adams kill himself on Aug. 2. The felony charge carries a maximum prison term of five years.
LINCOLN — Nebraska's state education commissioner has asked Department of Education employees to take a day or two off without pay before the end of 2010. Commissioner Roger Breed said in a memo that he has rethought his initial rejection of a furlough request from Gov. Dave Heineman, who is battling state budget challenges.
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved blending higher concentrations of ethanol into gasoline for newer vehicles, allowing the corn-based fuel to be up to 15 percent of mixtures sold at the pump. The current maximum blend is 10 percent. The EPA announced Wednesday that the higher blend will be approved for cars and light duty trucks manufactured since 2007, if retailers want to sell it. By Mary Clare Jalonick. Eds: Note Nebraska interest. Story is part of AP's general news and financial services.
AP Photo WX111.
— EPA-ETHANOL-NEBRASKA — Reaction from Nebraska delegation to EPA decision.
— WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS — Federal authorities say they intend to fine an Omaha construction company more than $118,000 for safety problems. Eds: This story is part of AP's general news and financial services.
LINCOLN — Nebraska fans don't like Texas, and that's putting it mildly. Guess what? Texas and its fans don't seem to care. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. Eds: Story also is part of AP's national sports services.
AP Photos KSCR123, KSCR124.
— NEBRASKA PREP RATINGS — The Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D-2.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:
— CROP REPORT-NEBRASKA — A new weekly crop report for Nebraska says warm, dry conditions allowed farmers to make significant progress in the fall harvest.
— DISASTER DECLARATION — Nebraska is seeking federal disaster assistance for seven Nebraska counties struck on Sept. 13 by heavy rain and winds of more than 80 mph.
— BENCH MOVES — A deadline of Nov. 2 has been set for people interested in filling an open judgeship in Fremont, in the 6th Judicial District.
— MILITARY CENTER-BEATRICE — Military officials will be gathering in Beatrice to mark the opening of a new Guard and Reserve center.
— NEBRASKA TEACHER HONORED — A panel of Nebraska educators has chosen a North Bend man as the 2011 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.
— FORT CARSON MEMORIAL — Fort Carson is remembering nine soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Eds: Note Nebraska mention.
The AP, Omaha.