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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Dave Heineman has signed a bill that will have Nebraska join forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas in fighting wildfires. Heineman announced yesterday that he has designated Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, to represent Nebraska in the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact. Heineman approved the bill earlier this week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he plans to sign a bill that would require some health insurers to offer coverage for autism screenings and therapy. Heineman will hold a public bill signing on Monday along with autism advocates at the Capitol. Insurance plans under the new law would cover up to 25 hours per week of behavioral health treatment, and insured children would continue to qualify for coverage until they turn 21 years old.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a teenager in Omaha. Dennis Brewer Junior appeared in court Friday. A judge set no bond for him.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Hastings police are investigating the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy. Police Chief Pete Kortum (KOR'-tuhm) says the shooting was reported a little after 8:15 a.m. yesterday at a home on North Saunders Avenue. Kortum says the boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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