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

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska education officials are throwing out the results of statewide writing tests plagued by technological problems. The Department of Education announced yesterday it would not use the test scores. Eighth- and 11th-graders took an online version of the writing test in February and reported a slew of problems.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha has created a municipal land bank to help clean up vacant and dilapidated houses. The city council voted unanimously yesterday after hearing community concerns. The land bank will have the authority to buy or accept donations of tax-delinquent, run-down or abandoned houses or lots. It can then sell them for redevelopment.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Forest Service has allocated $187,000 in federal grants for volunteer fire departments. The money will be used for 91 community projects through the state's Volunteer Fire Assistance program. The service says rural firefighting needs are much greater than the money made available by the program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Work is scheduled to begin next week on Interstate 80 in Lincoln. The project includes reconstructing the interstate to six lanes and rebuilding the Northwest 48th Street interchange. Work also will be done on the Northwest 56th Street Bridge.

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