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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha woman who runs an early education center has been chosen to fill an open seat in the Nebraska Legislature. Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Theresa Thibodeau to serve in Legislative District 6. Thibodeau replaces former state Sen. Joni Craighead, who resigned from the Legislature and ended her re-election bid last month. Thibodeau and her husband, Joe, are the franchise owners of the Primrose School of LaVista, a day care and early education facility that serves young children.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new report says female inmates in Nebraska's prisons and largest jails are paying as much as 50 percent more for tampons and menstrual products than they would at local grocery stores and pharmacies. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said Thursday it has heard stories of female inmates bleeding for days in jail or prison because they don't have access to tampons or pads.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nelnet is buying rival student loan servicing company Great Lakes Educational Loan Services for $150 million. The Lincoln, Nebraska-based company announced the acquisition on Thursday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Sheriff's investigators in Sarpy County just southwest of Omaha are searching for a man they say broke into a home and raped and robbed a woman there at gunpoint. Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis says the woman was asleep in her home near 156th Street and Giles Road when a masked man entered her house around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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