ATKINSON, Neb. (AP) - The boy with brain cancer who scored a touchdown at a Nebraska practice game is playing football for real. Thirteen-year-old Jack Hoffman took the field Monday to play center for his West Holt junior high team in Atkinson. In 2013 he drew national attention when he ran for a player-assisted, 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers spring game. Jack wanted to play football, so his parents checked with doctors. They said it was his parents' decision. The Hoffmans finally left it up to the eighth-grader.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Floodwater from the Missouri River has forced officials to close a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa. The Iowa Transportation Department said Friday the 10-mile stretch extends north from the Crescent exit to the Missouri Valley area. A detour is in operation. Several I-29 interchange ramps are closed in southwest Iowa as well. The river continues to rise and flood mostly rural land in Nebraska and Iowa and is expected to crest Saturday near Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 37-year-old Bennington man has been sentenced to 43-to-53 years in prison in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 14-year-old Omaha boy. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Jeffrey Eggeling was sentenced Thursday for vehicular homicide and drunken driving.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states expect modest growth in the months ahead, but the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is weighing on the economy. The Rural Mainstreet survey's overall index climbed into positive territory at 50.1 in September from August's 46.5. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.

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