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City Clerk to Pay Restitution for Theft

A former city clerk in the south-central Nebraska town of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay back $55,000 to the city she's convicted of embezzling. Jennifer Bassett appeared at a restitution hearing in Clay County District Court at which prosecutors showed that she took $96,000.

Hall County Stopping Immigration Detentions

Fear of being sued has led Hall County's jail to become Nebraska's first law enforcement agency to stop honoring federal "immigration detentions." Other Nebraska counties may follow suit, thanks in part to efforts by civil rights organizations. The 48-hour immigration detainers are issued to local law enforcement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Hickman Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

A local soldier dies in Afghanistan. Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, of Hickman, Nebraska; and 19-year-old Pfc. Keith M. Williams, of Visalia, California, were killed in Kandahar Province on Thursday.

Health Alert Issued at Swan Creek 5A

Toxic blue-green algae has forced the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a health alert for Swan Creek 5A in Saline County. The alert comes as a result of samples taken earlier this week that indicated Swan Creek Lake was above the state's health alert threshold. The alert will continue at the lake for at least two more weeks.

Stenberg Warns Of Fraudulent Postcards

Fraudulent postcards, posing as unclaimed property notifications from the Nebraska State Treasurer's office, have caused State Treasurer, Don Stenberg, to issue a warning to citizens today. The postcards instruct receivers to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. 

Lincoln Man Severely Injured by Steel Ball Attack

A 56-year-old man suffers a severe head injury at the hands of another man in a homeless camp on the outer fringes of downtown Lincoln early Thursday morning. Police tell KFOR News that the victim was hit in the head with a steel ball -- either a huge ball bearing or a shot put. The man was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for a skull fracture and brain bleed.

Waterloo Bar's Liquor License Suspended

The Waterloo bar which served an 18-year-old man who died in a December 2012 crash has had its liquor license suspended. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission imposed a 35-day suspension for Waterloo Fire Barn Sports Bar and Grill. One of the bar's owners has pleaded no contest to serving a minor and serving to an intoxicated person.

No Water Restrictions Planned

Water restrictions -- are they coming to Lincoln? In 2012, one of the worst droughts in Nebraska's history led to water restrictions, but Water Operations Manager at the Lincoln Water Systems, Jerry Obrist, says Lincoln is in very good shape right now. There was plenty of spring rain, while heavy river flow from the Colorado flooding last winter topped off Lincoln's wells.

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

‚ÄčPresident Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Nebraska, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from June 14 to June 21. Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in a dozen counties including Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne.

District Judge Announces Retirement

Judge James Livingston has announced his intention to retire from the 9th Judicial District Court bench. Livingston intends to retire Oct. 1. He's been a district court judge since July 1992. The 9th District covers Hall and Buffalo counties. Livingston's office is in Grand Island.