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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A University of Nebraska Board of Regents member has decided not to seek another six-year term. Howard Hawks made the announcement Monday. He was first elected in 2002 to represent District 2, which includes part of Douglas County and nearly all of Sarpy County. The 84-year-old founder and chairman of the energy company Tenaska says his goal was to implement a strategic plan for the four-campus university system, particularly in how it funded capital projects and developed its budget, while keeping tuition affordable. He's been a major university donor, leading several fundraising campaigns.
WILBER, Neb. (AP) - A June hearing has been scheduled for a three-judge panel to consider whether a man's crime qualifies for the death penalty or whether he should be sentenced to life in a Nebraska prison. Aubrey Trail and his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, were both charged in the 2017 slaying of Sydney Loofe. Boswell also is charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in March. It's been moved to Lexington. The three judges will consider evidence to decide whether prosecutors can prove an aggravating factor necessary for capital punishment.
LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say an ice jam is causing minor flooding near Loup City in central Nebraska's Sherman County. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory that is scheduled to expire Tuesday afternoon. The flooding is occurring in low-lying areas near the Nebraska Highway 10 bridge over the Middle Loup River south of Loup City and the Nebraska Highway 92 bridge just west of town. The service says the flooding is expected to continue until the jam breaks up, which could take several days.
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) - The president of the Broken Bow City Council has taken over as mayor following the recall of his predecessor, who's awaiting a criminal trial. Rod Sonnichsen was sworn in Friday to replace Jonathon Berghorst, who voters removed from office last week. The recall petitions said Berghorst had created a hostile work environment for city employees and showed no respect for the employees or members of the city's volunteer boards. He denied the accusations. He's awaiting trial on allegations that he threatened the job of a police officer investigating a fight outside a bar for which the mayor also has been charged.
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