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(NRG)-Holdrege police are looking for a man suspected of shooting a 34-year-old Lexington man just after 11:00 Thursday night in the 4 block of West 8th Avenue. The victim, Donald F. Handy III, was flown to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where he underwent surgery and was in serious condition as of Friday morning. The suspect, who fled the scene, is a Hispanic male with a neck tattoo who's believed to be wearing dark pants and a navy, or black shirt. Area law enforcement officials don't think the suspect is still in Holdrege, or from Holdrege, but are asking citizens to use caution by locking their vehicles and residences. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.


(AP) - A Hastings High School teacher has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a student. The Hastings Tribune reports ( ) that 38-year-old Johnathan Shafer was arrested on a warrant Thursday evening. Online jail records say he remained in custody on Friday. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Shafer's behalf about the allegations. Hastings police Sgt. Steve Murphy told the newspaper that investigators think the student was 15 when the sexual contact occurred but is 18 now. Under Nebraska law, people 19 and over cannot have sexual contact with people under 16. Hastings district officials say Shafer has been removed from his duty as a science teacher.


(NRG)-Nebraska Third District Congressman Adrian Smith welcomed 25 Korean War veterans and their escorts to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friday as part of the Nebraska Korean War Hero Flight.


(AP) - A 24-year-old woman has been accused of starting a small fire in a hallway at a Norfolk apartment complex. The Norfolk Police Department says Johna Richards was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail on suspicion of arson and terroristic threats. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Richards' behalf. Police say the charges stem from a Dec. 29 fire at a complex on South Hickory Street. A resident used a rug to put out the flames, and another resident told officers about threatening messages he'd been getting on Facebook. Police say investigators eventually were able to obtain information from Facebook about the person believed to have posted the messages, and Richards was arrested.


(AP) - Nebraska would cut its membership in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact under a bill that cleared first-round debate in the Legislature. Senators voted 37-0 Thursday to leave the compact in three years, an action senators have been debating for the past eight years. The sponsor, Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion, says Nebraska has been wasting time and $15,000 a year in dues for a membership that does little to benefit the state. But Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says Nebraska has not invested time and effort in the opportunities the compact provides to link Midwestern states with alternate forms of transportation.


(AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has reaffirmed that public school districts are not prohibited by state law from using lease-purchase agreements to fund building projects. The decision Thursday came in a lawsuit filed by taxpayers in 2012 after the after Scribner-Snyder Community School district entered a lease-purchase agreement with a bank to pay for building several classrooms. That came after voters rejected a $7.5 million bond proposal by the school district for the work. The taxpayers did not seek a temporary restraining order to try to stop construction. The high court found that the taxpayers' claims moot, because the work has already been done. But it issued a "public interest" ruling, finding that state law does not prohibit use of such lease-purchase agreements.


(AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court says food stamp recipients are entitled to a face-to-face meeting in their local welfare office for hearings that could affect their benefits. The ruling upends the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' longstanding practice of requiring recipients to travel to Lincoln for the hearing or participate by telephone. The ruling Thursday came in the case of Melanie Marshall, of North Platte, who sued after she was denied an in-person hearing in the North Platte office. The high court on Thursday said the department's own regulation on such hearings gives recipients the option of a face-to-face hearing in their local office.


(AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old girl who was involved in a Fremont collision had been fatally injured at her home when a television fell on her head. The Fremont Police Department released autopsy results Thursday on the body of Eva Imus, who died March 25 at a hospital. She was already being rushed to the hospital by her brother when his car struck another. Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott says autopsy results show the girl died from head injuries. Elliott says Eva apparently was trying to open a dresser drawer when the old, tube-type television atop the dresser toppled forward onto her.


(AP) - Nebraska children would not wear handcuffs or leg irons in court unless absolutely necessary under a bill passed by the Legislature. Senators voted 44-2 Thursday to prohibit mandatory juvenile restraints during court appearances. A judge must conduct a hearing with lawyers and guardians to decide whether or not to restrain a juvenile for the purpose of courtroom safety. Currently, juvenile offenders transferred from detention centers appear shackled in court regardless of the severity of their offense. Advocates say the presumption of restraints damages children psychologically and affects courtroom behavior. The bill would also lower penalties for status offenses, which are age-dependent crimes like truancy or possession of alcohol. Gov. Pete Ricketts has five days to take action on the bill.


(AP) - A sports video software company plans to build a new headquarters on the west side of Lincoln's Haymarket District. The company, Hudl, also announced Thursday that it expects to hire 300 more people over the next three years. Hudl expects to share space in the building with Nelnet, a student loan company. Hudl has grown rapidly since it was started in 2006. The company reported $23.2 million in revenue in 2013, compared with $1.2 million in revenue in 2010. The company has about 150 people working in Lincoln and around 50 in Omaha. It also has offices in Boston and London.