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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Uncooperative weather has farmers in the nation's Corn Belt off to a slow start getting their crop into the ground. The Department of Agriculture says just three percent of the corn crop has been sown. That's half the pace of last year when one of the wettest springs on record got farmers off to the slowest start in decades.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Platte County jury has convicted a man of murder. Eric Henry is one of three people in the fatal stabbing of Steven Jorgensen of Columbus during a robbery about a year ago. The others pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and haven't been sentenced yet.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska is representing a Lincoln man arrested last month outside Pinnacle Bank Arena. Larry Ball says he was on a public sidewalk while he handed out religious fliers during the boys' state basketball tournament. Police and prosecutors don't agree. A hearing in the case is Wednesday.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Governor Dave Heineman has chosen Rachel Daugherty to fill an open judgeship in eastern Nebraska's 5th Judicial District. Daugherty is a former Hall County prosecutor with a private law practice in Grand Island. The 5th Judicial District covers Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward and York counties.

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