LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says an inmate assaulted a staff member at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. The assault occurred a little after 7 p.m. Sunday, when the inmate refused to obey the staffer and then attacked. The staffer later received several stitches for a lip wound. The names of those involved haven't been released.

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) - A man has dropped his appeal of a judge's ruling that the man is incompetent to be tried for murder in northeast Nebraska. The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reports that Andres Surber's attorney last week filed a motion asking the Nebraska Appeals Court to dismiss Surber's appeal. In April 2017 Judge Paul Vaughan found Surber not mentally competent to stand trial. Surber has pleaded not guilty to murder and related charges for the November 2016 slaying of Kraig Kubik in Emerson.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have rescued goats, rabbits, a tortoise, a dog and more than 200 chickens found on a Grand Island property. The animals were seized Thursday and Friday. Several carcasses also were found, as well as chicken bones. Officials say the property owner is being cited for the excessive number of animals on the property, their condition and the lack of shelter, food and water.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking into how to be removed from a national association's censure list after being criticized for its handling of a confrontation between a university lecturer and a student recruiting for a conservative group. University officials will form a committee and a panel this fall to examine campus policies and consider how to be taken off the American Association of University Professors' censure list.

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