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ORD, Neb. (AP) - A May 6 trial start has been scheduled for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a woman in central Nebraska. Valley County District Court records say the Rev. John Kakkuzhiyil entered a written plea of not guilty Monday to a charge of forcible sexual assault. The Grand Island Diocese says Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt placed Kakkuzhiyil on leave Dec. 15 upon learning that the Nebraska State Patrol was investigating the allegations.
VESTA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say one person has been killed in a southeast Nebraska house fire. The fire was reported around 5:20 a.m. Sunday in Vesta, which sits about 7 miles (12 kilometers) west of Tecumseh in Johnson County. The person's name hasn't been released. The fire cause is being investigated.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - About 300 jobs will be eliminated in the Omaha area when a distribution warehouse that served Shopko stores closes. The Omaha World-Herald reported the closure of the distribution center on Monday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha school district's policy on reporting suspected abuse differs from state law that requires all school employees to report abuse to law enforcement. The Omaha World-Herald reports the district's policy is being scrutinized because an Omaha elementary school principal has been charged with failing to report suspected abuse by a teacher.
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