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PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A Bellevue woman convicted of animal cruelty after she left two dogs to die in a hot car in August 2016 has been sentenced to a year in prison. Omaha television station KETV reports that 38-year-old Ashley Alberts-Roach was sentenced Wednesday in Sarpy County District Court. The judge rejected her attorney's request for probation. Alberts-Roach is also banned from owning or having a dog in her possession for the next 30 years.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A contracting company has fired an Omaha school bus driver shown using his cellphone for more than two minutes while driving. A Norris Middle School student recorded what she saw and then posted it Monday on Facebook. It shows him looking down at the phone screen, occasionally tapping it and then holding it to an ear.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln authorities have approved an agreement that will add school resource officers to Lincoln's middle schools. The school board voted for the measure Tuesday after the City Council voted in favor on Monday. The NAACP, ACLU and others have been concerned that placing police officers in middle schools will feed into the "school-to-prison pipeline," where students of color in particular are funneled into the juvenile justice system. Backers say the plan will make schools safer.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A man has been fined $1,000 for embezzling more than $79,000 from a Lincoln software and marketing company. Court records say 30-year-old Trent Allen, of Papillion, was sentenced last week in Lancaster County District Court.

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