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LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) - Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday on a stretch of state Highway 10 in central Nebraska. The Nebraska Transportation Department says the nearly $6.5 million project includes culvert and bridge repairs and grading and paving from Hazard north to Loup City. The work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Texas woman is in custody in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in Omaha, but relatives say she was acting in self-defense. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the 30-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of criminal homicide in the death of 30-year-old Amir Bey of Houston. It wasn't immediately clear Sunday if the woman has been formally charged. The suspect also is from Houston.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - River otters, once endangered in Nebraska, are making a comeback. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reintroduction program that started three decades about is restoring a species that were a common part of the Nebraska landscape before they were wiped out by unregulated trapping or hunting in the early 1900s. Today, the river otter is on the verge of being removed from Nebraska's list of threatened species.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Groundwater regulators in Nebraska could have a tougher time financing water conservation projects after a bill they endorsed died in the Legislature as part of a push for lower property taxes. The measure would have allowed many of the state's natural resources districts to continue charging a property tax to pay for groundwater management projects, a key part of their efforts to comply with state mandates to use less water.

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