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OMAHA — A 59-year-old Omaha man who was accused of fatally injuring his neighbor's rat terrier was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday. Kevin Cleavenger had been charged with felony intentional cruelty to an animal, an offense that carried a maximum of five years in prison.
LINCOLN — Federal officials say Nebraska is getting $1 million to monitor health insurance premium increases. The funding was announced Monday in a news release from the office of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Eds: New slug to match BC-US-Insurance Oversight moving on national general and financial services.
PIERCE — Pierce Public Schools officials expect to open Pierce Elementary for classes later this month, now that they've got a handle on the school's mold problems. The mold forced the northeast Nebraska district to delay the school opening for about 375 elementary students.
OMAHA — Warren Buffett's company has partially rebuilt the stake in Johnson & Johnson he reduced over the past two years to raise cash for other investments, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. boosted its investment in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. during the second quarter. Berkshire detailed its $46.4 billion U.S. stock holdings Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By Business Writer Josh Funk.
— TD AMERITRADE TRADING — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. says it handled fewer stock trades in July during what is normally a slower period of the year.
— RENEWABLE ENERGY — A Michigan company has announced its wishes to build a $20 million, 10-megawatt wind farm southeast of Ogallala.
— NEBRASKA TRAINER — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he's pleased with the mental toughness his team has shown so far in preseason practice.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:
— FLORIDA MARINE KILLED — The military confirms that a U.S. Marine who grew up in Nebraska and Florida was killed in Afghanistan.
— MILITARY DEATHS-NEBRASKA As of Monday, August 16, 2010, 61 U.S. service members with Nebraska connections have died in Afghanistan or Iraq since the beginning of military operations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, according to the Department of Defense and family members. Two military-employed civilians who had Nebraska connections also were killed in Iraq.
— SEAT-BELT MONEY — Kansas got $11.2 million from the federal government last week for adopting a tougher seat-belt law. So how much would Nebraska get if it approved a similar law?
— NEBRASKA-BANK STANDOFF — A 23-year-old Minden man has been given 80-to-130 years in prison for holding several people hostage in a Kearney bank last winter.
— CARTER LAKE DROWNING — Police have released the name of an Omaha man who died after being pulled from Carter Lake on the east side of Omaha.
The AP, Omaha.