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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A suspected gang member has been imprisoned for his role in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year. Tyler Thornburg was given 20 years for manslaughter and 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon, to be served consecutively. Prosecutors say Thornburg and another man beat random victims with a baseball bat to make a name for their gang.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Columbus man convicted of stabbing and assaulting his wife before an April standoff with police has been sent to prison. Alfredo Santistevan was given six to 12 years in prison for assault and terroristic threats. He had pleaded no contest after prosecutors amended and dropped other charges.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln school officials have been trying to ease some parents' concerns that the district's new attendance policy doesn't let parents excuse their children from school. The district sent an electronic message to all parents explaining the policy, which has just two categories for absences: excused and unexcused.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha-based health care organization is receiving money from the federal government to fund a program aimed at reducing infant mortality. The Charles Drew Health Center will receive nearly $533,000 to support Healthy Start, a program that provides resources for vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality.

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