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UNL student dies after being found unconscious

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln student was pronounced dead at a Lincoln hospital after he was found unconscious outside a campus dormitory.

The student’s name has not been released. He was found on the ground near Abel Hall by a campus employee just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Leslie Reed, a UNL spokeswoman.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue took the student to Bryan Medical Center, where he died, Reed said. Foul play is not suspected.

UNL police are investigating the incident.

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Arizona man dies in crash with semi near Columbus

A 58-year-old man has died in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 30 near Duncan, Nebraska.

Charles Matthies of Green Valley, Arizona, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. Wednesday a mile east of Duncan.

Duncan is about nine miles southwest of Columbus.

Investigators determined that Matthies was going east in a 2003 Ford pickup truck when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a westbound semitrailer truck hauling a load of cattle.

The driver of the 2004 Peterbilt semi, 32-year-old Nathan Fischer of Menno, South Dakota, was not injured in the crash. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The pickup and the semi were both totaled, but the trailer remained intact. The cattle were unloaded and moved to a local yard until other arrangements could be made. — Kevin Cole

Owner turns over 84 cats to Lincoln animal shelter

LINCOLN — Officials say a Lincoln animal shelter has received 84 cats from their owner.

Matt Madcharo of the Capital Humane Society said the anonymous owner turned over some of the cats Saturday and the rest Sunday.

Many were immunized for feline leukemia this week, and neutering and spaying is underway as well.

Some of the cats have already been adopted, but Madcharo said the shelter could use money for food, supplies and medical care. — AP

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