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UNK reaches historic agreement with DOJ in therapy dorm dog dispute

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The University of Nebraska-Kearney has reached an historic agreement with the Department of Justice that applies the Fair Housing Act to colleges for the first time. UNK reached a $140,000 settlement in a lawsuit stemming from 2011 when the university denied a student’s request to have a therapy dog in a dorm to help her […]

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Family challenge aims to reverse or prevent childhood obesity

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The American Heart Association is launching a month-long, get-healthy challenge for all Nebraska families. Spokeswoman Kassi Wessing says the goal is to raise awareness about childhood obesity. “One in three kids are overweight or obese,” Wessing says. “Some people may not realize it, but this is the number-one health concern for parents today. It’s a […]

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Family challenge aims to reverse or prevent childhood obesity

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The American Heart Association is launching a month-long, get-healthy challenge for all Nebraska families. Spokeswoman Kassi Wessing says the goal is to raise awareness about childhood obesity. “One in three kids are overweight or obese,” Wessing says. “Some people may not realize it, but this is the number-one health concern for parents today. It’s a […]

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With kids back in class, Nebraska motorists need to be extra careful

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Most Nebraska schools are back in session and the state’s streets and sidewalks are filled with excited kids in the mornings and afternoons. Rose White, at AAA-Nebraska, is cautioning drivers statewide to stay watchful for children on foot as they might suddenly dart into the road. “AAA is urging all motorists to simply slow down […]

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DC West Community Schools struggle with bond issue

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Vandalism and accusations are running wild at DC West Community School District. After voters in November failed to pass a $45.8-million bond issue signs within the district have been vandalized and there are accusations the district purposely planted mold in the buildings so the next bond issue would pass. Superintendent Melissa Poloncic says she too […]

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UNK students can now rent cars for $5 an hour

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Students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney no longer need to have a car of their own on campus to get around town. Scott Benson, UNK’s assistant director of business services, says they’re launching an affordable transportation option called Enterprise CarShare. “Students will be able to rent cars for $5 an hour and that […]

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Autism awareness group plans fall conference, summer camp

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A central Nebraska organization strives to raise awareness about children with autism and the challenges they face, including bullying. Aaron Bly, of Kenesaw, is the founder and president of the Kids and Dreams Foundation. “My wife and I have adopted five children and the middle child has autism,” Bly says. “We have done a lot […]

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Kids with “learning trouble” may actually have vision problem

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As tens of thousands of Nebraska children head back to school, a study finds one in four of them has a vision problem. Optometrist Dr. Beth Triebel says kids may not be up-front about having a problem with their sight so parents need to be watchful for warning signs. “A lot of times you’ll notice the […]

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UNK to open high-tech Health Science Ed complex this morning

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The University of Nebraska at Kearney will hold the grand opening today of its new $19-million Health Science Education Complex. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11 AM. UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen says the 46,000 square foot academic facility is a collaborative effort between UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to meet […]

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Loyalty oath in Hastings schools could trigger lawsuit

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A loyalty oath required by state law and currently enforced by the Hastings Public School District could trigger a lawsuit. Could. Hastings school officials have received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska warning them they cannot compel employees to sign the oath. The ACLU warns in the letter than though a […]

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Charity launches $1M scholarship program for Nebraska students

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A statewide scholarship program is being rolled out by the community and business leaders who make up the AKSARBEN Foundation. The group’s president Jon Burt says the goal is to offer a seamless transition from high school to career training and into a meaningful career. “We have a real simple mission of giving back time, […]

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School starting early for some Nebraska districts

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School bells at some Nebraska schools are already ringing and it is only the second week in August. It seems schools start earlier and earlier every year. Elkhorn Public Schools started Monday and Superintendent Steve Baker says there are several reasons why the need to start school well before Labor Day.  Baker says one piece […]

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North Platte concludes case involving suspected child abuse

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The North Platte School District says it has settled a dispute with two of its employees, a teacher and a guidance counselor.  Teacher Christie Copper and counselor Stephen Spiehs say they were told to check with parents before reporting suspected child abuse.  The student arrived at Madison Middle School last March with a scratched, dirty […]

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School administrators hear about accountability during conference in Kearney

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About a thousand school administrators from across Nebraska are hearing about new state accountability measures during a conference in Kearney. Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt says there might be a new measuring stick, but the object remains the same. “In many ways, we are trying to win the hearts and minds of educators to do […]

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Southeast Community College looks to expand into more cities

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Leaders of Southeast Community College are considering establishing learning centers to reach more areas of the school’s 15-county service area in southeast Nebraska. SCC has main campuses in Beatrice, Milford and Lincoln. College President Paul Illich says possible new locations may include Hebron, Falls City, Nebraska City and Plattsmouth. “We’re going to look at a […]

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