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Nebraska high school graduation rate rises

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Nearly 90% of the seniors in Nebraska high schools last year graduated. The Nebraska Department of Education reports the graduation rate from last year was 89.7%, up from 88.5% in 2013. The department says the four-year graduation rate has improved steadily since 2011, when 86.1% of the high school seniors graduated in four years. The […] Read More »

N-U president finalist Ross visiting this week

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University of Nebraska presidential finalist Dr. George Ross is visiting Nebraska this week. On Tuesday, Dr. Ross spoke at a campus forum at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and shared his philosophy as the role of the president’s position. Dr. Ross says, “Our job, my job as president would insure all students, no matter […] Read More »

Nebraska drops two notches in report on wellbeing of children

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The new “Kids Count” report, which studies the wellbeing of children nationwide, finds Nebraska slipping slightly, but still ranking in the top ten. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Nebraska 10th this year, down from eighth place last year. The organization’s Patrice Cromwell says a variety of factors are weighed for the […] Read More »

Lockdown at northeast Nebraska school lifted after death investigation

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A school in northeastern Nebraska had been under lock down today as authorities investigated a death on school property. Little information has been released by the Wakefield Community Schools or the Dixon County Sheriff’s Office, but reports have surfaced that a 20-year-old former student has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An official confirmation of […] Read More »

More support for ending the Learning Community

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A newly elected member to the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties wants to know where the money is going. Tonya Ward says she basically doesn’t know why the Learning Community exists. Ward says, “I would like to find out where the money is going. How has the money been spent since it started? […] Read More »

Governor Heineman not a finalist for NU president

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The University of Nebraska’s presidential search committee has named four finalists to replace former President J.B. Milliken. The board of regents met in executive committee on Monday morning to discuss the list of four finalists. University of Nebraska Regent Tim Clare of Lincoln says he is confident in the process followed by the presidential selection […] Read More »

N-U’s presidental search “final four”

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The committee searching for the next University of Nebraska president announced the four finalists to fill the vacant seat. The list includes: Dr. Michael Martin, currently with Colorado State University Dr. Sally Rockey, currently with the National Institutes of Health Dr. George Ross, currently with Central Michigan University Dr. Hank Bounds, currently with the Mississippi […] Read More »

Former state fairgrounds emerging as Innovation Campus (AUDIO)

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Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape on the former state fairgrounds. Two buildings are occupied. Others are under construction. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has high hopes for Innovation Campus. “I think it does place us clearly in a lead toward the commercialization of innovation and I think it’s becoming an attraction for both […] Read More »

Innovation Campus will be powered through innovative source (AUDIO)

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Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use an innovative energy source. University and Lincoln city officials have announced the campus under construction on the former state fairgrounds will heat and cool buildings through an exchange of the heat generated by the nearby city waste-water facility. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman says the unusual […] Read More »

College students charged, fraternity suspended in wake of freshman death

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Seven people have been charged and a fraternity has been suspended after an investigation into the death of a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL police arrested four members of the Farmhouse Fraternity and issued citations to three others in connection with the death of 18-year-old Clayton Real in early September. In response to […] Read More »

“Boy and girl” controversy goes local in comments to Lincoln School Board

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It became a national topic of conversation last week. Now, local opinions have been expressed about the controversy that flared up in Lincoln over gender-inclusiveness training at a middle school. Dozens addressed the Lincoln Public School Board and school officials during the public comment period prior to the regular school board meeting Tuesday evening. Lincoln […] Read More »

School official denies Lincoln moving to gender-neutral classrooms (AUDIO)

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Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel dismisses suggestions the school district is discarding the use of the terms “boys” and “girls” in favor of gender-neutral terms for students. Joel has addressed the topic after a resource used at a Lincoln middle school surfaced that advocated such an approach. Joel accuses national news media outlets of […] Read More »

Report: Teens who skip driver’s ed more likely to have crashes, convictions

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A new study finds young people who don’t take driver’s education courses are more likely to be involved in collisions and they’re much more likely to get ticketed and be found guilty of traffic law violations. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers, both in Nebraska […] Read More »

University of Nebraska enrollment tops 51,000

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Enrollment at the four campuses of the University of Nebraska has topped 51,000, the largest student body since 1993. The university today released the enrollment numbers for the four campuses as well as at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis as 51,215. That is a one percent increase over last year. The Lincoln […] Read More »

UNL freshman found dead in fraternity house

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A freshman at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has died. The university reports 18-year-old Clayton Real died in his room at the FarmHouse Fraternity. Foul play is not suspected. Real was diabetic. Drinking off campus might have contributed to his death. Real, an Agricultural Economics major from Grafton, won a scholarship to UNL from […] Read More »