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Wayne State’s freshman class of 700 moves in today

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It’s move-in day at Wayne State College, where President Curt Frye says it will be a busy day, especially for the freshmen. “We’re going to be just a shade under 3,600 students total,” Fry says. “We have about 698 freshmen that are registered. What I would advise them to do is pull up, unload and […] Read More »

As school starts, some rural districts face teacher shortage

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This is the first day of class for many Nebraska school districts and some administrators are still scrambling to fill out their faculty rosters. Ted Hillman, superintendent for the Boyd and Lynch school district, says filling open teaching positions hasn’t been easy. “The Nebraska legislature and local schools have worked hard to maintain what they […] Read More »

Ashland’s own astronaut is passing along his survival (and scuba) skills

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Former astronaut and Nebraska native Clay Anderson is now teaching a college course that has students skydiving, scuba diving and learning wilderness survival skills. Anderson says the purpose of the workshop is to expose students to the type of critical thinking needed for spaceflight training. “I think that’s the overlying goal for me is to […] Read More »

UNK disappointed in fines imposed by Education Department

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University of Nebraska at Kearney officials have expressed disappointment that the United States Department of Education has levied $65,000 in fines against UNK. The department levied the fines after randomly choosing UNK for review in 2010 for how the campus compiled and reported crime statistics in its 2009 Annual Security Report, which included statistics from […] Read More »

Want to enroll at Wayne State this fall? There’s still time…

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A college in northeast Nebraska is giving potential students who are still on the fence about getting a higher education plenty of time to make up their minds. Classes start at Wayne State College on August 18th and students can enroll through August 19th. Amy Gade, Wayne State’s admission services coordinator, says they’re ready to […] Read More »

Siouxland schools donate 70 desks and more to tornado-damaged Pilger

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A school in northeast Nebraska that was damaged beyond repair in a tornado last month will re-open for classes on time next month, thanks in part to a school district in northwest Iowa. The 105-year-old Wisner-Pilger Middle School in Pilger was demolished by the EF4 tornado on June 16th. Superintendent Chad Boyer says he got […] Read More »

Former UNL student sentenced, ordered to pay in security breach case

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A former University of Nebraska – Lincoln senior has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to make more than $107,000 in restitution for breaching the computer systems at the university as well as the Nebraska State College System. United States Attorney Deborah Gilg announced that 23-year-old Daniel Stratman of Omaha will serve his six-month […] Read More »

Early childhood education touted as way to fight crime (AUDIO)

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A push is underway to promote early childhood education as a way to reduce crime. Advocates admit this is a long-term solution, but argue that money spent upfront in the first few years of life could make the difference between a child growing up to be a criminal or growing up to be a productive […] Read More »

Expert: Too much social media can make kids anti-social

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Summer should be a time for kids in Nebraska to play at the park, ride bikes and learn how to paddle a canoe, not to while away the hours on Facebook. One expert suggests parents should limit a teen’s access to social media, internet and T-V during summer vacation. Peter Komendowski, with the Partnership for […] Read More »

Interim NU President Touts Competitiveness Initiative in Advance of Budget

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A $20 million economic competitiveness initiative is part of a University of Nebraska budget proposal, driven by continued economic development.Interim President Dr. James Linder notes that the university is taking a long term view of future budgets and where the university can excel to meet those needs. “They are all large complex programs–Innovation Campus, Peter Kiewit, […] Read More »

UNL to lead $11.5M research into building blocks of universe (AUDIO)

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists will lead a team from eight universities in a five-year, $11.5 million research project looking into the building blocks of the universe. UNL Physicist Aaron Dominguez said the grant will allow for an upgrade of the accelerator at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. “And it produces these very violent explosions […] Read More »

Nebraska kids in seven grades to be subjected to new health screenings

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Students attending public schools in Nebraska this fall will undergo a different set of health screenings as new standards are being issued by the state Department of Health. Judy Martin, Deputy Director for Community and Environmental Health, says the changes should help student performance. “These new screenings will also include height, weight and body mass […] Read More »

Historic B-17 Flying Fortress over metro skies Saturday

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An unfamiliar sound will be heard coming from the skies over Omaha on Saturday and it will generate a lot of attention. The Liberty Foundation’s WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber the Memphis Belle is on tour at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport.   The Memphis Belle is one of only 13 B-17′s that still fly […] Read More »

Sparks, second UNMC chancellor, dies

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Dr. Robert Sparks, the second chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has died. Sparks was 82. Sparks also held the positions of vice president of the University of Nebraska system. “He was a thoughtful administrator and a visionary whose programs greatly outlasted his tenure,” said Dr. Robert Wigton, a professor in the Department […] Read More »

Underage drinking prevention summer program

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Teenagers from across Nebraska are in Omaha this week for a conference on underage drinking prevention efforts.   Nicole Carritt is a spokesperson with Project Extra Mile and says their summer youth leadership training is in progress. Carritt says the goal is to provide advocacy skills to students so they can challenge the status quo within […] Read More »