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UNK’s Safe Ride program runs out of financial fuel

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The Safe Ride program that offered students at the University of Nebraska-Kearney a literal safe ride home has run out of money and is being suspended until further notice. The program offered free rides to students on campus during the overnight hours. Wendy Schardt, UNK’s director of health services, says they evidently did too good […]

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Nebraskans honor their agricultural roots and the future of farming

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The 7,000-plus FFA members in Nebraska are celebrating FFA Week. The program teaches high school students about the world of the ag industry. FFA spokesman Kurt Veldhuizen doesn’t see any letting up in the program that’s nearly 90 years old. “I think it’s very strong and when you look at ultimately FFA’s tie to agriculture, […]

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School website back after hackers take over, post porn

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A northeast Nebraska school district is rebuilding its website after hackers took it over. North Bend Central manages the website NBTigers.org. Those who logged on Monday were greeted with pornographic images. Once school officials were notified, the website was taken down. The website now reads, “We are back…but under construction.” It asks viewers to return […]

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Nebraska ranks 49th in US for school breakfast program

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Nebraska placed near the very bottom of a new study ranking the states for the percentage of low-income students who take part in government-funded school breakfast and lunch programs. Crystal FitzSimons, spokeswoman for the Food Research and Action Center, says only two states had a worse showing. “Nebraska is feeding about 50,000 low-income kids for […]

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Five Nebraska school districts get EPA help to upgrade bus fleet

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Several rural school districts in Nebraska will soon be able to get rid of old school buses that belch diesel fumes, thanks to an influx in federal funds. David Bryan, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says the goal is to help cut down on emissions and air pollution. Bryan says, “We have […]

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State’s future farmers are being recruited as hometown ag ambassadors

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Nebraska FFA chapters can now compete for educational and financial resources from the Nebraska Corn Board. The Ag Champions Contest is designed for FFA chapters to submit advocacy plans to boost education in communities about issues and misconceptions about agriculture. Corn Board executive director Kelly Brunkhorst says three winners will receive grants based on the […]

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State senators hear from media about importance of open meetings

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A bill to widen the use of private meetings for governing bodies is pitting the leaders of Nebraska’s media outlets against the state’s public school boards. A legislative committee heard testimony this week on a measure (LB-282) by Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln that would allow school boards to hold private sessions when narrowing down […]

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Lawmakers working to cut property taxes, leave schools unharmed

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Supporters of cuts to property taxes say they will take into account what those cuts mean for school financing. State lawmakers are reviewing a number of proposals to provide property tax breaks to Nebraska, especially to farmers and ranchers. State Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse says the Unicameral must find a way to relieve the […]

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Treasurer Stenberg pleased Obama withdraws proposal to change 529 plans

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State Treasurer Don Stenberg expresses relief President Barack Obama has withdrawn a proposal to end the tax break that fuels contributions to 529 college savings plans. Stenberg says he’s pleased the president has backed away from the proposal. “It was an ill-advised plan,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The 529 college savings plan is one […]

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Gov. Ricketts renews call for McPherson to resign from school board (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts renews his call for Pat McPherson to step down as a member of the Nebraska Board of Education. McPherson has refused to resign, telling the board in a prepared statement that he has apologized for offensive statements made about the president on his blog. [See earlier story] Ricketts, though, says the 6-to-2 […]

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Pat McPherson, “I am not a racist” (AUDIO)

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Embattled Nebraska School Board member Pat McPherson proclaims, “I am not a racist” prior to a 6-to-2 vote by the board, calling on him to resign. The school board approved a resolution asking McPherson to resign during its legislative retreat held at the Nebraska Department of Education offices in Lincoln. The board took the action […]

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President’s proposal could harm college savings plans (AUDIO)

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College savings plans offered through the state Treasurer’s office could become much less attractive under a proposal by President Barack Obama. The president proposes ending the tax break on college saving plans to help pay for other initiatives, such as making community college free. Nebraska offers four so-called 529 college savings plans, named for a […]

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Rallies to focus on empowering parents for school choice

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More than 60 rallies and other events are planned in Nebraska later this month as part of National School Choice Week. Andrew Campanella is president of the countrywide effort, which focuses on giving parents the ability to make important educational decisions for their children. “School choice is simply the process of empowering parents to choose […]

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NU Regent chairman says new president has vision for Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Board of Regents chairman Howard Hawks says the board chose Hank Bounds as the new university president in part because of his vision for Nebraska. Bounds, who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009, has been chosen to lead the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Hawks says Bounds demonstrated a vision […]

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NU Board selects new president

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Monday afternoon and appointed Hank M. Bounds as the new NU president. Bounds is currently the commissioner of higher education at Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.   He was one of four finalists interviewed for the position.    

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