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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State Treasurer Don Stenberg expresses relief President Barack Obama has withdrawn a proposal to end the tax break that fuels contributions to 529 college savings plans.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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N-U plans for a new biomedical institute

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The University of Nebraska hopes to launch a new biomedical technology institute that will position NU as a leader in research and development. University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says, “Through the new biomedical institute, Nebraska has an opportunity to serve as a national model in leveraging biomedical technology to advance health […]

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Amherst woman sentence for UNK embezzlement

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An Amherst woman has been sentenced to jail time for stealing money from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra. 54-year-old Jane Jameson was ordered Monday to serve 120 days in jail on charges of theft and attempted theft. She was ordered to pay more than $31,000 in restitution and […]

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Home bought for NU president to be sold

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A house purchased by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents as the future home of the university president will be sold before it ever becomes the president’s residence. The University of Nebraska Foundation purchased the house at 2810 South 27th Street in Lincoln in December of 2013 at the request of the Board of […]

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Auditor finds abuse in University of Nebraska travel expenses

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State Auditor Mike Foley is critical of some of the travel expenses by the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Foley says his staff has reviewed a small sample of the $30 million a year travel expenditures by the university system. “But out of that small sample, we found $96,000 of first-class airline tickets, mostly at […]

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Survey: Nebraska kids are eating healthier snacks at school

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A survey finds Nebraska’s schools are now offering students healthier snacks that focus more on things like juice or an apple instead of chips, a candy bar or pop. The survey from the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project finds all districts statewide are in compliance with federal recommendations. Jessica Donze Black is the project’s director […]

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