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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 »

NU to give break to students impacted by storms (AUDIO)

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Students at any of the four University of Nebraska campuses who suffered losses during the severe weather could catch a break at school. Students from regions of the state declared federal disaster areas due to this year’s severe weather will get assistance from the University of Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Financial Aid Director Craig Munier […] Read More »

NEA members head to national convention in Denver

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Nearly 100 educators and administrators from Nebraska will join 9,000 from across the nation at the 152nd National Education Association meeting in Denver June 26th – July 6. Nancy Fulton is the president of the Nebraska Education Association and says there are a number of key issues that will be on the agenda. She thinks […] Read More »

$90-million expansion at Metropolitan Community College

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A $90-million expansion is underway at Metropolitan Community College – Fort Omaha Campus. Executive Vice President Jim Grotrian says ground was broken Tuesday on three new buildings that will be located on the south end of campus. The project includes a new Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, the Construction Education Center and the Academic […] Read More »

Regent Reacts to Heineman Application for NU President

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The search for the next University of Nebraska President continues after Governor Dave Heineman threw his hat into the ring earlier this week for the job. University of Nebraska Regents Chair Howard Hawks says he fears the governor’s announcement this week that he is applying for the job will discourage other qualified candidates.“I think statistically and […] Read More »

Governor Heineman to Seek NU Presidency

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Governor Dave Heineman wants to be the next University of Nebraska President. The Governor said in a press conference on Wednesday morning, he understands why some people would want a candidate to have more experience in higher education.  “”They want a high quality applicant pool, I think that’s great,” Governor Heineman says. “Competition is good […] Read More »