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State Senator says teachers should be armed

Speaking the day after one principal was killed an another injured during a shooting at Millard South High School, State Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial told the Nebraska Radio Network Jan. 6 that teachers and administrators should carry firearms. "We're doing it backwards," Christensen said. "When you prohibit guns from schools and everybody knows there can't be a gun, there then all the...

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German giant signs wheat breeding deal with UNL

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and German pharmaceutical company Bayer announced a partnership on Dec. 15 that will bring the company's first wheat breeding research facility to Lincoln. The deal grants Bayer access to UNL's germplasm — the genetic material used in wheat breeding. The company will support wheat research and educational programs at its new Lincoln facility and establish a...

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Teacher arrested for sexual assault

An Omaha Public Schools teacher was arrested on sexual assault charges after turning himself in on Dec. 10. Nicholas McKeone, 26, a teacher at Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary, has been on paid leave since Nov. 19 when allegations emerged that he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old student on numerous occasions since May 1. The investigation is ongoing.

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UNO faculty grooming journalists in Afghanistan

The University of Nebraska at Omaha kicks off a three-year exchange program aimed at educating journalists in Afghanistan this week. The $1.3 million program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, will send UNO faculty members to Kabul University to help build a fledgling journalism program. Starting next spring, students and professors from Kabul University will travel to Omaha.

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Terry unhappy with healthy foods act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 on Dec. 2, a new law jettisoning junk food in schools and requiring them to offer healthier lunch options as a way to fight childhood obesity. Congressman Lee Terry, who voted against the measure, came away concerned about the cost of the bill which will see $4.5 billion in new spending. “I absolutely support...

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Underdog Champion

It’s not hard to see why students at Omaha South High Magnet School are drawn to Ferial Pearson — and why she’s equally dedicated to them. Pearson has a plum exterior — colorful and bright — but with a pit made of iron. Pearson, an English teacher and an advisor for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance club, was recently named “Educator of the Year” by Gay, Lesbian and Straight...

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South High teacher dies in traffic accident

Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, 45, died Nov. 3 after she was struck by a car while crossing 23rd Street after school. Witnesses say Salvador Jimenez, 32, was turning left following a stop at the intersection of 23rd and J St. when he struck Klinger. Jimenez tried to administer CPR before officials arrived and transported Klinger to the Creighton University Medical...

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Omaha teachers get free tuition

Sixty Omaha Public Schools teachers can get a free master’s degree thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant covers tuition at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Omaha campus for teachers pursuing a degree in historical arts. More than 20 teachers took advantage of similar programs in 2002 and 2005.

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