State Ed Board asks McPherson to quit over racist blog posts; he refuses

In News, on January 29th, 2015

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Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska State Board of Education voted today to ask Pat McPherson to resign from the board over racist posts on a blog he edited. McPherson refused, saying the posts weren’t his, and he’s not a racist.

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Children with incarcerated parents are often left behind

In News, on January 29th, 2015

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Omaha, NE – America, the number of people who are incarcerated grew from 500,000 in 1980 to more than 2.3 million in 2013, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. African-Americans make up nearly 1 million of the total incarcerated population. These figures have decreased somewhat in recent years, but just how does having a parent in prison affect a growing child?

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Corn Belt farming gives a boost to the global carbon cycle

In News, on January 23rd, 2015

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Lincoln, NE – Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. What researchers hadn’t considered, until recently, is how farming factors in.

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Update: Swift fox study underway in Western Nebraska

In News, on January 23rd, 2015

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Lincoln, NE – The swift fox is an endangered species in Nebraska, but little is known about them. The first thing researchers are trying to learn is where exactly these Nebraska natives call home.

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High school students learn to fight cyber-crime

In News, on January 16th, 2015

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Omaha, NE – The attack on Sony Picture’s computer systems late last year is just the latest high-profile example of cybercrime. Costly, damaging intrusions into business, government and personal computers, sometimes even reaching the credit cards you carry. Developing the next generation of warriors in the cybercrime battle is one of the goals of a unique high school competition in Nebraska and across the country.

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Prison overcrowding, veterans’ employment discussed in Legislature

In News, on January 15th, 2015

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Lincoln, NE – The question of what to do about Nebraska’s overcrowded prisons took center stage in the Legislature Wednesday. Lawmakers received recommendations from a group that’s been studying the issue. And they got a look at what it might cost if they try to build their way out of the problem.

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