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(UNK)-More than 200 graduate and undergraduate students will receive their degrees at the University of Nebraska at Kearney summer commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday in the Ponderosa Room in the Nebraskan Student Union. In all, there are 214 candidates for degrees - 96 undergraduate and 118 graduate degrees. Susanne George Bloomfield, professor of English at UNK, will deliver the commencement address. An award-winning faculty member, Bloomfield has been on the faculty at UNK since 1979. She is a winner of UNK's Leland Holdt Distinguished Faculty Award and Pratt-Heins awards in both scholarship/research and teaching. Bloomfield was UNK's 2013 Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Her address is titled "Life Accumulates." Brandon Drozd, a bachelor's degree candidate in organizational communication from Genoa, will present the graduate reflection. A member of the Chancellor's Leadership Class and an Honors graduate, Drozd has been active in Greek life. He served as president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and president of the Interfraternity Council. UNK Chancellor Douglas Kristensen will give the welcome. Cami Graves, a 2003 UNK alum, and Nolan Pribnow, a junior music education major, will perform the national anthem. For those unable to attend commencement in person, the event will be available as a webcast. Information for the webcast is located at www.unk.edu or by visiting the UNKearney channel on You Tube. In addition, individuals on campus can view ceremonies via Campus Cable TV, Channel 2.


 

(AP) - Some Nebraskans are calling for a criminal investigation of the Department of Correctional Services after internal emails showed officials knew sentences were being calculated incorrectly for hundreds of prisoners and didn't correct the problem. The Omaha World-Herald reported earlier this week on emails that show corrections officials disregarding a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling last year on mandatory minimum sentences. Omaha attorney James Martin Davis says the internal emails make it clear the sentences were calculated incorrectly on purpose. That could make it a criminal matter. Gov. Dave Heineman says a thorough review will be completed by a Lincoln law firm to determine what happened inside the corrections department. And a legislative committee that was created to investigate a separate case plans to widen its probe to include the sentencing errors.


 

(AP) - Omaha residents will soon be able to select live farm animals for future meals and watch them get slaughtered. The Omaha City Council on Tuesday approved the creation of a live meat market in the southern part of the city. The council debated for more than an hour on whether to grant a special use permit for Tom's Live Market. The business will process animals such as sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats and small cattle. Customers can pick animals from pens at the business and wait while they're slaughtered, processed and packaged. Council members have required owner Tom Meyer to post signs warning off children under 12 from areas where they could see the animals processed. Meyer says the concept is new for Omaha but familiar in cities around the country.


 

(AP) - More than 1,000 school administrators and education leaders will attend an education conference in Kearney this week. Administrators' Days begins Wednesday and wraps up on Friday and is sponsored by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators. Among the speakers at the conference will be Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, who will address the group Wednesday morning with a presentation titled, "Systems to Support Every Student, Every Day." Nebraska Department of Education staff also will provide information on numerous topics and issues during breakout sessions throughout the Wednesday portion of the conference.