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(AP) - The University of Nebraska Medical Center and affiliated Nebraska Medicine clinics have launched a free online public education course on Ebola. The medical center's chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says it's important the public has access to accurate and trustworthy information based on facts and scientific evidence. The course explains Ebola in easy to understand terms including signs and symptoms, how it is spread and coping with stress. It also explains how to talk with children during infectious disease outbreaks. The course is available at and soon will be available through the iTunes Store, and the iTunes University app for iPad and iPhone users. The medical center houses the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of just four in the nation where two Ebola patients have been successfully treated and released.


(AP) - The University of Nebraska's presidential search committee could name four finalists for the job on Monday. The committee has amended its agenda for a scheduled meeting to allow for a vote on names that would be presented to the university's Board of Regents. Regent Howard Hawks, the board chairman, says in a statement that the amendment doesn't guarantee that four finalists will be chosen on Monday. But it will give search-committee members the opportunity to vote. Nebraska law requires that names of the finalists be made public. The search for a new president officially began in March after former President J.B. Milliken left the university to become chancellor of the City University of New York.


(AP) - Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star ( ) that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis announced in April 2013. In January, the company laid off 27 people and eliminated 58 open positions. In May 2013, it laid off 72 people and eliminated 41 open positions. The layoffs were in response to the plant shutting down for a year and a half after the Food and Drug Administration found numerous quality-control problems. The Lincoln plant manufactures Excedrin, TheraFlu and the animal health product Sentinel.


(UNK)- Mark Braverman, a peace advocate, will discuss the role of religious beliefs and theology in the search for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Braverman will present "Israel, the Palestinians, and the Failure of Global Diplomacy: The emerging grassroots movement to bring about a just and lasting peace" at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) in Copeland Hall room 130. The presentation is free and open to the public. Trained in clinical psychology and crisis management, Braverman worked with groups and individuals undergoing traumatic stress. But while traveling in Israel and Palestine in 2006, Braverman was transformed by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities. Braverman, a fifth generation Palestinian Jew, was born in Jerusalem and emigrated to the United States as a young man. He has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement to support the cause of Palestinian rights. Braverman is the author of "Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land" and "A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine." For more information, go to


(NRG)- Good Samaritan Medical Group has partnered with Good Samaritan Specialists to become an expanded medical group to better serve the region's health care needs. The enlarged Good Samaritan Medical Group will include seventeen care providers. To make room for this growth, Good Samaritan Medical Group will move to the second floor of their current medical office building at 3219 Central Avenue, Suite 200 on November 3. The medical office building is adjacent to CHI Health Good Samaritan. The team includes Dr. Richard Hranac, Dr. Anirban Ghosh, Erin Stickney, APRN, and Natalie Waskowiak, PA-C. Good Samaritan Specialists, which has now joined Good Samaritan Medical Group, includes health care providers in seven specialty areas. The team includes Dr. Victor Jaramillo, neurology; Dr. Chinyere Obasi, neurosurgery; Dr. Imtiaz Islam, nephrology; Dr. George Kassis and Dr. Radu Neamu, pulmonology; Dr. Arif Nawaz and Dr. Anwaar Khan, gastroenterology; and Marcia Leonard, APRN and Debbie Sheldon, APRN in palliative care. The group also includes infectious disease specialists. There will be no change in the health care services you currently receive from Good Samaritan Specialists or Good Samaritan Medical Group. Office procedures and billing will also remain the same. The newly expanded Good Samaritan Medical Group remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and will accept the same insurance plans as both clinics have previously. The expanded Good Samaritan Medical Group will relocate to the second floor of their current medical office building on November 3. Their new address is 3219 Central Avenue, Suite 200. You can contact the clinic at 308.865.2370.


(AP) - Nebraska's candidates for governor say they won't interfere with a decision to build the new Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney instead of Grand Island. But the Kearney Hub reports ( ) that Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook are both open to re-evaluating the way that future sites are selected. Gov. Dave Heineman announced in July 2013 that the state would build the 225-bed Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney, replacing the outdated Grand Island facility. Grand Island officials oppose the decision. Ricketts says he doesn't want to endanger federal funding for the project. Hassebrook says the decision has been made, but the state will have to start over if the funding is rejected.


(NRG)-The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will hold a series of public hearings next week about the J-2 Regulating Reservoirs project that would be constructed south of the Platte River between Lexington and Overton. The hearings are Wed., Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Phelps County Ag Center in Holdrege; Thurs., Nov. 6 from 1:00 to 3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington; and Thurs., Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Civic Center in Elwood. There will be several stations at each site staffed by personnel from Central, RJH Engineering and other consultants involved with the project. Information about various aspects of the project will be available at each station in an "open house" format. A separate room will be available for people wishing to provide written or oral (recorded) comments about the project. The public is invited to attend the hearings anytime within the two-hour period. The hearings are required by state statute before Central can begin negotiations with landowners for purchase the land required for construction of the two reservoirs.


(AP) - Union Pacific has converted a boxcar into a mobile classroom that it will use to help teach emergency responders about railroads. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad says the boxcar classroom will join its fleet of training equipment it uses with emergency responders. Union Pacific vice president Bob Grimaila says the classroom will make it possible to expand the number of classes offered each year. Already, Union Pacific trains about 2,500 local, state and federal emergency responders each year. The classes give emergency responders a chance to see railroad equipment up close and better prepare for the possibility of a derailment.


(AP) - A Columbus man accused of killing a Norfolk teenager in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Hofmann entered the plea in Pierce County court on Thursday. He admitted to shooting his friend, 18-year-old Wesley Kuester, in April 2011. Three other charges were dropped as part of the deal. Authorities say Hofmann shot Kuester with a shotgun while they were playing with guns after drinking. Hofmann faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in December.


(AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Nebraska prisoner who argued that he should be making minimum wage for his work behind bars. Stephen Cavanaugh sued several state prison officials earlier this year, saying that over the past year, he was assigned to work as a food server, window washer and maintenance worker and paid between $1.21 and $2.25 a day. His lawsuit says he should have been paid minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and asked a federal judge to award him nearly $3,400, plus $350 for his legal costs. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying that while state law sets minimum wage, another state law specifically allows the prisons director to determine the hours prisoners work and their rate of compensation.