Plans for a $12.5 million addition to the high school in York, Neb., are under way. Projects will include a new gymnasium, a fine-arts space and an administration/storage building. The gym will be constructed with precast panels because they’re "very efficient and cost effective," said Chad Beeson of the DLR Group. "We saw this as a good area where we can utilize precast."
Third- and fourth-grade students at a Nebraska elementary school are using iPod Touch devices to improve their reading skills. During regularly scheduled reading blocks, students use the devices to record themselves reading and then listen to their recordings -- scoring themselves on their performance using a rubric. Students also listen to each other's recordings and assign scores. "The goal is to increase fluency because research says fluent readers are better at comprehension and understanding of what they are reading," one teacher said.
People may contract rabies through a bite by a rabid animal or when the saliva of an infected pet comes in contact with mucous membranes or an open wound. Pet owners are urged to have their animals vaccinated against rabies. According to this article, which cites AVMA, pet owners tend to not have their cats vaccinated, making them the most common pet infected with rabies in recent years.
An agreement has been reached between the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Abengoa Bioenergy over the ethanol plant's failure to report a malfunction that led to an air-emission violation. As part of the settlement, Abengoa has paid $10,000 toward a $20,000 civil penalty whose balance could be waived if the plant is compliant with air-quality rules for the next 180 days. Abengoa was also ordered to pay $20,000 for the installation of a solar power collector for York County public schools.
Stephanie Pedersen thought being a travel nurse for a few years would help her decide where she wanted to live. Ten years later, the RN from York, Neb., is still deciding, but she enjoys caring for patients from coast to coast, especially in hospital ICUs. She can request jobs in specific cities or regions and can get free, fully furnished housing through her employment company.