Feb 04, 2020 3:45 PM

University suspends travel to China for students, faculty

Posted Feb 04, 2020 3:45 PM

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has suspended its study abroad programs and faculty travel to China amid the global spread of coronavirus.

Chancellor Ronnie Green says the university will follow the advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC recommended Jan. 6 that travelers avoid nonessential travel to China.

University policy allows students to request a waiver, however. Green says the university has suspended its programs for the 2020 spring semester and will monitor the situation ahead of a decision about summer travel.

No Nebraska cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

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Ex-mayoral candidate gets prison for illegal gun silencer

A gun dealer and former candidate for mayor of the south-central Nebraska city of Holdrege has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for illegally having a gun silencer.

Federal prosecutors for Nebraska say 31-year-old Joseph Melton was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of an unregistered silencer.

Authorities say Melton was part owner of Leadfoot, a Holdrege gun shop and manufacturer that had obtained a federal firearms license to manufacture and sell silencers.

During a compliance check in 2017, federal agents found the unlicensed silencer inside the business.