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State senator wants study about possible UNO-UNMC merger

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OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A Nebraska state senator, Merv Riepe, is thinking about the idea of combining two university campuses. He's now calling for a study into it.

Reached by phone Friday, Nebraska regent Hal Daub told FOX 42 News he was surprised to learn about what could happen.

"That's a very long way down the road," said Daub. "It does, however, present an opportunity for us to be innovative, creative and think outside the box."

Students and staff are also just learning about this and the state legislature could pay for a study. It would see if merging the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center into one bigger operation is worth it. An e-mail from NU President Hank Bounds says the university had no part in introducing the study. He added the university would work with legislators to provide information they might need.

A copy of State Senator Riepe's bill shows he's exploring four main questions. All of them would look into the pros and cons of combining the two schools and whether it would help the budget.

"I think that all options ought to be on the table in this regard," said Daub.

FOX 42 News asked Daub Friday when this merger might take effect if it gets the green light. He told us he didn't know and would not guess.

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