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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

May 17, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of May 19 and May 20. The stories have moved in advance and will move again on the appropriate days. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact News Editor Scott McFetridge at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday or thereafter:


LINCOLN, Neb. —When the Lincoln Children’s Zoo unveils its $16 million, 10-acre expansion next spring, visitors will focus their attention on the new displays designed to put them face-to-face with rare and threatened and storybook species. The enclosures will be climate-controlled for year-round viewing, with rubber-padded floors in some cases. When the buildings open in the spring, they won’t close for the winter. For the first time in its 53 years, the seasonal zoo will be open 12 months. By Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 953 words.


OMAHA, Neb. —A recent push by the University of Nebraska system has produced a sharp increase in the percentage of NU students who finish in four years. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said his university has put greater emphasis on academic advising. He said that “we have invested significantly across the university to help drive improved rates. So we’re very serious about that.” He said he wants the rate to continue improving significantly. By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1674 words.

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KEARNEY, Neb. —Ryan McGinnis has been fascinated by storms since he watched a public TV program about storm chasers as a child. His plan to be a meteorologist faded in college, but not his dream to be a storm photographer, which he did full-time for a few years. McGinnis learned about photo technology, composition, framing and precision while working for five years in the Lincoln Journal Star pre-press department. His focus region is Nebraska and neighboring states within a few hours’ drive of Kearney. By Lori Potter, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1166 words.


ALLIANCE, Neb. —The Alliance Archery Club has offered archery training for both adults and children since 1986. The main focus of the club is teaching children the sport, however, parents often get involved, as well as other sportsmen in the Panhandle. The majority of club members are children within the ages of five to 18. By Charissa Bryce, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 787 words.

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