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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

April 9, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for April 13 and April 14. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, April 13, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-AEROPONIC GARDENS

MCCOOK, Neb. _ High school students in Nebraska are using NASA technology to grow vegetables. The future of growing is getting a test run at McCook High School. Thanks to several grants, FFA horticulture students at MHS are growing different types of herbs and vegetables in 12 vertical aeroponic tower gardens. Several types of lettuce and kale are being grown, along with cilantro, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. By Lorri Sughroue, McCook Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.

EXCHANGE-OMAHA ZOO

OMAHA, Neb. _ The zoo in Omaha is nearly done building an Asia exhibit. The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is putting the finishing touches on its 8-acre, $22 million Asian Highlands exhibit, set to open May 17. The zoo opened a portion of the exhibit in 2018, but the biggest and best is coming this year. Two mountain trails will wind up a previously undeveloped hillside past sloth bears and goat antelopes. Trails will run alongside twin streams to brand-new habitats for snow leopards and Amur tigers. By Chris Peters, Omaha World-Herald . SENT IN ADVANCE: 975 words.

For use Sunday, April 14, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-WOMEN BUILDERS

OMAHA, Neb. _ Four women are leading the eight-year Nebraska Capitol project. The project has a female general contractor, mechanical project manager, historical architect and environmental specialist. The project is a big one. It will replace a 54-year-old heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in the nation’s second-tallest statehouse. Ceilings will be raised and the Capitol’s 1,100 windows rehabilitated. By JoAnne Young, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1273 words.

EXCHANGE-TWAIN SCULPTURE

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ A Nebraska library has added a sculpture of Mark Twain. Famous author Mark Twain has set up permanent residence outside the Grand Island Public Library in the form of a bronze statue. The statue, created by artist Gary Lee Price, is a donation from Ray and Jennifer O’Connor and family. It was installed recently in front of what will become an outdoor discovery area for children. By Julie Blum, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 724 words.