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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

November 19, 2018

AP-Nebraska stories for Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. 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, Nov. 24, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-CARDBOARD SHELTERS

KEARNEY, Neb. — University of Nebraska at Kearney students and faculty were joined by community members on the evening of Nov. 16 for “A Night Without a Home,” a project organized by Chi Sigma Iota to shine a light on homelessness by challenging people to spend just one night in the elements. A group gathered by Copeland Hall to stuff cardboard boxes with blankets and sleeping bags to insulate themselves from the chilly air. The advocacy project aims to raise awareness of the issue and let people know how they can help those in need. By UNK Communications, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words.

EXCHANGE-OMAHA STARTUP

OMAHA, Neb. — You don’t need to be a genius to understand how Flywheel is changing Omaha. You don’t even need to fully grasp what the Omaha tech startup actually does. To understand how Flywheel is changing things here, all you really need to do is walk in its downtown Omaha front door. Now, fueled by millions of dollars in outside investment, the number of Flywheel employees is nearing 200. Most are millennials who on a recent workday made sales calls, did product design and offered online tech support between guzzles of free sparkling water. By Matthew Hansen, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1137 words.

For use Sunday, Nov. 25, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-LINCOLN ARENA

LINCOLN, Neb. — During the run-up to the 2010 election, which created what became Pinnacle Bank Arena, there was much consternation that Lincoln couldn’t draw the kind of major concerts or ticket sales promised by the arena’s boosters. Eight years later, and five years into the arena’s operations, those fears have proved to be unfounded. The concerts have come — 73 in total — and so have the crowds. The arena has sold 1,139,822 tickets with $71,181,717 in total sales. By L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 938 words.

EXCHANGE-BOOKS AND BRAIDS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Howard Elementary School teacher Bianca Ayala greeted students as they entered a classroom at the school on a recent Monday morning, surrounded by hair straighteners, curling irons and totes of hair supplies. The student was one of about a dozen students who got their hair styled at a before school program called Books and Braids. Ayala said the program was started as a way for students to feel better about themselves. By Austin Koeller, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 871 words.

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