BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE
AP-Nebraska stories for Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. 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, Dec. 8, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-LINCOLN CHILD CARE
LINCOLN, Neb. _ Two new programs _ one made possible by a federal grant and the other from gifts from the Lincoln Community Foundation _ will expand childcare in Lincoln, especially to low-income families. A new three-year grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement will help refugees start preschools and day care businesses _ providing startup costs and training to help refugees learn about business startups as well as the state and local early childhood education rules and regulations, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. A second initiative _ thanks to gifts from the Lincoln Community Foundation _ has allowed Dimensions Education Program to open a second preschool at 7700 A St., where 30 percent of its enrollment is dedicated to low-income families. By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 657 words
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ Ben, Elijah, Aaron and Ethan Kelley are hoping to accomplish a rare feat. Each is striving to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Each is striving to earn the Eagle Scout rank. It would be a big accomplishment as only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts earn the organization’s highest rank. What would make that achievement for them even more rare and special is that they would be reaching that honor as quadruplets. The 16-year-old brothers are members of Troop 114 and want to all become Eagle Scouts so they can take part in the award ceremony together, The Grand Island Independent reported. By Julie Blum, The Grand Isle Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 563 words
For use Sunday, Dec. 9, and thereafter.
WAYNE, Neb. _ Some entrepreneurs spend years looking for the perfect idea for a new business. Then there are folks like Adam and Amy Manoucheri, who hit upon a great idea almost by accident. To use a terrible pun, things are really popping at AquaPop, where the Manoucheris sell flavored popcorn, retro candy and craft sodas. Classic arcade video games, pinball machines and a Super Shot basketball game fill the front room of the business. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 743 words
OMAHA, Neb. _ All the middle school students raised their hands. Autumn Sky Burns had just asked roughly 25 high-ability learners from the three Papillion-La Vista middle schools whether any of them had friends who used e-cigarettes. Burns, the Sarpy County coordinator of Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands, had asked the same question of students the year before. She estimates that only 10 percent of a similar group had raised their hands last year, the Omaha World-Herald reports. By Emily Nitcher, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1123 words