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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

July 9, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of July 14 and July 15. 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:


PAPILLION, Neb. —High school senior Cole Palensky talks about his tenor saxophone as though it’s a person. As the 17-year-old prepares for his last year at Papillion-La Vista South High School, Cole will spend the next month with NYO Jazz, an elite group of young instrumentalists who will study with master musicians, play at Carnegie Hall in New York City and take a two-week tour of Europe. Cole is one of only 22 teens from across the nation to be chosen in the program’s first year. By Betsie Freeman, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1114 words.


LINCOLN, Neb. —When Tim Schulz bought a Lincoln property in 1988, the house came with a shed-sized chunk of Sioux quartzite. The 6-foot-high, 44,000-pound boulder may be the biggest in Lincoln. Schulz mows around it and, occasionally, asks neighborhood kids to climb off of it. By Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 465 words.


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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Project Care Breathe Right, a program that has been active at St. Francis for nine months. The program provides financial assistance to patients who are in need of take-home equipment for their cardio/pulmonary needs such as home oxygen machines and oxygen tank rentals. It doesn’t pay for hospital expenses. Chris Goplin of CHI Health St. Francis said the program was born out of the increasing number of people without adequate private insurance coverage who can’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1154 words.


KEARNEY, Neb. — Kearney churches quietly are beefing up their security in response to recent shooter incidents. The threat of active shooters in churches has been simmering since June 2015, when a gunman killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Last November, a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killed 26 people. Kearney Police Sgt. Derek Luke confirmed that churches are being proactive. By Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1102 words.

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