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Today, mostly sunny, high 35.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 10.  Saturday, a blend of clouds & sun, high 33.



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Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien is staying put.  His agent says O'Brien garnered interest from several NFL teams but won't pursue those opportunities.  The agent adds that O'Brien's experience from Penn State's 8-4 season in his first year outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach.


Nebraska’s new athletic director Shawn Eichorst has started his job replacing Tom Osborne.  Eichorst, who left Miami for Nebraska in early October, has traveled to Omaha, Lexington, North Platte, Grand Island and Columbus, and has met all academic deans at UNL.  As for being around Husker athletics, Eichorst went to Omaha for the volleyball regional.  But he hasn't traveled with any teams and didn't go to the Big Ten football championship game or the Capital One Bowl.  Eichorst watched Tuesday's 45-31 loss to Georgia from home with his family.  He told the Omaha World Herald he has spent three to four hours a week with Osborne since October discussing various topics.


Local Schedule:  Grand Island at Nfk High (G&B BB-6:00); Battle Creek at Nfk Cath (GBB-8:00); LHNE Vs. Concordia-Omaha at Seward (Lutheran Inv. Tourn. At Seward-4:45); LHNE Vs. Lincoln Lutheran at Seward (Lutheran Inv. Tourn. At Seward-6:30); Nfk High at Lincoln North Star Inv. (WR-3:00); Concordia St. Paul at WSC (W&M BB-6:00).


Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  This Week:  Nfk High’s Bruce Shively & Tony Brown; Nfk Cath’s Shane Anderson; LHNE’s Shannon Pospisil & Henry Aschoff; & NECC’s Dan Anderson.


Saturday Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visits South Sioux City for a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 5:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.


Local Scores: Wayne 57 Nfk Cath 39 (BBB); Oakland 91 Nebraska-Omaha 79 (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 59 Oakland 41 (WBB); Creighton 81 Southern Illinois 60 (WBB);


College Football:  Oregon 35 Kansas St. 17 (Fiesta Bowl).



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News Briefs:

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns is joining the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. The Nebraska Republican says he'll also serve on the Senate agriculture, banking and veterans' affairs committees.


The public is invited to an open house Monday night in the new city office building at 309 North 5th Street. City Administrator Shane Weidner says the open house will start at the same time as the City Council meeting - 5:30 p.m.- and will include tours of the building and refreshments. Weidner says the new chamber resembles the old one at 309 Madison Avenue, but will seat about 35 more people. Access to the Council Chamber is through a door on the northwest corner of the city office building.


The Madison County Board of Commissioners has reorganized for the coming year, with Lee Klein re-elected chairman of the board. Jerry McCallum will serve as vice-chairman. Christian Ohl is new to the board, replacing Martin Griffith. County Clerk Nancy Scheer and County Highway Superintendent Richard Johnson will serve as the county's budget committee.


Twelve educational seminars are planned at the 26th annual Northeast Nebraska Farm and Equipment Show January 16th and 17th, and many of them will have to do with managing during a drought. Dr. Jessica Torrion, a researcher at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, will conduct a session on the university's SoyWater project, a free, web-based program used primarily by those who irrigate soybeans. Her program will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16th in the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex at Northeast Community College. The farm show will run from 9 until 5 on January 16th and from 9 to 4 on the 17th.


The amount of water released into the lower Missouri River will be decreased this month because warmer weather has reduced ice concerns. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it will gradually reduce the amount of water it releases out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border to 14,000 cubic feet per second. That's a decrease of 4,000 cubic feet per second from the releases being made over the past two weeks. The change is not expected to make much difference in water levels downstream in the Missouri or Mississippi rivers.


A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing man whose body was found in a rural area north of Lincoln.      Authorities say Miguel Castillo of Lincoln was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He's suspected of killing 25-year-old Tyler Schoenrock, also of Lincoln. Schoenrock's bullet-riddled body was found early Sunday morning by a newspaper carrier. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner wouldn't say what led to Castillo's arrest after a traffic stop.


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