01-08-13

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Joni Kirchner, Robert Marshall, Stanley Staab, Connie Stauffer, Todd Uhlir

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today Areas of dense fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, becoming sunny,  high near 40.  Tonight mostly clear, low around 16.  Wednesday sunny, high near 43.

 

Sports:

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Alabama raced out to a 35-0 lead and claimed its second consecutive national championship by clobbering Notre Dame 42-14.  A.J. McCarron completed 20 of his 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, two to Amari Cooper.  Eddie Lacy rushed for a 20-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game and finished with 140 yards on 20 carries.  The 13-1 Crimson Tide was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, and dropped Notre Dame to fourth.  Nebraska, which lost to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, finished the season 10-4 and held on to the 25th spot in the poll.  12-1 Oregon finished second, and undefeated 12-0 Ohio State, banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third.  Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth.

 

The Creighton men’s basketball team jumped from 16th to 13th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and remained eleventh in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday.  The 14-1 Bluejays won two games in the last week, beating Illinois State on the road last Wednesday 79-72 and then defeated Indiana State 79-66 at home last Saturday.  Duke remains first in the AP Top 25.  Michigan, Louisville, Arizona, and Indiana round out the top five.  Creighton will be in action next when they host 6-8 Drake on Tuesday at 7:05.  The Bluejays are 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Bulldogs are 0-3.

 

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school basketball rankings today.  In the boys basketball polls, the 10-2 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles slipped from first to second in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-2” and dropped from first to third in the Omaha World Herald.   The 4-7 Norfolk High boys dropped out of the Lincoln Journal Star rankings for Class “A”.  The 6-5 Norfolk Catholic Knights fell out of both media polls in Class “C-1”.  In the girls rankings, the 9-2 Norfolk Lady Panthers appeared in the Class “A” polls for both media at number ten.  The 6-3 Norfolk Catholic Lady Knights dropped out of both rankings in Class “C-1”.  The 4-7 Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles fell out of both polls in Class “C-2”.

 

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at Columbus Scotus (G&B BB-6:15); Crofton at LHNE (G&B BB-6:30); Columbus at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); Columbus at Nfk High (G&B SW Dual-4:30); Drake at Creighton (MBB-7:05).

 

This Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Columbus Scotus for a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6:15.  Pregame coverage at 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

 

Kwifax:

The 1st auto rate was in 1895; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 mph

 

News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council has approved ordinances that will bring both the police and general employees pension plans into compliance with legislation approved in 2012 by the Nebraska State Legislature.  At last night's meeting, the council gave unanimous approval to two ordinances, one that changed the vesting percentages for the police pension and a second that brings the general employees vesting schedule in line with police retirement. 

 

Former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is President Obama's choice to be his next Defense Secretary.  Hagel, who represented Nebraska in the Senate for two terms from 1997 to 2009 says he would be proud to lead the men and women in uniform and promised the President to provide honest advice.  Hagel is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. 

 

Nebraska state college leaders have agreed to freeze tuition for the next couple of years in exchange for an increase in state funding.  Governor Dave Heineman will ask the legislature to increase state funding for the University of Nebraska system from the current level of $498 million to $541 million.  He will also ask for an increase in funding to the Nebraska State College system from the current $45.5 million to $49.6 million.  The 2013 session of the State Legislature begins tomorrow.

 

Federal regulators are set to get an update today on the efforts to restart the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. Omaha Public Power District officials will brief the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Maryland and answer questions.

 

A Seward woman will have to spend nearly four years in prison after she was convicted of embezzling about $636,000 from a credit union where she worked. Crystal Lankford pleaded guilty and was also ordered to pay restitution.

 

Omaha officials are planning to hold a news conference today to discuss a bill that would limit furlough and certain privileges to violent criminals. The proposed legislation would require corrections officials to notify police in metropolitan cities when inmates are being furloughed.

 

Today's Tickler:

King George thought the American colonists were revolting!

 

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