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Today, partial clearing at times, chance for sleet through midday, mixing with snow, high 29. Tonight, mostly cloudy, low 15. Saturday, mainly cloudy, chance for snow showers late, temps steady around 19.
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and is entering the NFL draft. Newton led the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season with a 22-19 victory over Oregon on Monday night. The dual-threat quarterback was both dynamic and controversial. He played under a cloud the last two months of the season after reports surfaced that his father, Cecil, shopped his services during Mississippi State's recruitment of his son. Newton rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns while passing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs.
The Denver Broncos, coming off a franchise-worst 4-12 campaign, have hired former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox to resurrect a downtrodden team. The 55-year-old Fox went 78-74 including playoffs in nine seasons at Carolina, but the Panthers slumped to 2-14 this season. The Cleveland Browns, with just one playoff appearance in the last 13 seasons, have turned to a longtime NFL assistant with no head coaching experience. Pat Shurmur, who's been the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator the pats two years, will be the Browns' fifth coach since 1999, replacing the fired Eric Mangini.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln High (BBB-7:00); Lincoln High at Nfk High (GBB-7:45); Nfk High at Millard North Inv. (G SW-3:00); Wayne at Nfk Cath (GBB-7:45); Nfk Cath at LHNE Inv. (WR-2:00); Hastings JV at NECC (W&M BB-6:00).
Tonight: The 9-2 Norfolk High boys basketball squad is on the road at 6-4 Lincoln High at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com from 9:05-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West. This Week: Nfk High’s Bruce Shively; Nfk Cath’s Shane Anderson & Jason Konicek; LHNE’s Shannon Pospisil & Henry Aschoff; & NECC’s Dan Anderson.
Tuesday Night: The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball squad visits Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: LHNE 67 Battle Creek 32 (BBB); Creighton/Verdigre 60 Nfk Cath 19 (WR Dual); Northern Iowa 58 Creighton 57 (WBB).
The last American president to sport facial hair was William Howard Taft in 1913. He had a mustache.
Hospital officials say an Emerson woman accidentally shot by her four-year-old Thursday morning is in serious condition. Dixon County Sheriff Dean Chase says the boy was playing with a rifle he found in a gun case under a bed. The rifle fired, the bullet went through a wall and a recliner and hit Tohsia Houfek, 27, in her right side.
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says he hopes the tragedy of the shootings in Arizona will change American's way of thinking and create a common focus on what's best for the country. While in Norfolk Thursday afternoon, the Nebraska Democrat told WJAG NEWS America is "better than what happened in Tucson."
Gov. Dave Heineman is proposing no tax increases in his two-year state budget. He acknowledged in Thursday's State of the State address that state agencies will face significant cuts but he's tried to minimize them by dipping in the state's cash reserves.
Cities and counties could raise their local sales tax rates to two percent under a bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider. Local sales taxes are now capped at 1.5 percent.
Northeast Community College has accepted a $318,000 dollar grant through the Nebraska Department of Energy. College Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mary Honke said at a meeting of the College Board of Governors Thursday, the funds will be used for renewable energy curriculum development. She says the $318,000 is Northeast's portion of the total grant that will be shared with the state's five other community colleges.
Two new members have joined the Northeast College Board of Governors. At Thursday's meeting, Peg Niewohner of Norfolk succeeded Jack Warrick of Meadow Grove while Terry Nelson of West Point takes over for Ken Echtenkamp also of West Point.
Approximately 1,500 people attended the first day of the 24th annual WJAG Farm and Equipment Show Thursday in the Northeast Community College Agriculture Complex in Norfolk. More than 120 exhibitors and several demonstrations are part of this year's event. The show continues today through 4 p.m. There's no admission charge.
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