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The Atlanta Falcons joined the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game. The Falcons advanced with a 30-28 win over Seattle. Matt Bryant kicked the game winning 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Falcons the win. They will host the Niners next Sunday at 2:00 for the right to advance to the Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots are back in the AFC title game for the second year in a row. Last year they beat the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl and this year they will face Baltimore once again in the conference's top game at 5:30 next Sunday. The Pats advanced with a 41-28 win Sunday over Houston as Tom Brady passed for three scores.
Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to help 22nd ranked Michigan State pull away for a 66-56 victory over Nebraska yesterday. Nebraska's David Rivers had 18 points, Dylan Talley scored 17 and Ray Gallegos added 12 points. The Spartans are now 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten while the Huskers drop to 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team dropped a 79-78 overtime loss yesterday afternoon at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. KJ Bluford poured in a game-high 27 points for the Hawks on 8-19 shooting, including 7-15 from three point range. Teammate Khapri Alston added 15 points while Sean Scott scored 14. Northeast finished 11-36 from three-point range. The Hawks led 32-30 at halftime. They are now 13-6 on the year and the loss snapped a five game win streak.
The Omaha World Herald updated their high school boys & girls basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”. In the girls rankings, the Norfolk Lady Panthers enter the “Nebraska Top 10” at number nine and move up from tenth to ninth in Class “A”. The 10-3 Lady Panthers went 1-1 over the weekend with a 56-39 win over Lincoln High on Friday and a 52-47 loss to second ranked Bellevue East on Saturday.
Tuesday Evening: The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball team visits Pierce in a 6:15 doubleheader starting with the girls game. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Local Scores: (8) Penn St. 80 Nebraska 58 (WBB); Creighton 69 Indiana St. 50 (WBB).
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Governor Dave Heineman will visit Norfolk tomorrow. Following his State of the State address at the Nebraska State Capitol's Legislative Chamber, Heineman will visit several cities across the state including Norfolk. The governor is scheduled to speak at the Airport Services Building at the Karl Stefan Airport tomorrow at 4:45 p.m.
Governor Heineman has appointed Rhonda Lahm as Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Lahm will replace Beverly Neth who resigned to become CEO of the National Safety Council Nebraska. Heineman says Lahm has 32 years experience in state government. Lahm currently works as records manager for the Nebraska State Patrol and will assume her position at the DMV February 1st.
An Omaha woman is facing a child neglect charge for leaving her two-year-old daughter in the car while she shopped on a cold day. The 21-year-old woman was ticketed at Oakview Mall after the toddler honked the horn and another woman called police. Police say she left her daughter alone in the locked car for at least a half-hour.
Prosecutors won't charge a former Omaha bank president who brought a gun to work. Michael Dahir says he brought the gun inside Omaha State Bank to show it off to a friend. The bank vice-president who filed a complaint now doesn't want to pursue the case. Dahir lost his job over the November incident.
Nebraska lawmakers will debate new gun restrictions for juveniles this year in the wake of a recent mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school and with memories still fresh of shootings at an Omaha department store and school. Omaha Senator Brad Ashford introduced two bills on Friday designed to keep guns away from unsupervised juveniles.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is now offering three- and five-year hunting, fishing and combination permits. The multiyear permits provide a 10 percent to 20 percent discount over permits bought each year. They can be purchased at outdoornebraska.org and at Game and Parks permitting offices.
Abortion foes will march through Lincoln later this month in the annual Nebraska Walk for Life. The event is a demonstration against Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion issued 40 years ago. The walk will proceed on January 19th from the State Capitol down 14th Street to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union.
A Columbus woman set to be sentenced for dealing drugs has been arrested again after authorities say she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for methamphetamine. Sentencing for 32-year-old Kristal Thomas was postponed so that she could give birth last week. The baby boy was removed from Thomas' custody following the delivery on Wednesday.
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