01-16-13

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Sara Ahlmann, Sandra Gaspers, Mechelle Grimes, Becky Maggart, Roger Pribnow

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds L& sun, high 44.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 19.  Thursday, mostly sunny, high 38.

 

Sports:

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The Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith.  It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a long-time NFL assistant who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles.  Trestman was an offensive coordinator with San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.  The Bears hope he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and help them reach the playoffs on a consistent basis.  Chicago general manager Phil Emery met with at least 13 candidates.  Besides Trestman, he also brought back Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the Indianapolis Colts' Bruce Arians for second interviews.  Smith was let go after Chicago missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

 

Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and the twelfth ranked Creighton men’s basketball team pulled away for a 79-68 win over Northern Iowa last night in Omaha.  The Bluejays won their eleventh straight game and are off to their best start in program history with a 17-1 overall record.  They are 6-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Austin Chatman added twelve points and four assists while Grant Gibbs had eleven points, seven rebounds, and six assists.  The Panthers’ Anthony James scored a season-high 25 points and Jake Koch added 19.  McDermott had his second straight 30-point game and fifth of the season.  He came into the game off a season-best 39-point night against Missouri State last Friday.  Northern Iowa is now 9-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

 

Local Schedule:  Indian Hills CC, Iowa at NECC (MBB-8:00); Purdue at Nebraska (MBB-8:00).

 

Local Scores:  LHNE 36 Pierce 31 (BBB); Gretna 54 Nfk Cath 42 (GBB); Pierce 58 LHNE 26 (GBB); Nfk High 31 Millard West 27 (WR Dual); NECC 61 Mt. Marty JV 60 (WBB); WSC 64 Augustana 63 (MBB); (12) Augustana 73 (22) WSC 50 (WBB).

 

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Garrett Watters of the Winside boys basketball team.

Kwifax:

The Slinky was invented in 1945 when a tension spring accidentally fell down the stairs

 

News Briefs:

Governor Dave Heineman visited Norfolk yesterday and discussed issues including taxes, healthcare and education.  Last week, the governor announced his intention to work with lawmakers to increase aid to the University of Nebraska and the state college system.  Yesterday, he announced a similar proposal for the state's community colleges.  Northeast Community College President Dr. Mike Chipps was pleased with the announcement and said Nebraska has done a good job of supporting higher education with funding increases over the last two years while other states were cutting similar funding by five to 10 percent.

 

Gov. Heineman says Nebraska must overhaul its corporate tax system to stay competitive with neighboring Wyoming and South Dakota. He used his annual State of the State address to argue that Nebraska should dump its individual and corporate income taxes and make up the lost revenue by shutting off as much as $2.4 billion in tax breaks for businesses.

 

Half the members of the Norfolk Public School Board are new - having won their seats in November by defeating three incumbent board members.  The new board met for the first time Monday.  Sandy Wolfe, Bob Waite and Arnie Robinson joined Brad Krivohlavek, Bruce Mitchell and Julee Pfeil on the six-member board.  Krivohlavek was elected president for the coming year with Pfeil chosen as vice-president.

 

The Madison County Board of Commissioners approved acquisition of right of way and temporary easement with Elkhorn Valley Ethanol for the next phase of the Northeast Industrial Highway project.  The first phase, which was completed last year, runs from Highway 35 to the Madison-Stanton county line, with the next phase extending the highway two miles to the west.

 

The 26th annual Northeast Nebraska Farm and Equipment Show opens today in the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex at Northeast Community College.  More than 120 vendors will be on hand and 12 educational seminars will be offered over the two-day show.  Today's presentations deal with irrigating soybeans, efficient center pivot irrigation, soil fertility, no till and cover crops, weather and marketing.  Demonstrations and door prizes are also part of the fun.  The show runs until 5:00 and today and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants your input on how natural resources should be developed along hundreds of acres of land in the Audobon Bend area of Cedar County along the Missouri River. The Corps has scheduled a hearing tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Holy Family Parish Hall in Wynot.

 

Chuck Hagel has picked up some influential Democratic support for Defense Secretary. New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he will back President Obama's choice of the former Nebraska senator for the top Pentagon job.

 

Today's Tickler:

The movie had a happy ending.  Everyone was glad when it was over. 

 

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