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Today, overcast, chance for freezing rain changing to rain, mixing with snow, high 41. Tonight, partial clearing at times, chance for show showers, low 4. Tuesday, becoming mainly cloudy, chance for snow, high 11.
The New York Jets beat the New England Patriots 28-21 to earn a spot in the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh next Sunday. Mark Sanchez threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions to help the Jets reach the conference title game for the second straight year. The Jets recorded five sacks of Tom Brady, who also threw his first interception since Week Six when David Harris picked him off in the first quarter.
It will be the Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game next Sunday after Chicago earned a convincing 35-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Jay Cutler threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others while the Bears were building a 35-10 lead. Tight end Greg Olsen had three receptions for 113 yards, including a 58-yard TD grab on the Bears' first series.
Carmelo Anthony says he's staying with the Denver Nuggets at least for another week. Speaking to reporters Sunday night after a 110-97 loss to San Antonio, Anthony said he'll be in a Nuggets uniform for their next three games. He also called reports of a meeting with New Jersey about his widely rumored trade to the Nets false. Rumors of a blockbuster trade between the Nuggets and Nets have intensified in recent weeks. ESPN is reporting that Nets officials will meet with Anthony this week to discuss an extension to his contract.
The Norfolk High boys basketball team has moved up in the Omaha World Herald basketball rankings. The Panthers jump from fifth to third in the “Nebraska Top 10” & improve from fourth to second in Class “A”. The Panthers went 2-0 this past weekend as they beat Lincoln High on the road 71-62 and topped fifth ranked Omaha Creighton Prep at home 67-62 in overtime. They are in action this weekend as they visit 7-6 Omaha Burke on Friday night and entertain 9-3 North Platte on Saturday.
Local Schedule: NECC at Briar Cliff JV at Sioux City, IA (WBB-7:00).
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: Indiana St. 61 Creighton 59 (MBB); Nebraska 75 Kansas 61 (OT) (WBB).
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Roads and sidewalks were quite slick this morning across Norfolk and northeast Nebraska from freezing rain that fell late Sunday night and early this morning. A dispatcher at the Nebraska State Patrol in Norfolk said roads are "ice, all covered." Motorists and pedestrians needed to allow plenty of extra time and drive and walk with caution. A WJAG listener reported it took about two hours to make the trip from Norfolk to Columbus -- a drive that usually takes about 45 minutes. Trucks were out putting down de-icing material on local and area roads.
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says renewable energy development is a key part of America's national security because it can be done at home. While in Norfolk recently, the Nebraska Democrat said new energy development needs some help from the government to get started in an effort to support jobs and the environment.
The Nebraska Public Power District has named an interim president and chief executive officer amid its search for a permanent leader. The Columbus-based utility reports John McClure will temporarily assume the leadership position Friday. He is NPPD's vice president for governmental affairs and its general counsel. NPPD has launched a national search for a permanent replacement for Ron Asche, who will step down Feb. 2 to take a job at United Power in Brighton, Colo.
People who park in a handicapped space illegally could find it costing them up to $1,000, even for a first violation. State Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha has introduced a bill that could increase fines sharply for the offense. Current law caps the fine at $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for a third or subsequent offense within a one-year period. Howard's bill would make any offense - even a first one - subject to a fine of up to $1,000.
If you shovel it, they will come. That's the message from the Norfolk Post Office when it comes to clearing a path to your mailbox with all the snow on the ground. Postmaster Sue Spangler says when mailboxes are buried in snow and ice, it can be difficult for carriers to make deliveries safely.
A 17-year-old Nebraskan too young to cast a ballot has captured enough votes to win the Miss America crown, kick starting her hopes of going to law school and eventually becoming a politician. Teresa Scanlan says she wants to stand up for what is right - integrity and honesty. She is the first Miss America from the Cornhusker State. Scanlan was crowned Saturday night in Las Vegas. She is the youngest Miss America since the pageant's first competition in 1921, which Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15.
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