Radio Review

09.02.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Jeff Jones, Lyle Kathol, Jake Klein, Andrea Larson 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mainly clear skies, high 79.  Tonight, partly cloudy with a chance for scattered thunderstorms, low 64.  Wednesday, mainly sunny, high 87. 

Sports:

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Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week's game against McNeese State because of an injury to his left knee.  Gregory left the Florida Atlantic game after the Cornhuskers' first defensive series Saturday.  Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that Gregory had an old basketball injury "flare up," and it caused a clicking sensation in his knee.  Gregory, who led the Big Ten in sacks last season, underwent a procedure Sunday to remove scar tissue.  Pelini said Gregory should return for the Sept. 13 game at Fresno State.  Pelini also said Gregory probably could play against McNeese State, if needed, but that he wanted to give him plenty of time to recover.  Junior Jack Gangwish will make his first career start against McNeese State.  In other Nebraska football news, Ameer Abdullah was honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday, as he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. 

The Nebraska volleyball team dropped from seventh to twelfth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll after suffering two losses last weekend in the AVCA Classic.  They dropped matches to Florida State and Stanford.  The 0-2 Huskers return to action on this weekend when they compete in the Flyer/Raider Invitational in Dayton, Ohio.  Nebraska plays Dayton, Bakersfield, and Eastern Kentucky.  Creighton fell out of the rankings after being preseason ranked 23rd.  The Bluejays went 2-1 at the Kansas Invitational after beating Lipscomb and Utah State and losing to Kansas.  Creighton returns to action this weekend with three matches at the Commonwealth Classic in Lexington, Kentucky.  They play Northern Iowa, USC, and Kentucky. 

The Omaha Storm Chasers concluded their regular season yesterday with a 6-4 win over Colorado Springs.  The 76-67 Storm Chasers, who won the Pacific Coast League American North Title, were led by Brian Bocock’s three hits and Matt Field’s 28th home run.  Omaha will open their best-of-five American Conference championship series against Memphis Tuesday at 7:05 in Papillion.  Memphis finished with a 79-64 record in the Southern Division.  The Storm Chasers will host the first two games. 

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln Pius X Inv. At Wilderness Ridge (GG-8:30 AM); Nfk Cath at Stanton (GG Dual-4:00). 

Local Scores:  Creighton 4 Western Illinois 0 (W. Socc.). 

Kwifax:

The Mona Lisa was stolen from Louvre 4 in 1911 

News Briefs:

Dakota City is recovering from a severe thunderstorm Sunday, that packed up to 80-mile-an-hour straight-line winds. Mayor Jerry Yecevich says the storm knocked out power and did some structural damage in the town. The storm did damage on both sides of the state line, hitting Sergeant Bluff, Iowa as well.  Interstate 29 closed for a couple of hours after high winds blew debris onto the interstate and trucks were blown over. 

Officials at Boone Central Schools in Albion are ready to ask voters again to consider a bond issue.  After a $21 million proposal to build a new high school and renovate other buildings failed in 2012, supporters of school improvements regrouped, held meetings to set priorities, and came up with a $13 million plan that goes before voters on Nov. 4.  Most of the money will pay for a an addition of a new kitchen and offices to the Albion school campus.  A new commons area, gymnasium, locker rooms and fitness center also are included.  Additional work would renovate science rooms and upgrade the elementary school to add fire sprinklers. Secure entrances at the middle school in Petersburg would be added. 

The contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives' UniNet has expired without a new agreement.  UniNet represents CHI Health facilities across Nebraska.  People who visit doctors or hospitals in Nebraska associated with the CHI Health network will have to pay more if they have insurance from Blue Cross.  Blue Cross officials say CHI Health, which used to be called Alegent Creighton Health, routinely charges 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals.  CHI Health says those figures are misleading and it believes its total cost of treatment is lower, even if certain services cost more. 

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead. A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in July. The index had reached a three-year high of 60.6 in June. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index climbed to 60.4 from 60.0 in July. It had hit 63.6 in June. The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. 

The state of Nebraska will celebrate 150 years of statehood in 2017, and a Norfolk Junior High teacher will help plan the celebration. Leann Widhalm was one of 17 people named to the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission to help plan the celebration of the state’s 150th anniversary. Widhalm says the Governor’s Office contacted her this summer, asking if she would be interested in serving on the commission. The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission will develop programs and plans for the official observance of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood in 2017. The commission include leaders from all regions of Nebraska and a diverse array of industries. The commission will work closely with state agencies, boards, commissions and political subdivisions to plan commemorative events and to implement educational opportunities. 

Today's Tickler: 

Someone asked him, “What’s your favorite dish?” and he said, “A saucer.”

 

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2014 at 7:42 am

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