Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Isac Cartella, Diane Cizek, Mike Dinslage, Bill Osborn, Josh Pospisil, Beth Schoenherr, Ronald Skiff, Steve Thieman, Matt Trenhaile
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, mostly sunny early, the increasing clouds, high 23.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 12.  Friday, a blend of clouds & sun early, increasing clouds, chance for snow late, mixing with freezing rain, high 31.
 Nebraska coach Bo Pelini announced his 20-man recruiting class.  Five Texans, two Californians and two Floridians signed letters of intent yesterday. The Huskers' last pledge was defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr. Of Tempe, Arizona.  Peat is among three members of The Associated Press Top 100 Recruits to sign with the Huskers. The others are running back Aaron Green of San Antonio, Texas and quarterback Bubba Starling of Gardner, Kansas.  Nebraska's recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.   In other Husker football news, all signs yesterday pointed to Indiana assistant coach Corey Raymond joining Nebraska's football coaching staff to coach the secondary.  The potential hire raises the question of whether secondary coach Marvin Sanders is still a member of the staff.
The Mid States Conference Basketball Tournament got underway yesterday.  In the boys bracket, the Norfolk Catholic boys improved to 17-0 on the season by beating Madison 67-28.  Riley Knake led the Knights with 15 points and seven rebounds.  They will take on Hartington Cedar Catholic in the semifinals on Friday night at Northeast Community College at 6:15.  Other scores in the boys bracket had Hartington Cedar Catholic escaping Pierce in overtime 54-52, West Point Central Catholic handled Battle Creek 79-45, and Wayne beat Boone Central 59-48.  In the girls bracket, Norfolk Catholic defeated Wayne 64-54 to improve to 11-5 on the season.  Kristen Boyle had 22 points and six rebounds while Erin Anderson netted ten points and eight boards.  The Lady Knights will meet Hartington Cedar Catholic in the semifinals at Northeast Community College tonight at 6:15.  Other scores in the girls bracket had Hartington Cedar Catholic whipping Madison 57-25, West Point Central Catholic defeating Pierce 62-43, and Boone Central doubling up Battle Creek 66-33.
Local Schedule:  Southern Illinois at Creighton (WBB-7:05).
Friday Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Fremont.  The girls game starts at 5:45 with the boys contest at approximately 7:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:25 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 East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Local Scores:  Kansas St. 69 Nebraska 53 (MBB); Missouri 76 Nebraska 69 (WBB).
 When using a public toilet, 41% of us flush with our shoe.
News Briefs:
 In a vote strictly along party lines, a Republican effort to repeal the year-old health care law has ended in defeat. Republicans conceded in advance their attempt at total repeal would fall short. Senator Ben Nelson says he voted to remove the 1099 provision because it imposes  "a needless burden on small businesses." The Nebraska Democrat says there are good and bad things with this Health Care Reform law, but repealing the law will hit Nebraskans hard.
Nebraska lawmakers have tabled a bill changing the way the state tracks sales of pseudoephedrine, the drug in common cold and flu medicines that some people use to make methamphetamine. The bill would force pharmacists to enter pseudoephedrine sales into an electronic database. Consumers now are limited to buying 3.6 grams a day.
Valentine State Senator Deb Fischer is suggesting that Nebraska follow Minnesota's lead in making better use of federal road dollars. Fischer has introduced a bill in the Nebraska Legislature that would authorize the Nebraska Department of Roads to trade state dollars for federal dollars at a reduced percentage.
Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy's son is in stable condition and has another surgery planned for tomorrow. Police say Joel Sheehy, 21, accidentally shot himself in the face Wednesday at his Omaha apartment. He already underwent one surgery to repair facial fractures.
Nebraska's state climatologist says a lack of moisture in the fall of 2010 has him concerned about the growing season of 2011. Al Dutcher says most of Nebraska received below normal moisture last fall, and the odds are against the state having a wet June.
The Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center has presented a member of the Nebraska State Patrol with its "In the Spirit of Children" Award. The award honors LB 1184 Child Abuse and Neglect Team Members who have contributed to the welfare of children. Jeremy Hampton has been working with the Patrol since 2003 and began investigations in January 2007. On the nomination form, Hampton was described as an individual who is "willing to give it his all for the safety of children and the worker he is assisting."
An official in Portland, Ore., says a house fire was apparently started by tenants who were using a hole in the floor as an ashtray. A fire official said it wasn't careless smoking but "stupid smoking." The person reporting the fire hung up on the 911 dispatcher.
Today's Tickler:
 If they all shave their heads, why are they called Hairy Krishnas?

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