02-08-11

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Theresa Allen, Virg Froehlich, Alice Gentzler, Gene Hackler, Virginia Langenberg, Jean Napier, Dave Renner, Doug Witte
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, partial sunshine early, then clearing, high 4.  Tonight, becoming mostly clear, low –9.  Wednesday, mainly sunny, high 12.
 
Sports:
 Scott Frost plans to remain at Oregon as a wide receivers coach instead of joining Nebraska's staff, the Lincoln Journal Star has learned.  Frost and Husker head coach Bo Pelini this weekend discussed the possibility of Frost returning to his alma mater.  NU likely needed to offer play-calling duties to lure Frost to Lincoln but it appears Pelini is set to hand over those duties to Tim Beck, who just completed his third season as running backs coach.  Frost, the quarterback on Nebraska's 1997 national championship team, offered a clue late Sunday night about his current intentions on his Facebook wall.  Under the heading "Scott Frost," he wrote, "Is ducks, ducks, ducks!"  Pelini has yet to confirm vacancies on his offensive coaching staff, but all signs indicate that offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore are on their way out.  Nebraska has also spoken with former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner.
 
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings for all classes.  The Norfolk High boys have slipped from second to third in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” in the Omaha World Herald and have fallen from second to fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 16-3 Panthers beat Fremont and lost to Omaha Bryan over the weekend.  The Norfolk Catholic boys remain number one in both polls in Class “C-1”.  The 19-0 Knights went 3-0 last week winning the Mid States Conference Tournament with victories over Madison, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and West Point Central Catholic.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls are number one in both polls in Class “C-2”.  They moved up from third in the Omaha World Herald & improved from second in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 19-2 Lady Eagles defeated Omaha Nation & Columbus Scotus over the weekend.
 
Local Schedule:  West Point CC at Nfk Cath (GBB-7:30); LHNE at West Holt at Atkinson (G&B BB-6:00); NECC at Southeast CC at Beatrice (W&M BB-5:30); Creighton at Drake at Des Moines, IA (MBB-7:05).
 
This Evening:  The Northeast Hawks women and men’s basketball teams visit Beatrice to play Southeast Community College starting with the women’s game at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
 
Thursday Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team visits Crofton at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
 
Local Scores:  NECC 68 Doane JV 58 (WBB).
 
Kwifax:
 Before being unveiled to the public, the iPad’s secret code name was K48
 
News Briefs:
 The Norfolk City Council has given the go-ahead to seek bids on projects related to a citizens approved upgrade of Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Park. Curtis Johnson with the DLR architectural firm told the Council Monday afternoon, bids will soon be sought on the new artificial turf for the football-soccer complex and other components to the project. He says work will begin in April. Johnson says turf bids options will include ready for use by this fall or ready for use by autumn 2012. He says there will likely being some congestion at the park -- especially late summer when demolition begins on the present baseball bleachers and press box in late July and the swimming pool in August.
 
State lawmakers will debate a measure today that would eliminate state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts as a way to balance Nebraska's budget. If it's approved, the measure could save the state $44 million, but local government say losing the state funding would hurt local taxpayers.
 
More than a dozen public employee unions are voicing opposition to measures in the Legislature that take aim at collecting bargaining and a state commission that handles labor disputes. The Legislature's Business and Labor Committee heard nine measures Monday that would in some way limit the state's Commission on Industrial Relations.
 
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill giving them more oversight of plans to privatize parts of the state child welfare system. Today's vote is just the first of three rounds of debate.
 
The Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis and its "Daughters of Africa" program returns to Northeast Community College today as part of the Black History Month observance. The music-driven history of African American women will begin at 11 a.m. in the Cox Activities Center Theatre. There is no charge to attend.
 
Nebraska hunters bagged a record number of deer and elk in 2010. All told, hunters killed 88,000 deer, including 77,000 white tails. Hunters also harvested 166 elk.
 
Tougher times could be coming for Romania's witches. There's legislation being debated that would require witches to get a permit. And they could face fines or even prison time if they make a prediction that turns out to be false. The draft bill has just started its way through Romania's Parliament. Witchcraft has been a part of Romanian culture for centuries.
 
Today's Tickler:
 Irony:  when you’ve saved for a rainy day & get transferred to Nevada.

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