02-14-11

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Trisha Andreasen, Bonnie Begeman, Rosemary Bohn, Rick Friedrichsen, Elaine Holmberg, Marlin Kratochvil, Stan McDole, Morris Ochsner, Scott Zaruba
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, more sun than clouds, high 46.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 30.  Tuesday, mostly sunny, high 52.
 
Sports:
 The Omaha World Herald has updated certain criteria of their high school basketball rankings.  In the boys polls, Norfolk High remains third in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” after going 2-0 over the weekend.  The 18-3 Panthers beat Lincoln East at home on Friday 73-45 and defeated Columbus on the road on Saturday 74-45.  They have won two in a row and nine of their last ten games.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls remain first in Class “C-2” with a 21-2 mark.  They won at West Holt 66-50 and beat Twin River at home 59-23 last week.  They have won twelve in a row and 17 of their last 18 games.
 
Girls Sub-District basketball tournaments get underway today for Classes “C” & “D”.  In the Class “C-1-8” Tournament at Norfolk High, Pierce faces Madison tonight in a first round game tonight at 7:00.  The winner will take on Boone Central in the semifinals on Tuesday at 6:00.  The other semifinal pits Norfolk Catholic versus Battle Creek at 8:00.  All games can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  In the Class “C-2-8” Tournament at Wayne High School, Stanton plays Wakefield tonight in a first round game at 7:00.  The winner will take on Lutheran High Northeast in the semifinals on Tuesday at 6:00.  The other semifinal pits Laurel/Concord/Coleridge versus Hartington Cedar Catholic at 8:00.
 
The Norfolk Catholic girls bowling team won the Class “C” Nebraska High School Bowling Federation State Championship Tournament at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln yesterday.  They defeated Plainview in the Championship 3-2 in the Best of Five.  The Lady Knights won the tenth frame by one pin.  Beth Reed was the State Singles Final Champion.  She was also joined on the team by Myla Graae, Jenny McCleary, Anna Baldacci, Emily Tomjack, Ashley Crismore, and Dara Gentrupp.  The team was coach by Rick Graae.
 
Local Schedule:  Bennington at Nfk Cath (BBB-6:15); NECC at Mt. Marty JV at Yankton, SD (WBB-7:00).
 
Tonight:  It’s day one of the Girls C-1-8 Sub-District Tournament from Norfolk High School.  Pierce faces Madison in a first round game at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
 
Tuesday Evening:  It’s day two of the Girls C-1-8 Sub-District Tournament from Norfolk High School.  In semifinal games, Boone Central plays either Pierce or Madison at 6:00 and Norfolk Catholic faces Battle Creek at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
 
Local Scores:  Creighton 69 Southern Illinois 50 (MBB); Nebraska 4 Oregon St. 1 (SB); Creighton 1 Western Illinois 0 (SB).
 
Kwifax:
 In a survey of architects, a home office is the top-requested special function room for a new home.
 
News Briefs:
 State lawmakers are considering a bill from Deb Fischer of Valentine that would help fund Nebraska roads for the next 20 years. Fischer's bill would put a half-cent of the existing sales tax into a special fund specifically for road projects. Fischer says 81 percent of Nebraska roads were rated good two years ago, but only 74 percent rate that well now. Opponents of the measure say the state cannot afford to take sales tax revenue out of the general fund at the same time lawmakers are making deep cuts to fill a nearly one billion dollar shortfall.
 
The Northeast Community College Board of Governors has approved reductions in meal plan costs of up to one dollar per meal, and added a new unlimited meal plan with a $100 express card for $1,000. Meanwhile, the Board also approved a $60 per semester increase in dorm rates, while eliminating the $70 per semester charge for wireless internet. At next month's meeting, a proposal will be considered to raise resident tuition $3 per hour, and student fees $1.25 per hour. The proposed increase in non-resident tuition is $3.75 per hour.
 
 A recent poll shows Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Nelson trailing Republican Jon Bruning in the 2012 election. But Nelson says he isn't putting much stock in any poll right now. He says there's too much to accomplish yet in 2011 to be thinking about 2012.  Nelson adds that the only race he's ever lost was the one he was projected to win. The poll, by Public Policy Polling, also showed Nelson slightly trailing another anticipated Republican candidate, Don Stenberg.
 
A trial date of April 21 has been set for a challenge to Nebraska laws governing petition signature requirements for ballot initiatives and independent candidates. The ACLU of Nebraska says changes made in 2007 and 2008 to state law unfairly burdens independent candidates and residents trying to get initiatives on the ballot, thus violating protected political speech. The changes increased the number of petition signatures required for independent candidates to get on the ballot and required all petition circulators to be electors of the state of Nebraska. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale has defended the state's requirements as being constitutional.
 
Lady Antebellum were the big winners at Sunday's Grammy Awards, taking home five trophies, including Record and Song of the Year, for their hit "Need You Now." The big prize, Album of the Year, went to rockers Arcade Fire for their highly acclaimed "The Suburbs." And jazz singer Esperanza Spalding pulled an upset, winning the  Best New Artist Grammy, disappointing Justin Bieber fans.
 
Today's Tickler:
 When your ship finally does come in, how come the IRS is on the dock unloading it?

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