02-15-11

 

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Riley Broderson, Angela Hausmann, Jane Heng, Janice Johnson, Barbara Koenig, Bonnie Kroeger, Julie Rajaee, Diane Reestman, Todd Ridder, Larry Wecker
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, a blend of clouds & sun early, then clearing, high 55.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 30.  Wednesday, mostly sunny, high 57.
 
Sports:

 ESPN Radio now at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00!
 
The top ranked Kansas Jayhawks had been 26-1 at Kansas State since 1984 before the Wildcats rolled to an 84-68 win over Kansas.  Jacob Pullen scored 23 of his career-high 38 points while K-State was building a 42-33 halftime lead.  Pullen shot 5-for-6 from three-point range and led the Wildcats with five assists.  Kansas State shot 56% from the field and outrebounded the Jayhawks 29-23.  Kansas forward Markieff Morris scored just three points and no rebounds after entering the game averaging 13.7 points and a Big XII leading 8 ½ boards per game. 
 
The Lincoln Journal Star & Omaha World Herald has updated it’s high school basketball rankings.  Norfolk High remains third in the Omaha World Herald in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while staying at number four in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Panthers are 18-3 on the year and have won two in a row and nine of their last ten games after wins over Lincoln East & Columbus last weekend.  The 21-2 Lutheran High Northeast girls remain first in both polls in Class “C-2” after wins last week over West Holt & Twin River.  They’ve won twelve in a row and 17 of their last 18 games.  The Norfolk Catholic boys have slipped from first to second in both media in Class “C-1” after a 47-45 loss last Saturday to Grand Island Central Catholic.  The Knights improved to 20-1 last night by routing Bennington 71-49.  Ben Uhing & Ethan Brozek had 14 points a piece and Conner Ketter & Riley Knake scored eleven each.  Uhing also had six rebounds and four assists while Brozek collected five boards and four assists.  The Knights led at half-time 39-29.
 
Local Schedule: LHNE Vs. Wakefield at Wayne High (C-2-8 Sub-Dist. Semifinal-6:00); NECC at Central CC at Columbus (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Texas at Austin, TX (WBB-7:00).
 
This Evening:  It’s day two of the Girls C-1-8 Sub-District Tournament from Norfolk High School.  In semifinal games, Boone Central plays Pierce at 6:00 and Norfolk Catholic faces Battle Creek at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
 
Thursday-Saturday:  We’ll have State Wrestling reports with Mike Carnes throughout the day from Qwest Center Omaha.   The reports can be heard on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97-5, & Newstalk WJAG.
 
Local Scores:  NECC 76 Mt. Marty JV 65 (WBB).
 
Kwifax:
 The U.S. Alabama quarter is the first coin to include Braille.
 
News Briefs:
 Reduction of staff through attrition is one way the Norfolk Public Schools will deal with an expected decrease in state aid. State aid to all schools will down this year. At Monday's meeting of the Norfolk Board of Education, Superintendent Marlene Uhing said the district will not be offering a voluntary separation package or early retirement incentive plan to reduce staff, and they may have to tap into the cash reserve. She cautions that only so much of the revenue loss can be made up in those ways, and it is likely that program cuts will be discussed once budget numbers firm up.
 
The general manager of Nucor Corporation in Norfolk has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Northeast Community College Board of Governors. At a recent meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Dirk Petersen to complete the term of Dave Fauss, who cannot serve on both the College Board and the Norfolk City Council.
 
A bill that would restrict the co-payments insurance companies charge for the priciest prescription drugs is being backed by groups advocating for patients with multiple sclerosis and other disorders. State lawmakers are holding hearings on that measure and others aimed at reducing gaps in health insurance coverage.
 
Nebraska lawmakers gave their initial approval yesterday to legislation that would create a formal definition of honey. State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton proposed the measure, so there'd be a way to resolve disputes over whether a product that's sold as pure honey is really pure.
 
State Treasurer Don Stenberg says his decision on a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 will come soon. Stenberg says he is encouraged by a recent poll that shows him ahead of incumbent Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. The same poll, however, shows Stenberg trailing Jon Bruning in a potential Republican primary.
 
Miss America will attend a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in Lincoln next month. Teresa Scanlan is the first Miss Nebraska to win the national crown. She's scheduled three stops later this month in Nebraska.
 
President Barack Obama hands out the nation's highest civilian honor today to several people, including a predecessor. Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with the Medal of Freedom. Others honorees include investor Warren Buffett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, basketball great Bill Russell and baseball hall of famer Stan Musial.
 
Today's Tickler:
 If you don’t think appearances are deceiving, keep in mind that a dollar looks the same as it did ten years ago.

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