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Today, partial clearing at times, temps steady in the low 30’s.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, low 13.  Tuesday, partial sunshine, chance for snow developing, mixing with rain, high 42.



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Top overall seed Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga earned the top seeds for NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  Defending national champion Kentucky won't even get a chance to defend its title as the 21-11 Wildcats are the 20th national champion to not make the NCAA field the next season and instead will play Robert Morris in the National Invitation Tournament opener Tuesday night.  The 68-team NCAA tournament starts Tuesday with a pair of first-round games.  Liberty takes its 15-20 mark against North Carolina A&T and Middle Tennessee State tackles Saint Mary's of California as the tourney tips off in Dayton.


The Creighton men’s basketball team will play Cincinnati to open the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 1:45 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The 27-7 Bluejays are the seven seed in the Midwest Region after sweeping the regular-season and postseason Missouri Valley Conference championship.  The Bearcats are the ten seed after losing to Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.  Cincinnati is 22-11 on the season.  Creighton is 0-2 all-time against the Bearcats falling in 1962 & 1989.  The winner will advance to play Duke or Albany on Sunday.


The NJCAA 15th ranked Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team will take on 16th ranked Weatherford College of Texas in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas this morning at 10:00.  The Hawks are 28-4 on the season while the Lady Coyotes at 24-5.  Both teams enter the tournament coming off losses.  Northeast dropped a 75-70 decision to Crowder College of Missouri in the District ‘K’ Championship nine days ago in Neosho, Missouri.  Weatherford lost their most recent game to Midland College of Texas at the Region V Tournament nine days ago 79-74.  The winner will play top ranked 32-1 Trinity Valley of Athens, Texas in the second round tomorrow at 2:00.  It’s the first time that the Hawks have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in women’s basketball since 1977 where they went 1-2.  Today’s game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com starting at 9:40 AM.


Local Scores:  (25) UC Irvine 2 Nebraska 0 (Bsbl); Creighton 5 Pacific 2 (Bsbl); Iowa 4 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Bsbl); WSC 8-4 Morningside 2-5 (Bsbl DH); Minnesota St.-Mankato 3 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Minnesota St.-Mankato wins series 2-1) (WCHA Hockey Playoffs).



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News Briefs:

Construction begins on Phase Three of the Northeast Industrial Highway this morning. About 500 feet of Victory Road north of Norfolk Iron & Metal will be closed to through traffic.  Madison County Roads Superintendent Dick Johnson says he expects that stretch of Victory Road to be closed until approximately Labor Day.  A detour will send motorists down 1st Street to Benjamin Avenue.  Johnson says access to Norfolk Iron and Metal, the Elkhorn Valley Ethanol Plant and Nucor will be accessible from the south along Victory Road. When complete, the Northeast Industrial Highway will connect Highways 35 and 81 north of Norfolk.


Norfolk Police are reminding area citizens to NEVER give out personal information on the phone unless you placed the call and are sure to whom you are speaking. Captain Leon Chapman says several Norfolk area residents have received phone calls, some on their cell phones, reporting a problem with their credit or debit card. The caller advises you to contact your bank - or better yet - give them the information needed and they will take care of the problem for you. The scam artists then use the information to withdraw money from your bank account Chapman says it is a good idea to check with your bank, but not to give out personal or financial information to someone who calls you. If you believe you might have provided information to one of the scam artists, Chapman advises you to call your financial institution immediately.


Cold weather didn't interfere with the planned stocking of trout in the lagoon at TaHaZouka Park on Saturday. A small crowd braved the sharp north winds to watch as crews from the Nebraska Game and Parks Fisheries Division unloaded 1,500 rainbow trout from a special trailer. Conservation technician Denny Bridge says the fish are taken off feed the day before and put in the three-compartment tank that is equipped with oxygen injectors and aerators.  Catching the trout is encouraged, since they are cold water fish and will not survive the summer in the TaHaZouka lagoon. He says a valid Nebraska fishing permit is required for anyone 16 or older, and the daily bag limit for trout is 5.


Daniel Ruettiger - known across the world by his nickname "Rudy" - is coming to Norfolk next month.  Rudy attended Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame and played on the Notre Dame football scout team.  He was allowed to suit up for his final home game as a senior; his story is depicted in the 1994 movie "Rudy."  Ruettiger says the message he'll bring to Norfolk is one of hope and endurance.  The banquet is set for the Divots DeVent Center with social hour at 6 and dinner at 7.  Tickets are available at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce office. 


The cost of attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk will go up slightly next year following action last week by the College Board of Governors.  On Thursday, the board approved an increase in resident tuition from the current $76 per credit hour to $78.50, and for non-resident tuition from $95 per hour to $110.  Some fees will also be reduced or eliminated.


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