03-20-13

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Mary Bergstrom, Larry P. Hansen, Keith Hemmer, Lon Lura, Adam Thompson

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly sunny, high 36.  Tonight, mostly clear early, then increasing clouds, low 16.  Thursday, mostly cloudy, slight chance for snow developing, high 35.

 

Sports:

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College presidents of the new Big East athletic conference are to assemble in New York City at 10:00 AM today to reveal “significant progress” in the ongoing development of a multi-sport conference according to the Omaha World Herald.  All of the presidents of the affected schools are expected to attend.  Creighton is among the schools joining the new league, which is to be composed of schools with strong basketball traditions, many of them Catholic, such as Marquette University in Wisconsin and St. John's University in New York City.  Top officials with Fox Sports Media Group and Madison Square Garden also are to attend today's announcement.  Creighton officials said they would announce a “special event in the history of the University and Creighton athletics” at 10:00 AM in the D.J. Sokol Arena.  The public is invited.

 

The rosters have been announced for the first Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, which will be played on June 8 at Norfolk’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Retired National Hall of Fame football coach Bob Schnitzler of Battle Creek will coach the ‘White’ team and longtime Northeast Nebraska area football coach Rich Rethwisch of Wayne will coach the ‘Red’ team.  Schnitzler will be assisted by Norfolk High’s Steve Porter while Rethwisch will be assisted by Norfolk Catholic’s Jeff Bellar & Tim Kassmeier.  The Red and White teams were broke down from a pool of 59 high school squads representing the greater Northeast Nebraska area.  The ‘White’ team features Norfolk High’s Terrence Dawson, Cody Merchant, & Cole Wiley.  The ‘Red’ team includes Norfolk Catholic’s Jordan Bellar, Riley Knake, Garret McCarthy, & Kyle Schaefer.  Also on the team will be Lutheran High Northeast’s Kenny Blank, Dalton Bichlmeier, Nathan Johnson, and Arrin Rathke.  Faith Regional Health Services is the Title sponsor.

 

Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Cal State Fullerton at Fullerton, CA (Bsbl-8:00); South Dakota St. At Creighton (Bsbl-4:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Air Force at Colorado Springs, CO (Bsbl-2:00); WSC at Nebraska-Kearney (SB DH-3:00).

 

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath/LHNE 6 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (B Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 4 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (G Socc.); (8) Cal State Fullerton 8 Nebraska 7 (11 Inn.) (Bsbl); Air Force 2 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (Bsbl); (20) Nebraska 3 Nebraska-Omaha 2 (SB)

 

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Kegan Ehlers of the Norfolk Catholic track & field team.

Kwifax:

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News Briefs:

Governor Dave Heineman spent the day yesterday visiting farms all over Nebraska including the Temme Dairy Farm northwest of Wayne.  It was part of the governor's celebration of National Ag Day.  Heineman told the crowd that agriculture is strong in Nebraska and the future is even stronger.  He boasted that agriculture is the state's number on industry and is a major factor behind Nebraska's 3.8 percent unemployment rate: the nation's second lowest.  Governor Heineman says he'll go anywhere in the world to promote Nebraska agriculture and other Nebraska business products.

 

The Norfolk City Council has given its blessing for representatives of the Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk Junior High School and other organizations to move forward with their plans to renovate Central Park. The Arts Center's Program Coordinator Melinda Kozel presented the Council with updated concepts for a flower garden, the stage renovation and a mural to be painted on the side of the restroom building by renowned Omaha artist Gerard Pefung. A native of Cameroon, Pefung would work with Norfolk Junior High Art Students to arrive at a concept for the mural. The Council voted unanimously to encourage the organizations involved to move forward with the Central Park project.

 

The Nebraska Legislature has crossed the halfway point of its 90-day session. Lawmakers finished their 45th day on Tuesday. The session is currently scheduled to adjourn on June 5. Lawmakers are finishing the last of their bill hearings and transitioning to full-day legislative debate. The Legislature and Gov. Dave Heineman still have to approve a new, two-year state budget. Lawmakers are also considering changes to state tax law, social services and a possible expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law.

 

Nebraska lawmakers will get a chance this year to debate a death-penalty repeal measure. The Legislature's Judiciary Committee voted 7-0 on Tuesday to advance the bill for full debate. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, an outspoken opponent of capital punishment. Nebraska has 11 inmates on death row, but the punishment has faced numerous legal challenges in recent years. The last prisoner executed in Nebraska was Robert E. Williams, who died in the electric chair in 1997 after confessing to three murders.

 

Two employees who failed to claim $1.8 million in federal reimbursement for Nebraska are no longer working for the state. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that the agency conducted its own review after the state auditor uncovered the missed opportunity to apply for the funding. Department chief Kerry Winterer says it is his priority to be more financially accountable by holding the employees responsible for their mistakes. The agency also hired an internal auditor. State Auditor Mike Foley released a report in February that showed the DHHS failed to request child welfare services grants between 1996 and 2006. Winterer says staff neglected to research whether Nebraska was eligible for the funding. The mistake cost taxpayers $1.8 million.

 

Today's Tickler:

Don’t think that the world is against you.  Some smaller countries may be neutral.

 

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