05-08-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Elizabeth Gentrup, Robert Ludemann Jr., Russ McKillip, David Nelson, Karen Pochop, Skeet Starr, Lowell Uttecht, Carl Walter, Randy Walters

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 68.  Tonight, partly cloudy early, then clearing, low 40.  Wednesday, mostly sunny, high 70.

 

Sports:

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Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals with an 87-81 win at Utah.  Ginobili hit consecutive three-pointers to ignite a 15-0 run that put the Spurs ahead 76-58.  Chris Paul scored nine of his 27 points in overtime as the Clippers beat Memphis 101-97 to grab a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

 

Former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargove describes in a sworn statement how he was told by ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt to deny the existence of a bounty program to NFL investigators.  In a document obtained by The Associated Press, Hargrove acknowledges that he acted on Williams' and Vitt's instructions to "play dumb" if asked whether he was aware of bounties being placed on former Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre or any other player.  Hargrove is appealing the eight-game suspension he received from the NFL in connection with the bounty probe.

 

Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels has received a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie star Bryce Harper Sunday. Hamels admitted after the game he tried to hit Harper as a "welcome to the big leagues" gesture.  Harper stole home shortly after the play and later doubled off Hamels.

 

University of Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler was honored yesterday, as one of 42 players named to the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.  A two-year starter for the Blackshirts, Steinkuhler started all 13 games for Nebraska in 2011, totaling 40 tackles, including a pair of sacks from his defensive tackle spot.  The 6’6, 290-pounder has started 26 games for the Huskers over the past two seasons, earning honorable-mention all-conference recognition in both 2010 & 2011.  Steinkuhler is one of nine nominees from the Big Ten, which leads all conferences.  The 2012 winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

 

Local Schedule:  Nebraska Vs. Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha (Bsbl-7:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Sacramento (Bsbl-9:05).

 

Local Scores:  Sioux City North 7 Nfk High 2 (G. Tenn. Dual); Bancroft/Rosalie 350 LHNE 403 (B. Golf Dual); Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Oklahoma City 4 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

Dwight Eisenhower renamed the Presidential retreat “Camp David” in honor of his grandson

 

News Briefs:

A southeast South Dakota beef company plans to close processing plants in Iowa and two other states because of the controversy surrounding a product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. spokesman Rich Jochum says 650 jobs will be lost when it closes its plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo Iowa. The closures will be effective May 25. The company's South Sioux City, Nebraska plant will remain open.

 

Billionaire Warren Buffett supports building the Keystone XL pipeline that TransCanada wants to build to carry Canadian oil south across the Great Plains to connect to Gulf Coast refineries. Buffett says he's not an expert on the project, but he thinks it generally makes sense to build the pipeline.

 

Residents of Norfolk and Columbus are among members of a Nebraska delegation in Washington today and Wednesday. It's part of a Nebraska Chamber of Commerce delegation meeting with government organizations and business groups to discuss issues of importance locally. Norfolk Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Houston tells WJAG NEWS chief of among the items to be discussed are natural gas distribution and on-line sales tax issues. Nine Norfolkans make up the 32 member Nebraska delegation.

 

The intersection at 25th Street and Norfolk Avenue is set to close Wednesday to begin construction work. It's another step in the total reconstruction of 25th Street from two-lanes into three from Benjamin Avenue to the Highway 275 Bypass. Norfolk Public Works Director Dennis Smith says the utility contractor expects work in the intersection to take about a month before it turns it over to the paving crew.

 

Nebraska's Primary Election will be held one week from today, and in one local race, the winner is all but guaranteed a win in the fall. Rod Hughes and Christian Ohl are challenging incumbent Marty Griffith for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on the Madison County Board of Commissioners. The winner will advance to the fall ballot, where he faces no Democratic candidate at this time.

 

Restoration work has been completed on the Doughboy Monument on the south side of Norfolk Jr. High School. Principal Mike Hart says students and veterans groups raised $8,000 for the work. A rededication ceremony is planned Thursday morning, May 17th.

 

Today's Tickler:

He’s the only boxer in the history of the sport to be knocked out while shadow boxing.

 

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