Radio Review

08.19.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Thomas Kozoil, Ned Miller 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mainly clear skies, high 85.  Tonight, becoming overcast with a chance for scattered thunderstorms, low 65.  Wednesday, more clouds than sun with a chance for scattered thunderstorms early, high 90. 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00.  Also the home of Kansas City Royals baseball! 

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine had hoped to name his regular-season starting quarterback today, but that was before Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel failed to impress during Cleveland's 24-23 loss to Washington last night.  Manziel also raised the middle finger of his right hand as he jogged away from the Washington sideline after a play late in the third quarter. 

Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller, considered among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, reportedly reinjured his throwing shoulder in practice yesterday.  Miller, a senior, had missed spring practice after surgery on his right shoulder.  He had been held out of a scrimmage and practices during fall camp after experiencing some soreness.  But he proclaimed last week he was healthy and ready to go.  If Miller is unable to play in the fifth-ranked Buckeyes' opener on Aug. 30 against Navy, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett would likely get the start. 

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has nabbed a 15-year old as their latest recruit.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Omaha South’s Aguek Arop is the youngest player to commit to Nebraska for basketball.  Coach Tim Miles surprised Arop with a scholarship offer on July 13.  The 6’4, 182-pounder with a 6-9 ¼ wingspan began to draw heavy interest while playing this summer on Omaha Elite’s 15-and-under team.  He averaged about 15 points and ten rebounds a game for Elite, which went 39-4 and was ranked ninth nationally.  Nebraska currently has no instate players on scholarship, nor any entering for the 2014-15 season. 

The Wayne State volleyball team is ranked 20th in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats finished the 2013 season with a 22-10 overall record, finishing sixth in the NSIC with a 12-8 league mark.  They return four starters from last year’s team that finished the season ranked 21st in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats are scheduled to open the season on September 5th in the Oredigger Volleyball Classic at Golden, Colorado facing Bentley of Massachusetts in a 2:00 contest. 

Local Schedule:  Las Vegas at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05). 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 9 Las Vegas 5 (Bsbl). 

Kwifax:

The official name for the “jaw bone” is mandible 

News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council has said "yes" to the Norfolk Airport Authority for the construction of new hangars at the Norfolk Regional Airport. The council Monday night to allow the Norfolk Airport Authority to levy a property tax of a little more than $385,000 and a future additional property tax of about $60,000 a year to fund debt service of new hangers and a related taxiway. Currently, all of the Norfolk Regional Airport’s hangar space is rented out. In the end the council voted 7-1 in favor of the allocation with Ward 1 Councilman Dick Pfeil casting the lone “no” vote. 

Federal officials want Nebraska to repay nearly $2.5 million because they say the state mishandled some Medicaid prescription drug claims. The problem was discovered by an audit the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released earlier this month. The report says in some cases between 2009 and 2011 Nebraska officials failed to collect detailed information about prescriptions and failed to claim rebates from drug manufacturers. Nebraska officials say they are working to resolve the problem, but the state disputes the amount that will have to be repaid to the federal government. 

Northeast Community College and the other five community colleges across Nebraska are sharing a half-million dollar grant from the Nebraska Community College Student Performance and Occupation Education Grant Program. Vice President for Student Services John Blaylock says Northeast’s share is approximately $85,000.  Much of it will be used to help students complete their degrees. Blaylock says they're looking for students who have had to quit school for financial reasons. Blaylock says the funds come from the Coordinating Commission of Post-Secondary Education. 

Nebraska's crops are making good progress, but crops that lack irrigation are starting to show signs of stress in areas where there hasn't been much rain lately. The U.S. Agriculture Department released its weekly report on the state's crops Monday. The USDA says farmers in central Nebraska were able to reduce irrigation last week because healthy amounts of rain fell. In eastern Nebraska, cooler weather slowed crop development while warmer temperatures in western Nebraska helped dry more hay. The USDA estimated that 70 percent of both the corn and soybean crops are in good or excellent condition. About 48 percent of the state's pastures are also in good or excellent shape. 

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Pipeline critics hope the project will be rejected because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution. TransCanada has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety measures and should be allowed. The company has already built and is operating the southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas. 

Today's Tickler: 

You know you’re a baby boomer if you quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

 

Posted on Aug 19th, 2014 at 7:39 am

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