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The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. The 15-0 Norfolk Panthers remain first in Class ‘A’. They won both games last weekend, beating Lincoln Southeast last Friday at home 36-19 and then defeating Defending State Champion Bellevue West on the road on Saturday 61-57. The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 64.5-42.5. Norfolk returns to action on Friday when they host 2-10 Omaha Northwest and then visit 6-8 Millard North on Saturday. Saturday’s game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star has also updated its girls basketball rankings where Norfolk Catholic remains fourth in both newspapers in Class 'C-1'. The 13-2 The Lady Knights won both games last week defeating Gretna 70-47 and Wahoo 50-33. They are outscoring their opponents on average through the 15 contests 54.4-41.4. The Norfolk Catholic girls return to action tonight when they host 1-15 O’Neill.
The Mid State Conference girls & boys basketball tournament brackets have been released. In the boys bracket, the Norfolk Catholic boys will host Crofton in an opening round game on Saturday with the winner playing Battle Creek in the quarterfinals at Northeast Community College on Tuesday, February third. The other quarterfinal contest from Northeast Community College on February third pits Wayne versus Boone Central/Newman Grove. Boys quarterfinal games at Norfolk Catholic High School that night feature Hartington Cedar Catholic versus West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic and Pierce battling O’Neill. In the girls bracket, Boone Central/Newman Grove meets O’Neill at Newman Grove on Saturday in an opening round contest with the winner drawing Crofton in the quarterfinals on Monday at Northeast Community College. The other quarterfinal game played that night at the college will be Norfolk Catholic and Wayne. Girls quarterfinal games at Norfolk Catholic High School on Monday have West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic taking on Hartington Cedar Catholic and Pierce meeting Battle Creek.
Local Schedule: Fremont at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); Nfk High at Elkhorn (G&B SW Dual-4:30); O’Neill at Nfk Cath (G&B BB-6:00); LHNE vs. Lourdes CC at Midland Univ. at Fremont (G&B BB-6:00); Midland JV at NECC (WBB-5:00); State Fair CC, MO at NECC (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI (MBB-6:00).
Local Scores: (20) Iowa 78 (15) Nebraska 72 (OT) (WBB).
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Senate Democrats have temporarily stalled progress on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. The Senate voted 53-39 Monday to cut off debate on the bill, in a procedural vote. That's short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute over the time granted to consider amendments to the bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to move to pass the legislation, which has enough support. Some Democrats who had supported previous bills approving the pipeline, including one of the bill's current sponsors, helped filibuster the move to limit debate.
The President of Northeast Community College has some concerns about Gov. Pete Ricketts' proposal to reduce the taxable value of agricultural land. Dr. Mike Chipps says the proposed measure to reduce the taxable value of farmland from the current 75 percent to 65 percent would cost Northeast about $2.5 million over a three-year period, with no mechanism for replacing that revenue. Chipps questioned Ricketts about that when the new governor stopped in Norfolk last week. Ricketts responded that his proposal is not the end of the property tax discussion; it's just the beginning. Ricketts also proposes adding another $60 million to the Nebraska Property Tax Credit Fund, which provides property tax relief for all Nebraskans.
A fire that seriously injured a Norfolk man and caused an estimated $50,000 damage to an apartment building Friday night has been blamed on discarded smoking materials. Fire Chief Scott Cordes says a joint investigation by the Norfolk Fire Division and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the fire originated in an overstuffed chair and was ignited by discarded smoking materials. Cordes says firefighters found 67-year-old Dennis Bethune unconscious on the floor at 907 Syracuse Ave., Apt. 2. He was removed by fire and rescue personnel, transported to Faith Regional Hospital and then flown by LifeNet helicopter to Bishop Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. Family members report that Bethune is in stable condition.
Chadron State College officials have said a report about an armed man on campus proved to be false. The dorms were locked down for about six hours Saturday night and Sunday morning as police searched the campus. A 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle south of the campus had told officers that an armed man was involved and in the area. The boy was arrested on suspicion of several crimes, including terrorist threats, theft by unlawful taking and false reporting.
Several meetings and presentations will be held in Norfolk and Wayne this week to discuss suicide prevention and surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas will conduct meetings Thursday morning and all-day Friday at Faith Regional Health Services, Thursday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College, and Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Wayne State College. All of the programs are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended for the Thursday and Friday sessions at Faith Regional Health Services
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