08-01-2012

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Rodney Benish, Terry Bessmer, Marian Davis, Grace Dietz, Tod Dover, Vern Fischer, Tamala Korth, Kathleen Rollman, Joe Russell, Debbie Stuthman

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, partial sunshine, slight chance for showers, high 100.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, chance for showers or storms, low 71.  Thursday, a blend of clouds & sun, high 93

 

Sports:

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Michael Phelps is master of the medals.  The swimming sensation has set the Olympic record for most medals won, helping the United States to the gold medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay.  That brings his medal haul to 19, including a record 15 gold.  Phelps broke the record held by former Russian gymnast Larrisa Latynina.  Earlier, Phelps tied the mark when he was edged out for gold by South Africa’s Chad le Clos in the 200-meter butterfly.

 

It's two routs in two outings for the NBA star-laden United States basketball team.  Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece and Kevin Durant added 13 in the Americans' 110-63 victory over Tunisia.  Team USA turned a close game into a blowout with a spectacular second half.  The Americans led by only 13 points at halftime, but outscored Tunisia 39-14 in the third period on the way to its second straight easy win.  The United States will next face 1-1 Nigeria on Thursday night.

 

Star tailback Silas Redd is bolting Penn State for Southern California.  The 1200-yard rusher opted yesterday to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.  Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban.  The NCAA gave Penn State players the option to transfer immediately and play for another school this year.  Redd visited USC over the weekend and heard coach Lane Kiffin's pitch to be a key cog for a Trojans team expected to be highly ranked and contend for the Pac-12 title.  Redd is the second player to leave Penn State since the sanctions were announced July 23.

 

Penn State football fans are rallying around a program hit by stiff NCAA sanctions tied to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  A pep band and more than 1,000 supporters turned out to cheer on Nittany Lions players arriving for practice yesterday in State College.  Most wore jerseys and other blue and white attire at the "Rise and Rally" event organized by two former players.  Penn State faces a four-year postseason ban and lost scholarships because of the scandal.

 

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

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 12 Oklahoma City 5 (Bsbl).

 

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News Briefs:

The drought affecting Midwest and Plains states is dragging on the region's economy. A survey of Nebraska and eight other states shows that July's Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged below growth neutral for the first time since 2008.

 

Nebraska now has a "sister state" relationship with Shaanxi province in central China. Governor Dave Heineman Tuesday signed the agreement that could lead to more trade opportunities with the state. He says the province has industries similar to Nebraska, including agriculture and energy.

 

The number of Nebraska residents without health insurance surged more than 67 percent between 2000 and 2010. University of Nebraska researchers say the figures reflect a trend in other Midwestern states. About one-third of the uninsured people in Nebraska aren't working full-time.

 

West Point received only .01 inches of rain in July, Extension Educator Larry Howard says his area is about 42% behind normal on rainfall this year. Cuming County farmland is primarily dryland, with only about 15% of acres under irrigation.

 

The new principal of Norfolk Senior High is on the job and meeting with students and staff. James Lake and his family moved to Norfolk earlier this summer from California. Lake replaces long-time Principal Steve Morton who stepped down a year ago to accept a position at Northeast Community College.

 

A Platte County judge has ordered a Columbus man to trial on charges that he created a false paper trail for a classic muscle car to pump up the asking price. Prosecutors say Mickey Dush bought a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle from a Florida dealer in 2011 for $37,500 and misrepresented its origins when he sold it to an Iowa buyer for $87,000.

 

For anyone who has hung on to tickets to a canceled 1979 concert in Rhode Island by The Who, the more than 30-year-old souvenirs are about to pay off. The last stop on the band's current tour is in February in Rhode Island and the venue manager says tickets for that 1979 show will be honored as trade-ins. Fourteen tickets have been traded in on new ones so far.

 

Today's Tickler:

Next year I’m going to spend my vacation somewhere near my budget.

 

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