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Preseason honors continued to roll in for Nebraska senior I-back Rex Burkhead yesterday, when he was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated.  Burkhead was one of four running backs tabbed as a preseason All-American, joining Wisconsin's Montee Ball to give the Big Ten two All-America backs.  For Burkhead, it was his second preseason All-America honor, as Athlon also tabbed him as a second-team running back. A native of Texas, Burkhead is also one of 50 players on the watch list for the Walter Camp Award and one of 65 candidates for the Doak Walker Award.  He carried 284 times for 1,357 yards last season in a workhorse role for the Huskers.  Burkhead posted the second-highest carry total in school history, while tallying the seventh-highest rushing total in NU history and the highest by a Husker I-back since 1997.  He ranked 19th nationally in rushing last fall, averaging 104.4 yards per game.  Burkhead enters his senior season with 2,654 career rushing yards.


A year after his hiring, Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad has a contract.  Erstad has a four-year deal through the 2016 season paying him $163,200 annually.  Based on his current salary, the contract calls for him to receive a bonus of $13,600 for winning a Big Ten title or earning an NCAA tournament bid, $20,400 for achieving both, $27,200 for making the College World Series and $40,800 for winning a national championship.  The contract was signed June 3rd.  The Cornhuskers were 35-23 overall and finished fourth in the Big Ten in Erstad's first season.  Erstad, a two-time All-Star who earned about $50 million in 14 major-league seasons, had an initial salary of $160,000 at Nebraska.  Former coach Mike Anderson was paid $330,000 in 2010, his last season.


Behind the scoring of Carli Lloyd the American women won the gold medal in soccer.  The U.S. gained a measure of revenge by beating Japan in the gold medal game 2-1.  The gold is the third straight for the U.S. in women's soccer and fourth of five Olympics since women's soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games.  Lloyd finished the game with both goals, scoring in the eighth and 54th minutes.  The revenge for the U.S. came from the fact that Japan beat the U.S. on penalty kicks in the World Cup final last year.


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The Northeast Community College Board of Governors has accepted the FTE/REU Enrollment Audit Report for the 2011-2012 year. At Thursday's meeting of the Board, Vice President of Administrative Services Lynn Koski shared the report on Full Time Equivalent students. Koski says some of the reasons for the decline in enrollment are last year's flooding that caused closing of the South Sioux City campus for several months, attrition between freshman and sophomore year, and an improvement in the economy which allowed students to start their education at a four-year institution instead of the community college. Koski says enrollment management is one of the college's top eight priorities for the coming year.


Many producers are looking for options for their drought-stressed soybeans, and a local UNL extension educator says haying is one possibility. Allan Vyhnalek  of Platte County says soybeans can make a quality forage. Vyhnalek says the hard part about putting soybeans up for hay is saving the leaves. He urges not handling the cut beans any more than possible, and crimping so that the stems dry out. For more information on making hay from soybeans and other options for drought-damaged crops, check the website Cropwatch.unl.edu.


Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Nelson is harshly criticizing members of the U.S. House for leaving Washington for the month of August without approving a farm bill. Nelson says House Republican leadership failed to act because it wanted to appease its Tea Party members. Nelson says he is pleased the Obama Administration has approved disaster assistance, but says it is not enough, calling it "a band-aid on a big rash."


Nebraska U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey says deep cuts and some tax increases would put the federal budget on a path to being balanced, and he argues Republican Deb Fischer hasn't explained how she would reach deeper reductions. Kerrey, a former senator and governor, proposed Thursday cutting $409 billion over 10 years. The Democrat's goal is to shrink spending from 24 percent of the nation's gross national product to 21 percent. He says he doesn't support raising tax rates but backs eliminating some deductions. Fischer has called for spending only 18 percent of GDP. Kerrey says such a reduction would "savage rural health care in Nebraska."


Many producers in Nebraska, and throughout the Corn Belt, will be filing claims against their crop insurance this year because of the severe drought. U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, a former Ag Secretary, says insurance companies will be making some big payouts this year. Johanns says there are some programs for livestock producers, but they have not yet been funded. He says he is disappointed that work on funding for these programs was not completed before Congress adjourned for the August recess and he is hopeful that the matter will be taken up as soon as law makers return to Washington. Johanns made his comments after a community coffee yesterday in the Pierce Public Library. He was also a guest at the customer appreciation event at Dinkel Implement in Norfolk later last night.


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