08-16-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Wes Doerr, Jan Harrison, Keith Johnson, William Karmann, Joyce Kirschner, Jim Marr, Judy Rood

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, partial sunshine early, then clearing, high 75.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 44.  Friday, mostly sunny, high 78.

 

Sports:

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King Felix now has a crowning achievement.  Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory.  His record improves to 11-5 on the year.  Hernandez was mobbed by his teammates at the pitcher's mound after the final out.  The Mariners' ace and former American League Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection.  He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with twelve strikeouts.  It was the third perfect game in baseball this season, a major league record.  Hernandez joined Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June.  Six Seattle pitchers combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers in June.  This was the sixth no-hitter of the season, which is two shy of the major league record of eight set in 1884.

 

Former Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has transferred to Illinois.  Illinois coach Tim Beckman said yesterday that the 6’4, 290-pound redshirt freshman was one of the top high school players in Illinois when he played at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.  Illinois says Klachko has started practicing with the team but under NCAA rules will have to sit out the 2012 season.  He has three seasons of eligibility left.

 

Lincoln police say Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook suffered minor injuries when his bicycle was hit by a car.  The accident happened yesterday morning.  Cook says the impact cracked his helmet and that he landed on his right shoulder.  He wasn't seriously injured.  Police ticketed the driver of the car who turned in front of Cook.

 

Local Schedule:  Lincoln SE at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Las Vegas (Bsbl-9:05).

 

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

 

Local Scores:  Las Vegas 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the world’s longest train tunnel will run 35 miles beneath the Alps, linking Zurich & Milan

 

News Briefs:

Nebraska will host a series of informal public meetings to collect input on the state's effort to establish a health insurance exchange. Governor Dave Heineman announced the Wednesday as the state prepares a blueprint for an online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can shop for insurance. The plan is due to the federal government in mid-November.

 

Security is being increased at the University of Nebraska at Omaha after a student reported that a man sexually assaulted her in her dorm room. A student at the Scott Village residence hall reported the attack yesterday. It's not clear how the attacker got in.

 

Thousands of students will begin moving into dorms at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln today. Fall semester classes begin on Monday.

 

Low interest rates are not good for those with savings accounts, but they are good for the Norfolk Public School District. At this week's meeting, the Board of Education voted to refinance some 2008 bonds at the current, lower interest rates, saving the district about $145,000.

 

A national expert on drought says the current dry spell is comparable to the drought of 1988. Michael Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, says the current drought began this past winter.

 

University of Nebraska Extension Irrigation Specialist Bill Krantz says irrigators have provided nearly 100 percent of the water used by this year's crop. At the Haskell Ag Lab near Concord, Krantz says the crop has used about 20 inches of water, and only two or three inches of that came from rainfall early in the season.

 

Someone who stopped at a gas station in Michigan and bought a Powerball ticket could have fuel enough for a lifetime. Officials say a winning ticket in the $337 million Powerball drawing was sold in Lapeer, about 45 miles north of Detroit.

 

Today's Tickler:

Do you know how to get 76 shaves out of one blade?  Wince.

 

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