08-22-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Larry Blaser, Kathy Dahlkoetter, Gary Faist, Marv Hall, M.D. Linde, Alyce Nelson, Charles Rowse, Roger Showalter

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly sunny, high 95.  Tonight, partly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 67.  Thursday, partial sunshine, chance for showers & storms, high 88.

 

Sports:

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Stephen Strasburg struck out ten batters and allowed one run in six innings for his 15th win in one of his final starts of the season as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 last night.  For weeks, the impending shutdown of Strasburg has been the talk of baseball and though the Nationals haven't said exactly what their limit for the star right-hander is, it's thought to be between 160-180 innings.  After this start, his fourth straight win, when he allowed four hits and walked one, he has thrown 145 1/3 innings.  Talk of his innings limit overshadowed discussion of the National League East race.  Washington's win gave the Nationals a seven-game lead over second-place Atlanta, their largest of the season.  The Braves have lost four straight.

 

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles secured a third oral commitment in the past eleven days yesterday in Tai Webster, a point guard on the New Zealand national team.  According to the Omaha World Herald, Webster is a recruit for the 2013 squad.  He is the youngest player ever to make his country's national team.  Webster turned 17 on May 29.  Other United States schools offering scholarships to Webster, according to Rivals.com, were Hawaii, LSU, Pitt, St. Mary's, SMU, Virginia and Wake Forest.  Webster's dad, Tony, was considered a legend in the New Zealand professional league.  His older brother, Corey, also has played on the national team.  Other Nebraska commitments for 2013-14 are Nick Fuller, a 6’7 wing from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Nate Hawkins, a 6’5 guard from Dallas, Texas.  NU also has two transfers who must sit out for a year and won't be eligible until 2013-14.  They are 6’10 Walter Pitchford from Florida and 6’6 Terran Petteway from Texas Tech.  Omaha point guard Deverell Biggs also is expected to redshirt this coming season.

 

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

 

Friday Night:  The Class “C-1” Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic football team opens their season at fourth ranked Columbus Lakeview at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

 

Local Scores:  Lincoln NE 3-2 Nfk High 2-9 (SB DH); Nashville 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

 

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Laken McCarter of the Norfolk High softball team.

Kwifax:

In 1961, Gary Player became the 1st foreign golfer to win the Masters

 

News Briefs:

Embattled Rep. Todd Akin says his decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race is "not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee. Akin appeared on NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Good Morning America." Akin confirms that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan personally asked that he step aside in the wake of his comments about women and rape.

 

Two-thirds of the Nebraska students given a new and tougher state science exam have met or exceeded proficiency levels. The exam was given to students in the 5th, 8th and 11th grades. Education Commissioner Roger Breed says the scores represent a new baseline that will help measure student progress in the future.

 

The latest scores from the Nebraska Statewide Accountability Reading, Mathematics and Science tests have been released, and Norfolk Public Schools officials are pleased with the results. Director of Teaching and Learning Bob Hastings tells WJAG NEWS improvement is seen in nearly all areas and grades. Hastings explains that all students are required to take the NeSA tests, including those in special education programs and those for whom English is not their first language. Hastings says the scores show that the hard work of both staff and students in the Norfolk Public Schools is paying off.

 

A Nebraska climatologist says the drought might end this winter. UNL's Ken Dewey says El Nino could break the drought and create a wet winter. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the state is six-to-15 inches short of normal rainfall over the past 12 months. In Northeast Nebraska alone, it's 12-to-15 inches short.

 

The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society Museum and Research Center in Norfolk will host its annual Pioneer Day in the Park Saturday. Museum Director Ruthie Gallitz says the day features the skills that were needed to survive on the prairie 100 years ago. There will be old tractors, cars and buggies on display. A pie social is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. for an additional charge. The Dederman cabin and school will be open for tours, as will the Verges cave.

 

Government surveyors say last year's 5.8 magnitude earthquake did not cause the Washington Monument to sink further into the ground. The quake did damage the upper portion of the monument, which does have several large cracks. The monument is built on ground that was once underwater and has sunk about 2.2 inches since 1901.

 

Today's Tickler:

The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body you will be asked to put on it.

 

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