08-23-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Tanner Bessmer, Tim Braithwait, Lynn Devall, Deb Fonder, Barry Hale, Craig Jones

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, chance for isolated showers or storms, high 94.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 67.  Friday, considerable cloud cover, chance for showers & storms, high 81.

 

Sports:

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Baseball's number of Bay Area banishments continues to grow.  Oakland pitcher and former American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.  Major League Baseball's announcement comes one week after All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50 games following a positive test for the same substance.  The 39-year-old Colon is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts in his first season with the A's.  He will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the postseason if Oakland advances that far.  Any remainder of the suspension would be served in a future season, if Colon signs another major league contract.  Colon is the fifth player suspended this year under the big league drug program, and the third from either the Giants or A's.  San Francisco's Guillermo Mota received a 100-game suspension in May following his second PED violation.

 

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Stephen Strasburg could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season.  In his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts.  The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1-3 innings, and the Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180.  Washington began the day with a seven-game lead in the NL East, putting the city on track for postseason play for the first time since 1933.

 

Local Schedule:  Kearney at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); LHNE at Pierce (SB-6:30); 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.

 

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

 

Local Scores:  New Orleans 8 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

The Apollo 8 astronauts used silly putty to fasten down tools during the 1968 moon-orbiting voyage.

 

News Briefs:

The chairman-elect of the Nebraska Bankers Association says the housing market is a bright spot for Nebraska lenders. John Steinner with Valley Bank and Trust in Scottsbluff-Gering says his bank's mortgage business is up about 30% over last year, and last year was a record.

 

A University of Nebraska report says expanding Medicaid in Nebraska as part of the federal health care law would help the state's economy. The report says the expansion would reduce a "silent tax" that consumers pay in the form of higher premiums. Governor Dave Heineman has criticized the Medicaid expansion proposal as potentially too costly for the state.

 

Norfolk Public School's 2012 high school graduates scored higher than their peers on the ACT college entrance exam. Bob Hastings, director of teaching and Learning for the Norfolk district, says the district's high school graduates scored 22.5 on average, compared to a state average of 22 and a national average of 21.1. He says NPS has concentrated on preparing students for the ACT.

 

The Norfolk Area Film Commission is off to a great start. On the same day Hollywood director and Omaha native Alexander Payne announced plans to shoot his new film in Northeast Nebraska, it was also announced the community has established the local Film Commission -- an effort to attract and promote television and film crews to come to the region. Payne commended Norfolk's efforts in establishing the commission. He mentioned Valentine has started a similar effort and hopes other Nebraska communities can do the same thing. The logo for the commission is based on the famous "Hollywood" sign.

 

Nebraska State Fair organizers are scrambling to get the new sky tram ride ready for the fair's opening day on Friday. Parts of the ride were damaged in a truck accident but new parts have arrived and officials hope to have the tram running at some point during the fair, if not on the first day.

 

Youth ages 5 to 17 are invited to a free, fun, safe, outdoor event Saturday near Battle Creek. The JAKES Day is sponsored by the Beards and Spurs Chapter of the National Turkey Federation. Young people will learn about the outdoors and practice shooting with bows and arrows and guns.

 

Today's Tickler:

When they made him, they threw away the mold, but it appears to be growing back.

 

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