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Lance Armstrong says it's over and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency agrees. The United States Anti-Doping Agency says it will strip Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Still to be heard from was the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union, which had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority. Armstrong says he will no longer fight the charges because he's tired of it. Says Armstrong: "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now." Armstrong called the USADA investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."
Mississippi State says it is working with the NCAA because of a "potential recruiting irregularity" in the football program. The school says the examination has lasted several months and that it is close to finished. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn confirmed the NCAA and Mississippi State were "working cooperatively," but did not have any further comment.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at North Platte (FB-7:00); Nfk Cath at Columbus Lakeview (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Kearney Inv. At Meadowlark Hill GC (GG-9:00 AM); Nfk Cath at Columbus Scotus (GG Dual-4:00); Saint Louis Univ. At Nebraska (VB-7:00); Creighton Vs. Central Florida at South Florida Inv. At Tampa, FL (VB-4:00); Nebraska-Omaha Vs. Norfolk St. At Kristin Dickman Inv. At Annapolis, MD (VB-3:00); Northern Illinois at Creighton (M. Socc.-7:30); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).
Tonight: 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. This week: Nfk High’s Tom Olson & Sarah Klug; Nfk Cath’s Jeff Bellar; LHNE’s Darin Suckstorf & Kathy Gebhardt; & ESPN.com’s senior college football writer Ivan Maisel.
Local Scores: Kearney 4-2 Nfk High 1-10 (SB DH); Pierce 10 LHNE 2 (SB); Omaha Storm Chasers 11 New Orleans 1 (Bsbl).
The largest fruit crop on earth is grapes followed by bananas.
The latest update on the nation's drought shows that the parched conditions continue worsening in key farm states even as the situation across all of the continental U.S. leveled off. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Nebraska and Missouri are in extreme or exceptional drought, narrowly ahead of Illinois and Kansas in those two categories. The amount of Nebraska afflicted with exceptional drought conditions - the most-serious level - remained unchanged while dropping only slightly in Illinois.
Third District Congressman Adrian Smith was in the eastern part of his vast district Thursday, with stops in Wayne, Norfolk and Neligh. The Republican says he is hearing a lot from constituents about the lack of a farm bill or drought relief, and he understands their concerns.
The fall election campaign kicked off Thursday night for one local candidate. Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman told about 125 supporters at the Time Square Event Center, she's ready to continue to serve as the city's "ambassador." She credits many of the city's accomplishments over the past four years with people coming together to make it happen as a "community of folk." Ward 2 City Councilman Dave Fauss is challenging Fuchtman in the November 6th general election.
Former state Senator Ernie Chambers has filed a grievance with the Nebraska Supreme Court. He contends the Omaha school board's lawyer committed "gross negligence" while handling the Nancy Sebring case. The district hired Sebring, who was superintendent in Des Moines, Iowa, in April. Sebring abruptly left her Iowa job in May. She lost the Omaha job after emails sent on a Des Moines district computer to her lover became public.
Big cracks caused by drought have forced officials to bar bicycles from three recreational trails in southeast Nebraska. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District on Wednesday closed stretches of the MoPac East Trail, the Oak Creek Trail and the Homestead Trail. The closures amount to about 50 miles of trails.
If you are over the age of 50, Alexander Payne may have a part for you in his feature film "Nebraska." Local citizens between the ages of 50 and 80 are needed to be extras in the film, and also for speaking roles. Payne also plans to shoot the black and white film in an around Norfolk this fall.
This summer, one-third of the nation will have been ill-housed, ill-fed and ill-clothed. But they’ll call it vacation.
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