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Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly sunny, high 96.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 69.  Friday, a blend of clouds & sun, chance for showers or storms late, high 96.



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Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will be sitting out the first half of this Saturday's Texas A&M game with Rice.  He has been suspended by A&M and the NCAA for his part in signing autographs.  It was determined that he did not receive compensation for the signings.


Seven Nebraska football players have been named "Blackshirts" and awarded the black practice jerseys that traditionally go to defensive starters.  Coach Bo Pelini usually waits until at least the middle of the season to name Blackshirts.  Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said yesterday that some of the veterans deserved the status because of their willingness to help young players, their effort on the practice field and their attitudes in the meeting room.  The Blackshirts are senior defensive lineman Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle, sophomore linebacker David Santos, senior cornerbacks Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans, junior cornerback Josh Mitchell and junior safety Corey Cooper.  Nebraska's defense is known nationally as the Blackshirts.  The tradition started in 1962, when Bob Devaney differentiated the defensive starters by putting them in the black practice tops.


Local Schedule:  Columbus Lakeview at Nfk Cath (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Kearney (SB DH-5:00); Pierce at LHNE (SB-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-6:35).


Tonight:  The Class ‘C-1’ Three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team hosts Columbus Lakeview in the opener of the season at 7:00.  Pregame coverage 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.


Friday Night:  The Class ‘D-1’ Two-time defending state champion Elgin Public/Pope John football team entertains Randolph in the opener of the season at 7:00.  Pregame coverage 6:45 on Literock 97.5 & literock97.com.


Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West. 


Local Scores:  NECC 25-25-25 North Iowa Area CC 15-20-23 (VB); Iowa 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).



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On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.”  Instead, they played piano music


News Briefs:

Staff of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District will take part in several research projects over the next few years in an effort to better understand groundwater. At a recent meeting of the NRD Board, Water Resources Manager Rick Wozniak said one of the projects will include staff from the University of Nebraska and proposes to use irrigation wells to judge the age of groundwater. Wozniak says if “young” groundwater is found in the wells, it indicates that the aquifer recharges rapidly, while older water would indicate that it takes longer for groundwater to come back after a drought or heavy use.


The State Board of Education says applications are now available for Nebraska's next commissioner of education. The applications are available on the website of the Proact search firm.  Once the Oct. 15 deadline passes, Proact will screen the applicants and conduct preliminary interviews.  The company will then present a list of semi-finalists to the state board. The finalists for the job should be chosen by December.


Nebraska officials want to learn about how businesses are using broadband Internet technology so they can help the companies grow and become more efficient.  Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announced yesterday that the state is inviting businesses to participate in the new project. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative is launching a statewide survey in early September and giving up to 500 businesses a personalized scorecard. The scorecards will include ideas on how to better use broadband technologies to earn a better return on the investment. Those businesses will also have the opportunity to work with a business broadband coach. Businesses interested in participating should contact Jim Keeler, the University of Nebraska's broadband business manager, at (402)472-4235 or jkeeler8@)unl.edu.


The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society Museum and Research Center will host its annual Pioneer Day Saturday, with activities inside the museum and in Verges Park. Museum Administrative Assistant Ali Jo Abler says several volunteers will demonstrate the skills needed to survive on the Plains including bread baking, butter churning, quilting and leather making.  The demonstrations will be ongoing from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge to attend, even for those who are not members of the museum. The Dederman cabin and school and the Verges cave will be open for visitors. Farmers’ market vendors are invited to set up at no charge in the park for Pioneer Day, and HyVee will be on hand to sell lunch. The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society Museum and Research Center is located at the corner of Elm Avenue and Queen City Boulevard in Norfolk.


For the first time in 11 years, a Northeast Hawks volleyball game was played Tuesday night at Northeast Community College's Cox Activities Center gym. Kim Kwapnioski, executive director of the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau, says the return of volleyball is great for the college – and for the community.  She says the visitors from McCook probably stopped to eat and buy gas while they were in town for the match.


Today's Tickler:

IRS auditor to taxpayer:  “The trick is to stop thinking of it as your money.”


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