09-01-11

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Jim Fairbanks, Kathy Friedrich, John Jacobs, Janis Jensen, Kris Luellman, Dennis Meyer Jr., Michelle Pieper, Martin Simon, Beverly Throener

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly sunny, high 96.  Tonight, becoming partly to mostly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 67.  Friday, partial sunshine, chance for showers & storms, high 78.

 

Sports:

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The Omaha Storm Chasers are the Champions of the Pacific Coast League American Conference Northern Division. Their 12-2 win last night over Round Rock combined with an Albuquerque win over second place Memphis clinched the division.  Omaha lashed out 18 hits in their win last night.  Lorenzo Cain was 5-5 with three RBI’s.  Yamaico Navarro & Kurt Mertins collected three hits while Jarrod Dyson & Irving Falu had two hits in the win.  Dyson hit his third home run of the season.  Luis Mendoza was the winning pitcher for the Storm Chasers improving to 12-5 on the season.  Omaha will face the Round Rock Express in the American Conference Championship Series, which moves to Werner Park on Sept. 9 with potential games on the 10th & 11th.

 

The Class “C-2” Defending State Champion Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is ranked first in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star’s preseason rankings.  The Lady Eagles were 36-2 a season ago beating Hartington Cedar Catholic to claim the title.  They bring back enough talent and experience to defend their state championship.  Liz Gebhardt, a 6’2 middle blocker and a returning all-stater, joins middle blocker Shelby Boche, outside hitter Kelsey Dinkel and libero Kendra Dinkel as starting seniors who are back.  Norfolk Catholic is preseason ranked tenth in Class “C-1” according to the Omaha World Herald.  They were 21-10 a season ago and add Battle Creek transfer Michaela Barry to a talented roster.

 

Local Schedule:  Fremont at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista South Inv. (CC-5:30); Nfk Cath Vs. Pierce-6:30; Vs. Schuyler-7:30 (Schuyler VB Tri.); LHNE Vs. Pender-5:30; Vs. Scribner/Snyder-6:30 (Northeast Nebraska VB Classic at Pender); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. At Beemer (CC-5:30); Nebraska-Kearney at WSC (FB-6:00); Round Rock at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

 

Friday Night:  The 0-1 Norfolk High football team hosts 1-0 Lincoln Northeast 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 AM from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

 

Local Scores:  Creighton 5 Missouri-Kansas City 0 (M. Socc.).

 

Kwifax:

Between 1900 & 1920 tug of war was an Olympic event.

 

News Briefs:

Governor Heineman is urging the Obama Administration to reject the proposed route TransCanada would like to take for the Keystone XL pipeline. He has written the President, stating the pipeline should not be built through the Sand Hills and the Ogallala Aquifer. Heineman says he wouldn't object to the pipeline, if the route would avoid the Sand Hills and the Aquifer. He believes if the Obama Administration denies the permit, TransCanada would be forced to choose a different route.

 

Even though the Missouri River is falling back into its banks and flood emergencies have been lifted in some locations, the flood is still causing problems. Triple A Nebraska's Rose White says the flooding has caused an Omaha fuel distribution terminal to shut down temporarily, affecting many gas retailers in the Omaha metro area. White says gasoline is being transported from other locations, and stations in the metro area might not have all fuel blends available. White says gas prices in the Omaha area jumped more than a dime per gallon this week, and will probably stay there until supplies return to normal and the summer travel season comes to an end.

 

Those wishing to meet face to face with federal officials concerning flooding in Knox County need to get to the Niobrara fire hall today. FEMA spokesman Charlie Henderson says the disaster recovery center in Niobrara will close later today. He says folks coming to the center need to bring along documentation. A number of federal and state programs are available to offer help, including grants for housing assistance, cost-sharing programs and Small Business Administration loans for renters, homeowners, and businesses of any size.

 

A disaster recovery center has been set up in Spencer to help Nebraskans affected by the historic flooding of the Missouri River. It is scheduled to operate from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Spencer City Office and Fire Hall. It will be closed over the holiday weekend, then open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Individual disaster aid is available to people who live in Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington counties. Officials say people with flood-related losses should register with FEMA even if they have applied for assistance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, filed a claim with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, received assistance from voluntary agencies or called the Nebraska flood hotline to report damage.

 

Add two governors to the list of fans ready to watch next month's football matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are scheduled to watch the game together on Oct. 1 in Madison. It's the first bout between the Huskers and Badgers since Nebraska officially joined the Big Ten in July. Heineman made headlines last year when he placed a friendly wager with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Heineman put Nebraska's world-renowned Omaha Steaks on the line, while Nixon countered with black walnut and chocolate candy from Hammons Black Walnuts in Stockton, Mo., and fishing lures. Nebraska won that game, 31-17.

 

Today's Tickler:

A great musician can bring tears to a person’s eyes.  But, then again, so can an auto mechanic.

 

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