09-06-11

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Richard Berglund, Jeff Dominesse, Tim Gansebom, Donna Jack, Amy Klein, Marisa Sieler

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mainly sunny, high 75.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 48.  Wednesday, more sun than clouds, high 78.

 

Sports:

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Cliff Lee tossed a five-hitter for his sixth shutout of the season, helping the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies beat the second-place Atlanta Braves 9-0 last night.  Lee, who is now 16-7, struck out six, walked none and needed only 100 pitches to finish off the Braves after falling one out shy of a shutout in his previous start at Cincinnati.  The Major League-leading Phillies increased their lead to 8 ½ games over Atlanta and reduced their magic number for clinching their fifth straight NL East title to just 16 with 25 games remaining. 

 

Nebraska place-kicker/punter Brett Maher was recognized for his performance in the Huskers' season opener, while also making Nebraska football history yesterday.  The junior from Kearney, was named the Big Ten Special Teams Co-Player of the Week and earned the College Football Performance Award as National Place Kicker of the Week.  Maher's Big Ten honor is the first individual honor won by a Husker football player.  He shared the Big Ten honor with Penn State kick returner Chaz Powell.  Maher went 4-4 on field goals, including kicks of 50 and 48 yards, and 4-4 on extra points in helping the Huskers to a 40-7 win over Chattanooga.  In addition, he punted four times, averaging 52.0 yards per kick, and placed a pair of kicks inside the UTC 20-yard line.  Maher's was the highest single-game average by a Husker since 2005 and the best at home since the 2002 campaign.

 

The Omaha Storm Chasers concluded their regular season with a 7-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines yesterday.  John Whittleman & Kurt Mertins had two hits a piece in the loss.  Willy Lebron was the losing pitcher for Omaha.  Their final regular season mark is 79-63, winning the Pacific League North Division by 2 ½ games.  The Storm Chasers will open the best-of-five American Conference championship series at Round Rock, Texas on Wednesday.  Omaha will send right-hander and PCL pitcher of the year Luis Mendoza to the mound to face right-hander Eric Hurley.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 in the suburb of Austin, Texas.

 

Local Schedule:  Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Hastings (B. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Columbus & Fremont at Nfk High (GG Tri.-4:00); Nfk Cath at LHNE (VB-7:30); South Sioux City at LHNE (SB-6:00).

 

Thursday Night:  We’ll air the documentary of the 2010 Class “C-1” Champion Norfolk Catholic football team “One Team One Mission” at 6:00 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  We’ll follow the documentary with Norfolk Catholic hosting West Point-Beemer at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30.

 

Kwifax:

The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds.

 

News Briefs:

Authorities released the names of two men who were killed when a small plane crashed near Seward airport. Jeff Clausen, 58, of Lincoln and Mark Pearson, 56, of Plymouth died after the plane crashed into a cornfield shortly after taking off Sunday.

 

A new coalition has formed to increase the pressure on TransCanada to us an alternate route for its Keystone XL oil pipeline, a route that would avoid the Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer. The group, Save Our Sandhills, is also asking Governor Heineman to call a special legislative session to deal with the issue.

 

Governor Heineman believes the Obama Administration will deny the permit for an oil pipeline through the Nebraska Sandhills, forcing TransCanada to pick a new route for the project. Heineman tells WJAG NEWS he has talks scheduled with company officials this week.

 

The state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln has received accreditation from a national organization that evaluates health care entities based on quality standards. The Joint Commission deemed the Lincoln Regional Center fully accredited for all behavioral health care services that were surveyed. The Department of Health and Human Services was notified in August.

 

The annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo is aimed at sparking a family's interest in natural resources and outdoor recreation. The event this year is scheduled for Sept. 17-18 at Ponca State Park near Ponca in northeast Nebraska. Activities include kayaking, rock climbing, shooting, camping, and cooking with Dutch ovens. There also will be a dock jumping competition for dogs. More information is available at OutdoorNebraska.org/poncaexpo.

 

"Riders in the Sky" will be the featured entertainment at Saturday's concert at the WJ Ranch near Fordyce. Jan Schiferl says this is the 8th year her family has turned their indoor arena into a concert hall.

 

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