Radio Review

11.25.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Terry Kuchar, Bob Nelson, Thomas Schueth, Glen Simonsen, Angela Simpson, Steve Sovereign 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 43.  Tonight, overcast with a chance of snow early, low 26.  Wednesday, cloudy, high 29. 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00. 

For the second year in a row, Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini is going into the final week of the regular season facing questions about his job security.  The Huskers followed a lopsided loss at Wisconsin two weeks ago with a home loss to Minnesota on Saturday.  Nebraska ends the regular season at Iowa on Friday at 11:00.  Pelini said yesterday he's "turning over every stone" to win championships and that he won't be satisfied until he does.  He said he makes changes in the way the program operates every season in his attempt to "get over the proverbial hump."  Asked if he would fire one or more of his assistants if it meant saving his job, Pelini said he would not. 

The 20-7 Nebraska volleyball team has jumped from eleventh to tenth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.  The Huskers are coming off a 2-0 week, beating Indiana on Wednesday and Michigan on Saturday in sweeps.  Nebraska returns to action this week when they visit Illinois on Wednesday and Penn State on Saturday.  Stanford remains at number one with Wisconsin, Texas, Penn State, and Washington rounding out the top five. 

High School Football Championship games continue today at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Hartington Cedar Catholic faces David City Aquinas in the Class ‘C-2’ title game at 10:15, Boone Central/Newman Grove plays Ashland/Greenwood in the Class ‘C-1’ championship game at 2:45, and Elkhorn meets Omaha Skutt in the Class ‘B’ title game at 7:15. 

Local Schedule:  NECC at Iowa Lakes CC at Estherville, IA (WBB-5:30); Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); Eastern Illinois at Creighton (MBB-7:00); Omaha South at Nfk High (G&B Jamboree BB-5:30). 

Local Scores: Augustana 89 WSC 71 (MBB); WSC 71 Augustana 57 (WBB). 

High School Football State Championship Scoreboard:  Omaha North 41 Omaha Creighton Prep 0 (‘A’); Hemingford 52 Bruning/Davenport/Shickley 8 (‘D-1’); Exeter/Milligan 40 Anselmo/Merna 26 (Class ‘D-2’). 

NFL Scoreboard:  Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27; Buffalo 38 N.Y. Jets 3. 

Kwifax:

The United Nations Charter became effective in 1945 

News Briefs:

None of the state employees who were blamed for Nebraska's prison sentence miscalculations will face criminal charges. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly announced the decision as they released the findings of their investigation. Bruning says some Department of Correctional Services employees were lazy and uninterested in their jobs, but prosecutors can't prove that they intentionally violated the law. The county attorney's office and Nebraska State Patrol both investigated the case, in which hundreds of prisoners were prematurely released. 

President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service. Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. He stepped down under pressure amid multiple foreign policy crises, including the rise of the Islamic State group. But in remarks at the White House Monday, Obama said he'll always be grateful that Hagel has always "given it to me straight." 

Nebraska farmers are nearly finished harvesting this year's crops after last week's cold, dry weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 96 percent of the corn grown in Nebraska has been harvested. And 97 percent of the sorghum has also been harvested. Both those crops are slightly ahead of what's normal. At this time of year, 92 percent of the corn and 93 percent of the sorghum has typically been harvested. The USDA also estimated that about 69 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good or excellent shape. About 59 percent of the pasture and range areas across the state are also in good or excellent condition. 

During Friday's Nebraska-Iowa football game, the American Red Cross will honor two men, one from each state, who went above and beyond in the face of crisis. The Nebraska honoree is Gene Willers, the president of the Midwest Bank Branch in Pilger, a town that was forever changed on June 16th following a devastating EF-4 tornado. Willers locked his eight employees inside a bank safe, and rode out the storm himself. All survived. The Iowa honoree is 18-year-old Austin Benson from Winterset who helped save the life of a friend who was critically injured in a horseback riding accident. Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Nebraska and Iowa who performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service. Red Cross staff and volunteers selected the winners. 

Downtown Norfolk is getting a jump on Black Friday with the annual Downtown Riverpoint Christmas Festival tonight night from 4:30 to 7:30 on Norfolk Ave. between 1st and 7th Streets. Stores along the Avenue will be open all evening. Santa Claus will be at the Chamber office, hot chocolate and cider, Christmas carolers, and hay rack rides are all be part of the fun. The lighting of the City Christmas Tree is set for 7:30 at the corner of 7th and Norfolk Ave. There’s no charge, but organizers ask everyone to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. 

Today's Tickler: 

I don’t know much about hockey.  The coach gave me a puck & I spent the rest of the day trying to open it.

 

Posted on Nov 25th, 2014 at 7:39 am

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