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Today, mostly sunny, high 45. Tonight, mostly clear, low 18. Wednesday, mainly sunny, high 48.
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The Creighton men’s basketball team has jumped from 14th to eleventh in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and move up from twelfth to eleventh in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday. The 6-0 Bluejays are coming off wins in the last week over Longwood, Wisconsin, and Arizona State. Indiana remains number one in the AP Top 25. Also, Creighton’s Doug McDermott was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. Creighton will be in action next on Wednesday when they host 4-1 Boise State at 7:05.
Fifteen Nebraska football players were honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday, earning all-conference honors as announced by the league office. Five Huskers were named first-team All-Big Ten selections by either the conference coaches or a media panel. Offensive guard Spencer Long was a first-team selection by both the coaches and the media, the lone Husker to receive first-team accolades on both teams. Joining Long on the coaches first team was quarterback Taylor Martinez. Three Huskers joined Long on the media's All-Big Ten first team. Place-kicker Brett Maher, defensive end Eric Martin and safety Daimion Stafford both picked up first-team accolades.
106 KIX & Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM has announced its upcoming basketball broadcast schedule. The 34 game docket features the Norfolk High boys & girls, Norfolk Catholic boys & girls, Lutheran High Northeast boys & girls, and the Northeast Hawks men & women. The schedule highlights include Norfolk Panthers boys games at Omaha North, Lincoln Northeast, South Sioux City, Lincoln High, Omaha Burke, Fremont, and Lincoln Southeast. The docket also features the Norfolk Catholic boys visiting Lutheran High Northeast on December 11th and the Norfolk Catholic boys taking on Boys Town at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on February 9th. The schedule tips off on Saturday when the Northeast Hawks men’s team visits Council Bluffs, Iowa to play Cloud County Community College at 3:00.
Local Schedule: Nebraska at Wake Forest (MBB-8:15); York at WSC (MBB-7:00.).
Local Scores: NECC 95 Mt. Marty JV 58 (MBB); NECC 79 Mt. Marty JV 47 (WBB).
NFL Scoreboard: Carolina 30 Philadelphia 22.
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If you grumble each time the bill for your wireless phone or other device comes each month - be sure to grumble a little at your city, state and the federal government. Economist Scott Mackey has been tracking taxes and other fees on wireless service for nine years. He says Nebraskans pay the highest tax rate and fees for service of any of the 50 states - 25 percent. Mackey says the national tax and fee rate is about 17.2 percent. He says the U.S. House has already passed a bipartisan Wireless Tax Fairness Act, and the U.S. Senate will likely pass its companion bill before the end of the year. Mackey says that would place a freeze on any new state or local wireless taxes and fees for a five-year period.
Area State Patrol officers have some advice for motorists when the weather gets icy - like yesterday. Trooper Bill Price says slow down, buckle up, and don't follow the car ahead so closely. Price says motorists usually have trouble remembering how to handle winter road conditions after the first snowfall, and yesterday was no exception. He says several accidents were reported near Columbus, but he was not aware of any serious injuries.
The Nebraska Appleseed Center favored a state-run health insurance exchange, rather than having Nebraska join the federal exchange under the rules of the federal health care overhaul. Jennifer Carter, with the Appleseed Center, says she hopes the state works closely with the federal government to make the exchange work. Carter says Nebraska Appleseed would like to see the state take advantage of federal incentives to expand Medicaid, something the governor adamantly opposes.
A fun - but educational - night is planned this week at Faith Regional Health Services to discuss two issues that affect women - incontinence and osteoporosis. Physical Therapist Emily Afrank says many women don't know that physical therapy can provide fast and effective relief from incontinence. And physical therapy is one of the three parts of successful treatment for osteoporosis and osteopenia. The educational seminar will be held in the Terrace View Cafe‚ on the bottom floor of the Faith Regional bedtower Thursday from 6 until 8:30. Refreshments will be served, and the cost to attend is $10. For more information, or to register, call 402-644-7347.
The Powerball jackpot is expected to hit its highest-ever record of $425-million for tomorrow night's drawing. Nebraska Lottery officials expect brisk sales this week. Lottery spokesman Terry Rich says a prize this big will lure in people who have never before spent even a dollar on a Powerball ticket. Rich says this week's projected jackpot buries the previous Powerball record of $365-million, won in February of 2006 by a group of eight workers at a Lincoln meatpacking plant. Rich says if we go a few more weeks without a winner, the Powerball jackpot could reach -- or exceed - one billion dollars. Yes, that's billion - with a B.
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