12-31-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Jolene Groninger, Carol Harris, Van Jacobsen, Ramona Noble, Kent Quigley, Deb Warneke

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, partial clearing at times, temps in the teens.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, low 9.  Tuesday, partial sunshine, high 24.

 

Sports:

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The Houston Texans slipped from first to third in the AFC seedings and will open the postseason at home next Saturday against wild-card Cincinnati.  That game will be followed by a Minnesota/Green Bay rematch of Sunday's 37-34 Vikings' victory.  On Sunday, the AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens will host Indianapolis in the first wild-card game.  That game will be followed by the NFC East champion Washington  hosting Seattle in the final wild-card game next Sunday.

 

While the Husker football team is here, an Orlando prep wide receiver has pledged to Nebraska.  N-U picked up its 17th pledge of the 2013 recruiting class when Dominic Walker picked the Huskers over Florida State and Cincinnati according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Walker formally announced his intentions last night in Houston at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.  The 6’2, 195-pound Walker visited Lincoln back in late September and pushed Nebraska to the top of his list despite receiving roughly 25 offers, including from the Seminoles and in-state school Florida.  Rated a three-star player by the recruiting sites, Rivals rates him the 89th best player nationally at his position, FoxSportsNext ranks him 78th and 247 Sports ranks him 141st.  Nebraska plays Georgia tomorrow in the Capital One Bowl at 12:00 in Orlando, Florida.  The Huskers are ranked 16th in the BCS Standings while the Bulldogs are seventh.  The game is televised on ABC and can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.

 

Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Wisner/Pilger at Wisner/Pilger (Shootout on the Elkhorn Tourn. BBB Third Place Game-7:45); LHNE Vs. Oakland/Craig at Wisner/Pilger (Shootout on the Elkhorn Tourn. GBB Seventh Place Game-2:30).

 

Local Scores:  Minnesota 88 Creighton 81 (2 OT) (WBB); South Dakota 62 Nebraska-Omaha 57 (WBB); Quinnipiac 3 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Hock.).

 

NFL Scoreboard:  Cincinnati 23 Baltimore 17; Carolina 44 New Orleans 38; Chicago 26 Detroit 24; Pittsburgh 24 Cleveland 10; Indianapolis 28 Houston 16; Tennessee 38 Jacksonville 20; Buffalo 28 N.Y. Jets 9; N.Y. Giants 42 Philadelphia 7; Tampa Bay 22 Atlanta 17; San Francisco 27 Arizona 13; Minnesota 37 Green Bay 34; Denver 38 Kansas City 3; New England 28 Miami 0; San Diego 24 Oakland 21; Seattle 20 St. Louis 13; Washington 28 Dallas 18.

 

Kwifax:

Betty Grable left an imprint of her leg outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

 

News Briefs:

Nebraska will ring in the new year with a host of new state laws, including higher county filing fees for mortgages and authorization for local governments to allow people to drive golf cars and roads adjacent to courses. Lawmakers approved 10 bills this year that go into effect Tuesday. One measure will allow counties to charge higher filing fees for deeds, wills, mortgages and other property documents. Part of the money will help register-of-deed offices post more documents public documents online, while the rest goes to county general funds. The law ends in 2018, which forces register officials to prove they have used the money as intended. Another law will give cities and counties the authority to allow golf cars on roads alongside golf courses, but operators must have insurance.

 

Nebraska's capital city is considering imposing higher water rates during a drought to encourage residents to conserve water. The city hired HDR Engineering for $30,149 to advise them on the possible benefits of imposing a drought surcharge on water rates. Lincoln's chief engineer Jerry Obrist says the city hasn't decided to impose higher rates during drought conditions, but officials are looking at the possibility of doing that. Obrist says the goal of any such plan would be to reduce water usage, not raise more money for the city. But regardless of what happens with rates, Lincoln residents will likely face mandatory water restrictions again next summer if the drought continues.

 

Another protest over alcohol sales in the Nebraska town of Whiteclay is planned for New Year's Eve. Two Native American groups said Sunday that they will try to prevent alcohol sold in Nebraska from reaching the Pine Ridge reservation where alcohol is banned. The Oglala Lakota Women and Deep Green Resistance groups say they will set up a blockade on the reservation's southern border starting at 9 p.m. Monday. Alcohol sales in the town of Whiteclay have long been a concern for the Oglala Sioux Tribe because alcoholism and poverty are rampant on the reservation. The town of roughly a dozen people sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12-ounce cans of beer last year.

 

The Nebraska State Patrol is planning a special campaign in January and February to promote seat belt usage in Scotts Bluff County. The State Patrol says recent surveys in the Scottsbluff-Gering area showed seat belt usage was around 50 percent. That's well below the state average of 79 percent. So troopers plan to conduct a special enforcement in January and February to enforce seat belt use. State Patrol Capt. Mike Gaudreault says people are killed in car crashes all too often simply because they weren't buckled up. An $11,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will pay for the added enforcement.

 

There has been a lot of rain and snow in the past week across the U-S but for the most part drought conditions continue. That according to Mark Brusberg, U-S-D-A Meteorologist. About 62-percent of the nation is still impacted by the drought and Brusberg says some areas may be a bit worse off than before. The entire state of Nebraska remains impacted by the drought but conditions did improve just a bit in Iowa.

 

Today's Tickler:

You know you’re a baby boomer if you owned a pair of pedal pushers or at least know what they are.

 

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