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The Oakland Raiders will have a new head coach.  A person with knowledge of the move has confirmed to The Associated Press that Dennis Allen is out after just two-plus seasons and an 8-28 record.  The decision comes one day after the team lost its tenth straight contest dating to last season, 38-14 to Miami in London.  The Raiders went 4-12 in each of their two full seasons under Allen and haven't had a winning season since capturing the 2002 AFC championship.  Allen was the first coach hired by the Raiders following the death of owner Al Davis. 

Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to rush for 92 yards and score three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs crushed the New England Patriots 41-14 in Kansas City.  The Pro Bowl running back caught two short TD passes from Alex Smith, who threw for 248 yards and three scores in a sharp performance.  Knile Davis finished with 107 yards rushing for Kansas City, and tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 93 yards and a score.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is the offensive player of the week in the Big Ten for the third time in five weeks.  Abdullah, who leads the nation in rushing yards and is second in yards per game, ran for 208 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-14 win over Illinois.  He had 196 yards in the first half.  Abdullah has three 200-yard rushing games this season and four in his career. 

The 8-3 Nebraska volleyball team remains eighth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.  The Huskers are coming off a 2-0 week beating Iowa in three sets on two occasions last Wednesday & Saturday.  Nebraska returns to action this week when they host Penn State on Friday and Ohio State on Saturday.  Stanford remains at number one with Texas, Penn State, Washington, and Florida State rounding out the top five. 

Local Schedule:  Columbus at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High vs. Lincoln East-5:00; vs. Kearney-6:00 (Lincoln East VB Tri.); Crofton at LHNE (VB-7:30); NECC at Iowa Western CC at Council Bluffs, IA (VB-7:00); Hastings at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-4:0)); Nfk Cath at Mid State Conf. Meet at Hartington (GG-11:00); NECC at Southeast CC Inv. At Beatrice CC (MG-12:00); Missouri-Kansas City at Creighton (M. Socc.-7:00). 

Local Scores:  Nfk High 203 Columbus 265 (GG Dual); Fremont 9 Nfk High 0 (B. Tenn. Dual). 


In a traditional deck of cards, the King of Diamonds does not carry a sword; he has a battle axe. 

News Briefs:

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has named state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha as his new lieutenant governor. Nelson was sworn into office yesterday afternoon at the Capitol.  He replaces Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who resigned earlier this month after a judge approved his sister's request for a protective order against him.  Nelson, a Republican, served in the Legislature starting in 2007 but couldn't seek re-election because of term limits. He has been a private practice attorney since 1964.  He also is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.  Heineman is leaving office in January due to term limits. 

The Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education is in the process of defining “high-performing school.” At Monday night’s candidate forum, hosted by News Talk WJAG, candidates for the Board of Education discussed their own definitions. Incumbent Tammy Day says surveys indicate that the faculty, staff, and community are all on the same page. Challenger, Dr. Patti Gubbels says the criteria should include high expectations for students, and incumbent, Bruce Mitchell says the Norfolk district should set the standard for others to follow.  Challenger, Linnea Gettman was not able to attend. Voters will elect three of the four candidates to the Board of Education this November. Ward 1 candidates for the Norfolk City Council, incumbent Corey Granquist and Dan Spray also took part in Monday night's forum. 

News Talk WJAG’s Susan Risinger will be one of three media panelists posing questions to the gubernatorial candidates when they face off on a nationally-televised debate Thursday night. Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook will take the stage at the NET studios in Lincoln at 7 p.m. Thursday. In addition to NET, the debate will be carried live on C-Span2. The format calls for opening statements from the candidates followed by questions from the media panel. About half-way through the debate, each candidate will be allowed to pose a question to his opponent, followed by more questions from the media panel. The one-hour debate will conclude with closing statements from the candidates. 

A dispute over mandatory dues the Nebraska state bar association charges has ended with the settlement of a federal lawsuit that questioned whether those dues were constitutional. State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha had sued the association in 2012 because he believed the $335 annual dues were improper because some of the money was used for political activities such as lobbying. The association said Monday that the issue was resolved by a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling last year. That decision restricted mandatory dues to only those activities needed to regulate the legal profession. Dues that support lobbying and other programs are now voluntary. The association's mandatory fees dropped to $98 for most lawyers. 

The Ponca Tribe is hosting an open house to celebrate its new headquarters in Niobrara. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The new headquarters are located along Nebraska Highway 12 in Niobrara, and has more than double the size of the old building that had been used for 20 years. The Ponca Tribe has a 15-county service area that includes parts of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. 

Today's Tickler: 

In all the years I’ve known him, no one has ever said a bad word about him.  It usually takes several paragraphs.


Posted on Sep 30th, 2014 at 7:39 am

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