Radio Review 04.02.13
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Today, mostly sunny, high 55. Tonight, mostly clear, low 27. Wednesday, mainly sunny, high 59.
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Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his two seasons at the Fort Myers school. He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of second seed Georgetown and seven seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.
Bryce Harper homered in his first two at bats of the season yesterday and in doing so became the youngest player in history to hit two round-trippers in a season opening game. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, who is 20, hit both homers off of Miami's Ricky Nolasco. Harper's Nationals won their opening game 2-0 as Stephen Strasburg went seven for the win.
Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the second straight year the Creighton basketball standout has earned the accolade from the national wire service. He is joined on the First Team by Michigan's Trey Burke, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk. The award also clinches consensus First Team All-America honors for McDermott for the second straight year. McDermott was also named to the John Wooden All-America Team, the second straight year he has earned that accolade. He is second nationally in scoring at 23.2 points per game and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game. McDermott became the eighth player in league history to win back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year accolades, and is the second to win the Most Outstanding Player honors at the MVC Tournament twice.
Local Schedule: Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-5:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Columbus (B Socc.-5:00); LHNE/Nfk Cath at Columbus (G Socc.-5:00); Nfk High at Grand Island (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (T&F-1:00); LHNE at Wayne Inv. (T&F-1:00); Nebraska at Kansas St. At Manhattan, KS (Bsbl-6:30); Creighton at Kansas at Lawrence, KS (Bsbl-6:00).
Local Scores: Nfk Cath/LHNE 4 Grand Island CC 3 (B Socc.); LHNE 380 Twin River 401 (BG Dual); Nfk High at Lincoln High Inv. (BG-Ccd. Inclement Weather).
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Nebraska has set a new record for highway fatalities in March - not for the most fatal accidents, but for the fewest. The six fatal accidents recorded in Nebraska in March are the lowest since the State Patrol began in 1937. State Patrol Troop B Captain Paul Hattan says many factors are contributing to that low fatality rate, but he thinks increased seat belt use is the number one reason for the improvement. Hattan says the record in Northeast Nebraska is even better; this area has not recorded a traffic fatality since February 8th. He says his officers are placing added emphasis on seat belt violations and they are concentrating selective enforcement on areas where accidents have occurred in the past.
One of Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer's priorities in Washington is to lessen the burden of rules and regulations on individuals and businesses. While in Norfolk Monday, Fischer said she has asked Nebraskans for specific information on regulations they would like changed, but so far she hasn't heard from many. So, Fischer has added a link on her website, fischer.senate.gov.
At its regular meeting last night, the Norfolk City Council agreed to re-zone the lot at 1704 West Phillip Avenue from single-family to two-family residential. The move allows Knudson Apartments to build a duplex on the lot. The council also amended a section of the city code to clarify voting requirements for the Planning Commission to authorize a conditional use permit and Mayor Sue Fuchtman proclaimed April as "Fair Housing Month."
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to "the strongest new-orders growth in two years." The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Authorities expect a turnout of 18 percent for Tuesday's primary election in Omaha. The election covers the mayor's office, City Council and school board. Polls are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Seven candidates, including incumbent Jim Suttle, are vying for the mayor's office in the officially nonpartisan election. He's a Democrat. His top four challengers are three Republicans and an independent. The top two finishers advance to the May 14 general election.
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