Radio Review 07.26.13

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Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 77.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 49.  Saturday, a blend of clouds & sun, chance for a shower or storm, high 77.



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Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.  A person familiar with the situation says Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed.  The 28-year old Ryan is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.


The Alex Rodriguez-New York Yankees soap opera was a five-part miniseries yesterday, culminating in A-Rod again declaring he was ready to play now but since he is just "an employee", that he would accept the Yankees' plan to have him start a rehab assignment Aug. 1 according to ESPN.  If all goes according to plan with the quad and if he is not suspended by baseball in the interim, A-Rod could return to the Yankees soon after Aug. 1.  The three-time American League MVP, who turns 38 Saturday, has been sidelined since hip surgery in January.


Authorities say several surveillance photos recorded hours before, and minutes after, his friend was shot to death show former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez holding a gun.  The photos, taken from Hernandez's home surveillance system, are the public's first look at images apparently showing Hernandez holding a gun before and after the killing.  They are in more than 100 pages of court records released yesterday by Attleboro District Court.  Prosecutors previously described the photos in court and in affidavits.  Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-pro football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. 


The Nebraska Lawdawgs football team takes to the field for the first time on Saturday when they host the Burlington Express at 6:00 at the Norfolk Middle School field.  The Norfolk-based Lawdawgs have won seven consecutive division titles and are coming off a 6-4 campaign a year ago.  The Lawdawgs will host six of their ten regular season games this year.  Burlington comes into Saturday having already played five games.  They are 2-3 after a 14-8 loss on July 13th to the Chicago Wolverines. 


Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl-7:05).


Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 2 Oklahoma City 1 (12 Inn.) (Bsbl).



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News Briefs:

Saturday is radio station WJAG's 91st birthday.  WJAG received its first broadcast license from the federal government on July 27th, 1922. Gene Huse had broadcast experimentally for several years before receiving his first license. WJAG, known originally as the "Voice of the Norfolk Daily News," is the oldest licensed station in Nebraska and is still owned by the Huse family.


A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of a Sioux City police officer. Jamal Dean changed his plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday and will be sentenced Aug. 9. Dean earlier had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and four other charges related to the shooting of officer Kevin McCormick on April 29. McCormick wasn't seriously injured and has returned to work. Dean faces up to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder charge.


A 71-year-old Madison man serving three-to-six years in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person has died while in custody. The Nebraska Department of Corrections reports that Carlisle Briscoe died on July 16th. He had been treated for long-term health issues, but state law still requires that a grand jury investigate the death. Briscoe’s sentence began on November 16th, 2012 and his projected release date was July 29th, 2015.


"It’s better than last year, but still pretty dry." That’s the way that Ken Berney, assistant manager of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, describes the situation in Northeast Nebraska as July winds down. Berney says we ended 2012 with extremely low water levels, and there was not much recharge this spring. He says the NRD continues to work with irrigators to conserve water. Berney says they have had only a couple of reports of wells with problems this year, and it is too early to determine if those are from interference or other causes.


Authorities say a tractor driver has died after a collision with a pickup at the intersection of two county roads near Snyder.  The accident was reported to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Chief Deputy Bob Reynolds says 68-year-old James Tichota, of Fremont, was driving his tractor south when it collided with an eastbound pickup driven by 20-year-old Steven Cleary, of Scribner. Reynolds says Tichota was pronounced dead at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point. It's unclear whether Cleary was injured.


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