Radio Review 08.02.13

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Missy Franklin has given herself another chance to tie the record for the most gold medals at a world championship.  The 18-year-old American led the 200 backstroke heats today as she attempts to match Tracy Caulkins and Libby Trickett as the only women to win five events.  Franklin could match the record in the 100 freestyle final later today, although she's not the favorite in that event.  Michael Phelps holds the men's record with seven golds at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia. 


Alex Rodriguez played in a simulated game, probably the last step before the New York Yankees send him on a second minor league injury rehabilitation assignment - if he's not suspended first.  The Yankees shortstop is trying to get back in the line-up after suffering a quad injury on July 21.  Rodriguez could be in position to return to the major leagues this weekend at San Diego or during a series at the Chicago White Sox that starts Monday. But it appears Major League Baseball will suspend the three-time MVP in coming days for ties to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.  Looming playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball's latest drug scandal as pressure builds to impose penalties so stars can still make the postseason.  Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October.  A person familiar with the process tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements no later than Monday. One would list players who accept suspensions; the other would name those disciplined without deals, but who could challenge penalties before an arbitrator.


Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:00).


Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4, Tacoma 2 (Bsbl).



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News Briefs:

Members of the Legislature's Education Committee are weighing different funding options for K-12 schools, including a suggestion to let districts impose a local sales tax. The committee met on Thursday as part of its ongoing study of the funding formula that determines state aid for schools. The formula seeks to fill the gap between school district needs and what each can generate locally through property taxes. State aid for schools has led to recent conflicts between smaller and larger districts. Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk says the state may want to consider letting school districts impose a local sales tax, which would let them fill more of their own needs. Current law lets districts generate revenue through property taxes. Scheer says he may introduce a bill when lawmakers reconvene.


A state senator sees no need for Nebraska to consider lifting its ban on same-sex marriage. Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial says the people of Nebraska have spoken and he sees no evidence they've changed their minds. Christensen says the issue has returned only because liberal interest groups are pushing it. The chairman of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee has said the committee will hold hearings on the issue this fall in wake of recent U-S Supreme Court rulings.


Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says it’s past time for President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The pipeline must receive a presidential permit to cross the US-Canadian border. The president has made a few comments on the project of late, in a speech at Georgetown University and in a couple of interviews. Obama questioned whether the project would create enough jobs to help the economy; Johanns sees no need for delay.


Work is scheduled to start Monday on the northbound lanes of Highway 81 from four miles south of Madison to Madison. Traffic will be maintained, but northbound travel will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect reduced speeds and slight delays. In conjunction with the project, the Nebraska Department of Roads will repair spur roads leading to Humphrey and Platte Center. Department of Roads officials expect the project to be completed by mid-November.


Gasoline prices in Nebraska rose nearly 20 cents a gallon during July and one industry analyst says it's a toss-up for what may happen to pump prices in August. Gail Weinholzer, spokesman for Triple-A Nebraska, says an increase in demand usually means a spike in prices and August is a busy month for travel. The average price for a gallon of unleaded in Nebraska is $3.63, the same as the national average. The statewide average price a month ago was $3.44.


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