Radio Review 3.29.13
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Today, a blend of clouds & sun early, increasing clouds, high 65. Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, chance for a shower or storm developing, low 43. Saturday, more clouds than sun, chance for showers or storms early, high 63.
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Nebraska-Omaha will play Creighton this weekend at the minor league ballpark that's home to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Saturday's game will be the first of four non-conference games scheduled at Werner Park this year. The Creighton vs. Nebraska-Omaha game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday. It's the second game of a three-game weekend series between the two teams. The other two games in the series will be played at TD Ameritrade stadium downtown on today at 6 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Nebraska running back Imani Cross is looking to expand his role after serving as the Cornhuskers' dependable short-yardage back last season. Cross converted 16 of 20 times when 1 to 3 yards were required for a first down or touchdown. He finished with 55 carries for 324 yards and seven Tds. Cross entered spring practice intent on showing coaches he can be an every-down back. He spent the offseason shaving some weight to get down to 225 pounds and he's worked to get faster. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said he expects Cross to be ready to contribute in more ways. Ameer Abdullah is the only returning running back ahead of Cross on the depth chart.
Local Schedule: In high school sports, the Norfolk High boys and girls soccer teams visit Wilderness Park in Columbus to play the Columbus Discoverers at 1:00, and the Norfolk High baseball team hosts Papillion La Vista South in a 5:00 doubleheader. In college baseball, Nebraska entertains Northwestern at 6:35, Creighton is at TD Ameritrade Park versus Nebraska-Omaha at 6:00, Wayne State hosts Minnesota-Crookston in a 1:30 doubleheader, the Wayne State softball team is in Moorhead, Minnesota to play Minnesota State-Moorhead in a 12:00 twin bill, the Wayne State Track & Field squad hosts their own invite at 10:00, and the Northeast Hawks men’s golf team participates in the Hastings Bronco Classic at Hastings at 12:00 at Lochland Country Club in Hastings.
Local Scores: Track & Field, Plainview Invite: Norfolk Catholic Girls 173-1st, Lutheran High Northeast 49-6th, Norfolk Catholic Boys 162-1st, Lutheran High Northeast 44-6th; Baseball: Lincoln SW 11-11, Norfolk 0-1; Boys Golf, Grand Island Invitational: Norfolk 329-7th; Girls Tennis: Norfolk 9, Sioux City East 0
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Weather permitting, work will begin Monday on a new roundabout at the intersection of Norfolk Avenue and Highway 35. Construction on a new four-lane project north on Highway 35 near Woodland Park is also set to begin April 1st. The Nebraska Department of Roads urges motorists to use caution traveling through those and all construction zones.
Starting Monday, the trip down Norfolk Avenue will go a little faster, with two fewer possible stops. City of Norfolk officials report that a study has determined the intersections of Norfolk Avenue with 2nd and 3rd streets no longer have enough traffic to require stoplights. Instead, stop signs will be placed at those intersections for north-south traffic. East-west traffic on Norfolk Avenue will not stop. City Operations Manager Gary Miller says the stoplights at those two intersections will be covered for about 90 days to help remind motorists of the change. After that, the lights will be removed. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to be cautious in the downtown area during this transition.
The Nebraska State Legislature is down to the final 40 days of its 90-day session and Norfolk Senator Jim Sheer says the remainder of the session will be consumed with lengthy debate on some important legislation including the state's two-year budget. Sheer says he also expects lengthy debates on the proposed repeal of the death penalty and Medicaid expansion. Sheer represents District 19, which includes all of Madison and a portion of Stanton County.
The USDA reports that farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936. The spring planting survey released Thursday says the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year's 97.2 million acres. Corn remains profitable, as prices are strong after last year's drought left the grain in short supply. Record corn acreage is expected in Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon. But some Corn Belt states will continue to be affected by the worst drought since the 1950s, with slightly less planted acreage expected. The report says farmers plan to plant 77.1 million acres in soybeans, down slightly from 2012's 77.2 million acres but still the fourth-highest soybean planting on record.
A 28-year-old Columbus woman has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest in an arson case. Ebtihal Albaiaty had been charged with arson, accused of setting fire on April 30 last year to a house she had been renting. Prosecutors lowered the charge to attempted second-degree arson and dismissed a drug charge in exchange for her plea. Authorities say Albaiaty had received an eviction notice only days before the fire. No injuries from the fire were reported. She faces up to five years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for April 19.
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