RR 9/21

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Jennifer Bowers, Dave Gerharter, Jennifer Mejstrik, Al Phillips Jr., Rick Prusa, Mandy Wolff

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 68.  Tonight, partly cloudy early, then clearing, low 39.  Thursday, mainly sunny, high 67.

 

Sports:

ESPN Radio now at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM & Sat & Sun at 4:00!

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team dropped the winner-take-all Triple-A National Championship Game to the Columbus Clippers 8-3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Lance Zawadski had two of Omaha’s eight hits on the evening.  The Storm Chasers’ Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs with a triple in the first inning.  Sean O’Sullivan was the losing pitcher for Omaha.  It’s the second consecutive national championship for Columbus.

 

Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick is questionable for Saturday's game at Wyoming because of an injury.  Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini declined to disclose the nature of Crick's injury after yesterday's practice.  Crick was hurt in the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers' win over Washington last week.  Crick, a two-time first-team all-conference selection, had six tackles and his first sack of the season against the Huskies.

 

The tenth ranked Nebraska volleyball team plays its first Big Ten match against fifth-ranked Penn State tonight in Lincoln at 7:00.  The Cornhuskers have won 11 of 17 matches in a rivalry that has heated up because of the programs' nine NCAA tournament meetings.  The last six have come in regional finals or later, most recently in 2008.  The four-time defending national champion Nittany Lions are 7-3 and off to their worst start since 1989.  They have 13 freshmen or sophomores and just two seniors.  The Huskers are 7-1, with their only loss at Colorado State.

 

Local Schedule:  Kentucky at Creighton (M. Socc.-7:00).

 

Friday Night:  The 2-2 Norfolk High football team visits Beechner Field in Lincoln to play 2-2 Lincoln North Star at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

 

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

 

Local Scores:  Lincoln North Star 25-27-25 Nfk High 20-25-21 (VB); Wayne 25-17-25-21-15 Nfk Cath 13-25-15-25-9 (VB); LHNE 26-23-22-25-15 Howells 24-25-25-22-8 (VB); O’Neill 4 LHNE 1 (Mid States Conf. SB Tourn.); WSC 25-25-26 Univ. Of Sioux Falls 15-13-24 (VB).

 

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Landon Ziemba of the Battle Creek football team.

Kwifax:

An official NHL hockey puck is one inch thick.

News Briefs:

A 55-year-old northeast Nebraska man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Authorities say Robert Mahler, of Hubbard, was driving drunk the night of Sept. 9, on the wrong side of Nebraska Highway 35 near Emerson, when his car struck a motorcycle. Two people on the motorcycle were killed: Christopher Oberg, 20, of Mapleton, Iowa; and his passenger, Alexis Calfee, 19, of Bennet, Neb. They were students at Wayne State College. Authorities say Mahler's blood alcohol level that night was more than twice the legal limit.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle sex discrimination cases at four Midwest plants including one in West Point. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company has agreed to enter into two consent decrees to pay $2.25 million in back wages, interest and benefits to 1,650 women.

 

Officials have linked at least four listeria cases in Nebraska to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm. Two cases are in Douglas County and the others are in Gage and Hitchcock counties. Federal authorities say the outbreak connected to Rocky Ford cantaloupe from Jensen Farms has spread to 10 states.

 

The Norfolk City Council levied special assessments for mowing and removal of weeds and litter against three of four property owners this week. The Council agreed to table one of the assessments after the owner questioned the work and damage caused by the mowing.

 

Governor Dave Heinemann announced this  morning members of a delegation that will attend the Midwest-U.S. Japan Conference. Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy is among those going. While in Norfolk Tuesday, Sheehy told WJAG NEWS the conference is held in the U.S. every other year. This year's conference will be held next week in Tokyo. He says agriculture to manufacturing issues will be discussed.

 

Johnson Park in Norfolk will be the scene Saturday of the second annual Riverpoint Arts Festival. Activities will begin immediately following the Lions Club Fall Parade. A talent show and drum line exhibition are among other activities planned. Musical acts will then be featured on two stages.

 

NASA scientists are trying to pinpoint where a six-ton satellite will plummet to Earth later this week. Right now, scientists predict it'll hit Thursday, and at the latest, on Saturday. NASA reports no need to take cover because the satellite will first break into pieces, and scientists put the chances that someone will get hurt at 1 in 3,200.

 

Today's Tickler:

I asked a friend, “How often do you rotate your tires?”  He said, “Every time I drive.”

 

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