Radio Review

08.26.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Steve Burroughs, Elaine Fairbanks, Kenneth Fineran, Dave Holmberg, Joe Kramer, Carl Nore, Cory Voecks, James Wapelhorst 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, overcast with scattered thunderstorms, high 75.  Tonight, cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, low 61.  Wednesday, cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, high 74. 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00.  Also the home of Kansas City Royals baseball! 

Ameer Abdullah is poised to become the first Nebraska player to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.  Earning that distinction doesn't seem to rank very high among his goals.  Abdullah said yesterday all he wants is to win games and a championship.  He said he's willing to do anything to help the Huskers make it to the Big Ten championship game, even if it means playing on the punt-block unit.  Coach Bo Pelini said Abdullah has added size and explosiveness and that his drive to win has been palpable since the spring.  The 22nd-ranked Huskers open Saturday at home against Florida Atlantic.  Nebraska also announced yesterday that five seniors have been selected as captains for the 2014 season.  The group includes three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton.  The defense is represented by cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. 

Wayne State Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced yesterday that Shelli Manson has been named the new head softball coach for the Wildcats.  Manson becomes the 13th coach in the program’s 43-year history and replaces Krista Wood, who stepped down on July 22nd to become head coach at South Dakota State University.  Manson comes to Wayne State after spending the last five seasons at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, an NCAA Division III school.  She will take over a Wildcat softball program that returns eight starters and was 35-18 in the 2014 season, placing fourth in the NSIC with a 20-8 league mark. 

106 KIX has announced its upcoming high school football broadcast schedule featuring eleven regular season games.  Norfolk High's four broadcasts has them at home against South Sioux City & Omaha Bryan while visiting Columbus & Lincoln East.  Norfolk Catholic will be covered in road games at Bishop Neumann of Wahoo, West Point-Beemer, and Boone Central/Newman Grove.  Lutheran High Northeast will be broadcast in home games versus David City Aquinas & Battle Creek.  The Eagles will also be covered in road games at Hartington Cedar Catholic & West Holt.  The opener will be Norfolk High versus South Sioux City on Friday.  Aside from their regular season games, 106 KIX will also cover Norfolk Catholic’s playoff run.

Local Schedule:  Lincoln NE at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (GG-3:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Reno (Bsbl-9:05). 

Local Scores:  Reno 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl). 

Kwifax:

The Everly Brothers made their British concert debut in 1960 

News Briefs:

Gov. Dave Heineman opposes the ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 an hour by 2016. Heineman said Monday that he would vote against the minimum wage proposal. Heineman says he understands it's difficult to live on a minimum wage salary, but he thinks it's better to help workers improve their skills through training so they can get better jobs. Currently, Nebraska's minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Heineman says he thinks it's better to keep Nebraska's minimum wage linked to the federal standard. 

The U.S. Agriculture Department is moving one of its service centers from Battle Creek to Norfolk. The USDA says the move is part of an effort to consolidate its offices in Madison County. The Battle Creek office will begin moving on Wednesday and reopen in the new location on Sept. 4. The move affects offices for the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development. The USDA says all those employees will be reachable at the Norfolk office number of (402) 371-5350. 

A new report says Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than any other state in the nation. The report released Monday by the OpenSky Policy Institute notes that more than 55 percent of school funding came from local sources in the last school year, while nearly 37 percent came from the state. The rest came from federal sources. Executive director Renee Fry says most local funding comes from property taxes, which has created a divide between rural schools and urban districts with more students. Farmers in rural districts often pay more because they own valuable land, not because of their incomes. The report does not make specific recommendations, but could factor into debates next year among lawmakers who are looking at the funding formula. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has won an $11.3 million grant to establish a research center focused on understanding nutrition and obesity at the molecular level.  The five-year grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health will support the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules.  

Despite having its planes more than 90-percent full during July, Frontier Airlines is suspending its Sioux City to Denver passenger service. The airline notified Sioux Gateway Airport director Curt Miller that it's starting what it calls a "seasonal shutdown" of the flights on October 24th. The change in schedule appeared in the Frontier Airlines reservation system over the weekend. It eliminates any flights to Denver from Sioux City through the Christmas holidays and for much of the ski season. 

The human resources manager for Norfolk’s Hy-Vee East has been honored as one of 10 winners of the company-wide Legendary Customer Service Award. Human Resources Manager Vince Knight is one of ten Hy-Vee among the company’s 70,000 employees in eight states to earn the award for 2014. He was nominated by his co-workers. Knight has worked for Hy-Vee for the past 17 years. He received several prizes from the company including a trip, plus a picture of his face will be painted onto sides of Hy-Vee trucks. 

Today's Tickler: 

If you want to avoid colds this winter, take plenty of vitamin C .. and take it to Orlando & stay there.

 

Posted on Aug 26th, 2014 at 7:43 am

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