Radio Review 06.26.13
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Today, mostly sunny, high 92. Tonight, partly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 69. Thursday, partial sunshine, chance for showers & storms through midday, high 88.
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UCLA has its first-ever national championship in baseball after completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State. Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs and Nick Vander Tuig scattered five hits in eight innings as the Bruins hammered the Bulldogs 8-0 at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium. Vander Tuig snuffed out Mississippi State rallies in the fourth, fifth and eight innings to preserve his shutout and fourth win in the NCAA tournament.
Nebraska's is going black with this year's alternative uniform. The University of Nebraska and Adidas AG unveiled the uniforms yesterday for the Sept. 14 home game against UCLA. The uniforms feature black jerseys with white numbers and the word "Huskers" in red in place of players' names. This will be the second time the Cornhuskers have traded in their traditional home red jerseys for an alternative look. These alternative uniforms will allow Nebraska's Blackshirt defense to actually wear black shirts in a game. The Huskers will keep the white pants and white helmets, but both will feature black stripes, and the helmet's facemask will be red and black. The team's traditional red "N" remains on the helmets.
The top ten seeds in the 46th Nebraska Match Play Championship advanced to the Round of 32 following yesterday's first round at Elks Country Club in Columbus. Top seed Nick Vondrak automatically qualified for the match play portion of the tournament following last year's runner-up finish and opened his 2013 performance with a 5 & 4 win over John Thomas in the first match of the day. Norfolk’s Lance Lawson, who posted the best stroke play score on Monday with a 67, battled Wesley Bernt to 22 holes before emerging victorious. Columbus’ Mike Krumland defeated Fremont’s Garret Giesselmann 4 & 2. Homer’s Mitchell Holgate topped North Platte’s Cameron Bargell 2 & 1. Omaha’s Zach Taylor downed Brunswick’s Sam Meuret 5 & 4. Laurel’s Mitchell Klooz defeated Columbus’ Matt Hansen 19 holes. The Round of 32 starts today at 8:00 AM, with the Round of 16 scheduled for 2:00.
Local Schedule: Columbus at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s Vs. Rockets ‘95-6:00; Vs. Calvary-7:30; Vs. Lady Dominators-9:00 (Lincoln SB League).
Local Scores: Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 7-5 Columbus Fire & Ice 4-2 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 2-4 Oklahoma City 0-5 (Bsbl DH).
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In the animal kingdom, a porcupine is also known as the “Quill Pig.”
President Barack Obama says that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution. The President says allowing the oil pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so is in the nation's interest. He says that means determining that the pipeline does not contribute and "significantly exacerbate" emissions. Obama was speaking at Georgetown University on measures he intends to take to confront climate change. Environmental activists have demanded that the administration not approve the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says the time has come to expand mail-in voting in smaller precincts throughout the state. Gale said Tuesday that he would support a change in state law that would allow counties to get rid of polling places in certain small, rural precincts, and conduct those elections by mail. Current state law only lets counties do so if their populations are less than 10,000. Gale says counties that have adopted the practice have seen significant increases in voter participation. Nebraska has 58 all-mail precincts out of 1,400 statewide. Gale, a Republican, made the comments as he kicked off a nine-city re-election tour.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a legal challenge by several industry trade groups to EPA’s approval of the ethanol blend known as E15. The American Coalition for Ethanol is not surprised by the decision. ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings says the case brought to the high court did not have any real substance. Jennings says this gives oil companies no excuse for slowing down their use of E15 and making it more available to retailers. He says consumers choose fuel because of price – and E15 is less expensive. The usual ethanol found at the pump is a 10 percent blend.
New tax hassles are brewing for Nebraskans in the Conservation Reserve Program. The U-S Tax Court has ruled CRP payments don't equate to cash rent, which means self-employment taxes must be paid on that income. Roger McEowen, director of the Center for Ag Law and Taxation, says the ruling has huge consequences for farmland investors and retired farmers who don't collect Social Security benefits, because they're now liable for taxes on CRP. McEowen says the ruling means the government will pay out more in C-R-P payments and then collect it back with the self-employment tax.
Fireworks are now legal in Norfolk from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. through July 3rd, and from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4th. No fireworks may be shot off in the city after midnight on July 4th without a special permit. City Fire Marshal Terry Zwiebel says it is important to remember that all fireworks – even the very small ones – are explosives, and need to be handled safely. Zwiebel also says if a piece of fireworks fails to go off properly, just dispose of it – don’t try to relight it. And he reminds residents to always have a bucket of water or garden hose close by when lighting fireworks.
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