Wind Energy Company: Proposed Lancaster County Noise Rules Too Restrictive

windmillLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A company says noise rules being drafted in Lancaster County are so restrictive they would discourage wind farms from being developed there.

The Oregon-based company, Volkswind, wants to develop a 50-turbine farm in Lancaster and Gage counties.

A Volkswind project engineer said Thursday the likelihood of violating those proposed rules would be so great that wind energy companies would choose to build in other counties.

A Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department official says the regulations are based on recent studies looking at the potential health impacts of the constant, percussive sound made by turbines, which can cause sleep disturbance.


Omaha Attorney Suspended from Practicing Law for 3 Months

gavel-and-scaleOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended the law license of an Omaha attorney for three months over his mishandling of a client’s request.

The high court said Friday that David Steier’s suspension follows his work in 2012 for a client who paid him $800 to file applications for incorporation and tax-exempt status for a cheerleading studio and fitness center.

The Nebraska Counsel for Discipline says the client also gave Steier more than $800 in separate for fees to third parties that were never submitted. Officials say Steier knowingly made false and misleading statements to the client regarding the application.

The high court says Steier acknowledged violating his oath of office and attorney conduct rules.

Steier must also undergo 12 months of monitored probation following his suspension if he seeks reinstatement.

Royals acquire Butera from Angels, activate Hochevar


kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.

Butera, 31, hit .190 (4 for 21) in 10 games with the Angels this season. He batted .188 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year following four years with Minnesota.

Jackson, acquired in November from the Dodgers, has an .083 average in 20 big league games with St. Louis in 2012-13.

To make room for Butera on the 40-man roster, Kansas City transferred left-hander Tim Collins to the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery in March.

Right-hander Luke Hochevar, who missed last season after elbow surgery, was activated from the disabled list Thursday after nine injury rehabiliation appearances with Triple-A Omaha. The Royals optioned rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four relief appearances, to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.


Royals’ Edinson Volquez Drops Appeal, Starts 5-Game Ban

Edinson Volquez with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014

Edinson Volquez with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox last week.

Volquez was to start serving his suspension against Cleveland on Monday night.

He is among four Royals players suspended for their actions in the fight last Thursday. Pitcher Yordano Ventura was given a seven-game penalty, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera received two-game bans. All the players initially appealed.

Chicago pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzjia were each suspended five games.

Herrera also was suspended five games for throwing behind Oakand’s Brett Lawrie on April 19.

Nebraska’s March Jobless Rate Still Lowest in US

workforceLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska’s unemployment rate of 2.6 percent last month remained the lowest in the nation.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Tuesday that the preliminary March rate dropped a tenth of a point from the revised February rate of 2.7 percent and is eight-tenths of a point under the March 2014 rate of 3.4 percent.

The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in March. U.S. Labor Department figures say Nebraska was trailed by North Dakota at 3.1 percent and Utah at 3.4 percent.

Maniohuta Archery Club’s 3D Shoot Schedule Released

Maniohuta Archery ClubNorth Platte’s Maniohuta Archery Club released its 3D Shoot schedule for 2015 on Tuesday.

The 3D Shoots will take place the third Saturday of each month from April through September. The dates are as follows: April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19.

Registration for the 3D Shoots begins at 9:00 am and will be a continuous line until 1:00 pm on the day of the shoot. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Kids 11 and under are $5.

The shoots will take place at 204 Pheasant Run Rd., by Lake Maloney and concessions will be available. You can get more information by going to the Maniohuta Archers Facebook page or by emailing

NCAA Looking for Ways to Speed Up Game, Increase Scoring

NCAA-Logo-College-SportsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NCAA basketball committee is expected to consider rules changes that could speed up games and increase scoring as soon as next season.

On Monday, committee members and officials from schools, conferences and the NCAA briefed reporters on what may change. Three proposals stand out: Reducing the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30, moving the restricted area arc from 3 feet in front of the basket to 4 feet, and calling more fouls in hopes of keeping players from being so physical.

Another possibility is changing how timeouts are used.

The rules committee will meet in Indianapolis from May 12-15. Any changes that pass would still have to be approved by another committee in June.

Kubat and Dilday Earn Big Ten Honors

Kyle Kubat (Photo from Twitter)

Kyle Kubat (Photo from Twitter)

Lincoln – Following a 4-1 week for the Nebraska baseball team, that included a sweep of the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns, senior Kyle Kubat was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and freshman Elijah Dilday was named Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Huskers have earned three weekly awards from the league office this season, as Ryan Boldt was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 23.

One day after being tabbed as one of Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, Kubat earned his first career weekly honor from the Big Ten office. The senior lefty has been lights out for the Huskers on Saturdays this season and was on top of his game against the No. 16 Longhorns. Kubat tossed 8.0 shutout inning and notched a career-high nine strikeouts for the second straight week. Following a two-out single by Brooks Marlow in the fourth, Kubat retired the final 13 Longhorns he faced. It was the senior’s third career outing of at least 8.0 innings and trailed only his 8.2-inning effort against Michigan at last season’s Big Ten Tournament.

Kubat, along with relievers Jake Hohensee, Colton Howell and Jeff Chesnut limited the Longhorns to four hits and three walks on the day, while piling up 19 strikeouts. The most strikeouts by a Husker staff since 2009 when NU notched 22 punch outs in a 15 inning game against Louisiana-Lafayette. After the Longhorns produced three hits through the first three innings, they then didn’t record another hit until Ben Johnson led off the 14th with a single. Texas totaled just seven base runners and had a runner in scoring position only twice all game.

After missing the first 20 games of the year with a shoulder injury to his non-throwing arm, Dilday has quickly made his impact on the Husker offense and defense. The St. Charles, Mo., native started all five of NU’s games last week in left field and hit .462 on the week with at least one hit in every game. The 6-1 Dilday notched his first career multi-hit game, including a two-out RBI double in the third, in NU’s sweep clinching win over the Longhorns on Sunday. Dilday struck out once all week, while slugging .538 with an on-base percentage of .500, and he also played stellar defense with multiple diving catches.

NFL Salary Cap Increases $10 Million to Top $143 Million

nfl_logo2011-medNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season.

All 32 teams and the players’ union were notified Monday of the increase, the second straight season the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs will be $180.775 million per team.

The NFL’s business year starts March 10, when free agency begins.

The salary cap is determined by a series of NFL revenue streams, with the players receiving 46 percent to 48 percent of those revenues, depending on the year.

Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th Straight Win

Denver_NuggetsDENVER (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.

Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis for a fourth straight game after he re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis’ absence to remain in the playoff conversation.

Denver dropped its 10th straight at the Pepsi Center, its longest home skid since losing 11 in a row during the 1997-98 season.

Danilo Gallinari had 21 points for Denver, including a half-court shot to end the third quarter that revved up the crowd. The Nuggets fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break.