August 30, 2014

California men stopped for speeding, arrested for possession

Two California men are spending the weekend in the Lancaster County jail on charges they intended to sell more than 62 pounds of marijuana found in their SUV.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports a trooper stopped the two on I-80 near Waverly for speeding. A drug dog called to the scene smelled the odor of drugs which were discovered in two duffle bags in the cargo area of the SUV.

The driver, 46-year-old Sean Cassidy of Laytonville, CA, and a passenger, 52-year-old James Morton of Woodland, CA, have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

US Senate candidate Fischer outlines immigration policy (AUDIO)

Republican US Senate candidate Deb Fischer

United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer said during a news conference at the Capitol that the federal government must address illegal immigration.

“Illegal immigration, I believe, is a threat to our national security. I believe we need to secure our borders. We don’t know who’s coming into this country and we do not know what they’re bringing into this country,” Fischer told reporters. “And that’s a danger to all Americans.”

Fischer outlined her policy to halt illegal immigration during the news conference. Fischer, a Republican from Valentine, said the country needs to secure its borders as well as the nation’s ports and increase the number of border patrol and enforcement agents. Fischer advocates mandatory E-Verify system for employers and harsher penalties for businesses which hire illegal immigrants.

Fischer opposes establishing an expedited process toward citizenship and would support cutting off funding to local governments that create sanctuary cities. She would support providing money to local governments to enforce immigration laws.

Fischer, a state senator, voted against LB 599, which would extend prenatal care through the Medicaid program to illegal immigrants. Fischer claimed during the news conference that supporters haven’t been forthright about the bill, claiming it simply renews a program ended two years ago. She insisted it creates a new program.

“My concerns are with the cost involved to the citizens of Nebraska. My concerns are with the growth that this program could see and, then, we would see additional costs to the citizens in this state,” Fischer stated.

Supporters claim the cost to the state would total only around $650,000 annually, arguing that fiscal conservatives should support the move, because such small expenditures up front could save millions in the long run.

Fischer rejected the argument, saying that she has heard from numerous fiscal and social conservatives the past few days, all of whom oppose the measure.

Gov. Dave Heineman has threatened to veto the bill.

AUDIO: Republican US Senate candidate Deb Fischer discusses immigration in news conference [1:40]

Hawkeyes next for NU Baseball

After finishing a 3-0 season sweep of the Kansas State Wildcats with a 6-0 win on Tuesday night in Manhattan, Kan., the Huskers return home for the first time in four games to host the Iowa Hawkeyes for a three-game Big Ten series at Hawks Field.

Both teams enter the weekend with a 3-3 record in Big Ten play and each team has played a conference series against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Huskers recently dropped 2-of-3 on the road to the Wildcats, while the Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play by taking 2-of-3 from Northwestern at home. [Read more...]

Husker softball ready for Illini

The Nebraska softball team opens up a short four-game homestand with a three-game series against Illinois on Friday and Saturday at Bowlin Stadium. In a change from the original schedule, Friday’s doubleheader will now start at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will begin at 11 a.m.

Nebraska enters Friday’s doubleheader with a 21-14 overall record and a 4-2 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers have won 10 of their last 12 games, but saw their season-high nine-game winning streak snapped when they lost both games of a doubleheader at Minnesota last weekend. Despite the disappointing doubleheader, Nebraska is still off to its best start in conference play since 2006. The Huskers are currently in fourth place in the Big Ten standings, trailing only one-loss Michigan and Ohio State (5-1) and undefeated Purdue (6-0). [Read more...]

Husker recruit Parker honored

University of Nebraska men’s basketball signee Benny Parker was honored Thursday night, as he was selected as the 2012 recipient of The DiRenna Award, signifying the top player in the Kansas City Metro area.

Parker, who signed with Nebraska last November, averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a senior, helping his Sumner Academy team to a 19-4 record this season. During his career, he led Sumner Academy to a pair of Class 4A state titles while helping his teams to an 85-15 mark over the last four years.

“When they called my name, I was shocked,” Parker told the Kansas City Star on Thursday. “It means a lot, because this was a good group of players and for me to be picked out of all of them means a lot to me. “It means I accomplished something great in high school. This is a great way to cap off my high school career.”

Parker was one of two Husker recruits among the five finalists this season, joining Olathe Northwest’s Shavon Shields. The pair will team up on Friday night in the HyVee/Pepsi Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Challenge at Shawnee Mission South High School, as the contest features the best high school seniors from Kansas and Missouri.