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(UNK)-"Rock n' Roll" is the theme for the 2014 University of Nebraska at Kearney Homecoming Week, Family Day and Band Day events, which are set for Monday through Saturday. Between 6,000 and 7,000 people attend the Homecoming parade, alumni come back for the lip sync contest and community members serve as judges for many events during the week. There will be events each day of Homecoming Week. On Monday, a Lawn Display Competition will take place at 3 p.m. at residence halls and Greek houses. Battle of the Brains is at 7 p.m. on th Campus Greens. The Spirit Competition is at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Health and Sports Center. Winners of the Spirit Competition will perform that night between the second and third sets of the homecoming volleyball game against Fort Hays State University, which begins at 7 p.m. A Canned Food Build will allow students to compete to create the best sculpture at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Campus Greens. Teams are given donations or purchase their own perishable food items to create structures based on the homecoming theme. Canned goods are then donated to area food banks. Last year, nearly 3,000 pounds were donated, Wolf said. The Lip Sync Competition begins at 7 p.m., and Homecoming Royalty Crowning is at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Health and Sports Center. The Lip Sync Competition will feature special performances by a cappella group Breath of Soul. The group will also serve as the event's master of ceremonies. On Friday, students will compete in an adventure race across campus beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday's Homecoming Week events feature the Homecoming Parade, Band Day and Family Day activities. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Nebraska Art and progresses south on Central Avenue before finishing at the West Co. parking lot at 923 W. Railroad St. Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art, will serve as the grand marshal for the parade. Area bands taking part in Band Day will then participate in the Bearcat Marching Festival, which begins at 1 p.m. at Kearney High School. The homecoming football game against Missouri Southern State University kicks off at 3 p.m. at Foster Field. Homecoming royalty will be honored at halftime of the football game. Other halftime activities include recognition of new inductees into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame, Band Day parade awards and announcement of homecoming sweepstakes winners. The UNK Sapphire Dance team and UNK Pride of the Plains marching band will also perform.


(AP) - A ballot measure to allow machine betting on old horse races may have died in court this year, but supporters are already looking ahead to 2016. Horse owners and racing groups are pondering their options now that the Nebraska Supreme Court has stripped the issue from this year's ballot. The groups met shortly after the ruling and will convene again in a few weeks. Gene McCloud, a Grand Island racehorse owner, says the plans aren't firm yet, but the industry plans to keep fighting. Hugh Miner, the executive vice president and CEO of Grand Island's Fonner Park, says his facility will struggle to compete against racing operations in nearby states that use gambling revenue to increase prize purses. Opponents say the machines are a step toward expanded gambling.


(AP) - The Libertarian candidate for governor is suing to have former Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann's name returned to the Nebraska ballot as the running mate for Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) that Mark Elworth Jr. filed the suit Friday in Lancaster County District Court. In it, he requests a writ of mandamus to require Secretary of State John Gale to certify Heidemann as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. Elworth cites state law that says the last day for a candidate nominated in the primary election to withdraw is Sept. 1. Heidemann withdrew a week later on Tuesday after a judge granted his sister a protective order against him. Gale's office has already certified the ballots that include Mike Foley as Ricketts' running mate.


(AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he will appoint a new lieutenant governor even though he only has about four months left in office. But Heineman said Monday that he doesn't expect to announce a replacement for Lavon Heidemann for several weeks. Heidemann, a former state senator and University of Nebraska regent, resigned last week after a judge approved a protection order against him at his sister's request. Heineman says state law requires him to appoint a second-in-command even though he's leaving office in January. Nebraska's protocol calls for the lieutenant governor to take over the governor's office if Heineman were to die or become permanently incapacitated. Without a lieutenant governor, the next person in the succession line would be Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams, of York.


(UNK)- Eight finalists for homecoming royalty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney were announced Monday. The king and queen will be crowned at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Health and Sports Center. They also will be recognized during halftime of UNK's football game against Missouri Southern state at 3 p.m. on Saturday and oversee other homecoming week festivities. Finalists were selected by student vote. The final round of voting takes place this week. Queen candidates, and the organizations they represent, include Billie Kunzman of and Alpha Omicron Pi, Cacia Lyon of Giltner and Nester Hall South, Brooke Shoemaker of Lincoln and Gamma Phi Beta; and Carly Wollman of Omaha and Alpha Phi. King candidates, and the organizations they represent, include Brett Barnes of Halsey and Centennial Towers West, Robert Carson of Kearney and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sergio Ceja of Lexington and Pi Kappa Alpha; and Aaron McCauley of North Platte and Phi Delta Theta.


Three alumni will be honored for their career achievements by their departments and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association during homecoming festivities at UNK this week. Dr. Alan Luedtke, class of 1974, of Woodstock, Ga., will be honored by the Department of Chemistry as the 35th Dr. Don Fox Lecturer. Dr. Anne (Slattery) Nielsen, class of 1973, of Manhattan, Kans., will receive the College of Education Distinguished Educator of the Year award. Christa (Witt) Speed, class of 1978, of Grand Island will receive the Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Alumna Award. All three will be recognized at the 35th annual Homecoming Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at or contact the UNK Alumni Office at 308.865.8474. The program will start at noon. Luedtke, who later earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in 1983, spent almost 20 years with DuPont Fibers at the Seaford, Del., nylon manufacturing facility. His early research efforts were on new product development and physical chemistry of stain resistant agents for polyamide fibers. In subsequent years, he was actively involved in indoor air quality research related to textiles. Nielsen has been a teacher of the blind and visually impaired for 30 years, beginning in 1984 at the North Dakota School for the Blind. Her career has included positions as vision education services coordinator for Eastern Washington, outreach/vision specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and statewide vision impairment support project coordinator for the Kansas School for the Blind. Speed, who later received her masters of music in cello performance in 1997, served as an orchestra/string specialist in the Grand Island Public Schools for 37 years. She is a member of Nebraska State Education Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association.


(AP) - Nebraska's governor and first lady are urging residents to create a plan for their pets when preparing for emergencies. Gov. Dave Heineman and his wife, Sally Ganem, stressed the need for planning during an appearance Monday at the Capitol with Snickers, the "first puppy." The emergency package for Snickers - a 5-year-old silky terrier and Maltese mix - includes several days' worth of food and water, medicine, bowls, collars and leashes and a first-aid kit, among other items. Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, says pet owners should plan ahead of time, as they would for any other family member. Tuma says they should also pick a friend or neighbor to help the pet in cases when an owner isn't at home.


(AP) - A Fremont-based organization has joined forces with Good Neighbor Community Health Center in Columbus to set up a community health clinic in Fremont. Community Health Services and Good Neighbor intend to seek grant funding for a federally qualified clinic that would be a satellite operation run by Good Neighbor to serve primarily low-income people in Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties. Executive director Terra Uhing of the Three Rivers District Health Department says the clinic would be set up at the department's location in Fremont. The Fremont Tribune says ( ) the federal grant application must be filed by Oct. 7 and that officials should hear by May whether the grant was approved. The joint group is seeking $650,000 a year for three years.


(AP) - Platte County officials want to know the source of a strange smell at the courthouse and whether it's dangerous. The Columbus Telegram reported ( ) Sunday the Board of Supervisors has approved an air quality assessment by environmental firm Cardno ATC. The test will cost up to $2,000 and its date hasn't been set. County officials say visitors and employees to the treasurer's and sheriff's offices have complained of the unspecified odor and humidity over the past few months. Those offices are adjacent to each other in the courthouse. Supervisor Tom Martens says the inside air quality will be compared to the outside and to various federal guidelines. He says the testing should determine if the air poses any health risks.


(AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother at the home she shared with him in Columbus now has no chance of getting out of jail. The Columbus Telegram reports ( ) a judge decided Friday that Chase Micklevitz should be held without bond. He is facing charges of second-degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony. Micklevitz' lawyers had asked for the hearing because they hoped his $1 million bond might be cut in half. But instead the option of posting bond was eliminated. Police have said he stabbed 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz four times on July 30 with a kitchen knife. Prosecutors say Deanna Micklevitz identified her grandson as her attacker in a 911 call that day.