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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* KETV is moving to Burlington Station. This will be the first evening newscast with an echo.
* The new KETV headquarters is near the Durham Museum. I'm trying to confirm that while the news staff was touring the new headquarters, 'Sue the T-rex' said to Rob McCartney: "Man, you've been around for how long again?"
* On Monday, Mayor-elect Jean Stothert will be officially sworn in as mayor of Omaha. She will take the oath with her right hand placed on Jim Flowers' latest forecast.
* Stothert is going to pay for the lease and gas for her official mayoral vehicle out of her own pocket. Stothert is all about saving money. When she drives, she'll shift into neutral and coast downhill.
* She's a little frugal. Instead of the mayor's office, she'll be working out of a back booth at a Scooter's.
* Jean Stothert's home valuation has been increased $34,800 for tax purposes. I'm trying to confirm that Mayor Jim Suttle did the appraisal personally.
* Saturday morning, the first 'Prancersize' workout will be held at Memorial Park. Prancersize is the Internet workout craze that's similar to a horse's gait. This is probably as close as we'll ever come to having Aksarben racing back.
* According to a new study, women who wear red are three times more likely to reach peak fertility. Good thing there's not a kiss cam at Husker games.
* Friday is National Donut Day. Tuesday was National Hug Your Cat Day. The way Americans feel about food, we should combine the two for National Hug Your Donut Day.
* An 84-year-old Florida woman has come forward to claim her $590-million Powerball jackpot. Later that day, a Boy Scout helped her across the street, and she tipped him $800,000.
* The president of China arrives in the U.S. on Friday. If he kisses the ground, we'll know he flew American Airlines.
* This federal government spy scandal is ridiculous. The federal government told the president of China and his wife to speak directly into the plant in their hotel room.
* The Washington Post has reported the NSA had access to AOL customer records. The government just wanted to observe something that moves slower than Congress.
* It's now reported the NSA monitored Microsoft, Facebook, AOL and Google, among others. You have to love a U.S. government that has no idea what's going on in Syria but can name all of your Facebook friends.
* According to a report, Verizon has been forced to hand over customer phone records on an ongoing basis to the NSA since April. There may be something here -- I checked my Verizon bill, and there's a $3 'spy fee.'
* A controversial literacy program teaches Guantanamo Bay inmates to read using taxpayer money. What a waste. Instead, our hard-earned taxpayer dough could be going toward IRS "Star Trek" spoofs and line-dancing lessons.
* A video has surfaced of IRS employees in coats and ties learning to line dance. It looks like the prom scene in "Revenge of the Nerds."