Matt Cassel will start at quarterback on Sunday as the Vikings take on the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens in Baltimore. Christian Ponder hasn’t passed the concussion protocol and continues to have some symptoms. Minnesota is coming off a 23-20 overtime victory over Chicago. The Vikings are now 3-8-and-1 on the season. The Ravens are in the playoff hunt at 6-and-6.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Iowa’s top prison official says legal action is likely against the designers blamed for months of delays in opening a new state prison.
Officials say the high-voltage electrical transmission line that's proposed to cut through 220 miles of Nebraska's Sand Hills region is designed to have a positive impact on the entire state's power infrastructure.
Governor-elect Pete Ricketts promises to bring a fresh perspective to the prison problem in Nebraska.