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MARK GARRISON: Thank you, Rachel. A severe storm system pushed through the Plains Thursday night, spawning tornadoes and severe thunder storms. Brett Erickson of Nebraska public broadcasting has more.

BRETT ERICKSON: The National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska, confirmed one of the two tornados in the city was an EF2, with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. A second tornado was suspected to be at least that strong, said Nebraska Emergency Management Agency officer Jim Bunstock.

Mr. JAMES BUNSTOCK (Public Information Officer, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency): I have reports to this point of more than 60 homes suffering considerable damage, some of them severe structural damage to where they are unoccupiable (ph).

ERICKSON: Governor Dave Heineman declared the region a disaster area and will tour Kearney and surrounding areas.

GARRISON: Brett Erickson of Nebraska Public Broadcasting with that story. It's rare a week goes by without at least one of the presidential candidates having to denounce a pastor for controversial remarks. It was John McCain's turn last week. This week is no different. This time, Barack Obama is in the denouncer's seat. Reverend Michael Pfleger is the denouncee. He gave a guest sermon at Barack Obama's Chicago church where he mocked Hillary Clinton. He said she thinks, quote, "A black man is stealing my show." OK, you should know what happens next by now. Clinton's camp attacked the sermon, Obama said he's disappointed, deeply disappointed to be exact, and Reverend Pfleger apologized. Sunday is right around the corner, so you shouldn't have to wait long for the next denounceable sermon.

Up to 1,000 are homeless after a massive fire destroyed an apartment outside Boston. It looks like everyone got out with no major injuries, though. Smoke poured out and you could see it more than 10 miles away.

The track coach who worked with some of the world's top athletes now faces five years in prison. The case opened a window into the world of doping. A jury convicted Trevor Graham of perjury, one of three charges against him. NPR's Tom Goldman has more.

TOM GOLDMAN: Trevor Graham was found guilty of lying in 2004, when he was questioned by federal agents about his connections to Angel Heredia. Heredia is a former discus-thrower who sold banned drugs to elite athletes. The jury decided Graham lied when he said his last phone call to Heredia was in about 1997, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on two other perjury charges, including the most significant one, that Graham lied when he said he didn't send his athletes to Heredia for drugs. Several of those athletes including, Olympic gold medal winners Dennis Mitchell and Antonio Pettigrew, testified Graham did refer them to Heredia, but a couple of jurors' questioned the witnesses' creditability.

GARRISON: NPR's Tom Goldman reporting. Elsewhere in the sports world, the LA Lakers are the first team into the NBA finals. They beat the San Antonio Spurs last night to win the Western Conference. They'll play the winner of the Boston Celtics-Detroit Pistons series. The Celtics have a three-to-two lead there. They play tonight in Detroit. That is your news and your sports. If you want more, it's always online at

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