Friday, April 18, 2014

Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

N-B-A owners met today in New York but did not approve the sale of Milwaukee Bucks.  League Commissioner Adam Silver said the process must run its course, but it should happen fairly quickly -- perhaps within the next month.  After 29 years, owner Herb Kohl wants to sell the Bucks to New York hedge fund owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens.  Silver said he has know Lasry for many years.  He owns a small part of the Brooklyn Nets, but he expects to divest himself of that before assuming control of the Milwaukee franchise.  Silver said the owners need to do background checks on both Lasry and Edens before acting on the sale -- which is standard procedure.  Kohl said on Wednesday that he did not expect action this week.  Meanwhile, tongues are still wagging over the 550-million dollar purchase price.  Some financial experts said the sale price was way too high, while others disagreed.  Former Houston Rockets executive George Postolos says all N-B-A teams are worth more, thanks to an improved collective bargaining agreement and better national T-V money.  He also cites improved revenue sharing, more fans in Europe and China, and a strong digital exposure.  Postolos says the N-B-A has more momentum than it's seen in the last two decades. 

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The Milwaukee Brewers have won 79 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2007.  Stats Incorporated says it's the most by any National League team over an opponent during that time span.  The Brewers have also 37 games to the Pirates in the last seven years -- including last night's 11-to-2 trashing by Pittsburgh.  Milwaukee's bullpen broke down for the first time this season, giving up nine runs in the final two innings after starter Yovani Gallardo sat down.  The two teams play again tonight at P-N-C Park, with a pair of veteran right-handers taking the mound -- Kyle Lohse for Milwaukee, and Charlie Morton for Pittsburgh.  The Brewers enter the weekend at 11-and-5, with a one-game lead over second-place Saint Louis and a three-game advantage on the Pirates in the National League Central.  

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It appears that Wisconsin's two P-G-A touring golfers will not be around for the Easter weekend at the R-B-C Heritage tournament.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a four-over-par 75 today in his second round.  That put at seven-over for the tournament, tied for 110th when play was suspended this afternoon due to rain.  Jerry Kelly of Madison was tied for 86th at that point.  He was at even-par after five holes today, after shooting a five-over 76 yesterday.  K-C Choi had the lead when play stopped.  He was at five-under.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

The state D-N-R said today that 15 Wisconsin communities had overflows from their sewage plants, due to the heavy snow in the north and heavy rains in the south.  Ashland spilled the most -- almost 16-million gallons of partially-treated sewage that went into Lake Superior over a four-day period.  It avoid a flood in the city's treatment plant and sewage back-ups in homes.  That was before the area picked up more than a foot of snow on Wednesday and Thursday.  Earlier in the week, southern Wisconsin had five inches of rain at the same time the north had five-inches of snow.  Superior also reported a pair of sanitary sewer overflows last Thursday and Sunday, with almost a million gallons of untreated sewage going into Lake Superior.  Mequon had 72-thousand gallons of untreated wastewater flow into Fish Creek, which is connected to Lake Michigan.  Sheboygan had around 30-thousand gallons go into Lake Michigan.  

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Wisconsin Senate Republican Joe Leibham (ly'-bmm) of Sheboygan will announce on Tuesday whether he'll run for Congress this fall.  If he runs, he'll be one of at least three Republicans to seek the party's nomination for the Sixth District House seat being given up by Tom Petri.  State Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend recently said he would run against Petri in a mid-August primary.  Petri first said he would look forward to the competition -- but then on Monday, he announced that 35 years on Capitol Hill is enough, and he won't run after all.  That opened the door to Assembly Republican Duey Strobel of Saukville, who became the second G-O-P hopeful.  It's a highly Republican district, and Petri has rarely had Democratic challengers during his tenure.

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A man who died in a Milwaukee duplex fire was identified this afternoon as 78-year-old Leo Roethig.  Fire-fighters found him without a pulse in a second-floor bedroom yesterday.  He was taken to a hospital, where he died earlier today.  The cause remains under investigation.  Milwaukee deputy fire chief Terry Lintonen said two smoke detectors were found unopened in Roethig's upstairs unit.  The lower unit had a smoke detector in a hallway, but its batteries were dead.  Three downstairs residents are getting assistance from the Red Cross.  Wisconsin's largest city offers smoke detectors to residents as part of their property taxes or rent payments.  Lintonen says the detectors are vital for exposing fire and smoke early, and saving lives.

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World / National Afternoon Summary - 4/18/14


Emergency responders in Mexico rush to the resort city of Acupulco to be ready if needed after a powerful earthquake shook the area up.  Buildings as far away as Mexico City shook and sent people running out into the streets.  The U-S Geological Survey reports the magnitude of the quake was measured seven-point-five.

 

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Christians in Jerusalem's Old City have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus with prayers and processions on Good Friday.  The Easter holiday and Jewish Passover coincide in 2014.  According to the Gospel, Jesus ate his last supper just hours before he was betrayed.

 

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Authorities are seeking an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry which sank off the coast of South Korea.  The national news agency reports arrest warrants are also being sought for two crew members.  One investigator says a junior officer was at the helm of the ferry Wednesday when it started sinking.  The captain apparently wasn't on the bridge.

 

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Ukraine's acting president says that government is ready to enact constitutional reforms which will give the regions of the country greater say in the way they are governed.  The protesters are refusing to give up control of the government buildings they have taken over, saying the interim government will have to resign first.  They were supposed to leave those buildings under an agreement signed yesterday.

 

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An avalanche on Mount Everest has killed nine Sherpa guides and injured three others seriously.  A Nepali tourism official says the group of about 50 guides was hit by the snow just above a base camp.  Rescue teams are still looking for those listed as missing since the disaster.

 

Nebraska Afternoon Summary - 4/18/14


Lawmakers argued at length about minor issues and fell short on an effort to expand Medicaid.  Nonetheless, leaders of the Nebraska Legislature call the session a success.  Thursday was the final day.  Speaker Greg Adams says members managed to debate nearly all of the bills which had been called priorities as the 60-day session started.  When the smoke cleared, lawmakers had passed legislation to lower taxes, reduce prison overcrowding and cover the cost of water conservation projects.

 

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The Nebraska State Patrol says its Norfolk dispatch center will be the first to close.  The state agency expects to save 750-thousand dollars by shutting down the computers and phone banks at three of its six centers.  Norfolk dispatch duties will be taken over by the Lincoln center in the middle of next month.  The second phase will be completed by summer 2015.  A committee is going to meet to decide which center closes next.

 

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Her son was wanted on a felony warrant.  Now, Gage County authorities say 50-year-old Lisa Sanne lied to them.  They say she repeatedly told them he wasn’t at home, even though he had been living there.  She admitted it was his car in the home’s driveway.  Officers thought she might be lying, so they waited outside the home until a warrant was brought, then they went in and arrested 23-year-old Jaryn Sanne.  He was in the bedroom.  Now, both of them have been arrested.

 

Missouri Afternoon Summary - 4/18/14


When the mayor of the small Missouri town of Marionville said he shared some of his friend’s views, another official resigned in protest.  That friend is Frazier Glenn Cross, who is accused of killing three people in Overland Park, Kansas, last week.  Mayor Danny Clevenger told a television news reporter he shared some of Cross’ racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.  Alderwoman Jessica Wilson says she is resigning over his supportive comments for Cross.  Clevenger was elected mayor earlier this month in Cross’ home town.

 

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A St. Louis robbery suspect now faces murder charges because his alleged partner-in-crime has been killed by a police officer.  Jabari Quarles is in jail.  Police say he and Claudell Webb Junior tried to stick up a convenience store Wednesday afternoon.  When officers arrived, Quarles and Webb were just walking out.  Quarles gave up, but Webb fought back and showed a handgun.  That’s when he was shot to death. 

 

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Springfield police know what marijuana smells like.  Several off-duty officers were at the headquarters of the Springfield Police Officers Association early in the morning April 9th   when they noticed what smelled like marijuana smoke.  The narcotics unit was contacted and quickly showed up with a search warrant for a business called Michael’s Designing Jewelry.  No charges have been filed against the people who were inside the business, The substances seized must be analyzed to make sure they are really illegal.


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The Missouri Department of Conservation reports it has received its shipment of Nebraska prairie chickens.  Forty-five chicks are now living at the Dunn Range Prairie in northwest Missouri.  This is the second year of a three-year program, with only about a dozen prairie chickens still remaining from the first phase.  The experts say the cold and rainy nesting seasons in the last year had diminished the state’s population of the bird officially known as the grassland grouse.


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Felony charges have been filed against the owners of a dog which attacked a mother and her daughter in Wyatt.  Richie Lee Davis and Linda Lynn Teague are being held in the Mississippi County Jail.  Even though their pit bull had a history of aggression, neighbors told authorities the couple had allowed it to run free in the small southeast Missouri town.  The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office says the mother likely saved her daughter’s life when she got between the dog and the girl.  The mother and daughter had to be taken to a hospital in Sikeston for treatment. 

 



 

Iowa Afternoon Summary - 4/18/14



Governor Terry Branstad joined leaders from  West Des Moines today to announce that Microsoft will build data center on 154-acres just south of town. The  one-point-one billion dollar project is the second for Microsoft in Iowa, and represents the largest capital investment by a company in the state.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority today approved just over 20-million dollars in sales tax rebates for the project. The City of West Des Moines has promised 53-million in infrastructure improvements at the build site.

 


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The emerald ash borer isn’t the only bug invading Iowa. Now, state agriculture officials say the brown marmorated stink bug is here too. The stink bug likes to feed right through the husk or pod of corn  and soybeans, going for the seed inside.  That has caused a reduction in seed or grain quality.  The stink bug doesn’t necessarily stay out in the farm field.  It will often spend a winter in homes, garages or barns. 

 
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The Associate Polk County judge handling the involuntary manslaughter trial against a Des Moines doctor has instructed the jury to ignore some witness testimony, but has refused to declare a mistrial.  Dr. Daniel Baldi’s lawyer objected to a witness statement about Baldi giving out painkillers without justification as hearsay designed to prejudice the case.  Prosecutors say the doctor prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers which led to the deaths of several patients.

 

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An Army veteran from Cedar Rapids was badly wounded in Afghanistan in 2007 and the other soldier who helped Kain Schilling survive will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month at the White House. Schilling says he still finds it hard to talk about what happened that day, nearly five-and-a-half years later.  Specialist Kyle White is a Seattle native who now lives in North Carolina. He'll become the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.

 

Minnesota News from MNN - 4/18/14

"Minnesota Summary"

Vilsack Visits Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN)  --  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Al Franken toured St. Paul Public School's innovative Nutrition Center processing facility today.  The site prepares all meals for St. Paul Schools and uses local farm products.  Secretary Vilsack says they are hoping to get more Minnesota schools to incorporate partnerships with local producers and farmers.  He says it keeps money in the local economy as well as providing fresh and more nutritious meals.  He believes creating a local and regional food system will revitalize the rural economy.  At last count in 2012, about 240 districts in Minnesota were taking part in Farm to School programs with more coming on board each year.

Hearing To Decide Public Defender For Minnesota Couple

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A hearing today will determine whether a high-living Minnesota couple charged with making bogus medical and food stamp claims in Minnesota and Florida will be given a public defender.  The lawyer for 62-year-old Colin Chisholm the Third and his 54-year-old wife Andrea says the couple is broke and unable to afford bail.  They remain in jail.  Prosecutors want bail set at 300-thousand dollars each.  The Chisholms are charged with making more than 167-thousand dollars in fraudulent claims.

Family Shocked At Attempted Murder Charge

(Mahnomen, MN)  --  Family and friends of the 19-year old charged with the attempted murder of a Norman County Sheriff's Deputy are shocked at the charge.  Steven Henderson's foster father Anders Macy says he couldn't believe the news when he heard it.  He says Henderson is a "tremendous young man" and the events were completely out of character for him.  Henderson, formerly of Fertile, is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state, and two counts of receiving stolen property.  Deputy Nathan Warner, who was wearing a bullet resistant vest, was treated and released after being shot two times.  Henderson's younger brother is in custody in Thief River Falls on an unrelated warrant.  His arrest Tuesday set off the entire incident.  Henderson, whose bail is set at one-and-a-half-million dollars, will be back in court May 7th.

Faribault Woman Given Federal Prison Sentence

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A Faribault woman has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in federal prison for threatening to bomb seven U-S Post Offices.  Forty-three-year-old Christiania Reineke pleaded guilty in November to one count of mailing threatening communications.  Reineke was also convicted in 2010 for mailing letters to 17 southern Minnesota post offices and threatening to blow them up.

Interest At Cap In Medical Marijuana

(St. Paul, MN)  --  "It's not on a must-do list, but there's a lot of interest in it." That's how D-F-L Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk(bock) describes possible legislation on medical marijuana.  He says the challenge for supporters of the idea is finding what he calls the "sweet spot" to mitigate some of the opposition from law enforcement.  Bakk says if any bills move out of committee, he expects they will come up for a full vote.  Lawmakers return to St. Paul early next week.

And in sports...

Twins at Royals

(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Twins open a three-game series against the Royals tonight in Kansas City (Fri7:10pm).  Minnesota swept a day-night doubleheader with the Blue Jays Thursday at Target Field.  The Twins won three straight over the Royals last weekend at home.  Minnesota is 8-and-7 while K-C has a 7-and-7 record.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

Governor Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers scored another legal victory today in their approval of the Act-10 public union bargaining limits.  A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Chicago affirmed that most public workers did not have their rights infringed upon, when they lost nearly all of their collective bargaining privileges in 2011.  Two Dane County unions filed the federal lawsuit, claiming that Act-10 violated their rights to free association and equal protections under the law.  The appellate panel agreed with Federal Judge William Conley of Madison, who ruled Act-10 still allows public employees to assemble and speak -- but it does not require their government employers to listen.  Previously, the Chicago appeals court ruled that all of Act-10 was constitutional.  That was after parts of the package had been struck down.  Also, the State Supreme Court is in the process of deciding whether the law applies to local government and school unions, in addition to state government employees.  The law allows all public employees except police-and-fire unions to bargain only for pay raises at-or-below inflation.  Also, unions cannot be recognized unless 51-percent of all members agree to it -- which means that members who don't vote are in essence voting no.

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The federal government is about to get a better handle on a disease that has killed millions of farm pigs in the last year.  Wisconsin is one of over two dozen states where Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or P-E-D, has shown up.  This morning, the U-S-D-A said it would require farmers to report pig infections -- and labs must send tissue-and-fecal samples to the U-S-D-A when they report positive test results.  Also, farmers affected by P-E-D outbreaks will have to take part in a program to help keep the virus from spreading.  Until today, the federal government has been using voluntary lab reports to try and keep track of the virus, which began showing up in the U-S last year.  Officials say P-E-D is believed to have originated in China.  It causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, and many of them die from dehydration.

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A man killed in a freeway crash in the Fox Valley was identified today as 60-year-old James Lindeman of Green Bay.  Authorities said he was in the back seat of an S-U-V that was struck by a car which veered out of control.  It happened Wednesday morning on the Highway 41 freeway near the Highway 15 exit near Appleton.  Lindeman died at the scene.  The S-U-V driver and two other passengers had non-life-threatening injuries.  The car driver was not injured.  

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World / National Midday Summary - 4/18/14


U-S Secretary of State John Kerry tells reporters words on paper will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides.  Diplomats have agreed on a series of steps to de-escalate the violence in Ukraine.  Kerry says he expected the Russians to show they are serious about improving the situation and he says he has told his Russian counterpart the U-S will have no choice but to increase sanctions if those steps aren't completed.

 

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State insurance commissioners say they got good news during a Thursday meeting at the White House.  The president told them there has been a surge of younger people signing up for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act near the end of the enrollment season.  A little over one-third of those signing up are said to be under the age of 35.  That would help keep the new insurance markets financially strong.

 

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A federal judge refused to order General Motors to tell owners of about two-million recalled cars that they should stop driving them.  An attorney representing some owners had made the request.  He argued the cars could lose power at any time, exposing occupants to serious injury or death due to problems with the ignition switch.  Malfunctions of the switch in G-M cars has been tied to 13 deaths.

 

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A New Jersey mother is accused of trying to drown her three children, ages 13 to 15.  Her husband says all three teenagers were calling frantically on their cell phones, begging for help while their van was sinking in the Delaware River.  A passer-by did help the teens and their mother escape the sinking vehicle Tuesday after one of the children kicked out a window.  The mother has been charged with attempted murder.

 

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Federal authorities say Lowe's Home Centers violated rules on the sales of lead-based paint.  Lowe's will pay a half-million-dollar fine.  The E-P-A says Lowe's couldn't prove that some contractors it hired had been certified by the federal agency, or had used approved lead paint testing kits at work sites. 

 

Nebraska Midday Summary - 4/18/14


Two months ago defendant Jesus Parra was declared incompetent to stand trial on charges he tried to kill his estranged wife.  This week, the determination was made that he would be competent as long as he keeps taking his medication.  Parra has spent the last two months being treated at the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.  He has already entered a not guilty plea.  Prosecutors say he attacked and injured Rosa Olivas de Parra at her home last year.  The couple’s adult daughter was hurt when she tried to intervene.

 

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If you can drive-thru to buy a burger, can you find a job in a drive-thru?  Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials are hosting a job fair next week in Omaha.  Interested people will enter and exit a parking lot, with people on hand at two stations in that parking lot to hand out information.  Job seekers will be able to park their cars and submit job applications.  Openings will be available in children and family services, developmental disabilities, Medicaid and others.  That Omaha parking lot is located at 1215 South 42nd Street.  It will be a busy location from 3:30 to 6 p-m Tuesday.

 

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Construction on a new student housing complex could start next year at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  That would be part of a bigger project called University Village.  Developers say two fields near the campus would be transformed into restaurants, retail businesses and apartments.  The new student housing area would replace the aging off-campus University Heights apartments.  The idea for a University Village development has been discussed for at least six years.  It’s cost is estimated at 400-to-500-million dollars.

 

Missouri Midday Summary - 4/18/14


Owners of the Bridgeton landfill which has been burning for three years have settled a class action lawsuit.  Residents nearby have compared the smell of that underground fire to rotten eggs, sour milk, decomposing garbage and burning chemicals.  People living in 400 homes will get a payout of eight-point-six-million dollars, minus attorney fees.  Some of them say they have suffered headaches, nausea, watery eyes and have had trouble breathing.  A separate class action suit was filed last week.

 

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The lives of three people killed at two Jewish centers are celebrated at an interfaith service .  U-S Attorney General Eric Holder and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback attended the Thursday service.  A funeral for victim Teresa Lamanno was held at the same time at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Overland Park.  The family of 69-year-old retired Doctor William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Underwood didn’t attend, saying it was too soon to return to the scene of their deaths.  Mindy Losen expressed appreciation for the love which has been shown for the family by the Jewish community.

 

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Greene County prosecutors say a 17-year-old student is accused of taking a gun to the Study Alternative School.  Raymond Shockley has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and carrying an unloaded firearm onto school property.  School administrators were tipped and Shockley was stopped and searched when he arrived Wednesday morning.  In addition to the unloaded gun, the teenager was found to be carrying ammunition.  He had been accused of stealing that gun.  No threats were made.

 

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An eight-year-old girl missing from home in Jefferson City could be in St. Louis now.  An Endangered Person Advisory was issued Thursday afternoon for Eboni Kyashiah Coney-King.  She was last seen leaving her school through a back door with her aunt.  Witnesses say that woman walked the child to her mother, Brittney Coney, who was waiting outside.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the child started struggling when she saw her mother.  Eboni’s father has jurisdictional custody.

 

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St. Charles police have reportedly shot a 52-year-old man to death.  Police say they went to Martin G. Brown’s home Wednesday after neighbors complained he was threatening them and setting off fireworks.  Police say Brown was holding a firearm when they arrived and refused to put it down.  Officers shot him when he threatened them with that gun and a knife.  They say they used a stun gun first.  The officer who shot Brown is a 13-year-old veteran of the department.  He has been placed on administrative leave.

 

Iowa Midday Summary - 4/18/14


Two experts tell the court an 18-year-old accused murderer is competent to stand trial.  Cody Metzger-Madsen is charged with killing his five-year-old foster brother.  Dominic Elkins suffered head injuries and was drowned last August in Harrison County.  The experts from the University of Iowa testified that Metzger-Madsen is extremely immature, but they said his brain works “very well.”  He’s pleaded not guilty.  The judge didn’t say when she might rule on Metzger-Madsen’s competence.

 

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The very future of Iowa State University’s VEISHEA (VEE-shuh) celebration will be decided by a 19-member task force.  I-S-U senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill will chair the group which is supposed to offer a recommendation by the end of June.  The annual event on the Ames campus was cut short when violence erupted early in the morning April 9th.  Students flipped cars, knocked down street signs and threw rocks and beer cans at police.  Eight arrests have been made so far and police are still investigating.

 

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Cedar Rapids police report officers were investigating a report of some suspicious activity when they found a meth lab in a hospital parking lot.  Thirty-one-year-old Rodney Schneider of Cedar Rapids was arrested when the mobile meth lab was found in his car in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Hospital Wednesday night.  He now faces several drug charges.  Schneider is being held in the Linn County Jail. 

 

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Muscatine County authorities say a 16-year-old boy faces felony arson charges and burglary in a house fire last week.  They say the teenager used gasoline to start the fire in Muscatine.  A pregnant woman, who was inside, managed to escape and call 9-1-1 for help.  The arson suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance April 25th.   He’s being held in the Muscatine County Jail on a 250-thousand dollar bond.

 

Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #1

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

Fire heavily damaged a county highway department garage early today in central Wisconsin, causing at least one-and-a-half million dollars of damage.  Fire-fighters were called just after 2:50 this morning to the Marathon County satellite garage about 15 miles north of Marshfield on Highway 97.  No one was hurt.  Officials said a half-dozen highway trucks, a skid steer, and a front-end loader were damaged.  Other damage was possible, and authorities said the dollar-estimate could be increased later today.  A passing motorist saw the fire and called 9-1-1.  No one was hurt.  Sheriff's investigators are trying to determine how it started.  Fire departments from Stratford and Edgar were called.  

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Wisconsin's largest home-grown bank produced more earnings than expected in the first quarter of this year -- but its profits were still less than a year ago.  Associated Banc-Corp of Green Bay reports a net income of 44-million dollars from January through March, down from just over 46-million during the same period in 2013.  Earnings remained the about the same at 27-cents a share.  That beat the estimate of 25-cents in a Yahoo poll of 17 Wall Street analysts.  Officials said higher interest rates put a crimp into home refinancing activity.  Mortgage banking revenues dropped from about 18-million dollars in the opening quarter of last year, to six-point-four million now.  Also, Associated added five million to the reserve fund that covers losses from bad loans.  Associated C-E-O Philip Flynn said the bank had a robust growth in its overall loan activity, especially in its commercial business lines.

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Outagamie County's chief prosecutor will not file charges against two Appleton police officers in the shooting of a robbery suspect.  District Attorney Carrie Schneider cleared Sergeant Greg Pieper and officer Brandon Edwards today.  The D-A said they were justified in wounding a 22-year-old Appleton man on April 10th, soon after he reportedly robbed a B-P convenience store with an Airsoft gun.  Police in Green Bay investigated the incident.  Captain Todd Thomas said the man previously talked about committing suicide by police gunfire.  He said the officers did not shoot until the suspect cocked the hammer of his weapon.  The man's family tells the Appleton Post-Crescent he's expected to survive.  Police are not commenting on the man's condition.

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Wheeler News - Noon State Sports - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Noon State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

Kyle Lohse will try to get the Milwaukee Brewers out of their recent doldrums tonight, when he starts against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  Last Sunday, the veteran right-hander fell just one out short of a complete game victory.  He struck out nine and held the Pirates to just four singles in a 4-to-1 Brewers' win at Miller Park.  Since then, Milwaukee has dropped 3-of-4 -- including a pair of games to Saint Louis and an 11-to-2 Pirates rout last night at P-N-C Park.  Lohse is 2-and-1 with a three-point-oh-five E-R-A.  The Pirates are putting up right-hander Charlie Morton.  He's 0-and-1 with an E-R-A of almost three-and-a-third.  He gave up four runs, two earned, in seven innings of a loss to the Brewers last Sunday.  The Pirates returned to .500 at 8-and-8 with its victory in the current series' opener.  Milwaukee is now 11-and-5 -- and they're 6-and-1 on the road.

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In the Midwest League, the Beloit Snappers will go for their second straight home win over Lansing tonight.  That's after Beloit pounded the Lugnuts 7-to-2 last evening.  The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers host Great Lakes again, after a 4-3 Rattlers loss.  Wisconsin enters the weekend in a tie for second place in the Western Division at 8-and-5, two-and-a-half games behind front-running Kane County.  Beloit is last among the eight West teams at 5-and-9.

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Green Bay Packers' outside linebacker Clay Matthews says he'll be ready in time for training camp.  In an interview with U-S-A Today, the 27-year-old Matthews said he's been in the gym and doing intense physical therapy ever since the pins were pulled out of his previously broken thumb in January.  Matthews said there are things he won't be able to do at the Packers' organized team activities which start on Tuesday.  But after missing much of last season with his injury, Matthews says he's excited about getting back on the field.  He's also excited about playing with Green Bay's newly-acquired defensive end Julius Peppers.  The former Chicago Bears' star is taller and heavier than Matthews -- and Matthews expects opponents to double-team Peppers instead of him.  He calls that a great opportunity.  Matthews has 50 sacks in his five N-F-L seasons, all with the Pack.  Peppers has 118-and-a-half sacks in his 12 pro campaigns.

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The Minnesota State-Mankato football players have ended their one-day boycott of spring practice -- and they'll be back on the field today under their newly-rehired coach Todd Hoffner.  Hoffner, who used to coach at U-W Eau Claire, was given his old job back at Mankato after an arbitrator ruled that he was wrongly fired.  He was charged with having child pornography on his school-issued cellphone, but a judge dropped the case after learning that the children were Hoffner's kids playing in their bathtub.  In January, Hoffner took a job at one of Mankato's conference opponents, Minot State.  He suddenly left that job, and Minot officials said they would wished Hoffner handled the matter differently.  On Wednesday, the Mankato players refused to show up for a scheduled practice, saying they wanted to keep their previous interim coach.  

(Thanks Minnesota News Network)

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NASCAR is taking the weekend off.  That means Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth will have to wait for his next chance to take over the Sprint Cup lead.  The Cambridge native is second in the season point standings in NASCAR's top circuit with 296 -- one point behind front-running Jeff Gordon.  Kenseth has six Top-10 finishes in the eight events he has run so far.  He has not driven to Victory Lane yet, but he does have a pair of Top-Five performances.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire is 18th in the Sprint Cup standings, Beloit-born Danica Patrick 29th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 37th.  Kenseth has also run in seven Nationwide races, even though he doesn't get points for that.  There's only been one Nationwide race this season in which Kenseth has not finished in the Top-10.  Both circuits will return next weekend in Richmond Virginia.  The Nationwide Toyota-Care-250 is scheduled for a week from tonight.  The Sprint Cup Toyota Owners' 400 is set for next Saturday evening.

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In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals will play their regular season home finale tonight against Charlotte.  The Admirals will play at Chicago tomorrow night before they enter their 12th consecutive American Hockey League playoff run.  Milwaukee is 38-23-6-and-7, after three victories last weekend.  The Admirals currently hold the sixth-of-eight Western Conference playoff spots.  Tonight, they'll play a Charlotte team that's two points behind Oklahoma City for the eighth-and-final slot in the West.  The Checkers have lost four-of-their-last-five, but they're 2-and-1 against Milwaukee this season.    

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #4 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Morning State News #4

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

The Potawatomi Indians are the latest to seek federal approval to regulate water quality on their reservation.  The Forest County tribe has asked the federal E-P-A for a status known as "treatment as state."  The Wisconsin D-N-R is looking for public input on the application -- and those comments will be passed onto the E-P-A.  If approved, communities upstream from the reservation may have to adjust its own water standards -- so whatever flows onto the tribe's property meets the Potawatomi regulations.  Tribal spokesman George Ermert says the application does not include new standards.  That would only come after the treatment status is approved.  Three other Wisconsin tribes have their own water quality agreements -- the Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, and Sokaogon (sah-cog'-en) Chippewa bands.  The Bad River tribe is using its status to oppose the controversial Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine that's being considered upstream near Mellen.

(Thanks Natalie Jablonski, WXPR, Rhinelander)

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Two state Justice Department investigators who left after they delayed action on child pornography cases for months have been identified as Willie Brantley and Anna King.  The A-P said Brantley was the special agent in charge of his Milwaukee office, and King was a special agent at the same facility.  Attorney General J-B Van Hollen said both were responsible for delays that resulted in the molesting of an 11-year-old boy in one case -- and made the state's other case weaker.  The two agents left almost a month ago.  Officials would not say if they resigned, or were fired.

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A Minnesota company is asking that state to endorse improvements to a crude oil pipeline that helps provide gas-and-diesel fuel to a good share of Wisconsin.  The Minnesota Pipe Line Company has asked the Public Utilities Commission in the Gopher State to approve a half-dozen new pumping stations, and improvements at two existing sites.  It would allow the newest of the company's four pipelines to carry 350-thousand barrels of crude each day to two refineries in the Twin Cities region.  That's twice the line's current capacity.  The firm says the added capacity is not meant to increase the amount of refined oil -- but it will keep the raw product flowing whenever the other three pipelines are down for maintenance or emergencies.  The output at the two refineries is already close to their capacities most of the time.  The Pipe Line Company also emphasizes that the project would not expand its actual pipelines, or create new ones. 

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Minnesota Sports from MNN - 4/18/14

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Avs Rally Past Wild In OT

(Denver, CO)  --  Colorado forward Paul Stastny (STAZ-nee) scored the game-winning goal 7:27 into overtime as the Avalanche rallied past the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in Game One of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at the Pepsi Center in Denber.  Stastny also scored the game-tying goal with 13.4-seconds left in regulation to force OT.  Gabriel Landeskog (LAN-deh-skog), Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn added goals for the Avs, who take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.  Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in the victory.  Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak all scored for Minnesota, which held a 4-2 lead going into the third period.  Ilya Bryzgalov (ILL-yuh  breez-GAL-ahv) allowed all five goals on 31 shots in defeat.  Game Two is Saturday in Denver.

Rangers, Blues, Avs, Sharks Grab 1-0 Leads

(Undated)  --  The Rangers, Blues, Avalanche and Sharks are all up 1-0 in their respective first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.  New York used a three-goal third period to down the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1.  Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 win against the Blackhawks. The Sharks scored three goals in the first and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.  There are three games on tap Friday.  The Ducks and Canadiens look to go up 2-0 in their series.  Anaheim held on for a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars in the first game while Montreal defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime in Game One.  The Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of their Eastern Conference First Round best-of-seven series

Twins Sweep Doubleheader With Blue Jays

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Twins swept their day-night doubleheader with the Blue Jays yesterday and last night at Target Field in Minneapolis.  Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson fired eight shutout innings as the Twins blanked the Jays 7-0 in the opener.  Gibson moved to 3-and-0 on the season.  Trevor Plouffe (PLOOF) and Josmil Pinto (HOSE-meel PEEN-toh) each drove home two in the win.  Jason Kubel's two-run single capped off a wild six-run eighth inning as the Twins rallied for a 9-5 victory in the night cap.  Minnesota set a club record by drawing eight walks in the decisive inning, scoring three times on wild pitches.  The Twins moved to 8-and-7 with the sweep, while Toronto dipped to 8-and-8.

Twins Begin Weekend Series Tonight In KC

(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Minnesota Twins begin a weekend series tonight in Kansas City against the Royals.  Ricky Nolasco will get the ball for Minnesota.  He is 1-and-1 with a 5.50 ERA in three starts.  KC will counter with southpaw Jason Vargas, who is 1-and-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three outings.  The Twins swept the Royals in a three-game series in Minneapolis last weekend.

Adelman Reportedly Won't Return To T'wolves

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Rick Adelman will almost certainly not return as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.  The "Minneapolis Star Tribune" cites a decision-making source as saying there is "zero" chance Adelman will be back for another season.  The veteran coach is due to make six-million-dollars next season, but is just 97-and-133 in three seasons with Minnesota.  The T'wolves finished 40-and-42 this season and haven't made the playoffs since 2004.

Joerger Wins Coach Of The Month

(Undated)  --  The NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month Award for April was given to Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger (YAY-ger).  Memphis went 6-and-2 in the final month to lock up a playoff spot, which was no certainty.  They were 4-and-0 at home.  Joerger is a Staples native

Hoffner, Players All Practicing

(Mankato, MN)  --  Head coach Todd Hoffner and his Mankato State football team will be on the practice field today.  The return of the team's head coach sparked a revolt by players who said they wanted their interim coach Aaron Keen to remain in his post.  Hoffner is back on the job after an arbitration ruling said the school must give him back his head coaching job.  A-D Kevin Buisman offered an apology, saying this is a very difficult time for all involved.  Hoffner was fired two years ago after what was described as pornographic pictures of his children were found on his work cellphone.  The charges against Hoffner were dropped.

Gopher Coaches Caravan

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The University of Minnesota athletic department is taking the show on the road again this spring.  The second annual "Gopher Road Trip:  Chalk Talk" will make nine stops over the course of four days in May and June.  Golden Gopher coaches and other department personnel will be part of the tour.  The first two legs of the tour are May 20th and May 21st.  Willmar and Park Rapids are the two stops scheduled for May 20th.  Coleraine/Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and St. Cloud will get visits on May 21st.  Redwood Falls and New Ulm are scheduled for stops on June 3rd, followed by Owatonna and Red Wing on June 4th.  Athletic director Norwood Teague, football coach Jerry Kill, men's basketball coach Richard Pitino, and men's hockey coach Don Lucia will headline many of the visits. 

Vikings Sign Coleman

(Eden Prairie, MN)  --  The Minnesota Vikings have officially signed safety Kurt Coleman.  Coleman spent his first four NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He had 14 tackles in 15 games last year.  The 25-year-old has 221 tackles and seven interceptions in 59 career games, including 29 starts.  He is a product of the Ohio State University.

McNabb Spends Day In Jail For December DUI Arrest

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is free after spending one day in jail for a DUI arrest late last year.  The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says McNabb was pulled over for speeding on December 15th and arrested on suspicion of DUI.  He was sentenced to 10 days in jail after changing his plea earlier this month, with the first nine days suspended.  The speeding charge was dismissed as part of the plea.  McNabb spent part of the 2011 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Sharper Denied Bond In Rape Hearing

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Lawyers for retired NFL star Darren Sharper say he's been denied bail in Arizona.  The Maricopa County Attorney's Office turned down the request Thursday.  Sharper is facing multiple rape charges from November.  He's currently in jail in Los Angeles facing similar charges.  Sharper's lawyers say the Arizona bail denial makes it more likely he'll be denied bail in L.A. as well.  Sharper played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2005-2008.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #3 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Morning State News #3

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Here are the details:

Rhinelander now has its snowiest winter on record, thanks to this week's storm.  The city got just over 11 inches the past couple days, for a total of 107-point-eight inches of the white stuff this season.  That's the most since the National Weather Service started keeping records for Rhinelander in 1908.  This week's snowstorm was the fourth-largest for an April in that city.  Lac du Flambeau in Vilas County had the most snow in northern Wisconsin this week -- 19-inches.  Some of it has melted, and don't be surprised if it creates new flooding to the south.  An earlier round of flood warnings has partially ended.  The Weather Service still has warnings out on parts of three rivers which are over their banks -- the Baraboo, the Fox, and the Wolf.  The Mississippi approached its flood stage at Wabasha Minnesota, but it's expected to go back down this evening.  At Prairie du Chien, the Mississippi is about an inch below its banks, and still rising.  Minor flooding is reported and-or predicted at all Wisconsin locations.  The snow-melt continues today, with highs in the 40's-and-50's statewide.  The next chance for precipitation is on Sunday in the form of rain.

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A new study shows that banning chocolate milk from school lunches might not be a good idea.  Cornell University studied the effects of banning chocolate milk from 11 elementary schools at a school district in Oregon.  Total milk sales dropped 10-percent -- certainly not good news for milk producers in Wisconsin and elsewhere.  Students did buy more white milk, but they tossed 30-percent of it in the garbage.  The study also found that seven-percent fewer students bought school lunches after the chocolate milk disappeared.  Cornell also said 78-percent of all students throughout the U-S took milk when the chocolate variety was offered -- and that dropped to 71-percent where the item was banned.  Schools have talked for years about banning chocolate milk in the name of reducing sugar and calorie consumption.  However, Cornell says it also reduces childrens' intake of proteins and calcium.

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Wisconsin drivers will have to be more careful, under a bill Governor Scott Walker signed this week.  Utility workers were added to the list of those that motorists must move over and slow down for.  Bill Skewes of the Wisconsin Utility Association says it will make electric and water employees safer when they're making roadside repairs.  Wisconsin's "Move Over" law was first adopted a few years ago, after a rash of law enforcement officers were killed on the Milwaukee freeways while investigating crashes or stopping motorists.  Besides police officers, motorists have also been required to slow down and accommodate fire personnel, towing, and construction vehicles. 

(Thanks Larry Lee, WSAU, Wausau)

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Rainy and cool weather did not stop folks from attending the recent Midwest Horse Fair in Madison.  Officials said almost 55-thousand people attended the three-day festival -- two-percent more than the year before.  It was the third-highest attendance in the 35-year history of the Horse Fair.  Two nights of rodeo events were held for the first time.  The fair also featured the world's tallest horse and donkey.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 4/18/14

"Minnesota Summary"

Out Of Reach Rentals

(Undated)  --  A new report finds that a minimum wager earner would have to work 69 hours a week at 9-50 an hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in the state.  Leigh Rosenberg with the Minnesota Housing Partnership says the most expensive rent is in the Twin Cities area followed by Rochester.  However, she says that when you look at what people actually earn in any given county, often rents are less affordable in Greater Minnesota because people earn less. 
Rosenberg says at 7-25 an hour they would have to work 91 hours a week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.  The "Out of Reach 2014" report with county-by-county statistics can be found on the Minnesota Housing Partnership's website (mhponline.org)

Michaels Stores In Minnesota Affected By Data Breach

(Irving, TX)  --  Arts and crafts retailer Michaels says 23 of its stores in Minnesota including locations in Minneapolis, Bloomington and Eden Prairie, were part of a nationwide data breach last year and the early part of this year.  The Texas-based company estimates the credit and debit card information of two-point-six million customers was compromised.  Hackers stole the card numbers and expiration dates by gaining access to its computer system using highly sophisticated malware that hadn't been encountered previously by the company.  The breach has been stopped, and a year of free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services are being offered to customers through AllClear ID.

Medical Marijuana Legislation

(St. Paul, MN)  --  "It's not on a must-do list, but there's a lot of interest in it." That's how D-F-L Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk(bock) describes possible legislation on medical marijuana.  Bakk says he thinks it could help many families but the challenge is finding what he calls the "sweet spot" that would mitigate the opposition from law enforcement.  Bakk says if any bills move out of committee, he expects they will come up for a full vote  Lawmakers return to St. Paul early next week.

St. Paul Meth-Related Kidnapping Suspect Arrested In Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  A man wanted for kidnapping two people, taking them to a St. Paul house and demanding 30 pounds of meth as ransom is in custody in Los Angeles.  KABC-TV reports Jesus Ramirez was arrested in North Hollywood Thursday evening.  The 31-year-old is facing four kidnapping charges and one robbery county in Ramsey County.  The two victims were beaten earlier this week, and one nearly had a finger cut off.

Heroin Raids Net Over 65 Arrests, $250,000 Cash

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Federal agents have over 65 people in custody in a statewide heroin bust.  U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says the raids were performed by federal and state authorities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester and also siezed 250-thousand dollars in cash.  The arrests were the culmination of the first coordinated federal and state busts targeting Mexican drug cartels since traffickers set up shop in the state roughly four years ago  DEA special agent Jack Riley called it a "great day for the good guys in Minnesota" and added they "punched organized crime in the face."

Franken To Netflix On Merger

(Washington, DC)  --  One of the top opponents of the merger of Comcast and Time-Warner Cable has called on one of the most prominent companies that would be affected by such a deal to weigh in.  Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Netflix, asking company officials to explain if and how Comcast's proposal to buy Time Warner Cable would hurt Internet consumers and other Internet content providers.  Earlier this year, Comcast consumers experienced difficulty streaming Netflix videos, and Comcast required Netflix to pay a charge to alleviate the slowdown. Sen. Franken fears that would become the norm if the merger is approved.  Franken says that would essentially give Comcast control over who gets access to its network of Internet subscribers, which could stifle innovation and prevent the next Netflix or YouTube from coming to market and reaching consumers.

Sauk Rapids Man On Running Boston Marathon

(Sauk Rapids, MN)  --  A Sauk Rapids man says he'll have mixed emotions when he runs in the Boston Marathon on Monday.  Tim Wright had just finished the race last year, and was about two-and-a-half blocks away from the finish line when the first bomb went off.  His wife Brenda was across the street, and kitty corner, from the second bomb.  He says they plan to go down to Boylston Street prior to the race Monday.  He says he wants to remember what happened, but then focus on the race and have a good time on Monday.  Wright says the Boston Athletic Association has sent out information to the runners on the emotional impact they may encounter.  He says they've also tightened security throughout the course.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #2 - 4/18/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Morning State News #2

===Stations:  In regards to the lead story, the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey does NOT have local activity breakdowns.  Still, the report has lots of info, and you can find it at http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/files/sspw/pdf/yrbs13execsum.pdf.===

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com

Winning lottery numbers:
Five-Card Cash:  6-spades, Q-clubs, 7-diamonds, A-clubs, 10-hearts
Supercash:  6-15-18-31-32-34 - No Doubler
Pick-3:  0-0-6
Pick-4:  9-5-2-5
Badger-5:  17-21-23-26-30

Here are the details:

Today's Wisconsin high school students smoke less, drink less, and have less sex than teens did 20 years ago.  That's according to the new Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the state Department of Public Instruction.  One of every three high school youngsters surveyed in 2013 said they recently had a drink -- down from half in 1993.  Thirty-three percent said they tried cigarettes, way down from 64-percent in the early '90's.  Thirty-five percent of last year's students admitted having sex, down from 47-percent two decades earlier -- and two-thirds used condoms.  Officials attribute that to better health education -- and they said high cigarette taxes keep more kids from smoking.  However, the survey shows that lots of teens engage in more modern risks.  Over half of Wisconsin juniors-and-seniors have texted while driving, and 15-percent admitted driving after having alcohol.  The percentage of teens playing on computers or video games for at least three hours a day jumped from 20-percent to 34.  Over half of girls believe that bullying and student harassment are problems at their schools -- and a third of the boys feel the same way.  The state has given 88 mini-grants to schools to try and fight these risky behaviors.  The grants totaled 85-thousand dollars last year.  Alcohol offenders covered most of those costs with their fines.

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Governor Scott Walker continues to disagree with the decision to keep Middleton middle school teacher Andrew Harris in the classroom.  State education officials refused this week to revoke Harris' teaching license, after he was fired in 2010 for receiving and sharing explicit e-mails at school.  An arbitrator ruled that the Middleton-Cross Plains district was wrong to fire Harris.  He was reinstated in January after the State Supreme Court refused to consider overturning the arbitrator's decision.  Yesterday, the D-P-I said Harris's online conduct was highly inappropriate -- but it did not approach what was legally considered to be immoral conduct at the time.  Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the Republican governor still believes the D-P-I has the authority to revoke Harris' license, and it should do it.  Back in January, Walker said the case justified the need for his 2011 clampdown on public union bargaining.  Media reports said he spoke out after one of his aides -- a parent of a youngster at Harris' school -- asked Walker to seek the teachers' license revocation.  The governor's office said at the time that the aide's concerns were not why Walker asked the D-P-I to take action.

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A 70-year-old man was killed in a fire at his home near Tomahawk.  Authorities said another man arrived at the victim's house to plow snow yesterday afternoon, when he saw flames from windows that were blown out.  The state Fire Marshal's office is helping Lincoln County authorities investigate.  The home had extensive damage.  The victim's name was not immediately released.  Officials said his wife was away in Wausau when the blaze broke out.

(Thanks Raymond Neupert, WSAU, Wausau)

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