Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wheeler News - Morning State Sports - 7/31/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Morning State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Scores:

In Major League Baseball...
National League Central race...
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 0
San Francisco 7, Pittsburgh 5
San Diego 12, Saint Louis 1
Arizona 5, Cincinnati 4

In regional action...
Colorado 6, Chicago Cubs 4 in 10 innings
Detroit 7, Chicago White Sox 2
Kansas City 3, Minnesota 2

In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Beloit 4, Peoria 3 in 11 innings

In the Northwoods League's home-and-home double-headers...
Wisconsin Rapids 8, Eau Claire 7
Eau Claire 10, Wisconsin Rapids 3, completion of suspended game
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Eau Claire 2
Madison 13, La Crosse 1
Madison 8, La Crosse 4
Kenosha 7, Lakeshore 1
Kenosha 3, Lakeshore 2
Green Bay 10, Wisconsin 1
Green Bay 5, Wisconsin 4

Here are the details:

Milwaukee was the only National League Central contender to win yesterday.  The Brewers have opened up a two-game division lead over Pittsburgh, and two-and-a-half over Saint Louis, after the Crew's 5-nothing victory at Tampa Bay.  Cincinnati is six games back in fourth place.  Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 with a double and four R-B-I's, as Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak and won its 60th game of the year -- something only four other Major League teams have done.  Yovani Gallardo improved to 6-and-5 by striking out five in seven scoreless innings.  The win was Gallardo's first since June 19th -- and he's now fifth on the Brewers' all-time list for pitching wins with 87.  Francisco Rodriguez nailed down the final out with the tying run on deck to get his 31st save.  David Price -- the subject of trade rumors -- lost his first game since June 20th, giving up four runs in seven frames.  He ended a personal six-game winning streak and dropped to 11-and-8.  The Brewers have now shut out seven opponents this year, and yesterday's was the first since July fifth.  Milwaukee is off today, and will open a three-game set against the Cardinals tomorrow night in Saint Louis. 

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Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin and his staff were planning to work late into the night, to see if they could make a last-minute deal for the stretch run.  The non-waiver trade deadline is three this afternoon.  The Brewers could be in the market for a right-handed reliever for the late innings -- or a left-handed bench hitter.  As of late yesterday afternoon, the Brewers were still in the running to get Boston starter Jon Lester -- but reports said the Red Sox wanted two top prospects.  That could be too high of a price for Melvin, who's not ready to sacrifice the future for an impending free agent who would most likely be a two-month rental.  E-S-P-N said late yesterday that Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Baltimore, Miami, and the L-A Dodgers were still in the hunt for Lester.  The Cardinals bolstered their starting pitching yesterday by trading a prospect to get Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.  He's expected to start against the Brewers on Saturday at Saint Louis.  Masterson is coming off the disabled list with a sore right knee.

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Now that his own contract extension is set, Green Bay Packers' G-M Ted Thompson says he plans to do the same for head coach Mike McCarthy.  The Packers announced a multi-year extension for Thompson yesterday.  No other details were released -- but according to media reports, past signing trends indicate that the 61-year-old Thompson is now signed through 2018.  He and McCarthy were both given extensions after the Super Bowl season of 2010, which extended their deals to 2015.  That means McCarthy still has two years left on his current package.  McCarthy is the only coach Thompson has hired in his nine-plus years as G-M.  McCarthy came on board in 2006.  The Packers have gone 92-62-and-1 during Thompson's tenure.  He appeared tired in February at the N-F-L Scouting Combine -- and he missed the owners' meetings in March with an undisclosed health issue.  But now, Thompson says he feels much better -- and he still enjoys the chase of finding overlooked talent. The Packers have had 13 undrafted free agents on their roster over the past four years -- the third-highest in the N-F-L.

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The Packers have added an eleventh receiver at Training Camp, after claiming Gerrard Sheppard off waivers from Baltimore.  He spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad, after splitting his college time between U-Conn and Towson.  Sheppard caught 52 passes at Towson in his junior and senior years for 584 yards and five touchdowns.  The only Green Bay receiver who has missed Training Camp is rookie Jeff Janis, who's been out with an illness.  The acquistion of Sheppard fills out Green Bay's current available roster of 90 players.  Safety Morgan Burnett hurt an ankle at yesterday's camp practice.  Another workout is set for today.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed one of their two second-round draft choices.  Forward-and-center Johnny O'Bryant signed a three-year package, with the third year having a team option.  O'Bryant is a 6-9 forward from L-S-U.  He was the 36th overall pick in the June draft.  He played in all five Summer League games for the Bucks, averaging eight points and five-and-a-half rebounds in about 18 minutes per contest.

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Marquette senior guard Todd Mayo has left the team to pursue a pro career.  The university said Mayo left in good academic standing, even though he was academically-ineligible during his first semester two years ago.  Mayo clashed at times with former Golden Eagles' coach Buzz Williams, but there were no reports of conflict with new coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff.  Wojo said he wished Mayo nothing but the best -- and he fully understands his decision to leave.  Mayo played off the bench throughout last season, averaging eleven points and three rebounds.  His departure leaves Marquette with only ten scholarship players -- three fewer than the N-C-A-A's limit.

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In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon is tied for 13th after two rounds of stroke play at the Western Amateur in Chicago.  The defending champion shot a one-under-par 70 yesterday.  Niebrugge is at three-under-139.  Charlie Danielson of Osceola is tied for 30th at one-under-141.  He shot a two-over-73 in his second round.  Both Danielson and Niebrugge were among 50 players who made the initial cut.  They'll play 36 holes today -- and the Top-16 will square off in match play starting tomorrow.

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Morning Kickers - July 31st

MORNING KICKERS
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A Houston firm that already sends human remains up into space is offering the same memorial space flights for deceased pets. Celestis Incorporated announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall with prices starting at about 995-dollars. For years the company has offered the same service to take partial human remains into space, including the ashes of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the "Star Trek" T-V show.
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A Florida family discovered a 300-year-old sunken treasure off of the state's eastern coast. Eric Schmitt, a professional scavenger, was scavenging with his family when he came across a crumpled, square-shaped ornament in the wreckage of 11 ships that sank in 1715. Following the discovery, a team of historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact found 25 years ago, thus forming a pyx, which was worn on the chain around a high priest's neck. The item's dollar value is uncertain.
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A California restaurant doesn't want your business if you plan on bringing crying kids with you. Old Fisherman's Grotto has set up signs stating they won't provide high chairs or strollers, and they won't tolerate loud kids or baby strollers. Restaurant owner Chris Shake said that despite the prohibitive policy and signs, business is doing just fine and continues to grow.

Entertainment News - July 31st

ENTERTAINMENT
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Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are joining the upcoming H-B-O miniseries "Show Me a Hero." Based on Lisa Belkin's 1999 non-fiction book, the series looks at the fight for housing desegregation in the late '80s. "The Wire" creator David Simon will serve as an executive producer along with director Paul Haggis and William F. Zorzi.
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Allison Williams from H-B-O's "Girls" will star as Peter Pan in N-B-C's live musical. The actress will join previously announced star Christopher Walken who will star as Captain Hook in the December 4th telecast. "Peter Pan Live" is N-B-C's follow-up to its successful 2013 telecast of "The Sound of Music Live" with Carrie Underwood.
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Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is already receiving rave reviews though its official release date is still a day away. The superhero film has fans and critics alike raving about the chemistry of the ensemble cast which includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. The film is based on a fictional space-faring team of superheroes that was originally created in 1969 and re-imagined in 2008.

Today in History for July 31st

July 31, 2014

On this day,

1995 - Slain Tejano singer Selena's "Dreaming of You" debuts at number one on the Billboard chart.  She's the first Latin artist ever to debut at number one.

1991 - The Senate votes to allow women to fly military planes in combat.

1981 - Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry releases her solo album, "Koo Koo."

1978 - The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" becomes the band's eighth number one single.

1968 - The Beatles record "Hey Jude."  It becomes the biggest hit of the Beatle's career and spends nine weeks at number one on Billboard's Top 100.

1964 - Country singer Jim Reeves and his manager, Dead Manuel, die in a plane crash near Nashville.  Reeves was 39.  His hits include "Welcome to My World" and "He'll Have to Go."

1948 - President Truman dedicates New York's International airport.  It will later be renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport.

1792 - The cornerstone of the U-S Mint is laid.  It was the first United States government building.

1790 - The U-S patent office opens

1776 - Francis Salvador becomes the first Jew to die in the American Revolution.

Birthdays-

1981- Actor Eric Lively

1966- Actor Dean Cain

1965- Author J-K Rowling

1962 - Actor Wesley Snipes, Jungle Fever and White Men Can't Jump

1958 - R-E-M drummer Bill Berry

1946 - Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys.  His group's only hit was "The Diamond Ring" in 1965

1943 - William Bennett, former U-S Drug Czar

1912 - Milton Freidman, economist and journalist

1491 - Saint Ignatius of Loyola, fouder of the Jesuits

World / National Morning Summary - 7/31/14

President Obama mocks Republican plans to sue him for over-reaching when he issued executive orders.  He says that is a taxpayer-funded political stunt conducted only because this is an election year.  The president was in Kansas City yesterday.  He challenged Republicans in Congress to "stop hatin' all the time."  The Democrat took the opportunity to invite members of the other party to join him in "getting some work done."  Congress goes on its August recess Friday.

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The U-S Senate has passed a two-point-seven-billion dollar bill to deal with the southwest border situation on a procedural vote.  The legislation includes millions for Israel to help that nation fund its Iron Dome missile defense program.  The bill was passed to help the Border Patrol and other authorities deal with the surge of undocumented children crossing the border from Central America, but it also includes 225-million dollars for Israel and 615-million for firefighters battling wildfires in the western U-S.  The bill being considered in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is considerably smaller.

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A two-year federal investigation results in the arrest of six current or former Philadelphia police officers.  A police commissioner calls it the worst example of corruption he has ever seen.  All of those officers arrested were members of the department's narcotics division.  City leaders say the violations are inexcusable and they are hoping the officers involved get the maximum sentences for the crimes they committed.

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The former I-R-S official in the middle of the agency's controversy over the way it has treated tea party groups made disparaging remarks about Republicans in her e-mails two years ago.  Those e-mails were just released by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp.  Lois Lerner calls Republicans "crazies," while using a profanity to describe them.  Camp is a Republican from Michigan.  He says the e-mails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives and add credence to accusations special attention was paid to applications for tax exemption by conservative political groups.

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The U-N Security Council has adopted a resolution calling the offensive being waged by Iraqi militants a "major threat" to that country's future.  The resolution says the only way to address a threat like that is for Iraq's leaders to make unifying decisions while overcoming their divisions.  ISIS now controls a significant portion of eastern Syria and western Iraq, including Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.



Nebraska Morning Summary - 7/31/14

U-S Senator Deb Fischer will be voting for the compromise measure hammered out by House and Senate conferees to deal with the crisis a V-A medical centers.  The Nebraska Republican says the bill would provide five-billion dollars to hire more doctors, nurses and staff members at those hospitals.  It will also give additional powers to incoming Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.  The Veterans Administration has been rocked by a scandal over long wait times, falsified records and retaliation toward staffers who reported many problems. 

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The president and C-E-O of the United Way of the Midlands has died of an aortic dissection or tear in the artery.  Karen Bricklemyer was 47 years old.  She had been admitted to Creighton University Medical Center last week for treatment.  Bricklemyer led the organization for three years and was given credit for advanced strategic planning and implementing a new priority of breaking the cycle of poverty in the Omaha metropolitan area.  A memorial service will be held Friday at 4 p-m, with a reception at the U-N-O Thompson Alumni Center to follow. 

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The livestock feed company International Nutrition says it is going to contest more than a dozen citations and proposed federal penalties of almost 121-thousand dollars.  Part of the company’s Omaha plant collapsed last January, killing two workers.  The case will go to an administrative law judge for a hearing, then to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  OSHA (OH shuh) is the federal agency proposing the penalties.  If those decisions go against International Nutrition, it can take its arguments to a federal appeals court.  Safety inspector say overloaded storage bins on the roof caused the collapse.


Missouri Morning Summary - 7/31/14

U-S Senator Claire McCaskill says Congress has “put the magic key in the magic lock.”  The Missouri Democrat refers to the fact the House Republican chairman has agreed with the Senate Democratic chairman on a bill to help the V-A.  The five-billion dollar package would pay for more doctors, nurses and hospital staff at V-A medical centers all across the country.  Not everybody likes everything about the measure.  It gives the Veterans Administration the leeway to hand out 360-million dollars in bonuses every year.  McCaskill says the bonuses aren’t the problem – who was getting bonuses is the problem. 

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President Obama mocks Republican plans to sue him for over-reaching when he issued executive orders.  He says that is a taxpayer-funded political stunt conducted only because this is an election year.  The president was in Kansas City Wednesday.  He challenged Republicans in Congress to "stop hatin' all the time."  The Democrat took the opportunity to invite members of the other party to join him in "getting some work done."  Congress goes on its August recess Friday.

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A bicycle rider says he was cursed and run off the road by the driver of a Mercedes-Benz last Tuesday.  He claims the driver was Sunset Hills Mayor Mark E. Furrer.  Forty-seven-year-old Randy Murdick says Furrer bumped him intentionally with that red convertible.  Murdick says the driver cursed him and, when he cursed back, the driver swerved his car and hit him, knocking him to the ground.  The mayor reportedly sped away from the scene, but a witness chased him down and returned him to the location.

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A southwest Missouri woman accused of two murders might wind up going to trial twice.  Fifty-two-year-old Diane Staudte is accused of putting anti-freeze into the drinks of two family members, causing them to die.  A judge has approved a defense motion to severe the two murder counts from other charges Staudte faces.  Prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty if she is convicted.  Her daughter, Rachel Staudte, faces the same charges.  The two women are accused of killing 61-year-old Mark Staudte and his 26-year-old son, Shaun.  A second daughter got sick, but didn’t die. 

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The former C-E-O of a southeast Missouri health care network has been sentenced to almost three years in a federal prison.  Fifty-six-year-old Cheryl Ann White of New Madrid had pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges last April.  She was sentenced Wednesday.  White headed the nonprofit Southeast Missouri Health Network from 2004-to-2013 when she admitted she falsified five annual reports and as many as 40 federal grant applications.  She also used money from the center to cover the cost of roofing on a building she owned.  She admitted receiving kickbacks in another transaction.


Iowa Morning Summary - 7/31/14

Congressman Steve King says he was able to talk with local residents, federal officials and staff working at Texas detention centers on a trip to the U-S-Mexico border.  The Iowa Republican says he learned things that shocked him deeply.  He says many of the girls making the trip from Central American are given birth control pills before they head for American because their families expect them to be raped along the way.  King says he will vote to change the 2008 law signed into force by President George W. Bush which forbids immediate deportation of children like the ones crossing the border now.

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The Iowa Court of Appeals upholds the conviction and prison sentence for a former teacher at Waterloo West High School.  Larry Twigg had argued there wasn’t enough evidence for a conviction on five counts of lascivious acts with a child.  He also told the court the two-year prison sentence was too harsh.  He had been accused of offering a 17-year-old student money and better grades to play some games at his home, including strip video games and pouring chocolate syrup on the student in the shower.  The appeals court rejected his motions, letting the conviction and two-year prison sentence stand.

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A report from the Associated General Contractors of America shows Iowa’s construction industry is growing.  Statewide, there was a four-percent increase in the number of jobs in that industry in June, when compared to the same month last year.  Even bigger gains were seen in Des Moines, a nine-percent, and in Cedar Rapids, six-percent.  The A-G-C-A says about two-thirds of the states showed construction job gains.  Neighboring Minnesota showed an increase of eight-percent for construction jobs, the most in this region.

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Despite all the fatty food being sold, the Iowa State Fair will try to do something about healthy habits when it opens its doors a week from today.  A one-kilometer walk will start in front of the D-N-R building at 8:15 a-m, ending at the Cultural Building where the opening ceremonies will be held.  Free fitness classes will be offered and fair goers can use a high-tech tool to find the healthiest fair food available.  The 30-minute fitness classes will be held on Expo Hill, including tai chi (TIE CHEE), Zumba, yoga and even a fitness boot camp.  The fair still features more than 60 food items “on a stick,” though.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 7/30/2014

A Hastings man is under arrest and has been charged with trying to kill an officer. Twenty-nine-year-old Marty Deckert was charged on Tuesday with second-degree attempted murder and three related felonies. Authorities say Sergeant Paul Weber was trying to arrest Deckert. When Weber went after Deckert he got half way in the car before the suspect accelerated dragging the officer and then hitting utility pole. Sergeant Weber was trying to arrest Deckert because he suspected he broke into a nearby home.
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A concert to raise money for a town hit by two tornadoes last month is set for tonight (Wednesday). Musicians with ties to northeast Nebraska have organized a charity concert for Pilger. The town was hit by a pair of tornadoes that killed a 5-year-old girl and destroyed half of the homes and businesses in June. Four bands will be playing at the fundraiser concert at the Waiting Room in Omaha. Performances will start at 8 p-m.
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Omaha’s City Council has approved a live meat market. On Tuesday, the approval for Tom’s Live Market was granted in a special permits. The market would offer sheep, pigs and small cattle. Customers will be able to choose the animal they would like and wait while the animal is slaughtered, processed and packaged. Council members say the business must post signs so children and parents are warned of animal processing.

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 7/30/2014

A federal investigation is looking into report that a U-S Customs and Border Patrol officer  allegedly pulled a gun on an Iowa Boy Scout Troop. A recent statement released to K-C-C-I T-V says the Office of Inspector General will open an investigation into what happened. Last week, the U-S Customs and Border Patrol released a statement saying no gun was pulled on the troop member who reached for his suitcase without permission from border patrol officers.
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A man suspected of growing marijuana in an Iowa City home has been charged. Police have charged 34-year-old Kenneth Roy with two felonies for allegedly growing 17 marijuana plants. The grow operation was discovered last month when the Drug Task Force searched the home finding approximately 100 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Each of the offenses Roy faces is punishable up to five years.
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The Marion Fire Department appoints a new fire chief and she’s a woman. Deb Krabill has been a part of the department for 23 years and served as the interim chief until she was named Tuesday as the new chief. Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Wishburn-Livingston says she and Krabill may be the only paid female chiefs in the state. A problem that Krabill says needs to be fixed. She says women are poorly represented in firefighting across the state and country. Krabill first career choice was not firefighting until she spoke with Maureen Boots, the first female firefighter in Marion. She will officially begin her new role on August 11th.
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The Riverboat Casino in Sioux City is in its last day of business and is scheduled to shut down at 5 p-m today (Wednesday). In April, Iowa Racing and Gambling Commission ordered the casino to shut down because it didn’t meet license requirements. The owner of Argosy riverboat casino, Penn National, has requested the casino stay open while it pursues legal action. Penn National lost a bid to build a land-based casino. The new land-based Hard Rock Casino is set to open on Friday in the downtown area.

Missouri Afternoon News Summary 7/30/2014

President Barrack Obama has visited Missouri to discuss the nation’s economy. The president arrived in Kansas City on Tuesday and toured the city along with meeting four people who wrote him. The president delivered a speech around today about the economic improvement and the Republican’s effort to sue him. President Obama says he has acted on more than 40 issues that Congress has refused to act on and the lawsuit against him is a waste of time.
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A Northwest Missouri man is facing charges related to killing a horse. Police say Michael Ebrecht of Quintman was charged on Tuesday for ramming and running over a horse. Ebercht is accused of striking the horse with a vehicle and then running over the animal in Nodaway County. The Prosecuting Attorney says he is facing charges because his crime is malicious and upsetting.
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A Columbia man is sentenced to five years in jail for stabbing a man he was drinking with. Police say Keenan Moore stabbed Brandon Lewis on January 23rd. Lewis was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injures. On Tuesday, Moore pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. A Boone County Circuit judge sentenced him to serve five years in the same hearing.
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According to police a hallucinogenic drug might be responsible for a weekend explosion. During an investigation a man told police he was smoking P-C-P in the same house that exploded. An explosion on Saturday around 5 p-m, had police and firefighters forcing their way into the house to look for victims. Sergeant James Schulte says those trying to help may have come in contact with P-C-P smoke. He says they saw a white cloud at their shoulders and he felt an intoxicating effect come over him. All of them where treated in a nearby hospital for possible contact with the drug.
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The Conservation and Health Department warns Missourians taking part in outdoor activities that ticks are out and looking. Karen Yates with the Health Department says ticks love it when weather isn’t too hot and hikers, campers and other who enjoy the outdoors should be careful of the increase of ticks. According to the Health Department there are three dangerous diseases carried by ticks if untreated, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia. Insecticide is also recommended to keep ticks away.

World/ National Afternoon News Summary 7/30/2014

More people have died from the warfare on the Gaza Strip. Israeli tank shells fell onto a crowded U-N school in Jebaliya. Officials say the more than 20 people have died from the attack today (Wednesday). This attack and many others have people losing faith in a truce between the two nations. On Tuesday, Israel had airstrikes that destroyed key symbols of Hamas leaders. The last power plant in Gaza has also been hit, no longer producing energy for citizens.
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Homes and businesses in the eastern residential area of Boston have thousands of dollars of damage from a large fire. Two buildings have been destroyed and another has been damaged by the six alarm fire that was reported around 8:30 a-m. Fire officials say it took crews about an hour and a half to extinguish the fire. No one was seriously injured.
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An eight-year-old boy in Detroit has died after being shot while in bed. Police say Jakari Pearson was taken to a hospital where he died after being shot early this morning (Wednesday). Neighbors say gunshots are not uncommon in the area but don’t remember a child ever being shot. According to police there were several bullet holes on the outside wall of the child’s room.
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A Florida resident dies after salt water enters an open wound. The unidentified patient contracted the flesh eating bacteria while visiting a body of water, whose location has not been released. Spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health says the patient contracted vibrio vulnificus, which is potentially fatal for people suffering from chronic illness. According to Florida Health Department, 11 cases have been reported and three have died this year from the bacteria that thrives in warm water during summer time.
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A Kentucky teen sets himself on fire as a part of an online fire challenge. The 15-year-old boy suffered second degree burns after pouring alcohol on his chest and lighting it on fire. The teen says the burns he is suffering from are unbearable and he wishes he hadn’t done it. The fire challenge has been seen on sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 7/30/14

Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

===Stations: Complete rosters for the Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase (final story) can be found at: http://northwoodsleague.com/wp-content/uploads/file/2014%20Northwoods%20League%20Big%20League%20Dreams%20Rosters(7).pdf ===

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
Wheeler Blog: http://learfielddata.blogspot.com

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The general manager of the Green Bay Packers has signed a multi-year contract extension.  The Packers gave no details of Ted Thompson's new deal today.  He had two years left on his current contract.  Team president Mark Murphy said Thompson's work was the main reason the Packers have had so much success in recent years.  He's into his tenth season as Green Bay's G-M.  Thompson said he wouldn't want to walk away from his current post, saying he's responsible for the people he works with.  The 61-year-old G-M said he's been asked a lot if he ever thought about walking away -- and he hasn't.  Asked how long he wants to remain as the G-M, Thompson said he'll let things play themselves out -- and a lot of people can be very productive later in life.

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Yovani Gallardo won his first game since June 19th, as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 5-nothing this afternoon in Saint Petersburg Florida.  Gallardo struck out five in seven innings, giving up just three hits and a walk.  He improved to 6-and-5.  Francisco Rodriguez secured the final out for his 31st save.  Rays' ace David Price lost for the first time since June 20th.  He surrendered seven hits in seven innings with four runs, three earned.  His record fell to 11-and-8.   Price failed to become the first Tampa Bay hurler ever to win seven starts in a row, as trade rumors kept swirling around him.  However, the Rays may keep Price as they inch closer toward a Wild Card playoff spot.  Tampa's loss today was only its second in its last 14 games.  The Brewers went up 3-nothing after three innings, and never looked back.  Catcher Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 with a double and four R-B-I's.  Aramis Ramirez had a run-scoring single, and Khris Davis doubled twice.  Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak, while at least temporarily extending its lead in the National League Central to one-and-a-half games over Pittsburgh and two over Saint Louis.  The Crew is off tomorrow, and will open a weekend series at Saint Louis on Friday night.

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A highly-rated prospect for the Brewers is trying to balance an All-Star season with supporting a child who needs an intestinal transplant. Right-hander Jorge Lopez of Class-"A" Brevard County pitched in the All-Star Futures' Game in Minneapolis earlier this month.  Meanwhile, his 13-month-old son Mikael is waiting in Miami for a donor organ.  He's been ill since birth, and he was recently diagnosed with an undetermined type of auto-immune disease.  Mikael has been to numerous doctors in the family's native Puerto Rico, as well as in Miami -- where he's about three hours south of the Brevard County complex where his dad plays.  Manatees' general manager Kyle Smith has put together a charity golf tournament for next month to help the 21-year-old Lopez cover his growing travel and medical bills.  He's rated the Brewers' 10th-best prospect by M-L-B-Dot-Com, with an 8-and-6 mark this year and a four-point-two nine E-R-A. 

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The top Major League prospects in the Northwoods League will show off their talents next week in the second annual "Big League Dreams Showcase."  Forty-two players from the eight teams in Wisconsin are among those named to a pair of games next Tuesday at Madison's Warner Park.  The participants were selected by a panel of Major League scouts.  They'll take part in a series of workouts for the big league recruiters before the first game begins.  The M-V-P of the Northwoods All-Star Game, Pete Alonzo of Madison, is among five Mallards to take part in the showcase.  Eau Claire has the most with 10 prospects.  Lakeshore has six, Green Bay and Kenosha have five each, Wisconsin and La Crosse have four, and Wisconsin Rapids 3.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 7/30/14

Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

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Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has ordered a mediator to try-and-resolve the three-and-a-half year old bankruptcy case involving the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese.  At a hearing today, Kelley said mediation would be the way to resolve the hard-fought case between the church and its creditors -- most of them being 575 people who said they were molested by priests.  This will be the second attempt to have lawyers for the church, the abuse victims, and others mediate a settlement.  An initial effort in 2012 failed.  Kelley ordered the mediation before she could consider a request by the creditors to make the church pay over two-million dollars in legal fees for the victims' attorneys.  The church has proposed a financial re-organization plan which the creditors say does not do nearly enough to compensate the sex abuse victims.  The archdiocese has proposed giving 128 victims a total of four-million dollars from an insurance settlement -- while almost 450 other victims get zero.  Meanwhile, a federal appeals court in Chicago has yet to rule on the victims' claim that it has rights to a 55-million dollar fund for church cemetery maintenance.  The creditors appealed after Judge Rudolph Randa allowed the church to keep the cemetery funds.

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Kristen Smith told a federal court jury in Madison today that she did not kidnap her baby nephew -- and his father asked that she take him to her home near Denver.  The 31-year-old Smith faces up to life in prison on a federal kidnapping charge, for taking five-day-old Kayden Powell from his mother near Beloit in February.  Smith testified that she took the youngster to Colorado because his parents would soon be moving there.  Kayden was found the next day in a tote outside an Iowa gas station in sub-zero temperatures, where he survived after being left for more than a day. Smith said she dropped off the baby after a police officer called and wanted to pull her over, so her vehicle could be searched.  She told the jury she was deprived of sleep at the time she was stopped along Interstate-80 in West Branch Iowa -- and she was not thinking straight.  Smith initially told police she didn't know where the baby was -- but she told the jury she made certain his electric blanket was plugged in when she abandoned him. 

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A 37-year-old man is under arrest in Fond du Lac, after he allegedly put a gun to his wife's head and later held police at bay.  The 28-year-old woman told officers that she and her husband were arguing when he placed the gun to her, and refused to let her go.  The wife managed to flee from the house and called 9-1-1.  A police SWAT team arrived, and officers talked the man into giving up around seven this morning.  Two children in the house were not harmed.  

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Minnesota News from MNN - 7/30/14

"Minnesota Summary"  7-30-14

Ventura Says Lawsuit Was About Truth, Not Money
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(Undated)  --  Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says the defamation lawsuit against the estate of slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was never about money -- it was about pursuing the truth  Ventura said this morning (Wed) on the CBS "Early Show" he would have been "a big time loser" if he hadn't sued "because the whole story was fabricated."  The former governor added, quote, "I was accused of treason which in the military is the death penalty. I would think that would be enough to inspire anyone to seek the truth."  Ventura alleges Kyle fabricated the story in his book "American Sniper" when he wrote that Ventura made derogatory remarks about Navy SEALS, which ended in a fight in a California bar.  A jury Tuesday awarded Ventura nearly two-million dollars.

Prosecutor Appealing Judge's Ruling In LaDue School Bomb-Plot Case

(Waseca, MN)  --  The prosecutor is appealing after a judge dismissed the most serious charges against  17-year-old John LaDue, the Waseca student accused of planning to kill his parents and his fellow students by bombing the local junior/senior high.  On Monday, Judge Gerald Wolf threw out four counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of damage to property.  The judge wrote there is no doubt LaDue was preparing to commit some of the alleged crimes, but at no point did he threaten his family or the school liason officer, shoot a firearm toward them or transport necessary materials to locations in his plan.  LaDue still faces six counts of possession of an incendiary device.  In court today, Judge Wolf said he expects the appeal to be a quick process.  The LaDue family has said their son needs help for mental illness, not a prison term 

Quirk Of Flooding Halts Barge Traffic On Mississippi In SE Minnesota

(Lake City, MN)  --  Barge traffic is at a standstill on parts of the Mississippi River between Lake City and Winona.  Dan Cottrell with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and says heavy June flooding and a fast drop in river levels led to the unique situation.  Cottrell says when the river is carrying a lot of sediment and flow decreases quickly, sediment drops into the channel creating larger scholls that impede river traffic.  Cottrell says the Corps is dredging the river and hopes to have pilot channels open for limited use late next week.

MN Chamber Names Interim President

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has named Bill Blazar (BLAY'-zer) as its interim president following the death of long-time leader David Olson.  Blazar joined the chamber staff in 1992 and most recently was senior V-P of public affairs and business development.  He's well-known at the State Capitol.  Chamber Chairman Jeff DeYoung says the organization is strong despite the devastating loss of long-time President Olson and its vision and strategies are clear.

Motorcyclist Killed In SE Minnesota Crash IDed

(Lanesboro, MN)  --  Officials have identified a motorcyclist killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon in southeast Minnesota's Fillmore County.  The State Patrol says 61-year-old Robert Petrillo of Lanesboro was riding his cycle eastbound on County Road 8 when he was hit by a pickup truck. Four people in the pickup were not injured. 

Franken Applauds Senate Approval Of New V-A Secretary

(Washington, DC)  --  Following U-S Senate confirmation of new V-A Secretary Robert McDonald, a Minnesota lawmaker is applauding the choice and hopes he'll hit the ground running to turn around the troubled Veterans Administration.  Senator Al Franken says the former CEO of Proctor and Gamble has some hard work ahead.  The V-A has been rocked by recent scandals arising from scheduling problems, falsified documentation and long wait times.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 7/30/14

Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

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House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville defends a lawsuit Republicans are considering against President Obama over the use of executive powers.  The full House was scheduled to vote today on whether to sue Obama over his use of presidential orders in implementing the Affordable Care Act.  At a breakfast in Washington put on by the Christian Science Monitor, Ryan said the lawsuit would show that the G-O-P would not "take this lying down."  However, Ryan said he opposed any talk of impeachment -- something all four Republicans who hope to replace Congressman Tom Petri said they would favor.  Ryan said impeachment applies to "high crimes and misdemeanors," and the fight over executive power does not rise to that level.  Ryan accused the White House and Democrats of fueling the impeachment talk.  In his words, it's a "ridiculous gambit" that seeks to "change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election they feel is going to go over their way."

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The Wisconsin State Fair opens tomorrow -- and folks will see a lot more security in-and-around the West Allis complex.  Fair Police Chief James Bruno said about 100 support staffers have received extra training to patrol the grounds, secure buildings, and control traffic.  That's in addition to 100 full-fledged police officers at State Fair Park.  Bruno also says about 40 security cameras have been added, bringing the total to 185 locations where people will be monitored.  West Allis and Milwaukee Police also plan to have portable cameras patrolling streets and neighborhoods outside the grounds.  Bags will again be checked, and teens without adults will not be admitted after 5 p-m.  That last policy came three years ago, after groups of teens terrorized fair-goers and had fights on the midway during the fair's opening night.

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Almost five dozen fraternities and sororities at U-W Madison will not have to delay their fall recruiting for new student members.  A campus committee says a delay is not warranted -- and it would put Greek organizations behind, while other student groups continue their own recruiting.  The U-W's Student Life Office received complaints about the Greek recruiting period overlapping with Jewish holidays.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, first-year female students said they could not make long-term commitments to sororities, while they were observing religious celebrations.  The committee which studied the issue had members from Greek organizations, university housing, and other groups.  They considered a proposal to delay Greek recruiting until October -- or the spring semester in January.  

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 7/30/14

Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

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The state's largest business group says the candidates for governor should not focus on the Wisconsin jobs sent overseas -- but rather, how the state can help companies reduce their production costs.  In a statement today, Manufacturers-and-Commerce president Kurt Bauer said production costs are the main reason companies outsource jobs -- and those costs are 20-percent higher in the U-S than elsewhere, not including labor.  Governor Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke have been going after each other the past two weeks over outsourcing -- giving state tax breaks to firms that send jobs overseas -- and Burke's role at Trek Bicycle which makes most of its bikes outside America.  Bauer said the cost of producing goods-and-services is a key question that's not being asked in the governor's race.  He cited the 2011 law that phases out income taxes for manufacturing and agricultural output by 2016.  Bauer said the law "protects thousands of Wisconsin factory and farm jobs."  Critics say individuals are paying higher shares of taxes to make up for the millions that industries and farmers no longer pay.  

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The parent company of We Energies had its net income rise by 12-percent, despite cool weather that kept a lot of us from cranking up our air conditioners.  Wisconsin Energy of Milwaukee reports a net income of 133-million dollars from April through June, up from 119-million the year before.  Stockholders had their earnings rise from 52-cents a share to 58.  That's six-cents higher than what outside analysts projected.  Wisconsin Energy cites cost controls for its growth in net income.  C-E-O Gale Klappa said it came despite a cool and rainy June which significantly reduced demands for the high electric usage caused by air conditioning.  Large industrial and commercial users paid two-percent more for their electricity than a year ago.  Smaller business customers paid two-percent less, and residential usage fell by almost four-percent.

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One person was killed and two others were injured, when two vehicles collided at an intersection just south of downtown Milwaukee.  It happened about three this morning.  Video from W-I-S-N T-V showed one of the cars struck the corner of a building on the passengers' side -- and the other vehicle stopped about a half-block away with heavy front end damage.  Other details were not immediately released.

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World / National Midday Summary - 7/30/14


Israel calls for a four-hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza as the loss of life intensifies.  Earlier today, Israel shelled a United Nations-sponsored school in Gaza.  At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 wounded, some of them with critical injuries.  Israel says it shelled that school in response to mortar fire coming from the same building.  Gaza residents had gone to the school to take shelter from the fighting. 


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The White House says it sees no evidence that Russia is willing to do anything to help end the violence and bloodshed in Ukraine.  Secretary of State John Kerry warns the U-S and the European Union are prepared to put additional sanctions of Russia if it continues to ship weapons, money and fighters across the border to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine. 


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Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to vote Thursday on a smaller piece of legislation to address the immigration crisis on the southwest border.  National Guard troops would be deployed to the area and the bill would streamline the process to send unaccompanied young people who have entered the country illegally back to their homes in Central America.  The 659-million dollar measure is significantly smaller than the three-point-seven-billion dollars requested by the president.  The bill seems to be getting some bipartisan support.


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U-S consumers are more confident in the economy than they have been.  The Conference Board's confidence index rose to 90-point-nine in July, up four-and-a-half-points from June.  That July reading is the highest in almost seven years and is the third straight increase in the index.  Economists say strong job growth has helped boost the outlook for consumers.  The July reading is the highest since before the Great Recession officially began. 


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A study released this week says more than one-in-three Americans have debts and unpaid bills which have been reported to collection agencies.  The Urban Institute says consumers are falling behind on credit card or hospital bills, letting their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid.  Even bills like past-due gym membership charges or cell phone payments can end up at a collection agency, damaging credit scores and, in some cases, prospects for getting a job.


Nebraska Midday Summary - 7/30/14


A bipartisan deal to fix the scandal-ridden Veterans Administration would mean an infusion of seven-million dollars for the V-A Nebraska-West Iowa Health Care system.  It operates several clinics in both states.  The agreement has made it out of a conference committee, but it still has to be approved by both the House and Senate before the start of the August recess Friday.  The final, negotiated version doesn’t address a V-A policy which would have let a new hospital be built in Omaha – even before the V-A has the money to pay for the construction.


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Authorities in Nebraska and Pennsylvania are working together, trying to find a 40-year-old man from Michigan who poses as a doctor in order to rip off hotels.  An arrest warrant accuses Jeffrey Cochran of theft for checking into a Lincoln hotel last December, saying he was conducting business at a local hospital and telling the hotel the hospital would be paying his bill.  He checked out 47 days later owing almost 32-hundred dollars.  He ran up an even bigger bill – 16-thousand dollars – before leaving a Pennsylvania hotel without paying.  Pennsylvania has filed two felony charges against him.


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One state senator says lawmakers need to go back to work.  Democrat Brad Ashford says a special session should be called to determine what needs to be done about the miscalculation of the sentences for hundreds of prison inmates.  Ashford chairs the Judiciary Committee.  He says if the governor can call a special session for the Keystone XL pipeline, he should certainly do it for this issue, possibly after the November elections.  Governor Heineman says the Department of Corrections is reviewing the situation. 

Missouri Midday Summary - 7/30/14


The U-S Army Corps of Engineers says barge operators on the Mississippi are dealing with levels of sand which are unprecedented.  The sand bars are slowing or stopping traffic in several locations.  Dredging operations are in full swing to make way for almost 200 barges which have been idled in Minnesota.  Heavy flooding in June washed sand into the river.  Some downstream areas have been impassable for more than 10 days.  To illustrate the amount of merchandise being held up – one barge can carry the same load as 58 semi tractor-trailer trucks.


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Authorities in southwest Missouri discover several homemade bombs just a few feet from a child care center.  The scary scene developed Monday morning when a worker at the Kiddie Korral in Bolivar found a Mountain Dew bottle wrapped in some electrical tape in a lot behind the center’s playground.  Emergency responders identified several homemade bombs containing a combination of household chemicals.  Firefighters helped detonate the bombs safely.  Police are trying to find out who may have left the dangerous devices so close to that child care center.


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Conservation agents say a man fishing in a pond near St. Charles got more than he bargained for when he snagged an alligator Monday.  Walter Bushmann says he was expecting to pull out a crappie or bass, but instead an alligator two-to-four-years old was on his line.  The Missouri Department of Conservation says it was a pet which had probably been released recently, since alligators can’t survive in the wild as far north as Missouri is.  Wardens say it is a common practice for people to release exotic pets like alligators once they reach a certain size.  Bushmann wasn’t hurt by the ‘gator.


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An eastern Missouri woman’s family says they have received a letter saying she has decided to start her life over in Virginia.  Authorities had been searching for 40-year-old Becky Vaughn of Sullivan since she was reported missing July 8th.  She left her home that day intending to walk to a truck stop four miles away.  Her credit card was used three days later in Indiana.  Now, police say the family got a letter postmarked in Virginia saying she is okay and is living there.  The family tells authorities the letter is authentic.


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The Buchanan County Drug Strike Force wants to know who threw trash out at an illegal dump site where marijuana was found.  An inmate work crew was cleaning up the site when several garbage bags filled with pre-packaged marijuana were discovered.  Large bags of unpackaged pot were there, too, totaling more than 700 pounds. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says 678 packages were recovered.  Charges will be filed when the person responsible is found.