Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wheeler News - Morning State Sports - 5/27/15

Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Morning State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
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In Major League Baseball...
San Francisco 6, Milwaukee 3
Chicago Cubs 3, Washington 2
Toronto 10, Chicago White Sox 9
Minnesota 2, Boston 1
Detroit 1, Oakland 0

In the Midwest League...
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 1
Burlington 15, Beloit 6

At the N-C-A-A Division-Three Baseball World Series...
Pool "B" Championship...
U-W La Crosse 10, Trinity 7
Championship Finals
Cortland-New York 11, U-W La Crosse 3 (Cortland leads Best-of-3 title series, 1-0)

Here are the details:

Matt Garza's home record dropped to 0-and-4, as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to San Francisco 6-to-3 last night at Miller Park.  It was the Crew's fourth straight loss, and the sixth in their last seven.  Garza gave up five runs in five innings, giving up eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.  He's now 2-and-7 overall, and his E-R-A jumped to an even six.  Garza surrendered three runs in the fourth inning, which turned out to be the decisive frame for the Giants.  San Francisco jumped out to a 5-nothing lead before Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer for the Crew in the fifth.  Milwaukee got to within two in the sixth on a double from Ryan Braun and a sacrifice fly by Ramirez.  Brandon Belt hit a solo shot in the seventh for the game's final run.  Hunter Pence and Matt Duffy also homered for the Giants, who won their 10th game in their last 12. Madison Bumgarner won his third straight decision, giving up three runs on four hits in six frames.   Bumgarner walked two, and he now has 30 straight starts since last July without walking more than two in a game.  He improved to 6-and-2 on the year.  Santiago Casilla gave up two hits in the ninth but earned his 13th save.  Ex-Brewer Nori Aoki had three more singles, giving him seven hits in his two games at Miller Park. The Brewers will try to avoid being swept by the Giants when they close out their three-game set this afternoon.

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Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow for Upper-Class-"A" Brevard County.  He's been on the disabled list since April 20th, after a foul ball from his left big toe.  Yesterday, he had no problem running the bases as he took full batting practice.  Lucroy has been catching in the Milwaukee bullpen for some time.  Manager Craig Counsell expects Lucroy to get 15-to-20 at-bats during his rehab stint.  He's expected to return to the Brewers' lineup on Monday at Saint Louis.  In other player notes, Brewers' center-fielder Carlos Gomez played in his one-thousandth Major League game last night.  And the Giants sent former Milwaukee third baseman Casey McGehee down to their Triple-"A" club at Sacramento.

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Milwaukee right-fielder Ryan Braun was named the National League's co-player of the week yesterday.  He shares the honor with Pittsburgh center-fielder Andrew McCutcheon.  Braun led the Majors with 11 R-B-I's last week, and he tied for the National League lead with three homers.  Braun hit a monster 474-foot shot out of Miller Park over the left field bleachers on Memorial Day.  That was the longest homer by a right-handed hitter in the stadium's 15-year history. Braun batted .381 last week with five walks, a .481 on-base percentage, and a .952 slugging percentage.  McCutcheon batted .450 for the week with three homers and five R-B-I's.  He led the Majors with a .542 on-base percentage, and led the N-L with a slugging percentage of an even one.

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Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann escaped with a no-decision last night, as his Washington Nationals lost to the Cubs in Chicago 3-to-2.  The former U-W Stevens Point star from Auburndale went seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits and three walks.  Zimmermann is 4-and-2 in his seventh big league campaign, all with Washington.  His E-R-A is just over three-and-a-half.

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U-W La Crosse lost to Cortland of New York 11-to-3 last night in the first game of the best-of-three championship series at the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball finals near Appleton.  Top-ranked Cortland went up 5-nothing after two innings, with the help of three La Crosse errors.  Shane Adler went all the way in taking the loss for La Crosse, giving up 11 runs -- seven earned -- on 15 years with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Brandon McClain got the win for Cortland, giving up two runs in five-and-a-third frames.  Cortland is now 43-and-4, and can win the national title with a victory in Game-Two, which begins at eleven this morning at Fox Cities Stadium.  La Crosse made the title round by eliminating Trinity of Texas 10-to-7.  The Eagles had a six-run lead in the seventh before rain delayed the game until early last evening.  La Crosse enters the day at 36-and-15.

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Morning Kickers - May 27th

MORNING KICKERS
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A beekeeper in China has set a new world record after being covered in 240 pounds of bees. The 55-year-old veteran beekeeper has spent more than years cultivating bees and was stung multiple times before breaking the record. About one-point-one million bees were used in the record attempt.
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An Illinois couple welcomed their 100th grandchild. Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy, Illinois, announced they had welcomed their 100th grandchild just ahead of their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple has 12 children, 53 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
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A group of high school students in Morganza, Maryland, were arrested after releasing 72-thousand ladybugs into their school. The five suspects broke into the school last week just before 4 A-M to release the bugs, which they had ordered off the Internet. About 75 students pitched in money to purchase the ladybugs.

Iowa Morning Summary - 5/27/15

The Iowa Board of Regents will consider forming a campus safety and security subcommittee at its meeting next week in Ames.  This is part of a national campaign focused on the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses.  That subcommittee would meet at least twice each year.  The three public universities in Iowa have reported an increase in the number of on-campus sexual assaults from 19 to 29 over the last year, although two of the three schools reported drops.  The University of Iowa got 14 assault reports last year, compared to four the year before.

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The Iowa-based A-C-T says half of all second-year college students will change the major course study they chose before enrollment.  A spokesperson for the University of Iowa Advising Center says entering college is a time of exploration, so the numbers aren’t surprising.  The study by the college entrance exam company suggests students who choose majors which match their interests are more likely to complete their degree in a timely fashion.  Changing majors in the first two years usually won’t delay graduation for a student.

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A district court judge supports the decision by the Dyersville City Council to rezone the area around the “Field of Dreams” as commercial.  A developer wants to build a youth sports complex around the baseball field which was featured in the 1989 movie.  That development has run into resistance from neighbors who live in the area.  They filed a lawsuit three years ago protesting the city council decision.  The group’s attorney says an appeal of the ruling is likely.  The location is about three miles north of Dyersville.

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A donation from the Independent Order of Odd Fellow Grand Lodge of Iowa will cover the cost of two dozen body cameras for Urbandale police officers.  A check was turned over to the police chief at a city council meeting.  The cameras will be worn by the officers and will record video as they interact with the public.  Several high-profile cases across the country have produced growing support for the use of the cameras Police say the cameras can give a much-clearer view of what happened during interactions between the officers and the public.


Missouri Morning Summary - 5/27/15

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office say they found a suspected kidnapper by using G-P-S to trace his cell phone.  Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Nosser is accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl.  Nosser had apparently befriended the girl on Facebook and she had arranged for him to pick her up.  He was found with the child in a home near Potosi Saturday.  If convicted, he could get up to 30 years in prison.  The girl was reported missing Saturday.

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St. Louis City Court judges sentenced felons to probation 61 percent of the time during a one-month period.  The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office released the report of sentencing by judges in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court.  A total of 235 court cases in October 2014 were examined.  That list doesn’t include felonies which had been pleaded down to misdemeanors, but did include murders, armed robberies and first-degree burglaries.  K-M-O-X Radio first made a public records request to the circuit judges.  When they turned the radio station down, the data from the circuit attorney was used.

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A Kansas City man says his mother reached an agreement with that city’s government to keep caimans at her midtown home 20 years ago.  Caimans are smaller, but they look like alligators.  Mike Jacobs took up his mother’s efforts to offer sanctuary to caimans when she died 10 years ago.  After a utility worker saw a group of the reptiles outside a home while he was fixing Internet service, the city said the caimans had to go.  Jacobs cited the 1995 agreement, but nobody seems to have a copy of it.  Only four reptiles live at that location now, though there were once more than three dozen living there. 

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A 37-year-old Nixa man has died after being bitten by a venomous snake.  Gilbert DeLeon was wading in the James River when he was bitten twice last Friday.  DeLeon was near the Delaware Access Area.  His girlfriend wanted him to seek medical attention, but he reportedly told her he couldn’t afford a doctor and tried to treat his wounds himself.  The girlfriend says DeLeon was lethargic the rest of the evening and she realized he had died in his sleep when she got up Saturday morning.  The Christian County coroner says it isn’t clear what kind of snake bit the man.

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Experts say there is no way to stop the emerald ash borer from devastating trees in St. Louis.  It is blamed for killing tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states so far.  The green beetle was found in trees in St. Charles last year and now it has turned up in St. Louis.  The beetle has been moving south from Michigan since 2002.  Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, eventually causing the tree to die.  The National Park Service cut down 800 ash trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch in the last few months.


Nebraska Morning Summary - 5/27/15

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has kept his promise and vetoed a bill outlawing capital punishment in the state.  Now, members of the Nebraska Legislature will try to override his veto this afternoon.  The bill abolishing the death penalty passed with veto-proof 32-to-15 vote of approval.  The Republican governor has reportedly been talking to lawmakers individually, trying to weaken the support for a veto.  Nebraska hasn’t executed a prisoner for 18 years.  Maryland just put an end to capital punishment two years ago.

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U-S Senator Ben Sasse says he’s worried about the gains being made by the Islamic State in Iraq.  The Nebraska Republican was referring specifically to ISIS takeovers in Ramadi and the Anbar province.  Sasse says it looks like the Iraqi Army ran away from the fight, even though it had ISIS outnumbered in the most-recent battle.  The Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, has questioned the Iraqi soldiers' will to fight.  Sasse says he has concerns about the U-S response to the militants’ advances in the Middle East.  He says it’s evident the current approach isn’t working. 

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Columbus police say the injuries suffered by a four-month-old girl are consistent with child abuse.  Twenty-two-year-old Francisco Villatoro of Columbus has been arrested.  He called 9-1-1 Saturday morning to report the child was choking while trying to breath.  His girlfriend is the child’s mother.  It is thought he caused the child’s injuries.  That child was taken to Columbus Community Hospital, then transferred to Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.


World / National Morning Summary - 5/27/15

The 5th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to lift that hold on the president’s executive action on immigration.  It would shield about five million immigrants living illegally in the U-S from being deported.  The three-judge panel made its ruling Tuesday.  The court will hear more arguments on the merits of the case in early July.  Texas is leading a 26-state group which filed the suit to block the president’s plan for wide-ranging immigration reform.

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Emergency rescue and recovery crews don't expect to find any survivors in central Texas floodwaters.  At least one dozen people are missing after a home in Wimberley was washed away by flood waters over the weekend.  Neighbors say they think two families were staying in that home for the Memorial Day weekend.  Some of those missing are children.  At least three people died in the flooding which hit Houston.  Mayor Annise Parker says there have been several high-water rescues.

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New York prosecutors are releasing more details on the murder charges against a woman in the so-called "kayak murder chase."  Angelika Graswald is accused of removing a plug from Vincent Viafore's kayak before they set out on the Hudson River.  Prosecutors say Graswald wanted to collect on a sizable life insurance policy payout.  Grawald is in jail, held on three-million dollars' bail. 

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The U-S military is sending anti-tank rockets to Iraq to help it fight the Islamic State terrorist group.  Washington also says the coalition it is leading has now completed more than four-thousand air strikes in Iraq and Syria since the campaign began last August.  Iraq reported Tuesday it was launching a military operation to retake Anbar province.  Iraqi forces are stationed on three sides of Ramadi, apparently waiting to move in.  The American anti-tank rockets are expected to be delivered in the next week.

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The Colorado theater shooting trial is now focuses on the defendant's personal notebook.  James Holmes' murder trial is entering its fifth week.  Prosecuting attorneys say the notebook details Holmes' plans to kill as many people as he could in the suburban Denver movie theater almost three years ago.  Holmes is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.  Both the prosecution and defense mentioned that notebook in their opening arguments last month.


Entertainment News - May 27th

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Ryan Seacrest has his next Fox hosting gig lined up. With "American Idol" set to air its final season next year, Seacrest has been named the host of the new summer series "Knock Knock Live." The premise of the show involves Seacrest's team showing up on the front door of an unsuspecting person offering them a chance to win prizes. The series premieres in last July.
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Jessica Lange is teaming back up with Ryan Murphy for "Long Day's Journey Into Night" on Broadway. The actress will make her long-rumored return to Broadway in March 2016 and will be joined by Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Junior. "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy holds the rights to the famous Eugene O'Neill play.
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A Legoland resort in the United Kingdom has constructed an eight-foot tall LEGO portrait to honor Taylor Swift. Guests used nearly 40-thousand individual bricks to create the mosaic of the pop star. Swift was chosen after she ranked number one in their poll of dream celebrity B-F-Fs.

Today in History for May 27th


 
TODAY IN HISTORY
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May 27, 2015
 
On this day,
 
2006- An earthquake in Indonesia kills at least six-thousand.
 
1999 - A United Nations tribunal indicts Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity.
 
1995- Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia.
 
1985- The Boston Celtics set a N-B-A record for total points by a team in their 148-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
 
1971- The Rolling Stones' classic, "Brown Sugar," tops the charts.
 
1968- "Papa Bear" George Halas retires after 48 years as head coach of the Chicago Bears.
 
1964- Eleven boys from Coventry, England make the news when they are kicked out of school for fashioning their hair like Mick Jagger.
 
1961- Ricky Nelson has the number one song in the land with his hit, "Travelin' Man."
 
1957- Buddy Holly and the Crickets' classic, "That'll Be The Day," is released.
 
1950- Singer Frank Sinatra makes his T-V debut on N-B-C's "Star-Spangled Review."
 
1947- Elmo Tanner's effort with the Ted Weems Orchestra, "Heartaches," is the number one song.
 
1941 - The British Navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France.
 
1937- The Golden Gate bridge opens.
 
1873- The Preakness Stakes horse race is run for the first time in Pimlico, Maryland.  The first Preakness champion is a horse by the name of Survivor.
 
1647 - The first "witch" execution in America takes place in Massachusetts.
 
 
Birthdays-
 
1990- Actor Chris Colfer
 
1975- Andre Three-thousand
         Chef Jamie Oliver
 
1971- Singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (T-L-C) (died 2002)
 
1969- NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield
 
1968- Baseball player Frank Thomas.
 
1965- Actor Todd Bridges
 
1961- Actress Peri Gilpin, "Frasier"
 
1957- Musician Siouxsie Sioux (Susie Sue) (Leader of Siouxsie and the Banshees)
 
1945- Folk singer Bruce Cockburn (COE-burn)
 
1943- Actor Bruce Weitz, Hill Street Blues.
 
1936- Academy Award-winner Lou Gossett Junior.
 
1935- Musician Ramsey Lewis.
 
1923- Political commentator, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
 
1922 - Actor Christopher Lee
 
1912- Golfer Sam Snead.
 
1911- Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
     - Horror legend Vincent Price.
 
1907- American scientist Rachel Carson, author of the book “Silent Spring.”
 
1894- Author Dashiell Hammett, wrote novels, “The Maltese Falcon”, “The Thin Man”, and “The Glass Key.”
 
1837- Wild Bill Hickock.
 
1818- Women's rights advocate and social reformer Amelia Bloomer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 5/26/15

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Afternoon State Sports

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

Here are the details:

U-W La Crosse led Trinity of Texas 9-to-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning today, when rain held up the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball semi-final.  La Crosse scored five runs in the top of seventh, to break open a game in which they trailed 3-nothing after two innings.  The Eagles scored on a throwing error, a fielder's choice, and back-to-back-to-back singles to pull away.  If La Crosse holds on and wins, they'll play a best-of-three series with Cortland State of New York for the national championship.  Game-One is scheduled for tonight, weather permitting, at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.

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It might have felt sweeter had the Brewers won -- but Ryan Braun was not exactly eager to brag about the homer he hit yesterday's 8-to-4 Milwaukee loss to San Francisco.  His two-run shot in the fifth-inning was the longest by a right-handed hitter in Miller Park's 15-year history, sailing 474-feet over the left field bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines the ballpark.  It was the fourth-longest shot in the stadium's history.  Russell Branyan hit a 480-footer off Greg Maddux in 2004 -- and Prince Fielder belted two 475-footers during his time with the Crew.  After the game, Braun said a "homer is a homer," regardless of how far it flies over the fence.  It was his 12th of the season, which leads the Brewers.  It's also his 11th since April 28th, tying Braun with Bryce Harper of Washington for the most homers in the Majors since then.  The Brewers will play the Giants again tonight at Miller Park.  Right-hander Matt Garza starts for the Crew against Giants' left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

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Iowa Afternoon Summary 5/26/15


Hundreds of mourners gathered in an Omaha, Nebraska church -- with several thousand more and at an arena nearby -- to pay their respects this morning (Tuesday) for Walnut, Iowa native and Omaha Police Officer Karrie Orozco (ah-ROSE-coe). The 29-year-old new mother was fatally shot in the line of duty last week in a shootout with a wanted man, who was also killed. Dozens of law officers were called to attention as Officer Orozco's flag-draped casket was brought to St. John's Catholic Church in the midst of a steady rain. In a tradition that dates back centuries for a fallen comrade, a riderless horse was escorted to the steps of the church, as the rows of uniformed officers saluted. The church on the Creighton University campus holds about 700 people and it was packed for the service. Hundreds of law officers from Nebraska, Iowa and elsewhere were part of the overflow crowd that watched the funeral on the jumbotron T-Vs at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha.

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Legislative leaders are back in the Iowa Capitol trying to resolve their budget differences so they can adjourn for the year. After the holiday weekend, a handful of lawmakers reported for duty today (Tuesday). Leaders and some committee chairs were set to continue budget negotiations. The Republican-led House and Democratic-majority Senate must determine an overall spending level and how much new money to provide to K through 12 education. Democrats are seeking to spend more than Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, says the two sides moved closer last week. Representative Chuck Soderberg, a Le Mars Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says they were making progress and that it was a good sign that "all parties were at the table."

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The board that governs Iowa's three public universities has hired an Oklahoma college spokesman to fill a new position aimed at improving its relationship with the news media. Josh Lehman will begin June 15 as senior communications director for the Iowa Board of Regents. He will earn a 100-thousand dollar annual salary in the position, which is aimed at earning more news coverage and better communicating the board's messages to the public. Lehman has served as senior director of public affairs for Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma since 2009. The Cedar Falls native previously worked as a spokesman for University of Northern Iowa athletics. Lehman beat out 72 other candidates, including a dozen who were interviewed.

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Students at schools in Iowa and Nebraska are joining others around the nation in planting milkweed plants to help attract monarch butterflies. A group of students and volunteers recently planted milkweed at St. Albert School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. About 30 students and 10 adults last week planted milkweed behind St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Milkweed is a plant that provides the only food for newly emerged butterfly larvae. The two schools were among 10 Catholic schools in the Midwest that received grants to start butterfly-friendly gardens from the National Catholic Education Association.

 

 

Nebraska Afternoon Summary 5/26/15


Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he's glad people got to know slain Officer Kerrie Orozco (ah-ROSE-coe) in the past week after her death. Schmaderer spoke at Orozco's funeral today (Tuesday), less than a week after she was killed while trying to arrest a suspect on a warrant. Schmaderer says that Orozco was an excellent example of his profession who had a talent for connecting with people as a human being, not just as an officer. Orozco was active in the community, and volunteered to coach a youth baseball team at the Boys and Girls Club. The players on that team attended the funeral. Schmaderer says he believes Orozco's legacy will be breaking down barriers.

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Nebraska drivers could receive refunds from the state on clean-burning fuel converters and pumps under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Senators gave initial approval today (Tuesday) to the incentives for companies and individuals that use vehicles which run on hydrogen fuel cells and liquefied petroleum. Supporters compare clean-burning fuel alternatives to ethanol, which needed government support to jump-start its success. They say new infrastructure, production and fueling stations will likely follow the proposed 500-thousand dollar investment. The bill also includes rebates for purchasing or converting fuel pumps and cars to run on fuels with higher ethanol content.

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Students at schools in Nebraska and Iowa are joining others around the nation in planting milkweed plants to help attract monarch butterflies. About 30 students and 10 adults last week planted milkweed, a plant that provides the only food for newly emerged butterfly larvae, behind St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Another group of students and volunteers also recently dug and planted milkweed at St. Albert School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two schools were among 10 Catholic schools in the Midwest that received grants to start butterfly-friendly gardens from the National Catholic Education Association.

Missouri Afternoon Summary 5/26/15


Rescue and recovery personnel are back in the water today (Tuesday) looking for what may be a body on the Missouri River in Boone County. A hiker on the Katy Trail reported seeing a person in a life vest floating by in the Missouri River south of Rocheport (ROACH-port) around 8:15 Monday night. Boone County authorities searched the waters for two and a half hours, but suspended the search due to poor river conditions and a storm moving in. Officers say the river waters are very high and moving swiftly.

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Democratic Missouri State Representative Bill Otto says he's running for Congress. Otto announced plans today (Tuesday) to run to represent Missouri's Second Congressional District in suburban St. Louis, currently held by Republican Ann Wagner since 2013. Republican Todd Akin held the seat before Wagner. Otto, of Maryland Heights, was elected to the Missouri state House in 2012. He previously served in the Navy and worked as an air traffic controller. He spoke against radioactive contamination at landfills in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. Wagner has raised similar concerns after a contractor 40 years ago illegally dumped waste at West Lake Landfill.

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Construction contractors who haven't been paid for work on a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be in court this week to discuss recovering the money they are owed. The contractors did preliminary work for the Mamtek plant. Construction started in 2010 but ended in 2011 after the company missed its first bond payment and bond funds set aside for the construction were gone. A hearing will be held Thursday in Huntsville involving construction contractors who are trying to enforce their liens. A judged ruled in February that Moberly, the Moberly Industrial Development Authority and other entities associated with the city aren't liable for the almost two- million dollars in unpaid construction costs.

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A 27-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a central Missouri man. Joshua M. Toole of Rolla was charged in the death Friday of 30-year-old Daniel Hunter. Hunter was Toole's girlfriend's ex-husband. Police say the woman called police to report Toole was en route to a home to shoot her ex-husband. When officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call they found a man standing over the victim's body. Police say the suspect shot the victim several times after a brief struggle.

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A 21-year-old man is jailed without bond after being accused in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk in his southeastern Missouri hometown. Deion Martin of Parma is charged with one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action. Investigators allege Martin shot 59-year-old Brenda Smith in the head May 18 at a convenience store in Parma when she refused to open the store's safe. Smith later died at a hospital. Martin was arrested Sunday in the St. Louis area after police said they got a tip about his whereabouts.

World/National Afternoon Summary 5/26/15


The U-S Supreme Court agreed today (Tuesday) to decide whether state legislative districts must have roughly equal numbers of legal voters rather than overall populations. The case was filed by voters in Texas who claim their ballots carry less weight than those of voters whose state Senate districts include large numbers of illegal immigrants. While the Constitution is intended to protect the principle of one-person, one-vote, what remains unclear is whether districts must be apportioned based on the number of residents or the number of legal voters. In states such as Texas, Arizona and California, where the number of illegal immigrants varies from one district to the next, drawing districts based on total population means that voters in one district will have less clout than those in the next.

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A Maryland couple who had been investigated for letting their minor children walk home alone have been cleared of child neglect in one of the cases against them. Child Protective Services has ruled out child neglect against Danielle and Alexander Meitiv who allowed their 10- and 6-year-old children to walk unsupervised from a Silver Spring park.  That was the second time, the agency investigated the family for allowing their children to walk alone in their suburban Washington neighborhood. The first investigation began in October when the children were playing together in the park. The Meitivs "free-range" parenting style has been a topic of debate. A third investigation stemming from an April incident is pending. Maryland law prohibits children younger than age 8 from being unattended in a dwelling or car but makes no reference to outdoors. A person must be at least 13 years old to supervise a child younger than eight.

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More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country. The southeastern India states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest. Daily temperatures in both states have hit between 113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Officials have urged people to stay hydrated and remain indoors as much as possible.

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A man has died in New Jersey of Lassa fever, a disease similar to Ebola, after traveling in Liberia. The Centers for Disease Control says the risk to the public is "extremely low" because Lassa fever doesn't spread easily. The C-D-C says the death rate for Lassa fever is one percent, compared to the 70 percent mortality rate seen in Ebola patients. Doctors diagnosed the patient, whose name was not released, on Monday. He had traveled from Liberia through Morocco, landing in New York on May 17. He did not have a fever when he left Liberia and did not report symptoms of Lassa fever, which include diarrhea, vomiting or bleeding, during his flight.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 5/26/15

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Afternoon State News #2

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

Here are the details:

A new federal magistrate judge was named today for the eastern half of Wisconsin.  Attorney David Jones replaces the retiring William Callahan in the Eastern District court headquartered in Milwaukee.  Jones has worked for six years as an assistant U-S attorney in Madison, and has been a private attorney. He earned his law degree from Creighton.  Jones will begin his new duties next month.  He was among five finalists recommended by a panel of attorneys and community members in the Milwaukee judicial district.

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Three men are due back in court next Monday, for the wounding of five people at a vigil in Milwaukee for a teen who was murdered the previous day.  None of the defendants have been charged with homicide.  Twenty-seven year old George Eskridge of Des Moines Iowa is jailed under a 50-thousand-dollar cash bond on a charge of reckless endangerment and two charges of illegal firearm possession as a previously-convicted felon.  Thirty-eight year old Lonell Echols of Milwaukee is under a 25-thousand dollar bond for reckless endangerment and illegal firearm possession.  Thirty-five year old Brian Echols -- whose relationship to Lonell was not disclosed -- is charged with illegal firearm possession.  All three have previous convictions.  Brian Echols was found guilty of attempted murder in the Chicago area.  Eighteen-year-old Kendrai Walker was shot-to-death May 15th in a Milwaukee alley near his home.  The next night, shots were fired at a vigil for Walker.  Officials said it also meant to be a birthday barbeque for Walker's mother -- but she was among those wounded. 

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Wisconsin lawmakers confirmed today that they want to let hunters wear "blaze pink" in the woods, as well as blaze orange.  As promised, supporters held a news conference in Madison this afternoon to announce the proposal.  Assembly Democrat Nilk Milroy of South Range wore a florescent pink T-shirt to hammer his message home.  Assembly Republicans Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc and David Steffen of Howard did the same.  They said blaze pink would encourage more women to hunt -- and apparel-makers could work together with non-profit groups to get more women-and-men interested in hunting.  U-W Madison textile expert Majid Sarmadi said blaze pink is just as visible as blaze orange in the woods.  The three lawmakers plan to seek co-sponsors for the proposal over the next couple of weeks.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 5/26/15

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Afternoon State News #1

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos apparently does not think much of an effort to ram through a repeal of the state's prevailing wage law.  He said that by forcing the issue now, it could hurt efforts to reform the situation later in the current legislative session.  The Assembly's Labor Committee has scheduled a public hearing and a vote tomorrow on a full repeal of the prevailing wage law. Vos repeated today that his chamber does not have enough votes to pass a repeal of the 80-plus year old prevailing wage law. It requires that contracted employees for state-and-local public works projects be paid similar wages to those working on other projects in the area.  Supporters of a repeal say it might save the state up to 300-million dollars a year.  Critics say the workers' lower wages could result in shoddy repair projects.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald recently said he does not have the votes for a full repeal -- but it's possible that a reform could be inserted into the next state budget.  

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A vice-chancellor at U-W Whitewater has been promoted to the top spot.  The university's Board of Regents chose Beverly Kopper today as the new top leader at the four-year Whitewater campus.  She replaces Richard Telfer, who will retire in just over a month.  Kopper has been the provost and the vice chancellor for academic affairs at U-W-W since 2010.  She was the school's interim chancellor in the first two months of last year.  Kopper takes over on July first.

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A regional drug enforcement group raided a meth-amphetamine lab in Marinette.  Officers from the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group were called on Memorial Day to the Marinette Inn.  Media reports said a haz-mat team was called to clean-up the drug operation.  There was no immediate word on how many arrests were made.  The arrests were said to be part of an ongoing investigation.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 5/26/15

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Mid-Day State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Wisconsin's largest home-based bank has reached a settlement with the federal government over alleged racial discrimination in its mortgages.  Associated Bank of Green Bay denied wrongdoing.  Still, the company said it would issue almost 200-million dollars in home mortgage loans in minority areas in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois over the next three years.  Mark Belling of W-I-S-N Radio in Milwaukee aired some of the details late Friday.  Today, Associated said it was accused by the U-S Department of Housing-and-Urban Development of denying loan applications from a disproportionate share of Hispanics and blacks from 2008-through-2010.  Those were the most severe years of the Great Recession.  "HUD" said it analyzed Associated's mortgage lending, and found it had a smaller share of the market in higher-minority areas than others.  The Chicago market will get three-fourths of the mortgage lending that's outlined in the settlement, or around 144-million dollars.  Metro Milwaukee gets 36-million, Racine about one-and-a-half million, and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region about three-point-six million.  Some of the loans will have reduced interest rates, closing costs, and required down-payments.

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A 23-year-old man was shot-and-killed overnight while sitting in a vehicle in Milwaukee.  It happened around two this morning on a major north side street. Police said they know who the suspect is, and were still looking for that person at mid-day.  Investigators were still not sure what led to the shooting. Meanwhile, a Milwaukee homicide victim from late Saturday night has been identified as 23-year-old Jeremy Hollins.  Police said he was shot in front of a house.  The circumstances were not disclosed, and officials were still looking for suspects at last word.  Milwaukee has recorded 61 murders so far this year -- way up from 26 at the same time last year.

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Two people killed in a weather-related traffic crash in southwest Wisconsin have been identified as 19-year-old Bridget Achenbach of Eastman, and 85-year-old Kenneth Eppers of Tomah.  Crawford County sheriff's deputies said Achenbach was driving a car that hydro-planed on a wet Highway 27 near Eastman on Sunday afternoon.  It spun into the opposite lane, where it collided with Eppers' auto.  Achenbach died at the scene.  Eppers died at a Prairie du Chien hospital. His wife, who's also 85, was taken to a La Crosse hospital where she was in critical condition at last word.  

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Minnesota News from MNN - 5/26/15

Minnesota Wire: News 11am Summary

Two Dead After Early Morning Shooting At Grand Forks Walmart
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(Grand Forks, ND) -- Grand Forks Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a Walmart early this morning (Tues) involving an airman from the Grand Forks Air Force Base Airman. Authorities say the shooter was one of those killed, but are not saying whether the airman was the shooter or a victim. When officers arrived, they found multiple victims inside the store. One was taken to a Grand Forks hospital and was reportedly in satisfactory condition. Grand Forks Police Lieutenant Derik Zimmel says there is no immediate threat to the public. All names are being withheld pending notification of relatives. It's expected authorities will release more information later todya

Bemidji Teen Dies After Being Struck By Baseball

(Bemidji, MN) -- A Bemidji teenager died after he was hit by a baseball Sunday afternoon. 15-year-old Zacharie Schaubhut(SHAUB'-HUT) was pitching during a game with friends when he was struck by a ball hit by a batter. Family members believe he died from an undetected medical condition. Team parent David Hengel says it's a shock and won't sink in for everybody for awhile. Former Coach Corey Boen says Zach was one of those kids who lived life to the fullest no matter what he was doing. He says baseball was Zach's number one passion.

Crookston Woman Dies From Burn Injuries

(Crookston, MN) -- A woman who was found on fire outside her northwestern Minnesota home has died. Crookston Police were called last Thursday afternoon and found 60-year-old Balvir Kaur on fire from the waist up. Kaur lived in the first floor of a duplex with her son and family, but no one else was home at the time. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says she died Friday. The state fire marshal is investigating along with Crookston police. Police say it's an isolated incident and the public is not in danger. More information is expected to be released once the investigation is complete.

Over 200 Laid Off At Jennie-O Plant In Faribault

(Faribault, MN) -- More than 200 employees of the Jennie-O Turkey Store's processing plant in southeast Minnesota are temporarily laid off as of today (Tue). Layoffs at the Faribault plant are a result of the bird flu outbreak, which has reduced the number of turkeys available in the company's supply chain. Company officials say they don't have a return-to-work date for the impacted workers but they will be back on the job when production levels return to normal. In a bit of good news concerning the avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota: The state has gone a week without any new occurrences of H5N2.

U-of-M Names New Police Chief

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The University of Minnesota has named Matthew Clark as the new chief of its police department. Clark is currently an assistant chief in the Minneapolis Police Department and has been on the force since 1993. He succeeds U-of-M Police Chief Greg Hestness, who is retiring in July after 40 years in law enforcement. Clark assumes his new duties July 6th.

AARP Warns Of Surprise Bills For "Observation" Stays in Hospitals

(Undated) -- A Minnesota group is warning about a health care trend that's leaving some of the state's seniors with unexpected medical bills after a hospital stay. For Medicare to cover the cost of certain services, the patient must be admitted to the hospital and not just held for observation. According to a study by AARP, the use of the observation status by hospitals has greatly increased in recent years, along with the average length of time patients spend under observation. A bill introduced at the Minnesota Legislature requires hospitals to inform patients of their status and potential ramifications within 24 hours. AARP of Minnesota volunteer Vikki Casey Steward, whose 83-year-old mother had a recent hospital stay and ended up with a surprise bill, says that information is important.

Klobuchar Supports Reauthorizaiton of Older Americans Act

(Washington, DC) -- The federal Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and legislation to reauthorize it is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a co-sponsor and says the act supports about one in five older adults through a number of key nutrition and social services, helping them remain independent in their homes and communities. She says those services range from Meals on Wheels, to getting help with legal services, to long-term care. Klobuchar says by 2030, nearly one in four Minnesotans will be 65 or older. She says it's important that people stay in their homes and get services there -- because that's what they would rather do and it's less expensive. Klobuchar said the Older Americans Act also supports programs to crack down on financial fraud and elder abuse, and provides help to family caregivers.

Teen Job Outlook Good This Summer
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(Undated) -- The teen unemployment rate remains higher than for other age groups, but a survey shows the job outlook for young people is much brighter this summer than in recent years. Junior Achievement's Jonas (YO'-nis) Prising (PREE'-sing) says the "Teens and Summer Jobs" survey shows about 61 percent say they want a job this summer, and a majority are pretty certain they'll be able to get one. Prising says summer work provides a stepping stone for teens' future. Only 20 percent say they were able to find work last year.

Study Finds Car Rental Tax Falls Mostly On Minnesota Residents

(Undated) -- The National Consumers League says Minnesota and 43 other states impose a tax on car rentals, and a recent study shows some surprising results about who pays those taxes. In 2013, the Minnesota state tax on car rentals increased to 9.2 percent, and most believe a vast majority of that is paid by out-of-state tourists and businesses. Not so, says the N-C-L: About half of all cars are rented by local people, mostly low-income folks who cannot afford car ownership but need a vehicle occasionally. Another misconception the survey refutes is the idea that car rental taxes help pay for new roads and bridges. Nationwide, the money is mostly used to build stadiums and convention centers.

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