Saturday, November 01, 2014

Wheeler News - Saturday Sports Summary - 11/1/14

Wheeler News - Saturday, November 1, 2014 - State Sports


--Women’s Hockey
Wisconsin 3, North Dakota 3 (ND wins shootout 1-0)



--National Basketball League
Milwaukee 93, Philadelphia 81

Here are the stories:

Guard O-J Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away for a 93-81 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Friday.  It was the home opener for Milwaukee.  The youthful Bucks got a lot of minutes and plenty of production from teenagers Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Parker finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while his teammate scored eight and had a half-dozen rebounds.  The 76ers had closed to within a point at 82-81 with a little over eight minutes left.  Milwaukee then scored the last 11 points of the game.  The visitors missed their last 14 shots.  Larry Sanders grabbed 15 rebounds as the Bucks out-boarded Philadelphia 55-42.  Milwaukee is back on the road tonight for a game against the Wizards.


University of Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has had his name added to the anti-trust lawsuit filed against the N-C-A-A.  That suit accuses the association of illegally capping compensation to collegiate athletes.  Documents were filed last Thursday in U-S District Court in northern California.  The suit had originally been filed last March on behalf of four athletes.  U-W says it supports Hayes’ participation.  He was the Big Ten Conference Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman.  Three weeks ago a federal judge denied the N-C-A-A’s effort to have the suit dismissed.


Senior Brittany Ammerman scored a goal with less than 40 seconds remaining to give the Wisconsin women’s hockey team a 3-3 tie with North Dakota.  Neither team could score in overtime, but North Dakota got the extra point in the shootout.  The Badgers had scored two first-period goals to go ahead.  Sophomore Sarah Nurse scored midway through the first period, then Katy Josephs made it 2-0 with a goal.  North Dakota scored twice in the second period, then took the lead early in the third.  Wisconsin had to settle for the 3-3 tie despite outshooting the home team 40-21.  The teams wrap up the weekend series this afternoon at 3 p-m in the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.


Necedah’s Johnny Sauter was spun into the infield very near the end of the Camping World Truck Series Winstar World Casino and Resort 350 in Texas.  He was bumped by ThorSport teammate Jeb Burton, finishing fourth and dropping another dozen points behind Matt Crafton in the overall race standings.  Kyle Busch held on for the win, with Burton taking second.  After the race, crews from Burton and Sauter confronted each other in the pit area.  Burton says he will let Sauter cool down a little bit before he discusses the contact with him.  Sauter had a run-in with Timothy Peters the week before. 


Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for tomorrow’s second race in the eliminator round for the Sprint Cup.  Drivers were racing around the track in Fort Worth, with Tony Stewart turning in NASCAR’s first 200-mile-per-hour qualifying lap on an intermediate truck.  Kenseth tops the eight drivers still eligible for the Sprint Cup championship.  He had never won the pole at Texas in 25 previous races.  Eau Claire’s Paul Menard starts 15th and Beloit born Danica Patrick starts 27th


Wheeler News - Saturday Prep Results (Friday scores) - 11/1/14

Wheeler News Service – Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Prep Scores

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--Division 1 Semifinals
Marquette University School 3, Eau Claire Memorial 1
Menomonee Falls 5, Beloit Memorial 5 (MF 3-2 in shootout)

--Division 2 Semifinals
Brookfield East 4, Pulaski 0
Cedarburg 1, Oregon 0


--Division 1
Appleton North 21, Hudson 3
Arrowhead 36, Milwaukee King 8
Bay Port 41, Wausau West 14
Fond du Lac 27, Middleton 20
Franklin 38, Oak Creek 34
Kimberly 34, Madison La Follette 0
Marquette University 13, Kenosha Indian Trail 6
Mukwonago 22, Muskego 7

--Division 2
Cedarburg 42, Germantown 21
Greendale 48, Burlington 13
Homestead 26, Whitefish Bay 13
Menasha 21, Hortonville 20
Slinger 17, DeForest 14
Waukesha West 20, Waterford 14
Waunakee 28, Milton 6

--Division 3
Catholic Memorial 27, Kewaskum 21
La Crosse Logan 59, New Richmond 27
Luxemburg-Casco 34, Berlin 14
Mount Horeb/Barneveld 58, Jefferson 28
Reedsburg Area 20, Monona Grove 14
Rice Lake 49, Mosinee 21
West De Pere 48, Xavier 6
Wisconsin Lutheran 31, Brown Deer 28

--Division 4
Freedom 35, Southern Door 0
Lodi 31, Platteville 6
Marshall 9, Brodhead/Juda 7
Saint Croix Central 27, Black River Falls 6
Somerset 40, Ellsworth 6
Spencer/Marshfield Columbus 28, Wautoma 27
Wrightstown 37, Denmark 29

--Division 5
Amherst 41, Stratford 6
Arcadia 38, Auburndale 0
Bonduel 33, Iola-Scandinavia 20
Cambridge 33, Waterloo 20
Lancaster 42, Poynette 14
Racine St. Catherine's 25, Winnebago Lutheran Academy 0
Regis 34, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 33
Stanley-Boyd 35, Chequamegon 7

--Division 6
Athens 28, Marathon 16
Edgar 49, Necedah 8
Independence/Gilmanton 22, Rosholt 14
Lake Country Lutheran 27, Cuba City 14
Saint Marys Springs 41, Algoma 0
Shiocton 46, Ozaukee 28
Spring Valley 41, Hurley 14

--Division 7
Alma/Pepin 47, Hillsboro 20
Almond-Bancroft 46, Gillett 19
Bangor 52, New Lisbon 20
Black Hawk 16, Ithaca 0
Cambria-Friesland 28, Hilbert 18
Owen-Withee 43, Loyal 14


Wheeler News - Saturday News Summary - 11/1/14

Wheeler News Service – Saturday, November 1, 2014 – News Summary

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Wisconsin Lottery Numbers (drawn Friday night):

MegaMillions:       11 – 29 – 36 – 58 – 67  MegaBall:  15  Megaplier:  2
5 Card Cash:       5-diamonds, 3-spades, A-diamonds, 9-spades, 9-hearts
SuperCash:          8 – 12 – 14 – 21 – 22 – 36  Doubler-No
Badger 5:    3 – 12 – 15 – 25 – 28
Daily Pick 4:         5 – 9 – 4 – 3
Daily Pick 3:         2 - 7 – 8

Here are the stories:

Some political analysts say a bigger absentee vote would probably favor Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker over Democratic challenger Mary Burke.  Absentee ballots had surpassed 240-thousand by Friday morning, about 10-thousand more than the last gubernatorial election.  About 22-thousand haven’t been returned yet and they have to be postmarked Tuesday and in a municipal court clerk’s office by 4 p-m next Friday to count.  The latest poll from Marquette Law School gives Walker a seven percentage point lead over Burke.  The state election office is projecting about two and a half million ballots to be cast, which would set a new record for an election to choose a Wisconsin governor.


The Milwaukee Common Council is expected to vote on the number of police officers that city needs when it meets next week.  Mayor Tom Barrett wants 85 officers hired as the city deals with 70 homicides so far this year, along with more than seven-thousand assaults and 56-hundred car thefts.  Members of the council’s Finance and Personnel Committee cut a dozen of those positions, saving 700-thousand dollars.  Barrett says that is unacceptable.  One alderman wants to take the 700-thousand and put it in a special fund for training trauma specialists. 


A man who shot and wounded a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Twenty-eight-year-old Alexander Schneider told detectives he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana and was suicidal at the time of the incident.  He shot Deputy Chad Kowalczyk in the stomach last year.  The deputy had gone to Schneider’s home in response to a woman’s complaint she had received 16 text messages from him that day.  She had a restraining order against Schneider at the time.  The deputy spent about a week in the hospital after the shooting.


Authorities in St. Croix County accuse a convicted felon and his wife of conspiring to kill a River Falls police officer and threaten a judge.  Several felony charges have been filed against Kelly and Cheryl Kloss.  Investigators say the 56-year-old husband wanted retribution for his arrest early last month.  They say Kelly Kloss used the jail phone to talk to his wife 32 times as he plotted revenge.  He had been arrested at his River Falls home on a warrant out of Marathon County.  Authorities say he had been jailed there on his ninth drunk-driving violation.  When he was furloughed to attend his mother’s funeral, Kloss never returned to the jail.


With the Badger Pipeline shut down, Governor Scott Walker has lifted hour restrictions on trucks carrying petroleum in Wisconsin.  The pipeline was shut down for a safety inspection last week after a contractor’s equipment came in contact with it.  State officials say no leaks have been detected and that pipeline should be back online soon.  Despite that optimistic news, it could still be a week-and-a-half before supply returns to normal in the southern part of the state.  The governor declared an emergency yesterday. 


Today in History for November 1st

November 1st, 2014

On this day,

1999- Football star Walter Payton dies of bile duct cancer.  He is 45.

1993- The European Union is founded.

1988- Actors and "The Fly" co-stars Jeff Goldbloom and Geena Davis wed in Las Vegas. (They later divorce)

1979- Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower dies at the age of 82.

1969- Beatles album Abbey Road hits number one.

1951-  The U-S explodes the first hydrogen bomb in a test in the Marshall Islands.

1946- Karol Wojtyla is ordained as a priest.  He goes on to become Pope John Paul the second.

1945- Ebony magazine's first issue hits news stands.

1924- The Boston Bruins, the first N-H-L franchise, are founded.

1765- Britian imposes its Stamp Act on the British colonies.

1512- The public witnesses Michelangelo's ceiling at the Sistine Chapel for the first time.

A-D 79- Pompei is buried in ash from the volcano Mount Vesuvius (veh-SU-vee-us).


1973- Actress Aishwarya Rai

1972- Actress Jenny McCarthy
        - Actress Toni Collette

1962- Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis

1961- Singer Mags Furuholmen, A-ha

1960- Country singer and former Mr. Julia Roberts Lyle Lovett

1944- Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer

1942- Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt

1935- Golfer Gary Player

1871- Author Stephen Crane

Friday, October 31, 2014

World/National News Afternoon Summary 10-31-2014

Israel reopened some access to the Temple Mount to allow Muslim prayers today (Friday). It was closed Thursday amid Israeli-Palestinian tensions following the shooting of a controversial rabbi and subsequent killing of a suspect in the case. Men and women age 50 and above were allowed in as Israeli police said they wanted to prevent demonstrations by young Muslim men. Officials says the number of people attening the midday prayers was down from the normal numbers.

One person died and another suffered major injuries when an aircraft used by Virgin Galactic for space travel experimentation crashed today (Friday) during testing. Space-Ship Two launched just after nine o-clock from a location in the Mojave Desert. The aircraft was released by White-Knight-Two, which carries it into the sky and about an hour later flew freely by rocket power. Virgin Galatic says the spaceship experienced some kind of "in-flight abnormality."

A district court judge in Maine ruled in favor of a nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine on her put in place by state authorities. The judge's ruling says local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing the quarantine. Nurse Kaci Hickox recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. The judge says she should submit to "direct active monitoring," coordinate travel with public health officials and immediately notify health authorities should symptoms appear.  Hickox says the decision is a "good compromise" and that she would continue to comply with direct active monitoring.

Halloween played a trick on Chicago with a record tenth-of-an inch of snowfall. The snow and windy conditions caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays today (Friday) at O'Hare International Airport. The National Weather Service says the snow and precipitation stopped late in the morning, but the Chicago metropolitan area is under a high wind warning until six o'clock tonight.


Iowa Afternoon News Summary 10-31-2014

The candidates are not letting up in the final days of the race. Republican U-S Senate candidate Joni Ernst wrapped up her 99 county tour last night. She made 112 campaign stops in the past 39 days and held a rally with a crowd of supporters in an Ames brew pub last night, where fellow Republican, Senator Chuck Grassley told the crowd there's "building enthusiasm" for Ernst as "the polls spread to her advantage." Ernst will campaign through the weekend with Republican Governor Terry Branstad and other Republican candidates for statewide office. On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will hold a get-out-the-vote rally in Des Moines for Democratic candidate Bruce Braley and then Clinton will headline a Braley fundraiser Saturday evening in Waterloo.

A standoff in the northwest Iowa town of Cherokee ended early this morning with no injuries. Police arrived at the home of 35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender and saw him inside the house, though he refused to come out. Police say Allender showed a gun from an upstairs window and fired several shots. After several hours of negotiation, police fired tear gas into the house about 3:30 A-M. Allender was apprehended with no injuries. He's facing several charges.
(Thanks to Nikki Thunder, KCHE, Cherokee)

A central Iowa woman has launched a non-profit group that aims to raise awareness of food allergies during this holiday and year-round. Kelly Williamson, of Ankeny, has an eight-year-old son who has multiple food allergies. She founded Food Allergy of Iowa in 2011 as a way "to improve the quality of life to those affected by dietary restrictions." She urges Iowans to consider giving Halloween treats that all kids can enjoy and to display a teal-colored pumpkin outside their home to send the message.
She says the teal pumpkin signifies that there is a safe alternative that's not food-related,  such as pencils or suckers.  Learn more about the program at the Food Allergy of Iowa Facebook page.

State climatologist Harry Hillaker says October overall was just a little warmer than average. He says thing were wet enough to make it the wettest October in five years.  He says rainfall in Iowa was hit-and-miss depending on which part of the state you were in, where southwestern and southern Iowa have been rather on the wet side and northern and northeastern Iowa quite a bit on the drier side than normal. While parts of Iowa reached down to the 20s early this (Friday) morning, Hillaker says the month ahead should be heating up by comparison.

Missouri Afternoon State News 10-31-2014

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says it is “irresponsible” for U-S Attorney General Eric Holder to comment about conclusions of Justice Department investigators analyzing his department  while their investigation is ongoing. Jackson says it's especially wrong to do so after Holder told others to "shut up" about leaked information in the investigation. A series of stories in national and local media have reported about a plan for Jackson to resign and for his department to be disbanded. Jackson says he thinks Holder is  "about to leave office and needs to say he accomplished something in Ferguson,” and that's why Holder is talking about his department. The talk comes as the community prepares for the findings of a grand jury investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Firefighters had to rescue a man in a parachute who got stuck on the guy wires of a radio tower in south St. Louis County late Thursday. Rescuers say the man was around 155 feet high and about 20 feet from the tower. A firefighter climbed the tower and hooked up a rope to the parachutist so he could release his chute and be lowered to the ground.  The man apparently planned to jump off the tower before being caught up in the wire and then had to call for help on his cellphone.


Researchers at Washington University could provide some relief to those who are bothered by the noise in their ears known as tinnitus. The condition causes patients to hear a phantom noise, often described as a buzzing, humming or tapping. About 80- percent of patients are able to ignore it, but the other 20 percent have difficult concentrating. It interferes with work, sleep, and relationships. Research professor, Jay Piccirillo, came up a possible treatment to help people function in spite of the noise. The program uses a drug and a brain training program.  Piccirillo emphasizes the treatment doesn’t actually fight the condition -- it helps you to not be bothered by it
The 50-member state steering committee that has held seven meetings on a comprehensive plan for the state’s energy future is ready to start putting together a report that’ll go to the Governor by next May 21. Energy Division Director, Lewis Mills, says many of those at meeting with the committee want to see greater emphasis on renewables and alternate sources of energy. He the trend is for more renewables, but coal will still remain the dominant fuel for energy generation for a long time. He says prices are dropping dramatically for solar and wind but quickly switching to wind or solar power would still be cost-prohibitive.

The Speaker of the Missouri House says the same-sex marriage issue might not be settled, even though lawmakers haven't found a way to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Chris Koster announced earlier this month that  he wouldn't challenge a Kansas City judge's ruling requiring Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Some Republican state lawmakers looked for ways they could step in and defend the state’s statutes and constitutional amendment against gay marriage, but House Speaker Tim Jones says they found none. Jones does say there are some possible remedies lawmakers could pursue.

Nebraska Afternoon State News Summary 10-31-2014

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook says he remains optimistic about his chance to come out on top in the race for Nebraska governor Tuesday. Hassebrook is barnstorming the state, giving his last-minute pitch to voters. Hassebrook’s opponent, Republican Pete Ricketts, is also making his pitch to voters. Ricketts will travel the state via airplane Monday  with United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse, U-S Senator Deb Fischer, and Governor Dave Heineman. Heineman has been Nebraska's governor the past 10 years. He is leaving office due to term limits.
Douglas County officials say an autopsy is scheduled today (Friday) for an inmate who died the county jail. Forty-three-year-old Joseph Losteiner had been arrested and booked into the jail Thursday evening for theft, flight to avoid arrest and several other charges. Corrections officials say Losteiner was found unresponsive just after midnight and medical aid was provided at the jail before he was taken to an Omaha hospital where he later died.
Don’t worry if you seem a bit out of sorts Monday as it's time to your clocks back one hour. Doctor Brett Kuhn, the director of the Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, says it takes some people time to adjust their body’s clock to the loss of the hour. Dr. Kuhn says it could take three or four nights or it could take two weeks to adjust. Your age and normal sleep habits are factors in how well you adjust. The return of standard time also means it will get dark and hour earlier. Dr. Kuhn says that can also disrupt your sleep schedule because you want to go to bed earlier and wake up later. He says using bright lighting in the home during the evening hours creates the illusion of daylight and that can help some struggling with the lack of natural light.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 10/31/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

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The snow totals keep going up from the season's first major storm in far northern Wisconsin.  The National Weather Service said Winchester in Vilas County had nine-inches on the ground by one o'clock this afternoon.  Eastern Wisconsin kept getting strong winds, especially along Lake Michigan where Sheboygan reported late morning gusts of 53-miles-an-hour.  The National Weather Service said the strong northerly winds would taper off gradually during the afternoon.  Utilities are making headway in restoring service that was knocked out by the storms.  As of three this afternoon, almost 25-hundred customers in Wisconsin were still without power -- including over a-thousand in the Green Bay area.  Expect colder temperatures on this Halloween Night, with lows in the 30s in the vast majority of the Badger State.  Sunny weather is forecast for tomorrow, with highs in the 40's statewide.  


About 40 middle school students in Mauston were sent to a hospital today after a chemical leak.  Mauston Fire Chief Kim Hale said a pool hose was disconnected at the Gordon Olson Middle School around 10:30 a-m.  The school was evacuated.  Students and staffers were sent to the Mauston High School gym for the rest of the school day, while the middle school was ventilated. Hale said the leak was contained around noon, and the hospital transfers were made as a precaution.  


The Green Bay Packaging company acquired two other cardboard packaging firms today.  Green Bay said it was purchasing the Great Lakes Packaging Corporation of Germantown, and Midland Container of Franksville.  Together, those two firms employ about 230 people.  Green Bay Packaging operates corrugated cardboard and packaging facilities in 14 states.  Officials said the acquisitions were a "perfect fit" for Green Bay.  Terms of the acquisitions were not released.  


Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 10/31/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

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The Wisconsin men's basketball team is ranked third in the A-P pre-season poll released this afternoon.  That's the highest the U-W has ever been ranked in the opening national media poll at the dawn of a new season.  The Badgers are coming off a 30-and-8 campaign a year ago, with its first Final Four appearance since 2000.  Four of last season's five starters are back for coach Bo Ryan. Kentucky, which beat the Badgers in the national semi-finals back in April, is the pre-season Number-One.  Arizona is Number-two.  Duke is fourth, and Kansas fifth.  Earlier, the pre-season coaches' poll had Wisconsin ranked fourth behind Kentucky, Arizona, and Duke.  


The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia were the two worst teams in the N-B-A's Eastern Conference a year ago.  Tonight, both take 0-and-1 records into the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center, where the Bucks will play their home opener under new coach Jason Kidd.  Milwaukee lost its season opener by two points in overtime on Wednesday night at Charlotte.  The Bucks blew a 24-point third quarter lead, as Brandon Knight scored 22 points and Jabari Parker had a relatively quiet eight points in his N-B-A debut.  Philly started its campaign with a 103-to-91 loss at Indiana.  Michael Carter-Williams, the league's rookie-of-the-year last season, remains out after a shoulder operation in the off-season.


The Milwaukee Brewers claimed a back-up catcher off waivers today.  The Brewers acquired Juan Centeno, who has played in 14 Major League games with the New York Mets the past two seasons.  He hit a combined .289 this year for Double-"A" Binghamton and Triple-"A" Las Vegas, weith a homer and 25 R-B-I's. Milwaukee's 40-man roster now has 34 players, after the team declined an option for second baseman Rickie Weeks and allowed five players from this year to enter free agency -- pitchers Tom Gorzelanny, Francisco Rodriguez, and Zach Duke, and first basemen Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds.  The Brewers did pick up the 2015 club option for starter Yovani Gallardo today.


College conferences big-and-small will be holding their league cross country meets this weekend.  The Wisconsin men, with a Number-six national ranking, will compete in the Big Ten men's championship at Iowa City.  That's right after the eighth-ranked Badger women run in their conference race.  Indiana is the defending men's titlist, and top-ranked Michigan State is the league's returning women's champion.  Also in the N-C-A-A's Division-One, U-W Milwaukee and Green Bay will compete in the Horizon League cross country meet tomorrow at U-W Parkside near Kenosha.  U-W La Crosse will go for its third straight men's title and its second straight women's trophy at the W-I-A-C meet tomorrow in Ettrick.  The Midwest Conference cross country meet is tomorrow at Appleton. Grinnell is the defending champion for both genders.  Grinnell is going for its 27th men's title in 29 years, while the Grinnell women go for their third league crown in four years.  Aurora is going for its third men's-and-women's sweep in hosting the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference meet.


Don Bracken has died.  The Green Bay Packers' punter from 1985-through-1990 died in Billings Montana from the severe staph infection M-S-R-A.  He was 52. Bracken had the fourth-best punting average in the University of Michigan's history, with almost 41 yards a kick.  However, he did not make a pro team's active roster for more than a year when Green Bay signed.  He had the second-most punts in Packers' history with 368, averaging almost 40 yards per kick.  Bracken was beaten out for the job by Paul McJulien in 1991, but he hooked up with the then-Los Angeles Rams for two final N-F-L seasons.  


In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals will try to start a new winning streak this weekend during a home-and-home series with Chicago.  Game-One is tomorrow night at the home of the Wolves.  Game-Two is on Sunday afternoon at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.  Milwaukee was 6-and-0 to start the season, before a one-goal loss to Iowa at home on Wednesday night.  


Megan Humphreys of U-W Whitewater has been named the W-I-A-C women's tennis player of the year.  She was chosen by the league's coaches, after she went 19-and-3 in singles' competition and 11-and-3 in doubles' matches this fall.  Humphreys took second in the Division-Three singles' draw at the I-T-A's National Small College Championships.  


Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 10/31/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

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Around one of every ten ballots projected for Tuesday's elections in Wisconsin have already been cast.  The state Government Accountability Board said over 240-thousand absentee ballots have been cast as of this morning.  Those are in municipalities using a statewide registration system that covers almost 70-percent of voters.  At least 173-thousand ballots have been cast during the two-week early voting period in municipal clerks' offices that runs no later than seven tonight.  That total is higher than the early votes in the 2012 governor's recall election.  Who that benefits, though, seems to be anybody's guess. Republicans cut off early voting on weekends this year, saying they wanted to create statewide fairness by preventing weekend votes in bigger cities with the resources to offer it -- places that are predominantly Democratic.  U-W Madison political scientist Ken Mayer says the early turnout tends to favor Republican Governor Scott Walker in his contest against Democrat Mary Burke.  Mayer tells the A-P that absentee voters tend to be more educated, richer, and more engaged in politics -- which leans toward Republicans.  State officials estimate that around two-and-a-half million people, or 56-and-a-half percent of Wisconsin adults, will vote in the November elections.  


A northeast Wisconsin man is due back in court November 13th for allegedly beating and molesting his girlfriend while holding her for nine days against her will.  Forty-nine year old Gary Tank of Gillett (jill'-ett) is being held under a half-million dollar bond on ten Oconto County felony charges that include first-and-second degree sexual assault by force, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, and strangulation-and-suffocation.  Prosecutors said the victim showed up at a Neenah hospital on Tuesday, saying she was bruised throughout her entire body with a stick, meat tenderizer, and grill brush.  Authorities said she was sexually assaulted three times, threatened with a Swiss Army knife, and had her medications taken away for seizures and celebral palsy.  Prosecutors said Tank needed to release the woman before his landlord came calling -- and he allegedly threatened to kill her if she told anyone what happened.  Officials said Tank will complete his initial court appearance next time.  


Milwaukee's mayor says he still believes in Police Chief Ed Flynn, after most unionized officers gave the chief a no-confidence vote.  Mayor Tom Barrett said the police union was just trying to "stoke a political fire" in its criticism of Flynn. That's after the chief terminated white officer Christopher Manney, for causing a scuffle in which Manney shot and killed black victim Dontre Hamilton in April. The incident spurred racial protests which some critics called a mini-version of the Ferguson Missouri tensions.  The head of the Milwaukee officers' union said 99-percent of those voting gave their chief a no-confidence vote yesterday.  The total vote was a majority of the 16-hundred Milwaukee police union members.  Barrett says police and citizens deserve something better than politics, when they're coming to grips with the aftermath of a fatal police shooting.


Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 10/31/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

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On this Halloween, a Wisconsin department store chain is advertising a sale on Christmas trees -- and it seems appropriate, considering today's snow and high winds.  The National Weather Service said eight-inches of snow fell near Winchester in Vilas County last night and this morning.  Nearby Presque Isle had six-and-a-half inches.  Record Halloween snow-falls were reported at Rhinelander with two-point-three inches, and Wausau with one-point-seven. Both broke snow records for October 31st that dated back to the 1930's.  Meanwhile, places along Lake Michigan were getting pounded with strong winds. Sheboygan had sustained winds of 48-miles-an-hour this morning, and places from Door County to Milwaukee had gusts above 50.  The Wisconsin Public Service Utility had over 15-hundred customers without power as of noon. Just over a-thousand of those were at Green Bay.  Wisconsin Power-and-Light had close to 300 outages, around 230 in Green County.  We Energies had around 45-hundred customers out in the Milwaukee region.  XCel Energy reported 13-hundred customers out in the northwest quarter of Wisconsin, and just over the Upper Michigan border.  Winds are expected to die down tonight, but Halloween trick-or-treaters can expect colder temperatures heading down to the 20's.  Dry weather is predicted for the weekend, with highs generally in the 40's.


Democrat Mary Burke continued to have a slight advertising edge on Wisconsin T-V going into the final week of the governor's race.  The Center for Public Integrity said today that Burke and her supports spent nine-point-seven million dollars on T-V ads through Monday.  Republican Governor Scott Walker and his supporters spent almost eight-million.  None of that counts the final advertising blitzes made by both candidates and their backers.  Today, former President Bill Clinton appears on a T-V ad for Burke, saying she would be a governor who "brings people together across party lines, not dividing them."  Earlier this week, Walker said the national figures who spoke up for Burke indicated that she's aligning herself with Washington Democrats and public unions.  Burke told reporters in Madison today that her only interest is for Wisconsin and its families.  Observers say Walker needs to win on Tuesday, if he wants to remain in the conversation for the Republican White House nomination for 2016.  


A Wisconsin company now owns a maker of industrial products from Italy. Milwaukee's Rexnord Corporation said today it purchased Tollok S-P-A, which makes locking devices for shafts in the power generation and processing industries.  The financial terms were not disclosed.  Tollok is based in Ferrara Italy, with yearly revenues of just over 20-million dollars.  Rexnord makes process and motion control equipment for industries, plus water management systems.  It has about 74-hundred employees around the globe, with total annual sales of two-point-one billion dollars.  Rexnord official Kevin Zaba said Tollok is a logical extension of its focus on "maximizing up-time and reliability" for its industrial customers.


Minnesota News from MNN - 10/31/14

"Minnesota Summary"  10-31-14

First Snow Of Season

(Duluth, MN)  --  The first measurable snow of the season has arrived in parts of northeastern Minnesota.  Two inches fell Thursday night west of Isabella in Lake County.  There was a half inch in Silver Bay, three-tenths of an inch at Finland, two-tenths in Ely and just over a tenth of an inch at Duluth.  Snow coated the field at U-M-D last night for high school football section finals.  Iron County, Wisconsin on Lake Superior's South Shore received six inches overnight.   

River Falls Couple Accused Of Threatening Police, Judge

(River Falls, WI)  --  A River Falls, Wisconsin couple is accused of threatening police and a judge who approved a warrant to search their home, following their arrests earlier this month.  Sixty-year-old Cheryl Kloss was rearrested at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she works as a custodian in student residence halls, and is charged with attempted murder, threatening a judge, harboring a felon and escape.  Her 56-year-old husband Kelly is also charged with those crimes and on other outstanding warrants.  Investigators say they were listening in as Kelly made over 30 calls from jail to his wife, plotting schemes -- including the rigging of explosives -- to have a judge and River Falls police officers killed.  At one point, Kelly Kloss reportedly said he had friends from the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who could do the job.  After the calls were made, a search of the couple's home found several loaded guns stashed in various rooms.

Pentagon Will Fully Fund Military Funeral Program

(Undated)  --  Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan says the Pentagon has agreed to fully fund the Military Funeral Honors program, restoring a budget cut from sequestration.  Nolan wrote Secretary of the Army John McHugh requesting that full funding be restored and was informed of the decision late Thursday.  The program provides a reimbursement to military honor guards who play "Taps" and provide a rifle salute and American flag to families at veterans' funerals.  Nolan says the decision "ensures that no veteran will be denied the final salute to which they are entitled in return for their service to our great nation." 

Halloween Safety Tips

(Undated)  --  Parents, as you go through the goodies with your kids after their Halloween haul tonight, keep this safety tip in mind:  Pre-packaged items should be fine as long as the wrapping is intact, but Kirk Hughes with the Hennepin County Regional Poison Center says if there's any evidence of tampering the item probably should *not* be eaten -- and the same goes for any home or baked goods that are not from somebody you know and trust.  Hughes adds any chemicals from glow sticks should not be ingested.  Even though the chemicals are not highly poisonous, they can cause skin and eye irritation.

Wild Mountain Ski Area Open

(Taylors Falls, MN)  --  Wild Mountain ski and snowboard area in Taylors Falls is opening for the season this Halloween (Fri 1pm).  Vice President Amy Frischmon (FRISH'-man) says they started making snow last night and they're opening with one terrain park and one rope tow -- but if the forecast holds they plan Saturday to add a second intermediate run, a beginner run, a chairlift and a second rope tow.  Frischmon says Wild Mountain has been the first ski area to open in the Midwest for more than 40 years.  A-Basin in Colorado has first-in-the-nation honors this year. 


Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 10/31/14

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If she wins on Tuesday, Democrat Mary Burke says voters will have rejected what she calls Governor Scott Walker's "extreme agenda."  Burke told reporters in Madison today the Republican Walker has implemented a "Tea Party agenda" for the past three-and-a-half years.  And despite polls showing her seven points down, Burke still believes she can win with a big voter turnout.  She's on a campaign bus tour that includes stops in Madison, Marshfield, and Green Bay. Burke points to a G-O-P record that includes the near-elimination of public union bargaining, restrictions on abortion access, the requirement that people show photo I-D's to vote, and making it harder for women to file job discrimination lawsuits.  Walker says his policies have put Wisconsin back on the right track, eliminating a huge deficit, cutting taxes by two-billion dollars, and creating 110-thousand jobs with the lowest unemployment rate since the Great Recession.  Walker is campaigning in north central Wisconsin today with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie -- both possible G-O-P White House candidates in 2016.  They have stops in Rhinelander and the Wausau area.


As expected, the state Justice Department has appealed a Madison judge's order that two training videos for prosecutors be released to state Democrats. The party says it's looking for inappropriate remarks it believes were made by Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel, in his role as the Waukesha County D-A.  The Justice Department said it cannot find three videos in question.  And it won't release the other two because it would reveal law enforcement strategies and harm public safety.  The agency also said crime victims mentioned in the videos would lose their rights to privacy.  Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess (nees) said he found nothing offensive on the videos, and he ordered their release yesterday.  He also allowed the videos to remain under seal until at least Monday, once the Justice Department appeals -- which it did just before 11 o'clock.


Milwaukee's police union members have given an overwhelming no-confidence vote in their chief, Ed Flynn.  Union president Mike Crivello said about 99-percent of members voted critically against Flynn yesterday.  The officers were upset over Flynn's firing of officer Christopher Manney earlier this month.  The chief said Manney approached Dontre Hamilton from behind and patted him down in a downtown Milwaukee park in late April -- and that triggered a scuffle in which Hamilton struck the officer with his baton.  Manney then shot the 31-year-old Hamilton 14 times.  


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Yovani Gallardo will stay with the Milwaukee Brewers for at least one more season, but Rickie Weeks appears to be on the way out.  The Brewers said this morning they'll exercise a 2015 club option to keep the 28-year-old Gallardo.  He'll make 13-million-dollars next year.  He had a career-worst record of 8-and-11, but his E-R-A of three-point-five-one was the best he's had in a Milwaukee uniform.  The Brewers decided not to keep their club option on Weeks, who was scheduled to make 11-and-a-half million.  The 32-year-old Weeks could have had a vesting option for next year, had he had 600 plate appearances last season or 12-hundred the past two years.  Neither happened, as Scooter Gennett platooned with Weeks this season.  Gennett is expected to become Milwaukee's full-time second baseman in 2015.  Weeks hit .274 in 252 at-bats this year with eight homers and 29 R-B-I's.  Still pending is a mutual option for veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez.


Two nationally-ranked W-I-A-C football teams will square off tomorrow, when Number-One U-W Whitewater travels to 16th-ranked Platteville.  They're the only remaining unbeaten teams in conference play, both at 4-and-0.  Third-place Stevens Point is ranked 20th by D-Three-Football-Dot-Com.  The Pointers will host U-W Oshkosh.  Stout plays at Eau Claire.  And River Falls entertains La Crosse.  In the Midwest Conference, Carroll and Macalester share the lead at 3-and-0, and they'll play each other tomorrow at Macalester.  Third-place Saint Norbert is at Lawrence of Appleton.  Beloit hosts Ripon College.  In the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, first-place Lakeland has a non-league game at Alma.  Concordia-Wisconsin hosts Benedictine in Mequon.  Wisconsin Lutheran plays at Rockford.  In the C-C-I-W, Carthage travels to Millikin.


Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth will try to advance in the Sprint Cup Chase standings, when he races in the Triple-"A" Texas 500 on Sunday at Fort Worth.  The Cambridge native is fourth in the Chase standings, five points behind leader Jeff Gordon.  This is the second race in the Eliminator Round of eight drivers who are still in the running for the Sprint Cup season title. Because a non-Chase driver won last week, at least two drivers with the highest numbers of points will join at least two race winners in the Championship Round-of-Four in two weeks for the season title.  Also entered in the Sprint Cup event are Paul Menard of Eau Claire and Beloit-born Danica Patrick.  Starting positions will be determined during tonight's qualifying.  Also, Johnny Sauter of Necedah will race in the Camping World Truck Series' race tonight at Fort Worth.  Sauter is in fourth place in the Series' standings, 40 points behind front-running Matt Crafton, going into the Win-Star World Casino-350.  Kenseth will also part of the field for the Nationwide Series' O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.  That 300-mile event is set for tomorrow at the Texas Motor Speedway.


Wisconsin men's basketball sophomore Nigel Hayes has reportedly joined a lawsuit which seeks to pay college athletes on a free-market basis.  C-B-S Sports-Dot-Com said Hayes and Middle Tennessee football player Anfornee Stewart have joined a suit in which Clemson football player Martin Jenkins is the lead plaintiff.  The new athletes replace three former plaintiffs who pulled out after their college eligibility recently ended.  The plaintiffs are suing the N-C-A-A and the five major U-S conferences, seeking an injunction to allow a free market with no more limits on benefits and pay to college athletes.  Plaintiffs are expected to file a request next week for class action status, meaning the lawsuit could represent all players in the Football Bowl Sub-division and Division-One men's basketball.  The N-C-A-A reportedly seeks a delay in filing the class certification issues in court until February 13th.


Stevens Point will go for back-to-back boys' Division-One titles at the state high school cross country meet tomorrow at the Ridges Golf Course near Wisconsin Rapids.  Wisconsin Lutheran is also going for its second straight boys' championship in Division-Two, and Darlington is competing for its fourth straight crown in Division-Three.  For the individuals, Olin Hacker of Madison West is going for back-to-back gold medals in Division-One.  New champs will be crowned in the other two groups.  On the girls' side, Hartland Arrowhead will try to win its fourth consecutive Division-One team title.  Division-Two will get a new champion to replace Whitefish Bay.  Oshkosh Lourdes is back to defend its Division-Three crown.  Morgan Florsheim of Shorewood is going for her second straight gold medal in Division-Two.  There will be new girls' champions in Divisions-One-and-Three.


The Wisconsin women's hockey team will play at North Dakota tonight and tomorrow afternoon.  The Badgers dropped one place to third in the U-S College Hockey Online poll, despite pair of victories at Bemidji State last weekend. North Dakota comes in at 4-and-4 with a Number-10 ranking.  The Badgers are 8-and-2 overall.  They'll be without Emily Clark and Blayre Turnbull, who will join the national team in their native Canada in preparation for next week's Four Nations Cup.  Badgers' freshman Annie Pankowski will leave Saturday for her spot on the U-S-A squad.  The Badger men's hockey team is off for its second straight weekend.  They'll host a pair of games against North Dakota next weekend.


World / National Midday Summary - 10/31/14

The man accused of killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another is making a court appearance today.  Eric Frein (freen) managed to elude searchers for 48 days before he was captured by U-S Marshals near an abandoned airplane hanger.  Authorities say the survivalist ambushed the two troopers September 12th in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania.  Prosecutors have said they intend to pursue the death penalty in the capital murder case.  The 31-year-old fugitive was captured without incident Thursday, even though he was heavily armed at the time.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defends his order for a 21-day monitoring period for U-S troops returning home from West Africa.  Hagel says the quarantine-like procedure is being implemented due to rising concerns about the health of service members and their families.  He says it could be amended, if that becomes necessary.  The secretary points to the important of containing Ebola at its source -- in three West African nations.


The Federal Trade Commission is suing Gerber for claiming its Good Start Gentle Formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.  The F-T-C says the claim is bogus and the company misled consumers by suggesting the formula was the first to meet government approval for reducing the risk of allergies.  The federal agency wants the claim removed from Gerber formula labels and advertisements.  It also wants consumers reimbursed who bought the formula since 2011.


Opponents are taking pot-shots at U-S Senator Lindsey Graham as he runs for re-election.  A recording caught Graham saying, "If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great."  The South Carolina Republican is running for re-election to the Senate right now.  Democratic opponent Brad Hutto says the comment shows women, people of color and middle class and working families have no part in Graham's plans.


Officials in Washington state say the investigation into last week's school shooting will be long and slow.  They say they want to make sure any information released is accurate.  Fifteen-year-old gunman Jaylen Fryberg was buried Thursday after a traditional two-day Tulalip (too LAY lihp) tribal funeral.  Victim Zoe Galasso is to be buried this weekend and no announcement has been made about burial for the third victim.

Nebraska Midday Summary - 10/31/14

The third round of layoffs at the Novartis plant in Lincoln eliminates 75 more jobs.  The drug-making facilities announced its restructuring last year.  Actually, 44 people lost their jobs Thursday, since 31 of the eliminated positions weren’t filled the time.  That plant had been shut down for a year and a half when inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration found several quality-control problems.  Excedrin, TheraFlu and an animal health product called Sentinel are made there.  Over the last year, 143 people have been laid off and another 130 open positions eliminated.


Lincoln police say they have arrested three men in a fatal home invasion case this week.  Twenty-one-year-old Maurice Lamont Williams was killed last August, shot in the chest while the invaders were pushing their way into his home.  Nineteen-year-old Joshua Nootenboom-Carr and 23-year-old Derick Lewis were already behind bars on other charges.  Twenty-three-year-old Jason Holmes was taken into custody Wednesday. Police think Holmes was waiting in a car while the other men were robbing the victim.


A former office manager for the Merrick County sheriff has filed suit after she was acquitted of a theft charges.  Lori Sautter was charged after a state audit found more than 17-thousand dollars missing from the department two years ago.  She says Sheriff Kevin Campbell invaded her privacy and painted her in a false light within the community.  Most of the money was found and Sutter was found not guilty in May.  She’s asking for more than 66-thousand dollars in back pay, court costs and loss of personal items.