Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 9/2/2014

A healthcare provider in Omaha has received money to combat infant mortality rates. The Charles Drew Health Center has received a little over half a million dollars from a federal grant to help 87 organizations targeted at minimizing infant mortality rates. Authorities say the money should help 56-thousand women.
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An Omaha man suspected of killing a child is due in court. Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Kennedy has been charged with child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors say Kennedy is responsible for the death of a little boy left under his supervision. Kennedy told investigator the boy was choking on a bottle cap and became unconscious. An autopsy revealed the child died from blunt force trauma or blows to the body.
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A Columbus man has been sentenced for stabbing his wife. Fifty-eight-year-old Alfredo Santistevan was sentenced to six to 12 years in jail for assaulting his wife and charges in connection with a stand-off involving police. He agreed to a plea deal and prosecutors dropped some of his charges and allowed him to receive time spent.

Missouri Afternoon News Summary 9/2/2014

An afternoon shooting in Kansas City has left one person dead and two others in critical condition. Police were called to the home on the city’s south side around 1 p-m, and found the three shooting victims. Authorities say they are looking for a suspect armed with a shotgun.
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Construction has begun in Kansas City’s River Market. The market will be a destination for the Union Station and River Market route for the Kansas City Streetcar Project. The streetcar is expected to be open next year, with a two mile route from the Union Station and River Market.
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A teen suspected of pointing a gun a police during a traffic stop has been arrested and charged. Police say the 17-year-old boy pointed the pistol at police on Monday morning during a routine traffic stop. The teen was arrested in St. Ann, a short time after escaping from Pine Lawn police. He has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and resisting arrest.
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A former leader of the Columbia Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the city. Chris Kelley alleges the city violated the Family Medical Leave Act, by not allowing him to rejoin the force after receiving mental health treatment. Kelley received medical treatment in October 2012 and was cleared by his doctor to return to work February 2013, but a city medical examiner ruled him unfit to serve on the police force.
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The former C-E-O of a sweetner company has pleaded guilty in connection to investors buying bonds in a factory that never opened. Bruce Cole, former C-E-O of Mamtek, will possible serve five to seven years in jail for convincing three investors to purchase 39 million dollars in a factory that never opened. Prosecutors say Cole told buisness partners that Mamtak had a factory in China. Construction on the Moberly factory stopped in 2011 and Mamtek declared bankrupcy in December of 2011

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 9/2/2014

Governor Terry Branstad says the state’s caucuses should not be impacted by the discovery of a bribery scandal. In 2012, former state senator Kent Sorenson was offered 73-thousand dollars to switch his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. After fellow politicians voted to have an investigation into Sorenson's change of support to Ron Paul in the last days of the election, he resigned. Sorenson later admitted guilt.
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The Atlantic mother accused of faking her younger daughter’s illness has had more charges brought against her. Thirty-year-old Leatha Slauson was originally charged with child endangerment and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. She now faces four felonies in drug-related charges and domestic violence. Slauson is suspected of lying about her daughter having cancer, collecting fundraised money and administering a feeding tube to her daughter without a doctor’s approval. A trial date has been set for November 11.
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Police in Mitchellville have arrested and charged a woman suspected of looking for prowlers. Thirty-year-old Jennifer Jones was arrested after police arrived at her home and found her, a gun and her 3-year-old child in the backyard. Police say the woman was looking for a prowler. The Department of Human Services has taken temporary custody of the child, while Jones undergoes a mental evaluation. She has been charged with felony child endangerment.
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An Iowa City woman has been arrested and charged with assault. Police say 41-year-old Shanita Tate is suspected of breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment and assaulting him with a two by four. Tate allegedly went to the man’s home and beat him with the building material. She has been charged with domestic assault causing injury.

World/National Afternoon News Summary 9/2/2014

The Islamic State militant group has released another execution video of an American journalist. In the video, U-S hostage Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who went missing in Syria last year, was beheaded. The life of Britain hostage, David Haines, was threatened. In August another American journalist was beheaded in retaliation for U-S airstrikes, which have continued since the beheading of James Foley.
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The World Health Organization has warned the U-N the six month Ebola outbreak that still has not been adequately addressed by world leaders. The outbreak that started in West Africa about six month ago has infected thousands of West Africans and others by not being contained. Authorities in West Africa say they have had to turn many infected patients away due to insufficient staff and space.
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A 16-year-old high school football player has died while practicing. During a Monday morning high school football practice 16-year-old Miles Kirkland-Thomas of Staten Island, New York collapsed and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say C-P-R was used on the teen before he was taken to the hospital. His parents say he passed a sports physical and they had no knowledge of any pre-existing conditions that may’ve contributed to his death. An autopsy has been requested.
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The second woman suspected of killing a Georgia woman with butt injections has been sentenced. Tracy Garner of Jackson, Mississippi was sentenced to five years in jail for killing Karima Gordon. Garner was charged with “depraved heart murder” and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities say Gordon and a friend where referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, for silicone butt injections. Stewart, who is in the adult entertainment industry has been charged with manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in jail.
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A Dallas teen is suspected of killing his younger cousin and hiding her body. Police say 17-year-old Angel Sanches-Zenteno strangled 5-year-old Katherine Gonzalez to death on Sunday and hid her body in an apartment unit, close to his unit. Saches-Zenteno was arrested on Monday and faces a possible six years behind bars.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Janesville House Republican Paul Ryan said today that the reported beheading of a second U-S journalist reflects a weak foreign policy by the Obama administration.  The House budget chairman heard the news while answering questions at a Rotary Club luncheon in Milwaukee.  An organizer mentioned an Internet video that was posted at mid-day, purportedly showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff.  That was after the Islamic State put out a video last month showing Marquette graduate James Foley being beheaded.  Ryan called for a moment of silence, and then said the Obama administration caused a "power vacuum" that allowed the Islamic State to become prominent so quickly.  Ryan said the U-S needs a strong and decisive campaign to "finish off" the terrorist group.

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Governor Scott Walker says it's not part of his agenda to make Wisconsin a "right to work" state.  But Walker has never said he would veto the concept if lawmakers approve it -- and he took that same stance today.  A right-to-work law would not require private sector employees to join company unions -- or to pay dues -- as a condition of employment.  G-O-P Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he would not push the matter in the lower house next year.  

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Environmentalists say they want to work with the forest products industry to develop a collaborative solution to a dispute over the Northwoods' timber management.  Paul Strong, a supervisor at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, said a previous collaboration is a great example.  He cited the success of an agreement between Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark on the use of a material from forests in Canada.  Strong tells the Appleton Post-Crescent that "a collaborative agreement is much better than controversy."  Strong is part of a forestry collaborative that seeks a compromise on one-and-a-half million acres of national forest land that will please both loggers and environmental interests.  It seeks to attract private investment funds, promote the benefits of forest management, and coordinate restoration projects.  The state's two U-S senators -- Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Ron Johnson -- made separate visits to northern Wisconsin last month, and they vow to work together on the matter until a solution is reached.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Governor Scott Walker says he does not regret promising Wisconsin would get 250-thousand additional private sector jobs over his four-year term.  However, the Republican Walker says he won't make a similar pledge as he seeks re-election in two months.  The governor said he would unveil a new and detailed plan in the next few weeks for growing the state's economy.  However, it will contain a prediction of job numbers.  Walker was courting the state's voters for the first time in 2010 when he promised a quarter-million new jobs.  Only about 103-thousand were added, and Democrat Mary Burke is slamming the governor constantly over that.  Walker said he wanted to aim high, after the state lost 133-thousand jobs during the Great Recession under former Governor Jim Doyle.

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A former police captain from Madison was named today as the new police chief in Pittsburgh.  Fifty-six year old Cameron McLay replaces Nate Harper -- who was sentenced in February to 18 months in prison for diverting 32-thousand dollars of city fee revenues to a slush fund for himself.  Harper resigned in early 2013, a month before he was charged.  Regina McDonald has been the acting police chief in Pittsburgh since then.  McLay will become the permanent chief on September 15th.  He spent most of his 35-year law enforcement career in Madison, where he rose to captain before leaving earlier this year.  McLay spent the past year as a contract consultant for the International Association of Chiefs-of-Police.  The Pittsburgh City Council still needs to approve his hiring.

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It's prime-time for gamblers in Wisconsin, as the football season begins and the Major League Baseball playoffs arrive in a month.  The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling urges folks to keep an eye on their friends and relatives who gamble a lot.  That's especially true as N-F-L teams march toward the February Super Bowl, when calls for help to the group's gambling hotline are at their peak.  Rose Gruber of the Problem Gambling Council says about half the call to the help-line as from family members noticing issues with loved ones.  Family finances often bring those issues to light.  Gruber says there are a few things to remember in playing responsibly -- consider it a cost of entertainment, expect to lose more than you win, stick to a dollar limit, never gamble with credit, don't chase after lost money, and don't use gambling as a crutch to deal with pain or let it take over your life.  The state gambling helpline number is toll-free at 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely, with lingering pain in his right throwing shoulder.  In a statement released today, coach Gary Andersen said Stave had "some issues" with the shoulder over the past couple of weeks.  The coach said the best thing to do is to "shut it down, and give him some rest."  Back-up tight end T-J Watt was also ruled out indefinitely, with a right knee injury.  Andersen said it required surgery, but there's still a chance Watt can return before the Big Ten season ends.  Stave missed the final week of spring practices due to the shoulder pain, from an injury he suffered in last January's Capital One Bowl. In the Big Ten's teleconference today, Andersen said redshirt sophomore Bart Houston would be the backup behind Tanner McEvoy when the Badgers play their home opener on Saturday against Western Illinois.  Freshman D-J Gillins will be the Number-three quarterback.  McEvoy completed 8-of-24 passes last Saturday in the loss to L-S-U for 50 yards and two interceptions.  It was his first start at quarterback, after playing safety a year ago.  Houston completed his only pass attempt in 2013 for eight yards.

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Former Badgers' pass rusher J-J Watt has become the highest-paid defender in the N-F-L.  The Houston Chronicle was the first to report that the Texans' defensive end has signed a six-year deal worth 100-million dollars, which includes a total of almost 52-million in guaranteed money.  That includes a 10-million dollar signing bonus to go with his 907-thousand-dollar salary for his fourth N-F-L campaign this fall.  The extension begins in 2016 and runs through 2021, when Watt turns 32.  The Pewaukee native has a news conference planned late this afternoon to talk about his new deal.  Watt was the N-F-L's 11th overall draft pick in 2011.  He's considered by many to be the league's best defensive player, after he amassed 31 sacks in his previous two seasons.  Watt started all 48 regular season contests in his first three years with Houston with 27 pass break-ups, eight forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries.  The new contract comes a couple weeks after Watt gingerly mentioned his lack of a new deal, while others in his draft class were starting to get huge extensions and rookies were getting more than him -- like his new line partner Jadeveon Clowney. 

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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy is looking for big things from Randall Cobb in his contract year.  The fourth-year receiver is coming off an extended leg injury from a year ago.  Today, McCarthy told reporters that Cobb has had an excellent off-season and training camp -- and as he matures, Cobb is probably stronger than he's ever been.  The coach also said Cobb will handle punt returns on Thursday night, when the Packers open the new season at Seattle.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for three big things tonight, when they play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  First, the Brewers need to win -- and Saint Louis needs to lose to Pittsburgh -- for the Crew to regain a share of first-place with the Cardinals in the National League Central.  Second, Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo is looking for his sixth straight winning decision on the Cubs' home diamond.  He's 5-and-0 in his last seven starts at the Friendly Confines, with a one-point-seven-seven E-R-A.  Gallardo is also 5-and-0 in his last eight road starts overall.  Finally, the Brewers' offense is looking to tee off against Cubs' right-hander Jake Arietta.  The Milwaukee offense is only batting .193 during its current six-game losing streak.  They've scored just under two runs during the skid.  The Brewers have not lost seven in a row since July 6th-through-12th.  Milwaukee is 7-and-7 this year against the last-place Cubs.

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The Brewers announced three more September call-ups today.  They're adding infielders Jason Rogers, Matt Clark, and Hector Gomez from Triple-"A" Nashville, which ended its season yesterday.  The 26-year-old Rogers moved from first base to third for the Sounds this year.  He led the team with a .316 batting average with eleven homers and 39 R-B-I's.  The 27-year-old Clark came over from the New York Mets' farm system in July.  He batted .313 for Nashville with a .976 on-base plus slugging percentage.  The 26-year-old Gomez had his best year in 2014 with Nashville.  He batted .282 with 15 homers and 49 R-B-I's -- and he hit .385 in his final ten contests.  To make room on the Brewers' 40-man roster, the team designated outfielder Caleb Gindl for assignment -- and they released right-hander Hiram Burgos.  Gindl was an occasional Milwaukee call-up.  He hit .227 at Nashville.  Burgos had shoulder issues and made just four starts this year.

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The U-W Green Bay men's soccer team is 1-and-1, after losing at home to DePaul 4-to-3 in overtime on Labor Day.  The Phoenix were a man short on the field for over 50 minutes, after goal-keeper Dani Alvarado was given a red card.  He went off his line to prevent a goal in a one-on-one situation. DePaul scored three times under the one-man advantage.  Jordan Dover had two goals for Green Bay.  His teammate Audi Jepson had a goal and two assists.  Anthony Hunter scored the game-winner for the Blue Demons in the 93rd minute, as DePaul improved to 1-and-1 on the young season.

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Wisconsin players won three-of-the-four weekly honors in Midwest Conference soccer.  In men's play, Sam Lamers of Saint Norbert was named the offensive player-of-the-week -- while Ripon College goal-tender Cody Messerschmidt won the league's defensive honors.  Kaitlyn Lueck of Ripon was given the women's weekly award on defense.  Lamers, a sophomore forward, had one goal and one assist when Saint Norbert blanked Platteville 2-to-nothing on Sunday.  It was the Green Knights' first victory over a W-I-A-C school since 2006.  Messerschmidt, a senior goal-tender, did not allow a goal in 155 minutes of play.  Lueck, a senior defender, helped the Ripon defense allow just six shots in a 6-nothing shut-out at Lakeland.  Cornell College forward Emily Snider won the Midwest offensive women's soccer award. 

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The North Dakota State football team has high praise for northeast Wisconsin native Brian Schaetz (shatts).  The junior nose guard played virtually every snap on defense and made some key tackles in the Bison's 34-to-14 season-opening victory over Iowa State.  Assistant coach Tom Polasek, who recruited Schaetz, said he takes a lot of pride in his player's development -- and his hard work has rubbed off on other North Dakota State players.  N-D-S-U is ranked first in the Championship Sub-division.  

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Minnesota News from MNN - 9/2/14

"Minnesota Summary"  9-2-14

Minneapolis Woman Struck And Killed By Green Line LRT

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Authorities have identified the woman struck and killed by a light-rail train Sunday near the Minneapolis-St.Paul border.  Metro Transit officials 42-year-old Shana Buchanan of Minneapolis may have been wearing headphones as she attempted to cross the tracks on a pedestrian walkway.  Buchanan died at the scene on University Avenue.  She is the first fatality since the Green Line opened in mid-June.
 
Rochester Man Stabbed In City Park

(Rochester, MN)  --  A Rochester man says he was stabbed Sunday afternoon in a city park.  The 21-year-old told police he was walking through Bear Creek Park near Mayo High School when a man came up from behind and assaulted him.  The victim says the man cut him in the face, near his right eye.  He called a friend, who drove him to the hospital.

Atwater Woman Says Police Chief Killed Son's Pet Chicken
**MEDIA REFERENCE**

(Atwater, MN)  --  A west-central Minnesota woman has filed a complaint against the Atwater police chief, saying he trespassed on her property, killed her son's pet chicken and left the bird's decapitated head near the backyard chicken coop.  Ashley Turnbull told the St. Paul Pioneer Press she knew having chickens was violating city ordinance and admits she was told to remove them, but believes Police Chief Trevor Berger went too far in killing the bird.  Berger says he was enforcing a 54-year-old city ordinance and responding to a neighbor's repeated complaints.  The incident is expected to be a topic during the Atwater City Council meeting tomorrow (Wed), when Chief Berger intends to present a proposed ordinance to allow chickens in the city -- which the council asked him to prepare earlier this year.

Albert Lea Hotel Robbed

(Albert Lea, MN)  --  An Albert Lea hotel was robbed at gunpoint late last (Mon) night.  Police say two men with a gun held up the Holiday Inn Express on East Main Street and ran off with an unknown amount of money.  They were wearing dark clothing and their faces were mostly covered.  No shots were fired and no one was hurt. 

Cargill Purchasing ADM Chocolate Business

(Wayzata, MN)  --  Minnesota-based Cargill has agreed to purchase Archer Daniels Midland Company's global chocolate business for 440 million dollars.  Bryan Wurscher, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America, says the acquisition will bring together great people with a deep passion and commitment to producing excellent chocolate and the company's customers, "will benefit from a broader product portfolio, greater access to innovation and product development support."  The transaction includes ADM's three North American chocolate plants, located in Milwaukee, Pennsylvania and Ontario and three in Europe.  Cargill will gain about 700 new employees.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in the United States and the European Union, and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

UMD Football Players Cited For Underage Drinking

(Duluth, MN)  --  Around two dozen University of Minnesota Duluth football players have been cited for underage drinking at a weekend party.  School officials say the university is dealing with the matter internally.  Police were called to a large house party overnight Sunday where the players were cited.  No word yet on what disciplinary action will be taken by school officials. 

All-Day Kindergarten Now In Most Minnesota School Districts

(Undated)  --  A majority of Minnesota school districts are now offering free all-day kindergarten.  State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius (cuh-SELL'-ee-us) says it's a great stepping stone in a child's education, with concepts and content that students learn in kindergarten building for first grade, first grade building for second grade and so on.  Minnesota is following a national trend of getting students into school earlier in hopes they will do better academically and need fewer interventions as they progress through school.

Counterfeit $100 Bills Found In Brainerd

(Brainerd, MN)  --  Police in Brainerd are investigating at least eight reports of counterfeit 100-dollar bills being used or found in the past week.  A 25-year-old woman was arrested for trying to pay with one at a local business.  Investigators say the fake hundreds look like the real thing, but say "For Motion Picture Use Only" in the upper right corner and the picture of Benjamin Franklin has raised eyebrows and different lips.  The counterfeit also has a different feel than genuine paper money.  The U-S Secret Service has been notified.  Anyone with information should contact the Brainerd Police Department.

Minnesota Couple Paddling To Washington DC

(Grand Portage, MN)  --  A Minnesota couple is traveling two-thousand miles by canoe and sailboat to Washington D.C. to speak out against sulfide mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  Amy and Dan Freeman departed from Ely just over a week ago and reached Grand Portage over the weekend.  They're now sailing down the North Shore and Dan Freeman says they'll do events all along the way -- tonight in Grand Marais, later in Knife River and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Duluth.  About 600 miles of the Freemans' trip will be by sailboat.  The other 14-hundred miles they plan to travel by canoe.  You can track their progress at paddle-to-dc-dot-org  (paddletodc.org).

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
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A big political attack has been launched in the campaign for Wisconsin attorney general.  The conservative Media Trackers said Democratic candidate Susan Happ gave a deferred prosecution agreement for child sexual assault to a man who bought property from Happ and her husband.  Happ's campaign manager said it wasn't like that at all.  The salvo comes at a time when most voters are still trying to figure out what Happ and her Republican attorney general opponent Brad Schimel stand for.  Last week's Marquette Law School poll said around three-quarters of voters didn't know enough about either one yet to form an opinion.  Media Trackers said Happ, the Jefferson County D-A, agreed earlier this year to reduce felony charges against Daniel Reynolds to a disorderly conduct violation if he stayed clean for a year.  The Journal Sentinel said Happ and her husband sold property to Reynolds in 2009 under a 180-thousand dollar land contract which was paid off three years later.  Schimel's camp accused Happ of "cutting deals for an alleged child rapist who has financial ties to her family."  But Happ campaign manager Joshua Lease said there's more to the story.  He said Reynolds was renting a house owned by Happ's husband before he got married -- and the decision to file charges in the sex case was made by the assistant D-A and not Happ. Lease also said the assistant made the decision on the deferred prosecution deal.  

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A 120-year-old chocolate business in Milwaukee is about to get its third owner in the last two decades.  The Cargill food conglomerate said today it would purchase the global chocolate operations of another agricultural giant, Archer Daniels Midland.  The sale includes the Ambrosia cocoa processing plant on Milwaukee's far northwest side.  Cargill is also buying A-D-M chocolate operations in Pennsylvania, Canada, Germany, England, and Belgium for a total price of 440-million dollars.  The deal is expected to be finalized in the first half of next year, and then the Hampton Pennsylvania plant will close. About 700 current A-D-M employees will transfer over to Cargill.  Ambrosia Chocolate was founded in 1894 by Otto Schoenleber.  W-R Grace and Company bought the firm in 1964.  Its distinctive chocolate aroma was enjoyed by folks throughout downtown Milwaukee for years -- until it moved to the northwest side in 1992 and started a new cocoa processing unit.  Archer Daniels Midland bought Grace Cocoa in 1997.

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The first day of school is always hard for youngsters and their parents.  But most families got off easy compared to the Beffel family of Brookfield.  Nine brothers and sisters in that family started classes today, ranging from four-year-old kindergarten to the senior year of high school.  Their mother, Marisa Beffel, tells W-T-M-J T-V in Milwaukee that she dropped off supplies at the kids' respective schools so there was no confusion on Day-One.  She also said she'd be lost without her calendar -- the one that lists school activities and schedules for all nine children.  High school junior Lexi Beffel says it gets hectic at her house in the mornings, but it's like a party every day.  If the enrollments are like last year, about 880-thousand Wisconsin kids are attending public schools in 424 districts this fall.  Most of those districts began classes today.  

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World / National Midday Summary - 9/2/14

Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case begins today in federal court, 13 months after the Michigan city became the largest U-S city to ever file for bankruptcy.  Detroit wants to cut 12-billion dollars in unsecured debt to five-billion.  Most of the creditors have endorsed the plan of adjustment put together.  It includes commitments from the state, some major corporations, foundations and others to chip in 800-million dollars over 20 years to ease the cuts to the city pension system.  Bond insurers off the strongest opposition.

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The White House says it is doing all it can to win the “earliest possible” release of three Americans being held in North Korea.  The U-S is said to be following the cases very closely and securing their released is called a “top priority.”  The three Americans were allowed to speak to foreign media Monday while being watched closely by North Korean officials.  All three said they think the only solution is for a U-S representative to come to North Korea to make a direct appeal to their captors.

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U-S Senator Chuck Schumer reports there has been a breakthrough on efforts to hold foreign countries accountable when they back terrorism.  The New York Democrat is author of the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.”  It would allow families to sue groups and countries which fund terrorist organizations.  After facing some serious challenges, the bill will be considered next week as Congress returns to Washington.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will take it up a week from Thursday – on 9-11.

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Apple has a huge media event scheduled for next week.  The computer giant is expected to take the wraps off its new iPhone-6 and, at the same time, announce the approach of Apple “wearables.”  One tech website says while a major wearable announcement is basically a given, the creation Apple chooses to reveal won’t actually be available for purchase until some time next year.

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In Colorado, the Weld County coroner says three of the five people killed in a small plane crash north of Denver were children.  Tori Rains-Wedan and her three sons – 15-year-old Mason and 11-year-old twins Austin and Hunter – died in Sunday’s crash.  The pilot of the Piper P-A-46 has not been named, but he died, too.  That plane came down in a grassy field near the Erie Municipal Airport.  Rains-Wedan was owner of Educated Minds, a company which offers education classes to real estate agents.



Nebraska Midday Summary - 9/2/14

The Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments on a question involving the Keystone X-L pipeline this week.  Landowners, with the backing of environmental groups, are challenging the state law which has the Public Service Commission deciding where that pipeline would be placed.  The federal government is waiting until the Nebraska court case is decided.  Even though the state court will hear arguments this Friday, no decision is expected before next year.

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Neighborhoods in extreme northeastern Nebraska spent Labor Day not cooking out, but cleaning up.  Severe thunderstorms caused damage in the Dakota City area.  Winds were recorded at 80 miles per hour.  Power lines were knocked down and structural damage was done.  The same storm also did damage in Iowa and blew semi tractor-trailer trucks over onto their sides.  The biggest problem for Dakota City was the damage to the power grid.  Some residents still aren’t back online.
(Thanks, Jerry Oster, WNAX)

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Lincoln police have arrested a man in a home invasion robbery last month.  The victim says two men kicked in his door while breaking into his house.  Twenty-two-year-old Colby Barrett is the man taken into custody.  The victim says Barrett and another suspect punched him, stealing his phone and Kindle Fire.  Lincoln say they are still looking for the second suspect in that crime.


Missouri Midday Summary - 9/2/14

U-S Senator Claire McCaskill starts hearings on the militarization of police departments next week.  One issue the Missouri Democrat expects her committee to discuss is whether federal law should require all police officers to wear body cameras.  The Ferguson police officer involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown wasn’t wearing one.  McCaskill says she thinks the cameras would help cut down on racial profiling.  She also thinks their use could avoid a lot of misinformation and could head off the mob mentalities which take over in some situations. 

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A request from teenager Michael Brown’s father has delayed plans for a civil disobedience march to block traffic in St. Louis.  Brown is the black teenager shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson last month.  Supporters had planned the traffic stoppage to call attention to their demands.  It had been scheduled for Labor Day afternoon.  Now, it has been put on hold.  Protesters want Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fired and they want the governor to appoint a special prosecutor. 

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Manufacturing supervisors in the Kansas City area say they are running into a big problem – they can’t find enough skilled workers to fill their open jobs.  U-S manufacturing is in the middle of a major comeback from jobs lost during the recession.  Right now, there are an estimated 600-thousand manufacturing positions which are unfilled.  Several manufacturers in the Kansas City area say their positions would pay 14-to-25-dollars an hour.  They say they simply can’t find the talent they need to run their sophisticated factory equipment. 

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U-S Senator Roy Blunt tells a St. Joseph audience that Missourians are concerned about executive overreach and excessive regulation by the Obama administration.  The Missouri Republican says he has introduced the ENFORCE the Law Act in the Senate to stop runaway executive branch power grabs and force President Obama to uphold the U-S Constitution.  Blunt’s bill would authorize a federal lawsuit against the executive branch for failing to execute the laws. 

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It was the kind of discovery no restaurant employee expects to make.  A worker at a Cheddar’s restaurant in Springfield found a .357 inside a restroom stall Sunday night.  The employee quickly called 9-1-1 and the owner was tracked down.  It was found that weapon belonged to a police officer visiting the Dallas area.  The officer returned and picked up his gun.


Iowa Midday Summary - 9/2/14

The trial starts next month for a Mason City man accused of torturing and killing a dog, then leaving his infant daughter alone in the house.  Twenty-six-year-old Dacota Alan Witham has pleaded not guilty to animal torture charges.  His trial starts October 7th.  He also faces separate charges of domestic abuse assault and child endangerment.  That trial is scheduled to start October 28th.  When police went to investigate an assault report August 9th, then found a dog in his garage which had been killed in an inhumane way.  Witham remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to investigate the crash of a small plane in a soybean field near Marshalltown Monday evening.  The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year-old Jason Stone was flying from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Marshalltown Municipal Airport when he suffered engine problems a little before 6 p-m.  While the plane was coming down, mud in the field caused the front wheel and nose of the plane to get stuck – and the plane flipped over.  Stone was the only one in the plane and he wasn’t hurt.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 50 people participated in its Mussel Blitz this year on the Iowa River.  Some divers go into the deeper water, but most of the volunteers and paid workers from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service counted the clams in the shallow areas of the river.  The D-N-R needs the help to build a history of the freshwater clam or mussel population in Iowa.  At one time Iowa was home to 54 species.  Now, about a dozen of them have disappeared. 

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The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group says it will celebrate a popular feature of American home architecture later this month – the porch.  People taking part will visit at least 10 porches in the Ash Park District of Mount Vernon, which features many Victorian-era homes.  The event will run from 11 a-m to 4 p-m Sunday, September 21st.  It will include a couple of educational seminars on the history of the domestic porch and porch design and restoration. 


Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #1

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Archer Daniels Midland said today it will sell its global chocolate business -- including a plant in Milwaukee -- to Cargill for 440-million dollars.  The Milwaukee plant will stay open.  The A-D-M agri-business giant said the sale would let the firm re-deploy capital to other parts of its conglomerate and improve its returns.  Cargill says the A-D-M chocolate plants are an excellent fit with its existing chocolate business -- and its customers will be better served.  All told, about 700 A-D-M employees will be transferred to the privately-held Cargill, a Minnesota-based agricultural giant that provides food, financial, and industrial products.  The sale involves chocolate manufacturing and cocoa processing plants in Milwaukee, Hazelton Pennsylvania, Canada, England, Belgium, and Germany.  Of those, only Hazelton will close once the deal is finalized.  That's expected to be in the first half of next year.  The Milwaukee plant is among those that produce chocolates, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and cocoa liquor for numerous companies in the confectionery, dairy, bakery, and beverage industries.

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A criminal contempt charge will not be filed against a former friend of Milwaukee Brewers' outfielder Ryan Braun.  Ralph Sasson was arrested in July, after he posted parts of his own deposition on You-Tube in his lawsuit against Braun.  Circuit Judge Paul Van Grunsven said the video went against a previous order that all evidence in the case be sealed.  In June, Van Grunsven dropped Sasson's lawsuit, which alleged that Braun defamed Sasson and failed to pay him for helping defend Braun against allegations that he violated Major League Baseball's anti-drug rules.  After the district attorney's office decided not to prosecute the contempt matter, Sasson -- a law student -- told the Journal Sentinel he spent an "extraordinary amount of time" making sure his video was legal.  Sasson said he believes the contempt matter was dropped because he disclosed information from a deposition by Braun's agent -- which he said was made to the players' union and therefore not part of his lawsuit.  He also made it clear that the dismissal of his suit will be appealed.

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An A-T-V driver was killed after colliding with two passenger vehicles on the Highway 29 expressway near Edgar in central Wisconsin.  It happened about 9:40 last night in the Marathon County town of Rib Falls.  Sheriff's deputies said the A-T-V was going north when it was crossing the four-lane expressway.  The all-terrain unit collided with two westbound vehicles on 29.  The A-T-V rider died at the scene.  One of the other drivers was taken to a Wausau hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The name of the person killed was not immediately released.  

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Wheeler News - Noon State Sports - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Noon State Sports

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After knocking the Milwaukee Brewers out of first, the Chicago Cubs will try to keep playing the spoiler's role tonight when they face the Brewers again at Wrigley Field.  The Brewers ended a team-record 150 straight days atop the National League Central Division with a 4-to-2 loss to the Cubbies on Labor Day.  The Crew has a six-game losing streak, and is a game behind division-leading Saint Louis. Tonight, Brewers' right-hander Yovani Gallardo will take the mound for Milwaukee against Cubs' ace Jake Arietta.  Gallardo is 8-and-7 with a three-point-two-six E-R-A.  He threw six scoreless innings last Wednesday at San Diego and escaped with a no-decision in a one-run Milwaukee loss.  Gallardo has a solid one-point-seven-three E-R-A in his last four starts.  On August 11th at Wrigley, Gallardo held the Cubs to a run on six hits over seven innings in a victory.  Arietta is 7-and-5 with a two-point-eight-eight E-R-A.  He gave up two earned runs in seven-and-a-third frames in that same August 11th contest.  Arietta has dropped three of his last five decisions.  

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After nine minor league seasons, Door County high school reliever Erik Cordier (cord'-ee-er) has become a September Major League call-up.  He'll join the San Francisco Giants tonight at Colorado.  Cordier was a standout at Southern Door High School in Brussels.  He was drafted by Kansas City in the second round in 2004.  Cordier also spent time in the Atlanta and Pittsburgh organizations before signing with the Giants last winter.  Along the way, Cordier had Tommy John elbow surgery and a major knee injury.  The hard-throwing right-hander went 4-and-3 this year at Triple-"A" Fresno with three saves, and an E-R-A of three-point-five-nine.

(Thanks Nick Olson, WDOR, Sturgeon Bay)

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The Green Bay Packers can expect to see a much-improved Russell Wilson on Thursday night at Seattle.  The former Wisconsin Badgers' quarterback is in his third year in the N-F-L, all as a starter for the Seahawks.  Coach Pete Carroll says he's "thrilled" with how Wilson has matured during the off-season -- after he won a Super Bowl ring for the Seahawks in February.  In 13 series during the exhibition games, Wilson had 11 scoring drives -- nine of which ended in touchdowns.  He threw for 437 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions while completing 79-percent of his passes.  Wilson also scored three rushing T-D's.  Carroll said Wilson is in "great control" over what's happening on the field -- and he's playing faster and more comfortably than ever.  The coach said it helps Seattle including a larger package of plays in its game-plans.  Wilson played extensively in the pre-season to develop his rhythm, unlike Packers' Q-B Aaron Rodgers -- who looked to be in mid-season while playing the two middle exhibitions, and sitting out the first and last.

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Wisconsin defensive linemen Warren Herring and Konrad Zagzebski both escaped long-term injuries in Saturday night's loss at L-S-U.  The senior Zagzebski was carted out on a stretcher and checked out at a hospital, after he took a blow to the head-and-neck area.  Coach Gary Andersen said yesterday that Zagzebski could be ready to return for the Badgers' home opener against Western Illinois this Saturday.  If not, he'll most likely return after Wisconsin's first bye for the October 20th home game against Bowling Green.  Herring injured a knee on the final play of the third quarter.  Andersen said the senior is day-to-day, and he should be back shortly.  He's expected to miss the Western Illinois contest, and return after the bye.

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Wisconsin volleyball junior Taylor Morey has been named the Big Ten Conference defensive player-of-the-week.  Morey, a libero, had a match-high 16 digs against Louisville, and a match-high 15 against Notre Dame at the Big Ten-A-C-C Challenge tournament this past weekend in Minneapolis.  Morey is a transfer from Notre Dame, and is in her second season with the Badgers.  Wisconsin won both matches three-sets-to-none.  It helped the Badgers rise two spots to Number-four in this week's national coaches' poll. 

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Minnesota News from MNN - 9/2/14

Minnesota Summary        9/2/14

School Levies

(St. Paul, MN) --  More Minnesota school districts this November will ask voters to approve property tax increases for building construction than in the last election, according to a preliminary survey by the Minnesota School Boards Association.  Spokesman Greg Abbott says a lot has to do with the state fully-funding instructional costs for all-day kindergarten.  He says a lot of the building requests are for additions to elementary schools, or additions to middle schools so sixth-graders can be moved over.  And he says this year Greater Minnesota appears to have more bond referendums scheduled than the metro area

Minnesota Governor to Talk Diversion Project in Moorhead Today

(Moorhead, MN)  --  Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be in Breckenridge and Moorhead in the next couple of days to talk about the massive flood diversion plan.  Recently, Dayton has pushed the federal government to stop work on the plan, including funding, until his state can carry out an environmental review.  A meeting is set for tonight at the Wilkin County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m.  There's another meeting on the flood diversion scheduled for tomorrow at Moorhead City Hall at 9 a.m.

>Minnesota Residents Owed Over $600 Million by the State

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The state of Minnesota has over 600-million dollars of unclaimed assets that have not been returned to their rightful owners.  "The Minneapolis Star Tribune" reports around 50-thousand people are owed money from a number of different sources including old bank accounts and safe deposit boxes.  Those owed money include Prince and Senator Amy Klobuchar.  The state says they no longer notify people through the mail but they can use the website missing-money.com to find out if they have any unclaimed assets.

Man Seriously Injured In Hit and Run

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A 23-year-old man has been seriously injured following a hit and run accident in Minneapolis.  An off-duty officer witnessed a car hit 23-year-old Luis Angel Cruz-Guzman while he was crossing east Lake Street early Monday morning. The same officer was able to pull over and arrest the driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Kaleb Conway. Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. As of Monday, Cruz-Guzman was in critical condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Search Continues For Missing Annandale Man

(Annandale, MN)  --  The search continues for a missing Annandale man who has not been seen since August 22nd.  Christopher Rossing was last seen at Troubles Bar in Howard Lake. The 25-year-old's car was found nearby with the keys inside. A reward of five-thousand-dollars is being offered for any information that helps bring him home. 

Missing Woman in BWCA Found Unharmed

(St. Louis County, MN)  --  A 40-year-old woman who wandered away from a campsite in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, just inside the U.S. waters on the U.S./Canadian border, wandered back in just as a massive search effort was gaining momentum.  The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the woman was with a group of about 20 people from a community college in Iowa and had walked away from the campsite the night before.  She wasn't hurt, and told investigators that it had become too dark during her walk to get back safely and she thought it best to stay put and try to find the campsite after daylight.

State Fair On Pace to Set All Time Attendance Record

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Officials of the Minnesota State Fair should find out today if this year's festivities set an all-time attendance record. If 126-thousand people passed through the gates on Monday, the 2014 state fair will break the record set in 2009 when there were one-point-79-million-visitors. This year's fair has already set single records for the sixth and tenth days. 
 
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Wheeler News - Morning State News #4 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Morning State News #4

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Communities along Lake Michigan from Port Washington to Two Rivers can apply to become marine sanctuaries.  The designations could bring more protections for natural resources, and more research into various shipwrecks in the big lake.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designates marine sanctuaries.  There's only one along the Great Lakes -- the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena Michigan.  It has a visitor center which attracts 80-thousand people a year.  Manitowoc County officials say they could get tourism and educational benefits from a marine sanctuary status.  Officials say the new application area covers 875 square miles of Lake Michigan, with 33 known shipwrecks and possibly many more.  The N-O-A-A expects the first applications for the new status this fall. 

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A Minnesota college student remains in a coma, two-and-a-half weeks after he fell from a parking ramp in Milwaukee during a night of drinking.  According to the Mankato Free Press, Giovanni Quiroz of North Mankato got separated from friends on August 16 -- and he couldn't call them because he didn't have his phone on him.  The group waited for a half-hour and then went to a friend's house under the assumption that Quiroz would catch up to them.  Instead, they learned that he fell from a parking ramp about two blocks away.  The Mankato newspaper said Quiroz's family and friends are heartbroken -- and they want to know the circumstances from that night.  

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A federal appeals court has upheld a 30-year prison sentence for a man convicted of transporting a 13-year-old girl to Wisconsin to have sex with her. Forty-seven year old Archie Whalen of Maine was convicted of taking the girl from her home at Owensboro Kentucky to Sturgeon Bay in 2009.  An Amber Alert was issued, and authorities found the girl a day later.  Officials said Whalen met the youngster in Maine, when she and her mother lived there for a short time.  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both the conviction and the prison sentence, which Whalen is serving in Marion Illinois. 

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A Watertown man killed in a weekend motorcycle crash in Sheboygan County has been identified as 52-year-old Clyde Olson.  Sheriff's deputies said the rear of the bike wobbled and lost control.  It overturned on the roadway, and came to rest in a ditch.  Olson was pronounced dead on arrival at a Sheboygan hospital.  The mishap occurred Sunday afternoon on County Trunk "V" near Oostburg.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #3 - 9/2/14

Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Morning State News #3

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Most Wisconsin public schools are starting their fall classes this morning. Almost 880-thousand youngsters attended nearly 23-hundred school buildings in the last school year.  We won't know this fall's enrollment until later this month.  Governor Scott Walker was scheduled to be on hand for the first ringing of the bell at a school in Milwaukee.  State school Superintendent Tony Evers says the new year holds a lot of promise.  New tests will be given on the state's tougher Common Core standards for math and English.  A new teacher evaluation system will also be used statewide. 

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It hasn't been the hottest summer in Wisconsin -- but temperatures were still above normal in August in spots.  The National Weather Service in La Crosse said the city's average high was 83-degrees, and the average low was 64. Still, La Crosse did not have a high above 90 last month.  The mercury hit 90 on both the 24th-and-25th of August -- and there were no records broken during the month.  On Labor Day, thunderstorms rumbled through parts of the Badger State -- mainly in the western half.  Oxford had winds up to 40 miles an hour.  Parts of Barron County had almost two-inches of rain Sunday night and early yesterday.  In Superior, three-quarter-inch hail fell early last evening.  A couple waves of low pressure are supposed to move through Wisconsin the next two days, bringing new chances of rain and thunderstorms and highs in the 70's-and-80's.  Forecasters said severe weather is possible on Thursday.

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A man shot-and-killed in Madison over the Labor Day Weekend has been identified by police as 25-year-old Darren Goodwan.  The Madison man was found early Saturday along a west side street.  He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.  Police officials said they had several good leads at last word, but no arrests were made.

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Suburban Milwaukee police are looking for a soccer player who kicked an opponent unconscious during a brawl triggered by fans at an adult league tournament.  It happened Sunday at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Police in Franklin released details yesterday.  They said one team's fans were taunting another.  Players from each team went into the stands to try and cool things down -- but they only made the situation worse, as they joined the altercation.  Four people were injured -- two security guards and two players, including the one who was kicked unconscious.  That player was taken to a hospital, and his condition was not disclosed.  Police said the kicker might face criminal charges.  No arrests were made as of yesterday. The three others who were injured were treated at the scene. 

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Minnesota Sports from MNN - 9/2/14

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Mauer Drives In Four, Twins Beat The Orioles

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Minnesota designated hitter Joe Mauer broke a three-all tie in the eighth with a two-run single off Andrew Miller, as the Twins beat the Orioles 6-4 at Camden Yards in Baltimore yesterday.  Mauer went 3-for-4 with a triple and drove in four runs for Minnesota, which avoided a four-game sweep.  Kennys Vargas added two hits and plated two in the win.  Phil Hughes permitted three unearned runs in eight innings to improve to 15-and-9.  Glen Perkins shut the door for his 33rd save.  Kevin Gausman gave up five runs, four earned, in seven-and-a-third innings to fall to 7-and-7.  Nelson Cruz and Nick Hundley both homered for the Birds, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.  Minnesota opens a two-game set with the White Sox tonight in Minneapolis.  Chicago was off yesterday and beat Detroit on Sunday.

Lynx Meet Mercury Tonight In Decisive Game Three

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Lynx meet the Mercury tonight in Phoenix in a decisive Game Three of the WNBA Western Conference Finals.  Seimone Augustus hit a go-ahead jumper with 23.3-seconds left as the Lynx stayed alive with an 82-77 victory in Game Two on Sunday at Target Center.  Tonight's winner will advance to play either Chicago or Indiana in the WNBA Finals.

Vikings Prep For Season Opener

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Vikings are preparing for their regular season opener against the Rams on Sunday in St. Louis.  Minnesota went a perfect 4-and-0 in the preseason.  The Vikings have won two straight in the series including a 36-22 victory in the most recent matchup in St. Louis in 2012.  The Vikes will not practice today and will begin implementing the gameplan tomorrow.

Gophers Gear Up For Middle Tennessee

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Golden Gophers are back to work this week as they prepare for Saturday's showdown with Middle Tennessee State at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  Minnesota opened the year with a 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois last Thursday.  Middle Tennessee crushed Savannah State 61-7 on Saturday to start the season.  Saturday's kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

Gophers 2014 Football Slate

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2014 schedule for the University of Minnesota football team (all home games at TCF Bank Stadium):

Thursday, August 28 - Gophers 42, Eastern Illinois 20 (final)
Saturday, September 6 - vs. Middle Tennessee State, 2:30pm
Saturday, September 13 - at TCU, 3pm
Saturday, September 20 - vs. San Jose State, TBD
Saturday, September 27 - at Michigan,
Saturday, October 4 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, October 11 - vs. Northwestern, TBD
Saturday, October 18 - vs. Purdue, 11am
Saturday, October 25 - at Illinois, 11am
Saturday, November 1 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, November 8 - vs. Iowa, TBD
Saturday, November 15 - vs. Ohio State, TBD
Saturday, November 22 - at Nebraska, TBD
Saturday, November 29 - at Wisconsin, TBD

U.S. Takes Unbeaten Mark Up Against New Zealand

(Bilbao, Spain)  --  The U.S. men's basketball team takes a 2-and-0 record into today's Group C contest against New Zealand at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.  The Americans defeated Finland on Saturday before coming from behind to down Turkey on Sunday.  Team USA currently sits atop its group with four points while New Zealand is last with two.  The other four teams in the group have a win and loss and hold three standings points.  The top four teams in each six-team group advance to the Round of 16.  Today's contest begins at 10:30 a.m.

Williams, Djokovic Advance At U.S. Open

(Flushing, NY)  --  Five-time champion Serena Williams is moving on at the U.S. Open.  The American cruised to an easy fourth-round victory on Monday, defeating Estonian slugger Kaia Kanepi (KY-ah KAH-nep-ee) 6-3, 6-3 at Ashe Stadium.  Williams moves to the quarterfinals where she will face Flavia Pennetta (FLAH-vee-ah pe-NET-ah), who defeated Casey Dellacqua (KAY-see deh-LACK-wah).  Also Monday, Ekaterina Makarova (ee-KAT-eh-REE-nuh mah-KAH-ro-vuh) bounced Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard (yoo-JEE-nee boo-SHARD) to reach her second straight U.S. Open quarterfinal.  Makarova will next face Victoria Azarenka (az-uh-RANK-uh), who survived a scare from Aleksandra Krunic.  On the men's side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic (JOE-kuh-vitch) rolled past German Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the quarters.  He will face Great Britain's Andy Murray, who beat France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (joe-WILL-freed SONG-guh) in straight sets.  Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka secured his spot in the quarterfinals by downing Tommy Robredo (rob-BRAY-doe) of Spain.  Wawrinka will meet Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KORE-ee), who outlasted Canada's Milos Raonic (MEE-loce RAH-nitch) in a five-set match that ended at nearly 1:30 a.m.

Tony Stewart Crashes In Return To Racing

(Hampton, GA)  --  Tony Stewart crashed in his return to racing on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Stewart wrecked halfway through the Oral-B 500 and finished 41st.  He missed the previous three races after his car struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a dirt-track race August 9th in upstate New York.  Stewart started 12th and quickly made his way into the top-six, but after a restart on lap 122, he made contact with the wall while battling Kyle Busch for position.  He managed to continue in the race but his night came to a premature end on lap 172 when he blew his right-front tire and crashed into the wall.  Kasey Kahne (KAIN) won the race on Saturday.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 9/2/14

"Minnesota Summary"  9-2-14

Twin Cities Murder Suspect May Have Robbed Blaine Bank

(Blaine, MN) --  A Twin Cities man wanted for allegedly murdering his former boyfriend and business partner in Arden Hills last month may have robbed a Blaine bank at gunpoint Sunday afternoon.  According to police the picture of a man who robbed the TCF bank matched the description of 44-year-old Lyle "Ty" Hoffman.  Police believe that the suspect may be tainted with red dye from a dye pack added to the money pouch.  Deputies believe Hoffman shot 48-year-old Kelly Phillips and then ran him over before fleeing in Phillips' car on August 11th.  Anyone with information about the bank robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or call 911.  A 25-thousand dollar reward is being offered in the case.

Free All Day K Now Being Offered In MN

(St. Paul, MN) --  Majority of Minnesota School District's are now offering free all-day kindergarten.  Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius says this is a great stepping stone in a child's education.  She says around 60-thousand young learners are expected to participate in all-day k this school year.  Minnesota is following a national trend of getting students into school earlier in hopes they will do better academically and need fewer interventions as they progress through school.  Cassellius and Governor Dayton will be welcoming back students this morning(tues) at Garden City Elementary School in Brooklyn Center.(8:30)

School Bus Safety

(Undated) --  The start of a new school year means several-thousand daily school bus trips on Minnesota roads and the State Patrol is reminding drivers to be ready to stop and watch for kids.  Minnesota has a good school bus safety record and officials want to keep it that way.  The State Patrol has some safety reminders for parents and children.  Among them, not chasing a missed bus and following the driver's directions.  Also motorists must stop 20 feet from a school bus when its red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out.  Officials also  say it's always wise to look around to make sure a bus stop area is clear of kids before driving off. 

FEMA County Meetings Wrapping Up

(St. Paul, MN) --  State officials say by the end of this week they will have finished briefings in all counties eligible for federal assistance as a result of severe storms and flooding in June and July.  Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Kris Eide (EYE'-dee) says at this point total statewide damage to public infrastructure is estimated just over 40 million dollars -- and the federal government will pick up 75 percent of eligible costs.  The state's portion is expected to come in right around ten-million dollars.
Lawmakers set aside three million dollars in a disaster contingency fund, but it looks like the legislature will have to appropriate additional money.  Governor Dayton indicated last week he'd probably call a special session "in a few weeks."

CDC and Cell Phone Health Risks

(Undated)  --  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has softpeddled an earlier acknowlegement that Minnesotans may face health risks from cell phone use. In a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the CDC website experts first answered that is was too soon to know for sure if cell phones pose a health risk for children because they will have more exposure over a lifetime growing up with them.  Last week the answer was changed to simply, "It's not known if cell phone use by children can cause health problems." Jim Turner of Citizens for Health speculates the changes were triggered either by industry lobbyists, government officials, or both.
The agency has made other backtracking language changes to their website regarding cancer, and other health risks, from using cell phones.

12 Minnesota Fire Departments Honored

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Twelve Minnesota fire departments have been honored nationally for promoting fire prevention.  And the state rates second in the nation for receiving fire Life Safety Achievement Awards. To qualify for the award, fire departments must have zero fire deaths in residential structures, or a 10-percent reduction from the previous year, must demonstrate a commitment to preventing residential fires and must have an active fire prevention program. Only North Carolina had more award recipients than Minnesota.  The 12 fire departments that received the award are: Alexandria, Brainerd, Chaska, Hastings, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Moorhead, Roseville, Spring Lake and White Bear Lake.

Construction On Highway 52 Between Rochester And The Twin Cities Complete

(St. Paul, MN) --  A week late because of the weather, MN-DOT today (Tues) plans to remove the final traffic signal on Highway 52 between Rochester and the Twin Cities, putting into service an overpass and interchange ramps in Cannon Falls.  Goodhue County officials say they'll continue working on further safety improvements as the area's population and traffic volumes grow.

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