Friday, October 24, 2014

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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It was ten years ago today when Frank Jude was brutally kicked and beaten by off-duty Milwaukee police officers.  It happened in the early morning hours of October 24th, 2004, outside an officer's housewarming party.  Some of the officers accused Jude of stealing a police badge from the home.  It was never found on him.  Still, the officers kicked him in the head and body, jammed pens in his ears, pulled his fingers back, and used a knife to cut up his clothes.  Jude -- who's bi-racial -- said the officers gave him racial slurs.  Former Police Chief Nan Hegerty fired nine officers for either taking part in the incident or trying to hide information from investigators.  Three officers got suspensions, and a sergeant was demoted.  Three of the main offenders -- Andrew Spengler, Dan Masarik, and Jon Bartlett, will be in federal prison for up to seven more years.  They and four others were convicted of federal civil rights violations, after state charges did not win any convictions.  The 36-year-old Jude later won a two-million dollar civil judgment against the city of Milwaukee.  

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A state hotline has been set up to answer questions from Wisconsinites about the Ebola virus.  State health officer Karen McKeown says people understandably have concerns and questions -- even though the risk of catching the deadly Ebola is "extremely low."  Here's the toll-free number of the state's hotline -- 844-684-1064.  Also, there's information on the state Health Services Department's Web site, accessible at Wisconsin-Dot-Gov.

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Another contest is brewing for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Rock County Circuit Judge Jim Daley plans to announce on Monday that he'll run for the post held by incumbent Ann Walsh Bradley.  The general election is not until next April, but spokesman Brit Schiel said Daley is announcing his bid now so he can get off to an early start.  Bradley has served almost two decades on the state's highest court.  She was first elected in 1995 after being a circuit judge in Marathon County, and was re-elected in 2005.  Bradley is considered one of two consistent liberals on the Supreme Court, along with four conservatives and a swing vote.  Bradley has indicated that she'll run again, after registering a campaign committee early in September.  She plans to make a formal announcement sometime after the November fourth gubernatorial election.  

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Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 10/24/2014

Omaha police have started an investigation into a bank robbery that happened this morning (Friday). Police say were called to the bank around ten and are looking for two suspects. One of them used a gun during the robbery. The two men left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money in a maroon car.
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A young mountain lion has been shot and killed in northwest Nebraska.  The Nebraska Game and Park Commission says a homeowner in Dawes County shot the animal when the year- and-half-old female cougar approached his home and chicken coop. The body of the animal has been handed over to the commission.
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The beginning of two hunting seasons are scheduled to start this weekend. Nebraska Game and Parks Department officials say the quail and pheasant hunting seasons will open this weekend. And although pheasant numbers are down,  quail have had an increase in population. Hunters are reminded to be safe and ask farmers first to get permission before going on their property to hunt. ​

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 10/24/2014

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Tama beef processing facility. Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman says the opening of the plant is the beginning of economic growth for both the city and the state. Iowa Premium Beef will have about 600 employees at the processing plant, but the facility could hire up to 300 more people when it gets to full production.  The Tama plant will process Black Angus cattle.
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Iowa Supreme Court has overruled a lower court’s decision to allow witnesses to testify via video conferencing in a Dubuque County case. In 2012, Zachariah Rogerson crashed car causing injuries to three of his passengers and was charged with four counts unintentionally causing serious injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Dubuque County officials had moved for those passengers to testify by videoconferences, which Rogerson said it was a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses against him. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled there were not enough exceptional circumstances to use videoconferences for testimony, and the video conferences did not allow the face to face confrontation ensured by the Sixth Amendment.
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A central Iowa softball coach has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Jim Flaw, who is the softball coach Carlisle, was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine on Thursday. The school district says it is investigating Flaw’s arrest.
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Iowa City police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting a sandwich chain worker and stealing a handful of deli meet. Nineteen-year-old Trevor Boburka has been charged with aggravated theft and public intoxication for going into a downtown Jimmy Johns’, stealing roast beef, and punching an employee in the face. Store employees held Boburka until police arrived at to arrest him. ​

Missouri Afternoon News Summary 10/24/2014

St. Louis police have identified the body of a murder victim found Thursday night. Authorities say 32-year –old Michael Barnes was found on Durant Avenue and there is no known motive or suspect in his death. Barnes’ murder brings the city’s number of homicides to 118.
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An iconic Kansas City hotel and home to the city’s oldest restaurant has suffered significant damage following a fire Thursday afternoon. Fire Chief Paul Berardi says the fire started in the basement a spread to the first floor on the Savoy Restaurant. No one was eating at the restaurant at the time of the fire, and the guests present at the time of the fire made it out safely.
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A Kansas City man pled guilty to home robbery that turned into a homicide investigation.  Alonzo Ruff faces 10 felony charges in connection with the March 2013 murder of Aaron Markarian, who was a student at the University Missouri-Kansas City and the shootings of  three other students. Ruff and another man, Tony Williams, have both been charged following a home robbery. In exchange for his guilty plea,  prosecutors agreed to sentence him to 20 to 30 years in prison. He scheduled for sentencing in January.
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The Missouri prison system has donated more than 150 trees to Joplin. During a tornado that sweep across the city destroying most of what stood in its way, Joplin lost18-thousand trees. The donation from the Missouri Department of Corrections will replace 155 of those trees in an effort the help the city continue to bounce back from the 2011 natural disaster.  The Department of Corrections’ restorative program startedthe tree donation program for Joplin, but has decided to continue the program and donate 100 trees every year to various communities.
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A St. Louis teen accused of stealing an iPhone and taking selfies with it has been arrested. Authorities say 17-year-old Malik Johnson stole the phone from a 16-year-old girl at the MetroLink station. The girl logged into her photo iCloud and saw that Johnson had been taking pictures of himself. Those pictures were given to police who were able to identify the teen by tips called in. ​

World/National Afternoon News Summary 10/24/2014

Nurse Nina Pham held a news conference following her doctors’ announcement that she is Ebola free. Pham contracted the highly contagious disease while treating Thomas Duncan, who was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died about two weeks ago. Pham says she is looking forward to getting back to her normal life and while the ordeal was going on she put faith in God and her medical team treating her at National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Another nurse who treated Duncan has also been fighting the virus, Amber Vinson is being treated at an Atlanta hospital and her family hopes she will be released soon.
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The governor of a Mexican state has stepped down during a pending investigation into the mass kidnapping of students. Guerrero State has to look for a new governor after former Governor Angel Aguirre has stepped down  after 43 students from a teaching were handed over to a gang to avoid the group from protesting in a nearby city. Authorities says the Iguala police department had been infiltrated by the gang, and the federal government has taken over the investigation.
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A Texas teacher discovered a fully loaded gun in the backpack of one her prekindergarten students Thursday. The 4-year-old boy who goes to Rosendo Benavides Elementary School brought the gun to school that had 15 bullets and an empty chamber. Authorities have talked to the boy’s family to determine how he got the gun. The child told other students about the gun and that is how the teacher found out about the weapon. Investigators say they don’t believe the boy had any plans of using the gun.  
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An 11-year-old boy who shot a rare dear with a cross bow has been declared innocent of any wrong doing by Michigan state authorities. Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township shot the albino deer while hunting last week. He was criticized because of the rarity of the animal, which has not been protected by state law since 2008. Officials with the state’s D-N-R say there is no biological reason to protect the genetic trait that causes an deer to albino.
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One employee and 12 people at a Cleveland bar have been injured after the driver of a stolen pickup truck was involved in a high speed chase late Thursday evening in Ohio. Authorities say the driver of the truck was driving 40 miles-an-hour over the speed limit when they deployed stop sticks near Dover Gardens bar. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital. He is currently facing charges of aggravated robbery, but more charges could be coming soon. ​

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
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Former President Bill Clinton told Democratic supporters in Milwaukee today that electing Mary Burke as governor would not be a hard decision.  Clinton told hundreds of people at a downtown hotel that voters need to compare Wisconsin's economic recovery to that of other states.  He said the Badger State is one of the few that has fewer jobs now than before the Great Recession hit in 2008.  The Republican Walker credits his economic policies for creating 110-thousand jobs over the past four years -- but Burke counters that the state has 50-thousand fewer jobs than when she was the state's commerce secretary under Jim Doyle.  Clinton -- still a popular speaker almost 14 years after he left the White House -- said Wisconsinites want a governor who will "get you more jobs" and better-paying jobs.  Clinton added, "If you look at who's best qualified to do that, this is not a hard decision."  Burke also spoke at today's event, along with Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

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The state's chief prosecutor in the latest Walker John Doe investigation has turned down a request to have somebody else investigate him.  Milwaukee County D-A John Chisholm also denied an allegation that he pursued campaign law violations against Governor Scott Walker and others because his wife -- a teachers' union member -- was angry about losing most collective bargaining under Walker's Act-10 law.  Chisholm also says it's not true that his office leaked parts of the John Doe evidence to the media to make Republicans look bad.  All these allegations came from one of the targets of the John Doe, Wisconsin Club for Growth director Eric O'Keefe.  He asked for the investigation of the D-A, claiming a vendetta against conservatives which amounts to misconduct in office.  Chisholm said Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers could order an investigation of the D-A -- but only if O'Keefe is questioned under oath about his allegations.  Judge Kremers has not said if he'll go ahead with such a probe.  The John Doe has looked into claims that Walker and other Republicans illegally coordinated campaign fund-raising and other activities in the state's recall elections of 2011-and-'12.

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Here's a fringe benefit you don't see that often -- a free ride to work.  Eastbay, a Wausau sports-wear company, has been picking up employees in Merrill and Antigo, and given them rides to work of up to 40 minutes one-way.  Now, Eastbay is looking to expand its route to Abbotsford, about 35 miles to the west -- in order to assure adequate numbers of workers for the upcoming holiday season.  Kalli Yaklyvich, a recruiting supervisor for Eastbay's distribution center, says there are people close to Wausau who need work, but may not have the wheels to get there.  Yaklyvich tells W-S-A-W T-V that the rides are not a huge expense for Eastbay -- and it ensures that employees get to work on time.  

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Green Bay Packers' defensive end Datone Jones will not play in Sunday night's game at New Orleans.  He was officially ruled out today with an ankle injury suffered earlier this month against Minnesota.  Coach Mike McCarthy said he appreciated Jones pushing himself at practice this week -- but individual work clearly showed that he's not ready to return to a game.  Safety Morgan Burnett is listed as questionable for the Saints' contest with a calf injury suffered last Sunday against Carolina.  McCarthy said Burnett was still getting treatments today -- and he's making progress.  The coach said his staff still has two days to decide whether Burnett can play on Sunday night.  Corner Sam Shields is doubtful with a knee injury suffered two weeks ago at Miami.  Running back James Starks is probable with the injured ankle he suffered last Sunday.  The Packers remain tied with Detroit for first place in the N-F-C North Division, both at 5-and-2.  

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The Wisconsin women's hockey team will play at Bemidji State tonight and tomorrow.  The Badgers dropped from first-to-second in the national rankings after losing a pair last weekend at now-top-ranked Minnesota.  Wisconsin is 6-and-2 overall.  And despite scoring only two goals last weekend, the Badgers still have the nation's third-highest scoring offense with four goals per contest, while allowing just one-and-a-quarter goals per game.  Bemidji State comes into the series at 4-and-2.  Meanwhile, the Badger men's hockey team is off for the next two weeks.  They'll try to regroup after going 0-and-4 to start their season.

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U-W Whitewater is going for its eighth straight W-I-A-C women's tennis title at the league tournament tomorrow and Sunday in Madison.  The regular season standings count for one-third of each team's championship points.  Whitewater leads in that department as well, with seven points for the league's only 6-and-0 dual meet record.  La Crosse is second, followed by Eau Claire and Oshkosh. The top four schools after this weekend will advance to a team tournament next spring that will determine the W-I-A-C's representative in the N-C-A-A Division-Three tourney.  

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Hundreds of people showed up at Milwaukee's Hyatt Regency hotel this morning to hear former President Bill Clinton.  He's the featured speaker at a campaign rally for Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor.  One of the early speakers, U-S House Democrat Gwen Moore, said it was time to pay back Republican Governor Scott Walker because in her words, "He has done us wrong."  Moore slammed Walker's record on job creation and women's issues.  As Moore put it, "We have been outraged over how he has taken over women's health."  On Tuesday, President Obama is due in Milwaukee to campaign for Burke, and to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to return to the state to try and give Walker a boost in what polls show to be an extremely tight governor's race.  

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The daughter of murder defendant Joseph Reinwand testified today that she never remembered having a key to the mobile home where Reinwand allegedly killed her ex-boyfriend.  Several witnesses have testified that Jolynn Reinwand did have a key to Dale Meister's home in Wisconsin Rapids.  A prosecutor said the daughter had a key, and gave it to the victim's brother after Meister was killed.  Prosecutor Vince Biskupic said the possession of the key is important -- because it could prove that Joseph Reinwand could get into Meister's house without breaking in.  The 55-year-old Reinwand is accused of shooting the 35-year-old Meister to death in 2008.  Meister and Jolynn Reinwand had a child together, and authorities said they were in a custody dispute when Meister died. Officials said Meister told several people he was afraid the elder Reinwand would attempt to kill him.  Reinwand's trial is expected to continue through next week in Wood County Circuit Court.

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A 42-year-old man was in custody at last word for the death of a 68-year-old man at his apartment near Menasha.  Police said the suspect apparently broke into the victim's apartment, and shot the man when he saw him there.  Police said the suspect was living with relatives in the same apartment complex.  Officers were called after a neighbor checked on the victim, and found him dead late yesterday morning.  An autopsy was scheduled for today.  An investigation continues.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #1

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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An emergency room doctor from West Bend has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in a federal prison for evading federal income taxes.  Fifty-seven year old Michael Mangold pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of tax evasion and making a false statement.  Prosecutors said Mangold under-reported his income for four years between 1997-and-2006.  He also lied on a financial form that went to federal prosecutors.  Authorities said Mangold reported no taxable income for 1997-and-'98, and then made what was called "frivolous legal arguments" to the I-R-S about his overall tax liability.  He owed as much as 191-thousand dollars.  As a doctor, Mangold was reprimanded in 2010.  Officials said he failed to adequately complete hospital and patient records.

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Abortion has again cropped up in the race for Wisconsin attorney general. Today, Democrats attacked G-O-P candidate Brad Schimel for signing a legal white paper from Wisconsin Right-to-Life.  He agreed that an old state law which banned abortions could again take effect, if the U-S Supreme Court reverses the 1973 Roe-versus-Wade decision which made abortion legal.  In a conference call today, state Assembly Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison said Schimel was in "cahoots" with Wisconsin Right-to-Life to make abortion a crime.  Schimel denied it, saying he respects Roe-versus-Wade as the "law of the land."  Even so, Schimel said he makes no bones about being pro-life.  His election opponent, Democrat Susan Happ, has said she would not defend a state law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinics.  That law is blocked while a federal judge considers whether it's constitutional.  

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For the first time, Ocean Spray is filming its famous cranberry commercials in Wisconsin.  Company employees, actors, and production crews have been filming at the Beltz Cranberry Company at Warrens in Monroe County.  For ten years, Ocean Spray has featured two cranberry farmers standing in a bog, doing lots of funny things.  Those ads were shot at the same bog at Carver Massachusetts.  Courtney Nunley of the Arnold Worldwide ad agency said the commercials needed to be freshened up -- so they made a change of scenery, and decided on Wisconsin because it's now the Number-One cranberry-producing state.  Nunley said the sky is much bigger, and the landscape allows the ads to be filmed from different angles.  The Wisconsin marsh is bigger and flatter than the one we've seen in previous ads.  The new ones are expected to debut in 2015.  

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Minnesota News from MNN - 10/24/14

"Minnesota Summary"  10-24-14

Woman Killed, Passenger Injured In Mille Lacs County Crash

(Milaca, MN)  --  A 42-year-old woman from Pease is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Mille Lacs County Thursday.  The State Patrol says Rolina Karsten was killed when she failed to yield to another vehicle on Highway 169.  A passenger in her car, 46-year-old Maria Puffer, was seriously injured.  The driver of the other vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries.

Slow Start For Flu Season

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The flu season is off to a slow start in Minnesota this fall.  The state Department of Health reports five people were hospitalized with influenza in the last week.  Officials say geographic spread of influenza is still "sporadic."  So far, there have been no flu outbreaks in schools or nursing homes in the state.  Everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot before activity picks up. 

Faculty Unions Pull Out Of MN-SCU "Charting The Future" Program

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The two faculty unions have pulled out of the Minnesota State Colleges and University (MN-SCU)system's long-term planning project, Charting the Future.  In a letter to Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, the unions' presidents said they don't necessarily object to the ideas in the plan, but have concerns about "trust and transparency in the process."  MN-SCU (MINN'-skew) faculty say Rosenstone wasn't upfront about the hiring of consultants McKinsey and Company.  The firm worked on the project without pay two years ago, but union leaders say they were quietly paid $2 million this year.  The letter says faculty haven't been given enough say in the project.  In response, a letter Rosenstone emailed students and staff saying, "From the beginning, everyone has had a seat at the table.  The process continues to be one that welcomes everyone's best ideas." Charting the Future is meant to ensure access to the highest value and most affordable education for Minnesota students.

Temporary Pedestrian Bridge In Place On St Mary's Campus

(Winona, MN)  --  MnDOT has installed a temporary pedestrian bridge over Highway 14 on the Saint Mary's University campus in Winona.  The 13-ton, 56-foot bridge will serve as the temporary pedestrian crossing for the next two to three years.  It replaces the 1963 structure that was severely damaged when a semi hit it September 8th.  State transportation officials hope to construct a permanent bridge that meets A-D-A requirements if they can secure funding.   

In Sports...

(St. Louis, MO)  --  NBA preseason basketball concludes tonight (Fri) for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are playing the Chicago Bulls in St. Louis.  Minnesota is 4-and-2 so far this preseason and head coach Flip Saunders says he's generally pleased with the progress of his young team.  He was specifically happy with the team's defensive intensity in Wednesday's exhibition win at Milwaukee.  Tonight's game starts at 7 p.m. in Missouri.

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Wheeler News - Noon State Sports - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Noon State Sports

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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One of the most outstanding girls' high school basketball players in Wisconsin history will play her college ball at Notre Dame.  Arike Ogunbowale (uh-ree’-kay oh-goon-bo-wall’-ay) of Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels told reporters today she'll join the Fighting Irish for next season.  The 5-9 senior guard chose Notre Dame over Wisconsin, Ohio State, Louisville, and U-C-L-A.  She also considered six other schools earlier.  Marquette was one of those.  Ogunbowale is a two-time A-P state high school player-of-the-year.  She averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three steals per game a year ago.  She has also won four gold medals while playing in international tournaments for U-S-A Basketball.

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Three W-I-A-C football teams remain undefeated going into Week-Four of their conference schedule tomorrow.  Top-ranked U-W Whitewater will play its homecoming game against Oshkosh. Both teams are 3-and-0 in league play, along with Platteville.  The Pioneers, which are ranked 13th in Division-Three, will play at U-W Stout.  La Crosse travels to 19th-ranked Stevens Point.  And River Falls entertains Eau Claire.  In the Midwest Conference, Carroll and Macalester are tied for the lead at 2-and-0.  Carroll plays at Ripon tomorrow, while Macalester hosts Lawrence.  Beloit travels to Saint Norbert.  In the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Lakeland is 3-and-0 and Concordia-Wisconsin is 2-and-0 in league play.  Lakeland hosts Aurora tomorrow, while Concordia-Wisconsin is at home in Mequon against Rockford.  Wisconsin Lutheran plays a non-conference game at Adrian.  In the C-C-I-W, Carthage hosts Augustana.  Independent Maranatha Baptist entertains Concordia-Michigan.

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Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth continues his Chase for the Sprint Cup title this weekend.  He and seven other drivers will start the three-week Eliminator Round.  Qualifying takes place this afternoon for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot-500, to be run on Sunday at Martinsville Virginia.  Winners of the next three races will go for the Sprint Cup crown in the season finale at Miami, along with the driver who gets the most points in the next three weeks. Other Sprint Cup drivers will continue to compete for points and cash -- including Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil of Janesville, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick.  Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series has the Kroger-200 tomorrow at Martinsville.  Johnny Sauter of Necedah is now fourth in the season standings, after dropping two places a week ago.  He's 36 points behind front-running Matt Crafton.

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In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals would tie a team-record for its best start to a season, with a victory tonight at Chicago.  The Admirals are 4-and-0, with their best start since 1988.  Their team record of a 5-and-0 start also came in that '88-'89 season, when their home arena at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center first opened.  Tonight, they'll play a Chicago team that's 3-0-1-and-0.  Milwaukee hosts Lake Erie tomorrow night.

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Both state champions from a year ago are back to defend their titles at the girls' high school team tennis tournament which begins tonight in Madison.  Middleton and Madison Edgewood each won their divisional championships a year ago. Middleton won the Division-One crown, and will open against Brookfield East in this evening's quarter-finals.  Undefeated Neenah faces Lake Geneva Badger. Green Bay Notre Dame takes on Glendale Nicolet.  And Eau Claire Memorial plays unbeaten Hartland Arrowhead -- which is going without coach Gina Resch, after her new son Roman was born ten days ago.  Division-Two play opens tomorrow with the semi-finals.  Edgewood goes against Eau Claire Regis, and the University School of Milwaukee plays unbeaten Baldwin-Woodville.  The Division-One semis will also be played tomorrow, along with title matches in both groups.

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World / National Midday Summary - 10/24/14


A newly-formed federal Ebola response team faces its first test as it arrives in New York City today.  A member of the group "Doctors Without Borders" has tested positive for the deadly virus.  Dr. Craig Spencer is currently being treated in a isolation ward at Bellevue Hospital.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says Spencer sought a diagnosis when his temperature spiked.  The doctor had been treating Ebola patients in West Africa before returning to the U-S.  He had reportedly been out in public before he became symptomatic, but not after, according to Cuomo.


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The attacks on Islamic State fighters continues by the U-S-led coalition.  The head of France's armed forces says planes from his country have taken out a dozen ISIS targets in Iraq.  French jets dropped 70 bombs, destroying an arsenal of weapons which were stored for use by ISIS fighters.


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Security is much tighter at Canada's Parliament after a Wednesday shooting that left two people dead.  The building was closed to the public yesterday.  Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (zuh HOF - buh BOH) shot and killed a guard at the country's War Memorial before he was shot to death.  Zehaf-Bibeau had entered the Parliament and fired several more shots before he was stopped by the Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers.  Only the suspect was hit in the shooting inside the Parliament. 


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Two Democratic U-S Senators say they are going to introduce a bill to stop Nazi war criminals from collecting Social Security benefits.  Published reports indicate dozens of suspected war criminals have collected millions of taxpayer dollars in Social Security benefits -- after they were forced to leave the country.  Bob Casey and Pennsylvania and Chuck Schumer of New York say their legislation would keep people who participated in Nazi persecutions during World War Two from collecting those benefits.


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Bond is set at one-million dollars for a 15-year-old Michigan girl accused of stabbing her brother and conspiring to kill other family members.  She made a court appearance Thursday in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth Township.  Prosecutors say the teenager plotted the killings so she could run away with her 23-year-old boyfriend.  The girl is charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  The boyfriend is also charged in the attack last Friday.



Nebraska Midday Summary - 10/24/14


An accomplice in one of the most notorious U-S killing sprees is going to apply for a pardon.  Caril Fugate was 14 years old when she accompanied Charlie Starkweather on a murderous rampage across Nebraska in 1958.  Now known as Caril Clair, she was convicted of first-degree murder.  Starkweather killed 10 people over an eight-day period.  Clair’s attorneys say she was innocent.  They say she came home from school to be greeted by Starkweather, who was holding a gun.  They say she was forced to go with him.


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The first year of operation for the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln finds the facility showing a profit.  The West Haymarket Joint Public Agency reports revenue exceeded expenses by almost 33-thousand dollars.  More than three-quarters-of-a-million people attended events in the first year, making sponsorships a good investment for businesses and organizations.  Occupation tax revenues reached the 14-million dollar level seven years before it was expected. 


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Work on a new passenger terminal at Central Nebraska Regional Airport is expected to start soon.  The 14-million dollar facility should open in spring 2016.  The project starts with the demolition of three existing building.  Airport officials in Grand Island say the additional space is needed because passenger traffic has been growing.  About 62-hundred passengers used the airport 10 years ago.  Now, the annual figure is about 57-thousand passengers.  The existing terminal won’t be torn down until the new one opens.

Missouri Midday Summary - 10/24/14


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he has had talks with the ownership of the St. Louis Rams N-F-L, but not since the start of the current season.  Nixon says he wants the Rams to stay in St. Louis, but he can’t justify spending large sums of money to make that happen.  The governor says he plans to have an informal talk with those involved this weekend at the Governor’s Cup game in Kansas City, when the Rams play the Chiefs.  Several stories in national publications have suggested the Rams will return to Los Angeles.  Nixon says no substantive talks will take place until after the 2014 season.


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Fire investigators in Springfield say they think 46-year-old Timothy Farnsworth started four fires last weekend over a 22-minute period.  The fires were on the west side of the city.  Farnsworth has been charged with one count of first-degree arson and three counts of second-degree arson.  Investigators with the fire marshal’s office say all of the fires were started using common combustibles found at the scenes.  All of the damage was small, but one of the fires was started at a home which was occupied at the time. 


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A robbery suspect leads Kansas City police on a high-speed car chase lasting 114 miles.  Thirty-two-year-old Donald V. Buckner of Columbia faces charges of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting a lawful stop.  Two people had told officers they were robbing in a convenience store parking lot Wednesday.  When they tried to stop the S-U-V Buckner was driving, he took off.  The chase lasted from east Kansas City to near the Missouri-Iowa border.  Buckner reportedly told police he refused to stop because there was a warrant for his arrest in Boone County.


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Witnesses tell West Plains police a 21-year-old man riding a skateboard failed to stop at a stop sign before he slammed into the side of a car.  Daniyel Pleshka died about 30 minutes later at a hospital.  Investigators say a man from Thayer was driving westbound at about 6:30 p-m Monday when Pleshka rode his skateboard into the intersection.  He hit the passenger side of the car, shattering the windshield and doing some body damage.  Alcohol and speed are not thought to have been a factor in the fatal accident.


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The major case squad in Butler County is investigating the discovery of a dead body near the banks of the Black River Wednesday.  Sheriff Mark Dobbs says preliminary results suggest 48-year-old Salvador Ruiz Rameriz was shot to death.  Authorities in southeast Missouri are looking for two suspects who are considered dangerous.  An autopsy was done yesterday.  Indications are the shooting happened as a drug deal was being conducted.  Rameriz lived in the Poplar Bluff area.

Iowa Midday Summary - 10/24/14


The Iowa Board of Regents will vote in December on whether to freeze tuition for undergraduate and graduate students at the state’s three public universities.  Regents were considering a tuition hike when they met Thursday, but three board members said they favored the freeze.  Student leaders had told the board that students would accept a small increase in tuition to maintain the quality of the education programs. Tuition rates have already been static for two years in a row for the first time since the 1970s.  Governor Terry Branstad said his office will work with Regents on an initiative to provide Iowa students will a variety of fixed-price four-year degrees after receiving the Reference Estimating Conference report in December. 


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The Dubuque Community School District will decide whether to discipline the driver of a school van who was spotted driving more than 80 miles-an-hour on Interstate 280 near North Liberty.  District officials say they are investigating.  Jay Shipley says he became concerned when he spotted children inside the speeding vehicle.  He called the Iowa State Patrol, then sped up to shoot video of the van.  He posted that video on his Facebook account.  A school district spokesperson says a school staff member was driving those students to a conference in Des Moines.


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Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to give 122-thousand dollars in refunds and credits to more than one-thousand Iowa customers.  State officials say a free-shipping promotion enrolled those customers in a free trial of Amazon Prime, a subscription service with a 99-dollar membership fee.  Customers who didn’t cancel during the free trial period were shifted to regular Prime memberships.  The state questioned whether Amazon had made the enrollment process clear.  Amazon will contact the customers.  It doesn’t admit any wrongdoing or liability as a part of the deal.


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The owners of a now-closed home for the elderly say they will fight several charges which have been filed against them.  Donald and Peggy Berns are accused of neglect and abandonment of a dependent person, plus abuse and exploitation.  The Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals revoked the license of Park Setting Elder Group Home last August.  The state agency says workers weren’t properly trained and failed to secure medication and dangerous chemicals.  When state officials told them not to lock a tenant’s door, they used a board to block it where it couldn't be opened.

Minnesota News from MNN - 10/24/14

"Minnesota Summary"        10/24/14

Woman Arrested, Victim's Husband Released in Fond Du Lac Reservation Killing

(Stoney Brook Township, MN)  --  Detectives looking into the murder of a 31-year-old woman found dead on the Fond Du Lac reservation near Cloquet say a woman has now been charged in the case.  21-year-old Lydia Barney is facing second degree murder charges in the death of 31-year-old Waubunoquay Randall.  Police say Randall's throat was slashed and Barney was wearing bloody clothing when she was taken into custody, and her feet matched bloody footprints left at the scene.  31-year-old Shawn Randall, the victim's husband, was taken into custody in connection with the killing but St. Louis County Sheriff's officials say he has now been released.  Barney is expected to be in court today (Fri).

Men Connected to Two Violent Crime Incidents on Red Lake Reservation Sentenced

(Red Lake, MN)  --  Two members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa were sentenced in federal court yesterday (Thu) in separate cases of violent crimes committed on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.  U-S Attorney Andrew Luger says 29-year-old Fernando May-Gil-Garcia punched a woman over and over while she was holding a baby and unable to fend off the blows, and the baby was also hit.  The woman was also bitten on the face and back.  She ended up with several broken bones in her face.  In the other case, 25-year-old Avery Schoenborn raped a drunk and unconscious woman in his friend's home.  Both May-Gil-Garcia and Schoenborn were sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Task Force Makes Meth Busts In St. Cloud Area

(St. Cloud, MN)  --  The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force made a pair of methamphetamine busts in the St. Cloud area.  A search in St. Augusta Thursday led to six pounds of meth, more than 34-hundred dollars in cash and a handgun reportedly stolen from Wright County.  The street value of the meth is 260-thousand dollars.  A second search in St. Cloud resulted in the seizure of another pound of meth, a pound-and-a-half of marijuana, six grams of Molly, 41-hundred dollars and a stolen handgun out of Sauk Rapids.  A 34-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested and jailed pending drug charges. 

New Brighton Man Pleads Not Guilty in Neighbor's Murder

(New Brighton, BN)  --  A New Brighton man is denying allegations that he killed his neighbor. Neal Zumberge pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he murdered Todd Stevens because of an on-going feud. Zumberge is also accused of injuring Stevens' girlfriend. The two lived across the street from one another when the incident happened in early May. Zumberge's trial is sceduled to begin in February. 

New Apple Variety In Works At U-of-M

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing a new apple variety that is an offspring of the Honeycrisp.  U of M Horticulture Professor Jim Luby (LOO'-bee) says MN-55 is crossed with the MonArk from Arkansas and ripens in late August.  He says the flavor is a little different, but it has that juicy, crunchy texture that everybody loves about Honeycrisp, and a very nice red appearance.  Luby says MN-55 is still in the early development stages and won't be available to consumers until 2018 or 2019.  This is the first year growers were able to order the trees. 

Still A Few Fall Colors Around

(Undated)  --  Much of the fall landscape across the state has already peaked in color but you can still catch a glimpse in some areas.  The DNR's Pat Arndt offers their top three picks for the week:  Fort Snelling State Park in the heart of the Metro area...Forestville Mystery Caves State Park in the bluff country of southeast Minnesota...and Lac Qui Parle State Park in sothwestern Minnesota.  She says you'll get more of the prairie feeling when you're out at Lac Qui Parle.  The fall color map can be found on the DNR's website. (www.mndnr.gov)

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #4 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Morning State News #4

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
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A judge is letting the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese proceed with its effort to throw out eleven damage claims from sex abuse victims as part of the church's bankruptcy case.  Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has rejected the victims' request to keep delaying the matter.  Creditors' attorney Jeffrey Anderson says it's wrong for the church to "pick off" some of the 575 priest sex abuse victims who've filed damage claims, saying it creates an emotional toll. Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley said she was sensitive to the victims -- but she also has to make sure the law is followed.  Two of the eleven cases in question involve victims who had previous lawsuits dropped -- and were not allowed to re-file their allegations.  Two other victims said they were molested by employees of related Catholic organizations not directly affiliated with the archdiocese.  The church has proposed a financial re-organization plan that would compensate only about a quarter of the 575 victims seeking damages, claiming they were molested by priests in the archdiocese over a period of decades.

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Three people are under arrest after a SWAT team was called to a home in Green Bay.  Police received a call around 11 last night about a disturbance involving a man with a gun.  Officers said they tried contacting people at the address -- and they wound up bringing in the police tactical unit.  Media reports said police used non-lethal flash-bang explosives to enter the residence.  A 55-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, and a 31-year-old man were taken into custody. There were reports of numerous weapons in the house.  Police continue to investigate.

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A La Crosse company that recycles electronic waste says it's getting so much business, it's got to move to a bigger location.  Dynamic Recycling plans to move to a former ammunition plant in nearby Onalaska.  A human resource official says the company is "bursting at the seams" in its current location, due to increasing customer demand.  The firm recycles old computers, T-V's, light bulbs, and appliances from around the country.  Dynamic Recycling says it will spend two-million dollars to renovate the now-closed A-T-K Ammunition Plant, and it hopes to move in there by February.  As of a couple years ago, around half of U-S states required the recycling of old and unused electronic items and devices.  Wisconsin's law took effect in 2010, with the goal of keeping chemicals from the electronics out of landfills.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #3 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Morning State News #3

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

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President Obama plans to bring in some big money for the Democratic National Committee while he's in Milwaukee on Tuesday.  The Journal Sentinel said the D-N-C organized a fund-raiser at Umani Moto, a downtown sushi bar.  According to an invitation, donors will pay at least 16-thousand dollars each to share sushi with the president -- and they can co-host the event by giving just over 32-thousand dollars.  In an e-mail to potential donors, Lauren Durham of the D-N-C said it would be a one-hour "off-the-record event with no more than 25 people." Obama will also campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke in Milwaukee on Tuesday.  Former President Bill Clinton will speak a rally on Burke's behalf today in Milwaukee.

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A former Abbotsford High School teacher who's awaiting a sexual assault trial in Clark County appeared in court yesterday on two new charges in neighboring Marathon County.  Prosecutors said 26-year-old Andy Follen was found to have sexual contact at his Spencer area home in January with one of the two 17-year-old girls listed in his Clark County case.  He was freed on a signature bond on two Marathon County charges of sexual assault of a student by a school staffer. That case is scheduled to continue on October 28th.  Meanwhile, Follen has a trial scheduled to begin February 9th on five Clark County charges of sex assault by a school staffer, plus two felony bail jumping charges and a count of intimidating a victim.  Authorities said he violated a condition of his bond by contacting one of the victims, and urged her to convince prosecutors to reduce his charges.  Follen resigned from Abbotsford High last January, while his case was being investigated.

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A southern Wisconsin community will get just over 10-million dollars in federal help to improve its aging water treatment system.  Edgerton is among the places sharing over 350-million dollars in grants and loans announced yesterday by the U-S Agriculture Department.  The Rock County community is getting a two-and-a-half million dollar grant, plus a seven-point-eight million dollar loan. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U-S-D-A funding yesterday at convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage.  About five-million dollars will be given to the remote Alaskan village of Akiachak, where only half the homes have indoor plumbing.  The grant will build sewer mains and other parts of a system that can be hooked up later to about 100 houses in a village of 675 residents.  Another 100 homes received plumbing in an earlier project.  Vilsack said the government's ultimate goal is bring the entire U-S into the modern world -- including proper sewage, and adequate supplies of quality water.

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A southern Wisconsin man is due in court this afternoon for allegedly causing a crash that killed a bicyclist in the far northern part of the state.  Twenty-eight year old Adam Lynch of Delavan faces a possible criminal charge of homicide by negligent driving in Oneida County.  He was also cited for inattentive driving and reckless driving for a crash in Minocqua that killed 55-year-old Robin Kuzel of Minocqua.  State online court records did not list charges against Lynch as of early this morning.  Police said Kuzel was riding home from work around three a-m yesterday when his bike was hit by a commercial truck leased by the Safelite Group.  Investigators said the victim was using lights and safety gear on his bike when he was struck.

(Thanks Larry Lee, WSAU, Wausau)

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Minnesota News from MNN - 10/24/14

"Minnesota Summary"  10-24-14

Former Secretary of State Clinton Campaigns for MN Democrats

(St. Paul, MN)  --  While campaigning for Senator Franken and Governor Dayton in St. Paul yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on the middle class and said lawmakers need to make sure that, "Every family and every worker feels the reward of economic recovery."  Clinton says too many people are working harder than ever, but not getting ahead and that can feel like pushing a "big boulder up a hill every single day." She says Minnesota government is a good example of how to avoid gridlock and government dysfunction.

D-F-L Supporter Says ACA has had Positive Impact

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Minnesota yesterday (Thu), stumping for Senator Franken and Governor Dayton.  Supporter Pam Hardy from St. Paul said she knows Republicans have been hammering the president and the D-F-L incumbents on healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, but while it's "not perfect" she supports it because the change in healthcare policy has had a direct impact on her family. Republicans say problems with "Obamacare" are one reason Franken and Dayton have tried to distance themselves from the president ahead of this year's election.

State Housing Agency Announces $162 Million For Affordable Housing

(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Minnesota Housing agency has announced its largest-ever funding award in one year for affordable housing -- 162 million dollars.  Commissioner Mary Tingerthal says says about four thousand units will either be created or rehabiliated -- and funds will go to 35 cities across Minnesota as well as 50 counties, for 78 distinct affordable housing projects.  Tingerthal says the money comes from bonds approved by the legislature, state and federal appropriations, plus resources of the housing agency and some of their funding partners.

More Names Added to Archdiocese's Sexually Abusive Priests List

(St. Paul, MN) - The names of 17 additional priests who are suspected of sexually abusing children have been added to Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis' disclosure lists, which are posted on the church's website.  Attorney Jeff Anderson says in addition, three men whose names were previously identified as having unsubstantiated claims are now added to the substantiated claim disclosure list. The names were released as part of the settlement of the Doe 1 civil lawsuit and a child protection action plan announced last week. Anderson says, "The more that is known about these offenders and their histories, the safer our community becomes. This is just the beginning of a plan for full disclosure."

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At least four of the names* announced today have never been released to the public before. The list of names includes the following priests:

Edward Beutner                      Ambrose Filbin            *Harry Majerus          James Porter
*Robert Clark                      Jerry Foley              William Marks          Charles Potocki
Eugene Salvatore Corica            Ralph Goniea              Wendell Mohs            Roger Vaughn
*Donald Dummer                      Reginald Krakovsky        Jim Nickel              James Vedro
Thomas Erickson                    Robert Loftus            *John Owens            Adalbert Woski

Lower Natural Gas, Propane Prices Expected This Winter

(Undated)  --  With a milder winter forecast for this winter than last, the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute says Minnesota natural gas prices should be about eight percent lower, and propane users will pay about 30 percent less.  When it comes to propane,  John Felmy (FELL'-me) says now is the best time to shop around before filling up the tank.  Most people can't do the same for natural gas, but Felmy says homeowners should monitor prices and try to adjust their usage when they go up.  Felmy (FELL'-me) cautions price forecasts can change if the Minnesota winter is harsher than expected.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #2 - 10/24/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Morning State News #2

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Winning lottery numbers:
Five-Card Cash:  J-hearts, Q-diamonds, K-spades, J-clubs, 2-clubs
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Pick-4:  1-9-2-6
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About one of every six likely voters in Wisconsin still don't know who they'll pick for state attorney general -- and a televised debate tonight might offer some help. Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ will appear in a debate which starts at seven p-m on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio.  The race between the two county prosecutors has been spirited, to say the least.  Both campaigns have accused each other of being soft on crime.  Schimel has tried to label Happ as an activist liberal, while Happ says Schimel would be too rigid in defending every state law regardless of whether it's constitutional or not.  The latest Marquette Law School poll has both Schimel and Happ with 42-percent support among likely voters, with 16-percent undecided.  Among registered voters, almost one-of-every-five are still undecided with the election just eleven days away.  Schimel and Happ debated each other almost two weeks ago. They're scheduled for a final debate on Wednesday by the State Bar Association.

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Wisconsin's largest airport is about to get a new de-icing unit and a smoother runway.  The governor's office announced a 14-million dollar project yesterday for Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport.  D-O-T project manager Wendy Hottenstein says the new equipment will let airplanes de-ice themselves closer to their runways -- and it will have a more environmentally-friendly collection system.  She also says one of the runways has deteriorated, and will be re-surfaced.  The project is supposed to begin soon, and be completed by next summer.  The federal government will pay for most of the work -- almost 11-million dollars.  The state and Milwaukee County will each put up one-point-eight million dollars.  Mitchell is owned by Milwaukee County.

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Criminal proceedings have resumed against a woman accused of shooting-and-wounding a co-worker at a Walmart in Neenah more than 14 months ago.  A Winnebago County judge has ruled that 48-year-old Justine Boyd of Neenah is mentally competent to help with her defense.  Yesterday, she waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded innocent-by-insanity to attempted homicide. Boyd is due back in court December first.  Authorities said her co-worker Sharon Goffard was shot from 5-to-7-feet away in mid-August of last year.  Prosecutors said Boyd was jealous because Goffard was moved from a cashier's job to a position in the liquor department that Boyd apparently thought was easier.

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Two vanishing butterflies in the Upper Midwest are getting federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.  The U-S Fish-and-Wildlife Service says it's trying to protect the Poweshiek skipperling and the Dakota skipper.  Officials say both butterflies are threatened by a loss of native prairie vegetation, depletion of groundwater, growing development, and changing fire patterns.  Both of the orange and brown butterflies were once common in Wisconsin and seven other Midwest states.  Today, small numbers of Poweshiek skipperlings survive in Wisconsin and Michigan -- but they vanished a few years ago in Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas.  The Dakota skipper can still be found in western Minnesota, and parts of North-and-South Dakota.  

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