Monday, April 27, 2015

Minnesota News from MNN - 4/27/15

"Minnesota News"    4-27-15

House Approves Bill to Restrict Transgender Students' Bathroom Access

(St, Paul, MN)  --  The Republican-led House approved a provision in their education finance bill Saturday that would restrict transgender students' access to public school bathrooms and locker rooms. Republican Representative Tim Miller from Prinsburg introduced the provision, saying it addresses a simple and basic reponsibility lawmakers have toward public school students, "And that is to ensure their privacy, comfort, and safety."  Democrat Representative Barb Yarusso (Yuh-ROO-soh) of Ramsey, the mother of a transgender person, opposed the measure, calling it "exclusionary policy."  The measure, which still must be approved by the governor and DFL-led Senate, would allow schools to provide separate, single-occupancy facilities for transgender people.

More Information Released in Airport Police-Involved Shooting

(Bloomington, MN)  --  M-S-P Airport police shot and injured a man in a parking ramp at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday night.  They were responding to a report of suspicious persons at a rental car ramp when investigators say a man intentionally drove a vehicle at the officers.  Airport police fired, hitting the 36-year-old man.  He was hospitalized but is expected to survive.  An officer was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries that are not life threatening.  Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the incident was tied to concern over several rental car thefts at the airport and is not a homeland security concern.  MSP Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says it's the first time airport officers have been involved in a shooting since 1995, when David DeMatthew used an assault rifle during a gun fight with police at the airport.

At the Capitol: Budget Bills

(St. Paul, MN)  --  It's expected the Minnesota House and Senate will pass the last of their major budget bills this week before going into negotiations to try to finish the session by the May 18th deadline. The Republican-controlled House passed its K-12 education funding bill over the weekend.  The Democrat-controlled Senate is scheduled to do the same on Wednesday.  Democrats would give education a much bigger funding bump than Republicans.  The Senate Democratic majority is expected to pass a transportation funding bill today (Mon) which includes a gas tax increase.  Republicans say "no" to the tax increase and want to take money for road and bridge improvements from the General Fund instead.  House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Governor Dayton will have to hammer out a compromise by May 18th, or there could be a special session or even government shutdown. 

Avian Flu Update

(Undated)  --  Governor Mark Dayton will meet with lawmakers today (MON) to try and find ways to help turkey farmers impacted by avian flu. Representative Collin Peterson was with the governor in Willmar over the weekend to hear from growers. Peterson says officials are still trying to figure out how the virus is being spread from carriers to healthy turkeys and chicken. Around 200 people are working out of the incident command center in Willmar, collecting samples and working with farmers. Peterson emphasizes that the flu is not a health threat to humans.

Dog Flu Threatens Midwest

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Some Minnesota dog owners are worried about a rare strain of canine influenza that's spreading in other states across the Midwest. This is the first time this strain has been reported in North America and while it hasn't yet been diagnosed in Minnesota, Erica Gunderson with the state Board of Animal Health says it's possible. The H-3-N-2 strain of canine influenza has sickened more than 13-hundred dogs in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Bachmann Target of Obama's Correspondent's Dinner Routine

(Washington, DC)  --  President Barrack Obama took jabs at some of his most vocal critics at this weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, including former Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann.  The president said that just last week Bachmann predicted he would, "Bring about the biblical end of days," and called that a legacy that Washington and Lincoln were unable to leave.
He was referring to remarks Bachmann made last week, when she said the administration's policies on marriage equality and Iran's nuclear program would lead to the end of times.  Its tradition for the president to make spoofs at the annual dinner, which recognizes Washington journalists for their work. 


Wheeler News - Morning State News #1 - 4/27/15

Wheeler News Service - Monday, April 27, 2015 - Morning State News #1

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

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Here are the details:

Almost 350-thousand Wisconsin seniors with Medicare Advantage plans could end up with better and cheaper care, as more insurers demand certain results for what they pay for.  Humana and United Health Care are among the insurers signing up with "accountable care organizations" run by various Wisconsin health providers.  They require doctors and hospitals to achieve certain quality benchmarks, while reducing costs for defined groups of patients.  If they achieve both, doctors can get bonuses.  Some groups penalize doctors and hospitals that don't meet the benchmarks.  Humana, which has 72-thousand people in its Wisconsin Medicare Advantage plans, has signed accountability deals with a number of large health institutes in the Badger State.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes policy analysts as saying the financial incentives are often too small for doctors -- and nothing much will change until they get hit in the pocketbook for sub-standard performance.  Theda-Care of Neenah and Bellin Health of Green Bay are among those trying out penalties in a Medicare demonstration project.  Aurora Health Care is also testing penalties in commercial insurance plans.


A Wisconsin lawmaker will try again to approve a major crackdown on drunk driving.  Assembly Republican Jim Ott of Mequon says he'll introduce seven bills -- including one that forces first-time O-W-I offenders to appear in court.  Other lawmakers have tried to require those appearances, but have failed.  Court hearings are required for multiple offenders.  Ott also plans to re-introduce six measures that never passed in the last session.  They include higher minimum fines for those who injure or kill people in drunk driving crashes -- eliminating lower penalties for a repeat O-W-I offense which happens at least ten years after the previous one -- and higher minimum sentences for five-and-six-time offenders.  Ott says he's optimistic about the chances for his bills passing this time -- even though they got mixed responses last time.  He says too many drunk drivers get multiple offenses in Wisconsin, and his package would discourage that.


Milwaukee Police were still trying to find suspects yesterday in the murder of a 23-year-old man.  He was shot around nine o'clock Saturday night while sitting in a mini-van parked at a north side Milwaukee convenience store.  The man died at the scene.  Police said they could not immediately determine a motive.


Wheeler News - Morning State Sports - 4/27/15

Wheeler News Service - Monday, April 27, 2015 - Morning State Sports

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

In Major League Baseball...
Milwaukee 6, Saint Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2
Minnesota 4, Seattle 2 in 11 innings
Chicago White Sox 3, Kansas City 2, completion of suspended game
Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 3, scheduled game
Detroit 8, Cleveland 6

In the Midwest League...

Beloit 4, Clinton 3 in 9 innings of Game-One
Beloit 6, Clinton 5 in Game-Two
Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1

Here are the details:

The Milwaukee Brewers' bench helped the offense come alive yesterday, with a 6-to-3 home victory over Saint Louis.  With Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez getting a day off for rest, the Brewers tied a season-high with six extra base hits -- including a double and triple from Gerardo Parra and a two-run homer by Adam Lind.  Back-to-back doubles in the fifth inning from Khris Davis and Elian Herrera gave Milwaukee what turned out to be its decisive fourth-and-fifth runs. Ex-Brewer Mark Reynolds hit his first homer as a Cardinal.  Jon Jay had three hits off the bench in replacing Jason Heyward -- who left the game early with a groin injury.  Brewers' starter Mike Fiers struggled, giving two runs on nine hits in four-plus innings.  Michael Blazek earned his first Major League victory, throwing two scoreless innings of relief.  Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.  Lance Lynn took the loss, giving up all six Milwaukee runs in five innings on ten hits with a walk and six strikeouts.  Lynn is now 1-and-2.  Saint Louis took the series two-games-to-one, but Milwaukee has now won two of its last four in improving to 4-and-15.  The Brewers open a series at Cincinnati tonight.  Right-hander Jimmy Nelson faces Reds' right-hander Jason Marquis.


There are reports that Cardinals' starter Adam Wainwright might be out for the season, after hurting his left Achilles' tendon and ankle in Milwaukee on Saturday night.  More tests were scheduled for today in Saint Louis.  The 33-year-old right-hander was hurt when he hit a pop-up and started running toward first base.  Wainwright said he felt he was hit by something -- either his bat or the catcher's mask.  He was helped off the field, and was in a walking boot after the game.  He had held the Brewers scoreless in the first four innings on Saturday.  For the year, Wainwright is 1-and-2 with a one-point-four-four E-R-A. 


Brewers' second baseman Scooter Gennett is expected to have stitches removed from his left hand this week.  Manager Ron Roenicke says Gennett will then resume baseball activities.  He was put on the 15-day disabled list six days ago, after he broke open the base of his left middle finger on a shower rack at Pittsburgh on April 19th.  He was grabbing body wash when he scraped the top of his hand on the bottom of the rack.  Gennett is eligible to be re-instated from the D-L on May fifth.  The Brewers have said they expect Gennett to return to the line-up around that time.


The Milwaukee Bucks will see if they can literally steal another playoff game tonight in Chicago.  The Bucks had 20 steals on Saturday, when they avoided being swept by the Bulls by winning Game-Four of their first-round Eastern Conference series.  Chicago committed a season-high 28 turnovers in that game, which led to 39 Milwaukee points.  That included the game's final sequence in which Khris Middleton stripped Chicago's Derrick Rose of the ball -- and then after a time-out, Jerryd Bayless beat out Rose in the paint and made the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer.  Milwaukee became only the second N-B-A team in the last 30 years to get 20 steals in a playoff game.  Philadelphia also did in May of 1999.  Bucks' center Zaza Pachulia led the way on Saturday with six steals.  Coach Jason Kidd said the Bucks didn't do anything different -- and they just played and put themselves in a position to win for two games in a row. The Bulls still lead the series three-games-to-one.  A Chicago victory tonight would give them a date with Cleveland in Round-Two.  A Milwaukee win would send the series back to the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center for a Game-Six.


Sun Prairie high school basketball guard Nick Noskowiak has given a verbal commitment to Iowa State.  Marquette had recruited him.  But he was released from his letter-of-intent in February while missing 15 games in his senior year at Sun Prairie due to personal reasons.  At Iowa State, he'll join two players from Milwaukee who started their college careers with Marquette but transferred to the Cyclones -- Deonte Burton and Jameel McKay.  McKay never played a game with the Golden Eagles.


In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for 22nd at the P-G-A's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Kelly shot a three-under-par 69 in his final round yesterday at T-P-C Louisiana.  He finished at 15-under-273 -- seven strokes behind the winner, Justin Rose.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 59th.  He shot a two-under-70 yesterday, and finished eight-under for the tournament at 280.  Steve Stricker of Madison missed the weekend cut in his first tournament since The Masters.  That ended his string of 35 consecutive cuts made.


The U-W Milwaukee baseball team split a double-header yesterday at Illinois-Chicago.  The Panthers won the opener 7-to-2, before losing the nightcap 3-to-2 in ten innings.  Joe Pavlovich lumbered through a complete game for U-W-M in the opener, giving up eleven hits while throwing 136 pitches.  He struck out three.  Sam Koenig homered and two hits with a pair of R-B-I's for Milwaukee. Zenon Kolakowski hit a walk-off infield single in the tenth inning to give Illinois-Chicago the victory in the nightcap.  That put U-I-C back into first place in the Horizon League, with a conference mark of 15-and-6.  Milwaukee is now 10-and-10 in the conference, and 24-and-15 overall.


The Wisconsin men's golf team had its best finish at the Big Ten Tournament since 2007.  The Badgers shot a 33-over-par 11-hundred-83 in its four rounds ending yesterday at Newburgh Indiana.  Top-ranked Illinois won the tournament by 32 strokes, with a finish at 14-under.  Nick Hardy of Illinois and Carson Schaake of Iowa shared the individual title at four-under-284.  Wisconsin's Jack Watson tied for ninth at four-over-292.  Charlie Danielson of Osceola tied for 11th with the Illini, at 293.
In the Big Ten women's golf tourney, Wisconsin tied for sixth at 31-over-895 for three rounds.  Northwestern and Ohio State tied for first at one-under. Gabby Curtis of the Badgers tied for 13th among the individuals at plus-four 220.
In the Big East men's golf tourney, Marquette is fourth going into today's second round at Okatie South Carolina.  The Golden Eagles are five-shots behind first-place DePaul.  Pat Sanchez of Marquette is tied for sixth after shooting a 73.


Iowa Morning Summary - 4/27/15

Three are officially in the race for the White House, while six more Republicans joined the action at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event Saturday.  Each had a specific message for the crowd in Waukee, a central theme of opposition to same-sex marriage.  The nine Republicans were there to tell social conservatives they still support a ban, despite changing public attitudes and a recent backlash against religious liberty laws.  About one-thousand evangelicals attended the five-hour presentation at the Point of Grace Church. 




The target date for the completion of the reconstruction of Lake Delhi is said to be in October.  Work started one year ago this past weekend and it has been almost five years since the dam was breached and the lake drained.  Phase-two of the project started earlier this month.  Phase-one included rehabilitating and modernizing the existing concrete structure.  The river has been diverted while work progresses on building roads which were washed away.  Lake trustees have a website at, where people can stay up to date on the progress.




The Iowa Supreme Court rules a person has to serve time in a state penitentiary to be awarded damages for wrongful imprisonment.  A lawsuit filed by a former assistant high school basketball coach in the Davis Community School District was dismissed by that court.  Patrick Nicoletto was convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee three years ago.  He had a relationship with a 16-year-old student.  His conviction was later over-turned, but Nicoletto had bonded out of the county jail and hadn’t served any of his five-year sentence.  That’s why his suit was thrown out.




A stabbing victim says he was “checking out chicks” in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot when a man in a van approached him.  The suspect told him to get in, so they could go to a party where they had mutual friends.  They drove to a Des Moines parking lot, the suspect walked away and then returned with a second man.  That’s when the victim says the two demanded money from him and attacked him with a knife when he said no.  He says he dropped his phone and ran from that parking lot, going to Broadlawns Medical Center for treatment.


Missouri Morning Summary - 4/27/15

Republican legislative leaders are dismissing criticisms that they pushed the Missouri budget for Fiscal Year 2016 through without enough debate.  House Democrats allege the 26-billion dollar spending plan was negotiated in secret by Republican party leaders, given perfunctory approval by a committee in the dead of night, then forced through both the House and Senate a few hours later.  They say they didn’t have an opportunity to review it before they had to vote.  Senate President Tom Dempsey of St. Charles says work on a state budget starts even before the session does.  House Speaker John Diehl of Town and Country says the law was strictly followed during the long process.




Dueling protests kept dozens of St. Louis police officers busy Saturday in front of the old courthouse in the downtown area.  The Aryan National World Headquarters had reserved a spot on those steps to call for the release of Gary Yarbrough from a Utah prison.  When they arrived, they found a group of white protesters rallying against racism, carrying signs saying, “Black Lives Matter,” and other slogans.  A metal barricade kept the two groups separated in a steady rain.  No direct physical altercations were reported.




The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says the death of a 28-year-old man, whose body was found in a river, is thought to be the result of foul play.  Richard James Berry was found in the Third Fork Platte River late Saturday night.  An autopsy will determine exactly how the St. Joseph man died, but investigators say there is evidence someone killed him.  The case is being investigated as a homicide.  Deputies say Berry’s body was found in the water shortly before midnight Saturday in the Saxton Easton Road area.




Students at Carthage High School are rallying around a senior classmate who was suspended after an unloaded, disassembled shotgun was found under the seat of his pickup truck.  Sawyer Shepherd is said to be an avid hunter.  He was suspended for 10 days last week for violating a district policy which prohibits guns on school property.  His fellow students are worried Shepherd might not be allowed to graduate with his senior class next month or be allowed to finish the high school baseball season.  A violation of the firearms ban calls for a one-year suspension, but the superintendent has the option to modify that penalty. 




Eight students at Liberty High School have been suspended after nude pictures of female classmates were found on their cell phones.  The boys who received the pictures were suspended for two-to-10 days, but the girls who sent them received verbal reprimands.  A spokesperson for the district says those photos were passed around in text messages and posted on Twitter and an Instagram page.  They have now been removed.  The school district said in a released statement that the incident is a reminder that students need to use good judgment when posting anything on digital devices.


Nebraska Morning Summary - 4/27/15

With just over a month of the legislative session remaining, Nebraska lawmakers still have to deal with some of the biggest and most-contentious issues.  The state budget, reducing property taxes, approval or disapproval of medical marijuana and the effort to repeal the death penalty have had no final resolution so far.  Those lawmakers also have to decide whether Nebraska’s fuel tax should be raised to pay for road construction and repair.  The Speaker of the Legislature says he still plans to allow debate on every bill which has made it out of committee.




Nine students from Nebraska Christian College say they will remain in Asia at least 10 more days to do what they can to help in the aftermath of the fatal earthquake in Nepal.  Those students were in Kathmandu when the quake hit, destroying buildings and killing hundreds of people.  One student says everyone slept outside the night after the earthquake because of aftershocks and the possibility more buildings would collapse.  All of those students from the La Vista college have been able to contact their families and let them know they are okay.




A student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accused of taking nearly nine thousand dollars from his fraternity.  Twenty-year-old Dakota Grimm was serving as treasurer of the Theta Chi fraternity from January 2014 to March of this year.  U-N-L police say he is accused of writing 29 checks to himself.  Fraternity members reported the problems April 21st and Grimm was arrested the next day.  He is charged with theft and unlawful taking, a felony.


World / National Morning Summary - 4/27/15

Witnesses say the Nepal earthquake has left about one million children in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.  At the same time, governments from all over the world are rushing doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal.  A U-N official says preventing the spread of disease is one of the most important jobs facing aid workers after the destructive earthquake which has killed hundreds.  The opening of Kathmandu’s international airport gives hope that supplies will be able to arrive quicker.




Opening statements are to be given today in Colorado in the theater shooting murder trial.  James Holmes is charged with 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder – two for each person killed or wounded.  He’s also charged with possession of explosives and committing a crime of violence.  Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.  Under Colorado law, that means he admits committing the acts, but believes he wasn’t responsible because he couldn’t tell right from wrong at the time.




Three are officially in the race for the White House, while six more joined the action at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event Saturday.  Each had a specific message for the crowd in suburban Des Moines.  A central theme was opposition to same-sex marriage and the nine Republicans were there to tell social conservatives they still support a ban, despite changing public attitudes and a recent backlash against religious liberty laws.  About one-thousand evangelicals attended the five-hour presentation at the Point of Grace Church. 




The U-S Coast Guard says it has recovered two bodies from the Gulf of Mexico, but five others are still missing.  A powerful storm capsized several boats involved in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Alabama.  Both boats and planes are being used to search the bay and areas closer to Dauphin Island where worried family members have gathered.  More than 100 sailboats and as many as 200 people were participating in the event.  However, some of the people who are missing were onlookers in other boats. 




Alaska State Troopers found themselves involved in a chase when they tried to serve a felony arrest warrant on a 49-year-old theft and fraud suspect.  Troopers say Eligah Christian was driving a motor home at the time and he smashed it into several patrol cars trying to get away.  Christian was spotted near Wasilla last Friday.  The police officer turned on his lights and siren, but the suspect wouldn’t stop.  When troopers put out spike strips, he slammed into several patrol cars as he tried to turn around.  Christian faces several additional charges.  No injuries were reported.


Today in History 4-27-2015


::: Today in History for April 27 :::

April 27, 2014

On this day,

2002- The creator of the Barbie doll, Ruth Handler, dies at the age of 85

2000- New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani discloses that he has prostate cancer.

1997- Musical groups The Oak Ridge Boys, All-4-One, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir join former Presidents George Bush, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter at the inaugural President's Summit for America's Future.

1994- Smashing Pumpkins and the American Music Club play the reopening of the Fillmore Club in San Francisco.

1993- Singer Belinda Carlisle and her husband have their first child, James Duke, named after paternal grandpa, actor James Mason.

1986- Robert Palmer goes to number one with his hit, "Addicted to Love."

1982- The trial of John Hinckley Junior begins.  He is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the attempted assassination of President Reagan.

1981- Beatles drummer Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach.

1947- Baseball legend Babe Ruth is honored in every ballpark in the U-S. Babe, fighting a losing battle with throat cancer, appears at Yankee Stadium to thank his former team.

1937- The first Social Security checks are distributed

1865-  More than 14-hundred Union prisoners of war die when the steamer Sultana explodes on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.

1864- Union forces begin what will become their final assault on the Confederacy.

1521- Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by Philippine natives on his trip around the world.

1509- The Italian state of Venice is excommunicated by Pope Julius the Second


1986- Actress Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who)

1984- Singer Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)

1959- Singer Sheena Easton.

1948- Singer Kate Pierson, member of the B-52s

1947- Musician Pete Ham, member of Badfinger.

1940- R-and-B Singer Cuba Gooding

1937- Academy Award-winning actress Sandy Dennis, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

1932- Radio host Casey Kasem.

1927- Civil Rights activist Coretta Scott King, widow of Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior.

1900- Animator Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker.

1822- Civil War Union General and U-S President Ulysses S. Grant

1791- Samuel Morse, invented the telegraph.

Morning Kickers 4-27-2015

Morning Kickers

A Gulfport, Mississippi man was luck to avoid any major injury when his lawnmower shot a three-and-a-half inch piece of metal into the left side of his nose. Bill Parker first thought he had been hit by a rock, but an x-ray confirmed the piece of metal up his nose. Doctors removed it without any trouble.


Reports from northern India say a calf was born there with five mouths and 10 lips. The cow was born on a dairy farm, and while it has five mouths, it can only drink from two of them.


A 17-year-old German high school tried to get a leg up in preparing for a test that identifies top-performing students. Simon Schrader apparently used the freedom of information act in his German state to request and advanced copy of the test.