Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wheeler News - Saturday News Summary - 11/22/14

Wheeler News Service – Saturday, November 22, 2014 – News Summary


Story contributions:  wheelernews@yahoo.com


Wisconsin Lottery Numbers (drawn Friday night):

MegaMillions:     3-12-35-37-63, MegaBall-15  Megaplier-2
5 Card Cash:      Q-S, 8-D, 3-D, J-S, 10-C
SuperCash:        2-6-7-13-14-28, Doubler-No
Badger 5:            3-7-12-13-20
Daily Pick 4:        8-4-4-4
Daily Pick 3:        7-7-2


Here are the stories:

State revenue collection figures suggest Wisconsin could face a revenue shortfall even larger than the two-point-two-billion dollar projection released Thursday.  That had assumed a state revenue growth of five-percent for the fiscal year which started last July.  Now, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is reporting that collections are far off that pace.  For the four-month period from July through October, revenues are actually said to be down three-percent.  That situation has the Wisconsin Department of Transportation making several suggestions on ways to fund needed road construction and repairs.  As much as 900-million dollars of the projected shortfall would come from the transportation budget.  Wis-DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb wants to increase the state’s gasoline tax by five-cents per gallon and to tack on a dime to the diesel fuel tax.  Those are just two of several ideas he is expected to float before state lawmakers in the next session.

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Deer hunters hitting the fields today in Wisconsin will find plenty of targets in the southern half of the state, but it might be tougher to find that trophy deer in the north.  The nine-day gun-deer season opened this morning.  A little over 615-thousand people have purchased a deer hunting license for this season, about 15-thousand less than last year.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the drop-off could be caused by individuals concerned about the deep snow cover in the north.  Others may be waiting to try the new crossbow season.  Parts of Wisconsin with an abundant population of deer include the area around La Crosse.  Temperatures could reach the 40s this weekend, but the more-comfortable thermometer readings could also make conditions a little more sloppy and muddy.

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One of the two men rescued from a sinking boat in Lake Michigan is in the hospital today.  The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a man who said his boat was taking on water at about 11 a-m Friday.  That boat was less than a mile off the shore at Belgium, Wisconsin.  No names have been released.  Deputies say a 31-year-old man from Oak Creek was hospitalized, but he is expected to survive.  A 24-year-old man from Neskoro wasn’t hurt.

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A farm accident has taken the life of a 22-year-old Amish man in the town of Elk Grove.  The accident happened Friday at about 2 p-m.  The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office reports Amos King of rural Cuba City was operating a horse-drawn slurry-type manure spreading machine when he became entangled, was dragged and run over by a steel wheel.  King was dead at the scene. 

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High levels of carbon monoxide led to the evacuation of De Pere City Hall Friday morning.  Workers had reported a strange odor and firefighters tracked the carbon monoxide problem down to a boiler room.  Work crews shut down the boilers so repairs could be made.  Ventilation fans clear the dangerous gas from the building.  People were allowed to re-enter Friday afternoon.

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Wheeler News - Saturday Sports Summary - 11/22/14

Wheeler News - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - State Sports


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

--Division I Men
Oklahoma State 82, UW-Milwaukee 68

--Division I Women
Wake Forest 89, Marquette 77

--Division II Men
UW-Parkside 76, St. Cloud 65

--Division III Men
Aurora 70, UW-La Crosse 68
Minnesota State-Mankato 82, Northland 43
St. Francis (IL) 70, Carthage 57
UW-Oshkosh 76, Blackburn 48
UW-Platteville 73, Principia 42
UW-Superior 93, Crown 82
UW-Whitewater 67, Bluffton 46
Washington-St. Louis 72, UW-Eau Claire 61

--Division III Women
DePauw 69, Wisconsin Lutheran 68
George Fox 74, UW-Whitewater 57
St. Mary’s (MN) 68, UW-Stout 54
UW-La Crosse 68, North Park 66
Wartburg 91, UW-Platteville 84

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COLLEGE HOCKEY

--Division I Men
Colorado College 5, Wisconsin 2

--Division I Women
Wisconsin 4, St. Cloud State 0

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NCAA TOURNAMENTS

--Division I Women’s Soccer
Central Florida 3, Wisconsin 2

--Division II Women’s Soccer
Grand Valley State 1, UW-Parkside 0

--Division III Volleyball
UW-Stevens Point 3, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2

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PRO BASKETBALL

--National Basketball League
Toronto 124, Milwaukee 83

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PRO HOCKEY
--American Hockey League
Milwaukee 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

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Here are the stories:

Although Iowa is still in the race for the Big Ten West Division title, Wisconsin is a 10-point favorite.  The Badgers have won five straight and have had a winning margin of at least five touchdowns in three of their last four games.  Running back Melvin Gordon is just 91 yards away from becoming the 17th man in history to rush for two-thousand yards.  A win for Bucky, coupled with a Nebraska decision over Minnesota, will mean Wisconsin is in the Big Ten Conference Championship game for the third time in four years.  Iowa would qualify for the big game with a win over Wisconsin, then another over Nebraska, but the Hawkeyes would still need somebody to beat Minnesota.  The Badgers defense comes into today’s game ranked number-one in the CFP, giving up just 244 yards per outing.

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Sunday’s game won’t be an “ice bowl” for the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.  The Vikes play outdoors now.  The high-flying, pass-dominated offense of the Packers shouldn’t be impacted by game-time temperatures in the 40s.  Though the conditions won’t force the Packers to a ground-oriented attack, they would like a little more balance in the offense.  In winning seven of their first 10 games, Green Bay has averaged almost 33 passes per game, while running the ball only about 25 times.  The Vikings have offered a much-improved defense this season, but they did give up 330 yards passing to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears last week.  That suggests a vulnerability Aaron Rodgers can be expected to exploit.  In the last 10 games between the two cross-state rivals, Minnesota has won just once.

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A three-pointer in the first quarter gave the Milwaukee Bucks a short-lived lead.  That was it.  The Toronto Raptors routed Milwaukee 124-83.  The Bucks had come into the contest riding a three-game winning streak, but that ended with a thud.  Lou Williams scored 22 points as Toronto piled up its second-largest winning margin in team history.  When Toronto went up 101-56 late in the third period, it was the largest lead the team had ever held.  It was a forgettable night for Milwaukee as the team played its third game in four nights.  Jabari Parker led the Bucks’ scoring column with 15.  Ersan Ilyasova added 14.  The Bucks host Washington tonight.

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Their coach says they “did some good things,” but the Wisconsin men’s hockey team still hasn’t won its first game.  Colorado College blasted the Badgers 5-2 Friday night in Colorado Springs.  Jason Ford and Morgan Zullinick scored the goals for coach Mark Eaves.  Colorado College went up 2-0 and never gave up the lead, winning for the third time in 10 games.  Wisconsin is 0-7.  When Colorado College scored midway through the first period, it was the sixth time in seven games a Badger opponent got on the scoreboard first.  The same two teams wrap up the series tonight at 8 p-m Central time.

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The Wisconsin women’s hockey team got off to a strong start, scoring three times in the first period on the way to a 4-0 blanking of St. Cloud State.  The Badgers have won 21 straight on the road.  Brooke Ammerman, Karley Sylvester and Annie Pankowski scored first-period goals.  Blayre Turnbull wrapped up the scoring by finding the net in the third period.  Wisconsin outshot the home team 47-12.  Sophomore goal tender Ann-Renee Desbiens picked up her third shutout.  St. Cloud State and Wisconsin meet in the series finale this afternoon at 3 p-m.

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Wheeler News - Saturday Prep Scores (Friday games) - 11/22/14

Wheeler News Service – Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Prep Scores

Story contributions:  wheelernews@yahoo.com


WIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIPS

--Division 1
Kimberly 31, Arrowhead 6

--Division 2
Menasha 35, Waukesha West 17

--Division 3
Wisconsin Lutheran 42, Rice Lake 18

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Here are the stories:

Tailback Blair Mulholland ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns as Kimberly won its second straight Division 1 state football championship.  In a game played at Camp Randall Stadium, the Papermakers grabbed their fourth championship in seven seasons by ripping Arrowhead 31-6.  The Warhawks were looking for their third straight title, but it wasn’t to be.  Kimberly finished a perfect 14-0.  They had won the Division 2 title last year.

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Menasha defeated Waukesha West 35-17 in a come-from-behind effort to take the Division 2 state football championship Saturday.  The Bluejays trailed 14-7 when quarterback Tyler Johnson hit Kevin Medrano with a 36-yard scoring pass.  That flipped the momentum to Menasha.  Johnson scored three touchdowns himself and his team finished a perfect 14-0 season. 

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Wisconsin Lutheran completed a perfect season and pickup its fourth state championship in a 42-18 victory over Rice Lake.  It was a dominant season for the Vikings who won all but two of their games by at least three touchdowns.  Lutheran quarterback Logan McShane rushed for 138 yards and passed for 89 in the win.  Lutheran’s ground game produced 314 yards. 

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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Algoma 56, Gibraltar 21
Antigo 26, Shawano Community 21
Aquinas 45, Hayward 43
Ashwaubenon 53, Appleton West 35
Athens 59, Port Edwards 26
Auburndale 58, La Crosse Logan 51

Baraboo 49, La Crosse Central 32
Barneveld 67, Oregon 48
Benton/Shullsburg 64, Black Hawk 27
Brookfield Central 51, Racine Park 29

Campbellsport 63, Random Lake 48, OT
Chilton 45, Roncalli 33
Colfax 69, Spring Valley 29

D.C. Everest 55, Waunakee 30
Darlington 43, Pecatonica 38
DeForest 67, Madison La Follette 35
Delavan-Darien 35, East Troy 33
Divine Savior 52, Kettle Moraine Lutheran 48
Dodgeville 54, Mineral Point 49

Edgerton 39, Elkhorn Area 30
Elk Mound 55, Saint Croix Central 33
Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 58, Ozaukee 53
Evansville 63, Belleville 38

Fall Creek 66, Eleva-Strum 23
Fort Atkinson 33, West Bend East 22

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 34, Westby 22
Germantown 67, Brookfield East 48

Hilbert 51, Manitowoc Lutheran 43
Homestead 61, Slinger 47
Howards Grove 43, Cedar Grove-Belgium 32

Iola-Scandinavia 64, Wild Rose 31

Kettle Moraine 40, Wauwatosa West 32
Kewaunee 55, Sturgeon Bay 17

Lake Mills 55, Mauston 32
Lakeside Lutheran 59, Wisconsin Dells 39
Lancaster 55, Viroqua/Cornerstone Christian/Youth Init. 41
Lodi 64, Wautoma 25
Loyal 44, Neillsville 31

Manawa 46, Tigerton 41
Markesan 60, Cambria-Friesland 23
Martin Luther 75, Kenosha Indian Trail 37
Mayville 30, Central Wisconsin Christian 23
Merrill 46, Medford Area 43
Milwaukee Academy of Science 48, Milwaukee North 40
Mishicot 49, Saint Mary Central 31
Mukwonago 46, Milwaukee Vincent 43

Neenah 58, Stevens Point 41
New Berlin West 53, Burlington 31

Oak Creek 69, Racine Horlick 32

Pardeeville 40, Oakfield 37
Platteville 60, Boscobel 54
Port Washington 51, Messmer 31
Poynette 52, Nekoosa 32
Prairie du Chien 46, Fennimore 27
Pulaski 50, Wausau West 43

Randolph 53, Princeton/Green Lake 14
Reedsville 43, Valders 39
Regis 65, Boyceville 30
Ripon 70, Waupaca 31
River Ridge 33, Seneca 25
Royall 58, Weston 27

Sheboygan County Christian 52, Sheboygan Area Luth. 24
Sheboygan Falls 55, Denmark 54
Sheboygan North 47, Oostburg 23
Shiocton 45, Seymour 36
Shoreland Lutheran 40, Union Grove 31
Stockbridge 64, Milwaukee South 43
Stratford 45, Rib Lake 25

University Lake School 81, Salam School 19

Waukesha South 49, West Allis Central 42
Wauwatosa East 48, Wisconsin Lutheran 39
Wayland Academy 46, Living Word Lutheran 45
West Allis Nathan Hale 71, Milwaukee Lutheran 42
Westfield Area 47, Watertown Luther Prep 34
Winneconne 45, Clintonville 39
Wisconsin Heights 59, Ithaca 39
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 63, Green Bay East 18
Wrightstown 49, Brillion 34

Xavier 55, Freedom 43


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 11/21/2014



Nebraska's high school graduation rate has increased. The Nebraska Department of Education reports the graduation rate is up one-point-two percent compared to 2013. The department says there has been a consistent increase since 2011, when the graduation rate was 86-point-one percent. In 2014 the state saw 89-point-seven percent of high school seniors graduate.


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The state's unemployment rate has dropped down to three-point-four percent in October. Officials say the increase in October non-farm employment continues the year-to- year growth Nebraska is experiencing. The most employment growth was seen in education and health service jobs. The national unemployment rate is five-point-eight percent.


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One of the state's regional health care facilities has agreed to continue talks with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska about a proposal that would end contract disagreements. Currently all B-C-B-S C-H-I patients are not included in the network. Doctor Cliff Robertson, C-E-O of C-H-I Health Facilities, says they are seeing a drop in patients but they are hearing that some patients are switching insurance carriers in order to still be seen by their doctors.

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 11/21/2014

The State's unemployment rate has dropped back down. Iowa Workforce Development says the unemployment rate dropped down to four-point-five percent in October, following its increase in September to four-point-six percent. The agency reported that unemployment was at four-point-four percent one year ago in October, but more people are working now than at that time. The U-S unemployment rate is at five-point-eight percent.
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A bicyclist in Clear Lake was killed in an accident with a flatbed truck on Thursday morning. Iowa State Patrol says the 62-year-old Sally Bell was riding her bike when she and the truck, driven by 63-year-old Timothy Cole of Clear Lake, collided at an intersection. She was airlifted to an area hospital where she died. The State Patrol has started an investigation into the accident.
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More information about violent threats over a social media app targeting a Des Moines high school is expected to be released. Pleasant Hill police say they believe two student may be responsible for the threats that were made on the app Yik Yak at Southeast Polk High School earlier this week. There has been more security at the school since the threats that started over the weekend came through the app which allows users to post anonymously. The superintendent says the students suspected of being involved have been suspended. Formal charges are pending, as an investigation is ongoing.
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Since sexual assault allegation against popular comedian Bill Cosby have begun, many of his upcoming performances have been put on hold, but his tour is expected to still stop in Des Moines early next year. Cindy Hughes-Anliker, spokesperson for Des Moines Performing Arts, which runs the venue hosting the event in March, says at this time there is no indication the tour will be suspended and there are no immediate plans to cancel the show. Cosy's 77 tour is in celebration of his 77th birthday and Des Moines is one of 35 stops. No charges have been filed against the comedian, though his upcoming show on N-B-C has been halted along with a special scheduled to run on Netflix, and T-V Land has also stopped showing reruns of "The Cosby Show".

Missouri Afternoon News Summary 11/21/2014



A man in Independence was taken to the hospital after being hit by a school bus this morning. Authorities say the accident happened near Missouri Highway 78 around 8 a-m, when the school bus was on its way to Bingham Middle School. The elderly man, whose name and age has not been released, suffered a head injury and was bleeding but was able to speak with rescue crews. Three students were also taken to the hospital for treatment after hitting their heads on the back of school bus seats when the driver hit the man. No information has been released on their condition.


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Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman at a St. Louis White Castle before she could testify in an assault case. On Thursday, Leon Moss, Christopher Spates and Donald Whites were sentenced in the killing Moss's ex-girlfriend, 36-year-old Angie Young. Young was shot 11 times in her car. Moss was facing a possible 15 years in prison for an assault charge she was expected to testify in.


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Investigators have ruled a Kansas City fire as arson. Authorities say video surveillance caught a man leaving a laundromat close to the pawn shop around 5:48 a-m Wednesday. Danny Russell, owner of the pawn shop says he received a call about ten minutes later from his security company, leading him to believe there was a break-in. Investigators are looking at the man on the video as a suspect and are searching for him.


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Columbia police have place a man in a secure facility after finding an explosive device in his trunk. Officers were responding to a domestic dispute Tuesday which led to the discovery of the device in the trunk of his car. Authorities say the bomb was removed by a robot and detonated. Police are still investigating to try and determine what the man planned to do with the bomb.


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U-S Attorney General Eric Holder has urged police to show restraint as protesters in Ferguson, Missouri gather waiting to hear a grand jury's decision on bringing charges against an officer involved in the shooting of unarmed black teen. Holder has also provided new guidance on how law enforcement officials should approach keeping the public safe while also allowing protesters their right of free expression. The grand jury is reaching the end of seeing evidence in the fatal officer involved shooting of Michael Brown. Brown was shot more than four times by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. Protests following the shooting turned violent, with looting and officers on the front line using military vehicles and riot gear to defuse the situation.

World/National Afternoon News Summary 11/21/2014





Eleven people have died following a stampede at a religious service in Zimbabwe. Authorities say the service was held at a sport stadium were four people died in the stands and seven other people died at an area hospital. The cause of the stampede is under investigation. Thousand of people were expected to attend the televangelist religious service in a city of central Zimbabwe.


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An unarmed man in Brooklyn was fatally shot by a police officer in a housing project Thursday after the officer apparently became startled by the man. Twenty-eight-year-old Akai Gurley was going to his apartment as two rookie police officers were coming down the staircase. The became startled after seeing Gurley and his girlfriend and one of the officers fired one shot into Gurley's chest causing him to collapse and fall down two flights of stairs Gurley was pronounced dead on arrival. A police source says the hallway the police officers and the couple were in was dimly lit, making it hard for officers to see.


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Israeli authorities have arrested and charged three Palestinians in alleged plot to kill a government official. According to an indictment sheet, the three unnamed Palestinians were planning on shooting a rocket-propelled grenade at the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. A Hamas spokesperson says he was unaware of the attack but says he justified it. Others says all Israeli leaders are probable targets because their soldiers killed Palestinian children and women and entered a mosque attacking many Palestinians.


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Florida State University has reopened the library were this week's shooting took place. The main library was opened today (Friday) just a day after a gunman shot three people and was fatally shot by police. Some students say before the shooting, the library was considered one of the safest areas on campus, but that's probably not going to be the case now. University President, John Thrasher says what happened on Thursday has not been forgotten, but students want to move forward.


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U-S Attorney General Eric Holder has urged police to show restraint as protesters in Ferguson, Missouri gather waiting to hear a grand jury's decision on bringing charges against an officer involved in the shooting of unarmed black teen. Holder has also provided new guidance on how law enforcement officials should approach keeping the public safe while also allowing protesters their right of free expression. The grand jury is reaching the end of seeing evidence in the fatal officer involved shooting of Michael Brown. Brown was shot more than four times by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. Protests following the shooting turned violent, with looting and officers on the front line using military vehicles and riot gear to defuse the situation.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 11/21/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, November 21, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

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

Here are the details:

A Milwaukee immigrant rights' group estimates that up to 24-thousand Wisconsinites are eligible for work permits and protections from being deported. That word came today from the League of United Latin American Citizens.  Arturo Martinez, the group's state director, joined civil rights and faith group leaders in a program at Milwaukee City's Hall.  They hailed President Obama's executive order deferring deportations for up to five-million undocumented immigrants.  Darryl Morin, the United Latin League's vice president for the Midwest Region, said Obama's actions are limited in scope, temporary, and rightfully so.  He said Congress needs to pass a bill that provides for the security of the nation's economy, champions human rights, and does not represent fear and division.  Martinez said the Wisconsin workers who get permits under Obama's order could pay up to 18-million dollars in taxes over the next five years.  Morin also criticized Wisconsin U-S Senate Republican Ron Johnson, who vows to pass a separate border protection bill in his new role as chair of the Senate's Homeland Security panel.  Morin said Johnson's arguments are "misleading at best."  As Morin put it, "Enforcement first-only is a non-starter."

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A La Crosse man is due in court next month for allegedly killing a roadside tow-truck operator in an Interstate crash.  Fifty-year old Steven Dolan has an initial appearance set for December 8th in Jackson County Circuit Court on a charge of negligent homicide.  Authorities said 38-year-old Nathan Walsh was loading a disabled car onto a flat-bed when Dolan's pick-up truck struck him, and side-swiped the tow vehicle.  Walsh died at the scene of last month's crash on Interstate-94 near Osseo.  Investigators said he was wearing reflective gear at the time, and his wrecker's warning lights were on.


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Wisconsin hunters will find it harder to drive on the roads tomorrow, than to drive for deer in the woods.  The National Weather Service has issued freezing rain advisories for about the southern half of Wisconsin, stretching into the northeast.  Those advisories will run from late tonight until late tomorrow morning or early afternoon, depending on where you are.  Forecasters say the light freezing rain and drizzle will begin late tonight -- along with light rain or snow in other areas.  The Weather Service office in Green Bay expects up to one-tenth-of-an-inch of ice on the roads.  Once the freezing stuff clears out, cloudy weather is in the forecast until Sunday, when rain is possible statewide. Highs are projected to be in the 30's tomorrow, and the 40's on Sunday.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 11/21/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, November 21, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

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

At the W-I-A-A state high school football finals today...
Division 3 championship
Wisconsin Lutheran 42, Rice Lake 18

Here are the details:

The state Natural Resources Board will be asked next month to make the first changes to the invasive species list since it was created five years ago.  D-N-R staffers want to classify 49 new species as being "prohibited."  It means that people must destroy those species if they find them on their property -- and cannot sell, keep, or transport them.  The D-N-R also wants to add another 32 invasive species to the "restricted" list -- meaning that people can possess them, but not move or sell them.  Also, the tree-killing emerald ash borer would be downgraded from the prohibited list to the restricted group.  The Natural Resources Board will consider the changes on December 10th, when it meets in Madison.

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Seventy-five West Bend high school students were suspended, after a meeting over a new policy on hall-passes turned ugly yesterday.  According to students who were interviewed by reporters, their fellow students were upset that administrators would not answer their questions about the policy.  Police said they were called to a campus that houses both West Bend East and West high schools, when a meeting between school officials and students about the hall-pass policy got out of control.  When they arrived, officers a number of youngsters were running down hallways, and ripping materials of school walls. The school went on a soft lock-down, and things settled down later in the morning.  Initial reports said one person was arrested.  Police said the investigation would take a few days to complete -- and those responsible could get disorderly conduct citations, or be referred to juvenile authorities.  

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America's booziest state?  Not Wisconsin, despite what you might think.  Thrill-List-Dot-Com compared each state on a host of criteria which included everything from breweries-per-capita to last-call hours -- and it ranks Wisconsin sixth.  The survey points out that the Badger State has the third-most bars per resident, one for every 18-hundred-77 people.  Thrill-List said Milwaukee used to be a "spritual homeland" for blue-collar beer, but the state is now all about premium beers like Leinenkugel.  It points out that Wisconsinites average three gallons of alcohol per year.  The survey named Oregon as Number-One, due to its large numbers of craft breweries. Colorado is second followed by Alaska, Montana, and Vermont.  

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 11/21/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, November 21, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

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

At the W-I-A-A state high school football finals today...
Division 3 championship
Wisconsin Lutheran 42, Rice Lake 18

Here are the details:

Craig Counsell will stay with the Milwaukee Brewers.  The special assistant to G-M Doug Melvin withdrew from consideration today as the next manager at Tampa Bay to replace Joe Maddon.  The 44-year-old Counsell said he's been thinking about the opportunity all week -- and he decided to stay with the Brewers because he likes what he's doing.  Counsell, a native of suburban Whitefish Bay, has a variety of jobs as a special assistant.  He joined the Brewers' front office right after he retired as a player following the 2011 season. Counsell was interviewed twice by the Rays -- once on the phone, and in person at the recent general managers' meeting in Phoenix.  He said it was a "great experience" to go through the interviewing process.  In late 2012, Counsell was in line to become Boston's hitting coach -- and he passed up that opportunity as well, saying he enjoyed his role in Milwaukee so much.

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Wisconsin Lutheran won the Division-Three state high school football title today, 42-to-18 over Rice Lake at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.  Lutheran led 20-to-10 at halftime, and pulled away with a 14-nothing scoring edge in the third quarter.  Austin DeNoyer had two touchdown runs of two and 13 yards for Wisconsin Lutheran, which completed an undefeated season at 14-and-0.
Erik Hovde threw a touchdown pass and ran one in himself for Rice Lake, which closed out at 10-and-4.  The Division-Two title game was being played this afternoon between Waukesha West and unbeaten Menasha.  The Division-One contest -- pitting two returning champions from a year ago -- is due to start at 4 p-m as Kimberly takes on Hartland Arrowhead.

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Four Green Bay Packers are listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota.  They include defensive end Datone Jones, who hurt the same ankle he injured in October against the Miami Dolphins.  Coach Mike McCarthy said Jones will get a final chance tomorrow to prove that he can ready for the Viking game.  Also questionable are corner Jarrett Bush with a groin injury, outside linebacker Nick Perry with the shoulder injury that kept him out of practice all week, and outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott with a bad hamstring.  Absent from the injury report was linebacker Clay Matthews, who aggravated a groin injury last Sunday and was limited at two practices this week.  Matthews said yesterday he'd be ready to face Minnesota.  Tight end Brandon Bostick remains out with a hip problem.  Guards T-J Lang and Josh Sitton are probable.

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Matt Behrendt of U-W Whitewater is the W-I-A-C's football player-of-the-year on offense.  Jacob Zilbar of Platteville was given the defensive season honors, and Nate Ray of Oshkosh got the nod on special teams.  Whitewater's Lance Leipold (ly-pold) was named the league's coach-of-the-year, after leading the top-ranked Warhawks to a 10-and-0 regular season and their ninth league title in the last decade.  Behrendt, a senior quarterback, led the conference with a 170-point-four passer rating.  He averaged 226 passing yards a game, with only two interceptions in 263 passing attempts.  Zilbar, a senior linebacker, led Platteville with four interceptions and had five tackles for losses.  Ray averaged 44 yards a punt and made 10-of-16 field goal attempts.  All three players also made the All-Conference first team.  Zilbar and Ray made it for a second straight year. Other repeat selections from a year ago are Justin Howard, Marcus McLin, and Jake Kumerow of Whitewater -- Rob Austin, Jayson Eddy, and Andrew Robinson of Platteville -- Zach Vallafskey of Stevens Point -- and Joe Sommers of Oshkosh.  Ben Hertrampf of La Crosse earned his second all-conference honor in four seasons. 

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The Marquette women's basketball team plays at Wake Forest this evening.  The Golden Eagles are 1-and-1 under new coach Carolyn Kieger.  They're coming off a 15-point win over Loyola on Monday night, in which freshman Kenisha Bell scored 16 points. Wake Forest is 2-and-0.  The Demon Deacons are coming off an 89-to-62 romp of Tennessee Tech.  Senior Dearica Hamby is averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds after two outings.  

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The Wisconsin men's hockey team will try again for its first victory of the season, with a pair of games in Colorado this weekend.  The 0-and-6 Badgers will play at Colorado College tonight, and at Denver tomorrow evening.  Mike Eaves' Wisconsin team has not played in two weeks, after losing a pair at home to North Dakota 4-to-3 and 5-to-1.  Denver is coming off an 8-to-1 win over Colorado College last weekend.  Colorado College is 2-and-7 overall, while Denver is at 6-and-3.
Meanwhile, the third-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team plays at Saint Cloud State this afternoon and tomorrow.  The Badgers have a 20-game unbeaten streak on the road, and they're unbeaten in their last six overall. Coach Mark Johnson's Badgers swept Minnesota State last week, while Saint Cloud State was swept at home by Minnesota-Duluth.

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The Wisconsin men's and women's cross country teams are gearing up for their national Division-One meets tomorrow in Terre Haute Indiana.  Both Badger teams earned automatic berths after last week's regionals.  Thirty-one men's teams and 38 other individuals are competing in each national race.
In Division-Three, the U-W Eau Claire men received an automatic berth at their national final in Mason Ohio.  La Crosse and Stout were given at-large berths among the 32 teams.  Jordan Carpenter of Oshkosh was among the 56 individuals chosen to run -- along with Ian LaMere and Joel Walden ofPlatteville, and Dawson Miller of Whitewater.  In the D-Three women's final, La Crosse earned an automatic berth and Eau Claire was an at-large pick.  Among the 56 women's individuals are Ana Breit and Lauren Dilley of Stevens Point, and Jordan Kelch and Kathleen Thorn of Stout.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 11/21/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, November 21, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

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

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A woman killed in a Wednesday night Interstate crash was an administrator at U-W Stout.  The State Patrol said 56-year-old Kay Schnur of Merrillan (marilyn) was driving east on I-94 near Osseo, when her car struck a deer.  A semi-truck that was following her escaped the crash by veering to the left.  However, another semi could not do the same thing quickly enough, and it rear-ended Schnur's car.  That second trucker escaped injury.  Schnur worked for more than two decades at the Stout campus in Menomonie, most recently as the director of enterprise and information systems.  Her daughter, 25-year-old Stout student Anna Herrick, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer called Schnur's death a "devastating loss for the campus, and for everyone who knew her."

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For the second time in a month, the F-B-I has investigated something in Oshkosh -- but this time, it's not saying what.  The Oshkosh Northwestern said agents in unmarked vehicles were spotted yesterday in front of an apartment building and a nearby garage.  F-B-I spokesman Leonard Peace in Milwaukee confirmed what he called "operational activity," and he said there was no danger to the public as a result.  Oshkosh Police said it did not have a hand in the latest probe.  Last month, a joint police-F-B-I investigation resulted in the arrest of U-W Oshkosh student Kyle Smith.  He's been charged in federal court with possessing the deadly toxin ricin.

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Another big part of circus history is being readied for visitors to Baraboo. Contractors have finished the renovation of a 105-year-old, 600-foot long building that stored rail cars before the Ringling Brothers Circus traveled across the country.  It took nine years to plan and carry out the one-point-two million dollar renovation along the Baraboo River at the state's Circus World Museum. The project included the replacement of 300 windows, new electric wiring, new fire hydrants, and road improvements to accommodate traffic.  More than 80 rail cars owned by the Ringling Brothers were repaired and re-painted this past winter.  Executive director Scott O'Donnell of the Circus World Foundation says it's "pretty darn amazing" to see sunshine in a building where the windows were long boarded up.  The restoration of the shed began nine years ago, and its final phase started last fall.  Museum officials say they plan to add displays to show how the building helped the circus achieve its national success.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 11/21/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, November 21, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #1

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

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Just one day after Barack Obama expanded protections for immigrants, House Republicans filed suit accusing the president of overstepping his bounds on Obama-care.  The lawsuit accuses the Democratic chief executive of unconstitutionally exceeding his powers -- and while it did not mention immigration, a G-O-P official says the party is thinking about including it.  That would need approval by the House, which voted in late July to authorize the suit filed this morning against the Affordable Care Act.  All five Wisconsin House Republicans voted in favor of authorizing that legal action -- and all three of the state's Democrats voted against it.  Today's lawsuit targeted the U-S Treasury and Health-and-Human Service agencies.  It accused the president of illegally delaying the one of the main requirements of the health care law -- that businesses with 50-or-more full-time workers offer acceptable insurance, or pay fines for not doing so.  In announcing the lawsuit, House Speaker John Boehner said that if Obama "can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well."  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the case is without merit -- and she accused the G-O-P of prioritizing what she called the "special interests and the howls of impeachment-hungry extremists before the needs of the nation."

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A suburban Chicago man suspected of killing his estranged wife with a hatchet is due in court this afternoon in Racine County.  Prosecutors say they'll file criminal charges against a 38-year-old man from Arlington Heights.  Police in Mount Pleasant said the woman tried to hide from her separated husband at a house -- and witnesses said he dragged into the nearby motel parking lot where she was found bleeding.  She was flown to a Milwaukee hospital, where she died.  The couple's names had not been released by this morning.  The man was booked on possible charges of homicide, mayhem, and kidnapping.

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The shipping season is over on the Upper Mississippi River.  The Army Corps of Engineers said the final tugboat of the year went through the locks at Saint Paul yesterday, as icy conditions have made it hard for vessels to navigate.  Four barges on the vessel Mary K. Cavarra made it through Lock-and-Dam Number-two at Hastings Minnesota, near Prescott in far western Wisconsin.  Despite a late start to the shipping season, officials said cargo tonnage rose more than ten-percent at the main locks along the western Wisconsin border from Hastings south into northeast Iowa.  A year ago, the final two made it through a few days later than it did this year -- on November 27th.

(Thanks Minnesota News Network)

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Minnesota News from MNN - 11/21/14

"Minnesota Summary"  11-21-14

Players Union Officially Appeals Peterson Suspension

(Washington, DC)  --  As expected, the NFL Players Association is appealing the suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.  In a letter to the NFL Commissioner's office, the union accused Roger Goodell and the league of denying Peterson due process by "making up the process and punishment as it goes" and called for the case to be heard by an independent arbitrator.  The NFLPA closed the letter by demanding that Goodell recuse himself from the appeals process, saying there is no way he could be impartial.

Minnesota Group Celebrates Obama Immigration Order
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(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Chapter of Alliance for Citizenship celebrates President Obama's immigration executive order this (Fri) afternoon in Minneapolis.  Activists say the reforms are historic and will change the lives of immigrant and citizen families across Minnesota and the nation.  The group calls the moment an important victory that will help thousands of noncitizens in Minnesota and an estimated 5 million throughout the U-S as their deportations are deferred.  Community members and leaders will gather at 1 pm at Mercado Central in Minneapolis.  Republicans say Obama exceeded the power of his office and vow a legislative fight when they take full control of Congress after the new year.

Ellison Wants Increased Pay For Troops Deployed To Ebola Zone

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Congressmen Keith Ellison and Collin Peterson are calling for an increase in pay for military personnel deployed to West Africa to fight Ebola.  The Minnesota National Guard is sending 700 members of the 34th Infantry Division to Liberia next spring to assist in the effort.  In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Ellison writes, "the conditions on the ground are difficult and our military personnel deserve more than an additional five dollars a day in hardship pay."  The Secretary of Defense has discretion to increase hardship pay up to 15-hundred dollars per month.

Man Struck, Killed On Brooklyn Park Freeway Identified

(Brooklyn Park, MN)  --  Authorities have identified the man struck and killed by a vehicle early Thursday on Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Park.  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 20-year-old Trevon Tucker of Columbia Heights died of blunt force head and neck injuries.  The driver of the car told police Tucker was wearing dark clothing and standing in the right lane waving his hands in the air.  He was unable to stop and struck Tucker.  The State Patrol is still investigating.

Hockey Player From Minnesota In Financial Trouble Because Of Family

(Columbus, OH)  --  A former Shattuck St. Mary's student and hockey player currently on the ice in Ohio is in financial trouble -- apparently thanks to the people closest to him.  "The Columbus Dispatch" reports defenseman Jack Johnson was forced to file bankruptcy last month after being bilked out of millions of dollars by his own parents.  Johnson's family reportedly took out loans against a big contract signed four years ago at inflated interest rates, causing him to go broke.

Franken Highlighting Mental Health Services

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Senator Al Franken is speaking about the importance of children's mental health services at the grand opening of the new Washburn Center for Children headquarters in Minneapolis today (11am).  Franken successfully pushed for additional mental health resources for schools in Minnesota and across the country, including 40 million dollars to expand access to early intervention and mental health treatment for students.  He also helped win 15 million dollars to help train teachers and others who work with young people respond to mental illness, and to encourage families affected by mental health problems to seek treatment.

DNR Investigating How Errant Moose Died

(Sleepy Eye, MN)  --  The D-N-R is trying to figure out how a wandering moose died near Sleepy Eye in south-central Minnesota.  The one-and-a-half-year-old male had been hanging out near a farmstead before it was found dead Thursday.  Wildlife research manager Lou Cornicelli says they're not investigating it as some sort of illegal action but will certainly try to determine cause of death.  Cornicelli says it did not appear the moose had been shot or hit by a vehicle.  He adds moose from northeastern Minnesota wander to strange places every once and a while.

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World / National Midday Summary - 11/21/14


The Speaker of the U-S House of Representatives says the president is damaging the top executive office itself.  Republican John Boehner (Bay-ner) says the House won't sit by and let that happen with President Obama's unilateral action on immigration.  The President is expected to offer more details of his plan during an appearance in Las Vegas.  He intends to boost border security while shielding up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation.  Boehner says the the president exceeded his executive authority and he has vowed to fight the action.


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The snow emergency in western New York state is now being blamed for a dozen deaths.  Two senior citizens were added to the list of people who have died in Erie County.  They apparently died of natural causes after being evacuated from a nursing home.  Local measurements put the amount of snow which has fallen on the Buffalo area at a little over seven feet.  Rain and a warm-up add a threat of flooding to the picture.


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A Brooklyn man in his 50s is being tested for Ebola after exhibiting the symptoms of the fatal disease.  He had just returned from Mali.  He's being treated at Bellevue Hospital, the same medical facility where Doctor Craig Spencer was released after successful treatment for Ebola.  So far, there have only been a half-dozen confirmed Ebola cases in Mali, and hasn't been considered one of the West African nations where the outbreak is occurring.  More than five-thousand people have died so far.


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The nation's sluggish housing market is sending some positive signals.  The National Association of Realtors reports homes were bought last month at the fastest pace of the year.  Sales of existing homes were up one-point-five-percent.  At the same time, the U-S economy is showing its biggest increase in three months.  The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators was up by nine-tenths of one-percent in September.  That would be an early indicator of continued economic growth through the holiday season and into early next year.


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Louisiana State Police say five members of a family headed to Disney World were killed in a car crash.  Three children and two adults died when their vehicle veered off  Interstate 20 and rolled over.  Investigators think the 16-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel.  He and two other children suffered minor injuries.  The parents and children ages four, seven and 15 were killed.  They weren't wearing seatbelts. 

Nebraska Midday Summary - 11/21/14


Omaha police say the father of a three-year-old girl, found wandering in the cold earlier this week, has received a citation.  It was 32 degrees outside when a witness spotted the girl walking at about 1 a-m.  Sierra Phillips says the child was cold, her bottom was wet and her diaper was soiled.  Phillips searched the neighborhood for an hour while the girl kept asking for her mommy.  She was reportedly in her father’s custody when she walked off.  The child is said to be in good health and is now in temporary foster care.


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For the second time in less than a week, a person has suffered a fatal fall from a Lincoln parking garage.  Police say it is unclear whether the high school student jumped or fell Thursday afternoon from the downtown structure.  The dead teenager’s name hasn’t been released, though the family has been notified.  Just last Monday, 28-year-old Monica Martinez of Lincoln died in a similar fall from a parking garage in downtown Lincoln.  Police think she jumped to her death on purpose.


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Members of the 44th Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council say there are a lot of people coming back to the farm.  Head Counselor Johnny Florence of Ord is a student at the University of Nebraska and an intern at the state Agriculture Department.  He says there are a lot of jobs in agriculture, and in food and animal science.  Council members will spend the next few months getting ready for the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute for high school students this summer.