Friday, July 25, 2014

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 7-25-2014

An actor that played a soldier in the movie "Forrest Gump" has helped raise money for an Iowa  veteran’s charity. Gary Sinise (Suh-neese) play "Lieutenant Dan" in the movie and hosted an event aboard the U-S-S Iowa on Thursday. The event raised money for several veteran causes, including the Puppy Jake Foundation and the effort to repair the U-S-S Iowa, which now serves as a museum. One fundraising leader, Becky Beach, says the ship needs updates to allow World War Two vets easy access to the ship.
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A new trial date has been set for David Moffitt in a Pleasant Hill shooting. The 26 –year-old Moffitt is charged in connection to the death of 30-year-old Justin Michael. Police say he fatally shot Michael in May. He is being charged with first-degree murder, his trial has been rescheduled for March 2nd.

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A Good Samaritan is stabbed while trying to help a victim of a domestic dispute. Lari-Jo Henry and a 58-year-old man got into an argument on Thursday, Henry threated the man with a knife. The Ames man fell out of the trailer hitting his head, and that’s when a 25-year-old man came to the rescue of the Ames man. Henry stabbed the younger man in the forehead leaving him with a superficial cut. She is being charged with armed criminal action and public intoxication.
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Johnson County has unanimously passed a proclamation encouraging the testing of driverless vehicles. City Development President Mark Nolte says the driverless vehicle will be the next big technology that will affect our lives. The county is excited about the possibility of automakers testing the driverless vehicles. The proclamation was voted on Thursday.

Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 7-25-2014

A college student has been sentenced for causing a security breach at his university and another school. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Stratman of Omaha has been sentenced to six months on work release and three years of supervised probation for breaching computer systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska State College System. School Officials say Stratman went through computer security measures that are in place to protect financial information. The schools were not aware of the breach until May of 2012 when Stratman was a senior.
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E-P-A officials and lawmakers met to discuss changes to the Clean Water Act. Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns and other senators confronted E-P-A Administrator Gina McCarthy about the word “navigable” being taken out of the Clean Water Act. Johanns says McCarthy was polite but he believes she is going to continue with the expansion of the Clean Water Act. Agriculture groups are worried that the E-P-A is reaching into agricultural operations. In the expansion the E-P-A would be able to regulate ponds, creeks and streams.
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The trial for a man suspected of killing a 2-year-old Gering girl will begin on August 11th. Twenty-seven-year-old Dustin Chauncey will be tried for the 2008 death of Juliette Geurts. Chauncey pleaded not guilty to intentional child abuse resulting in death. Police say Chauncy was the mother’s boyfriend at the time.

Missouri Afternoon News Summary 7-25-2014

A St. Louis man suspected of impersonating an officer and other criminal offenses has been charged. Twenty-eight-year-old Michael Carnell was indicted on Wednesday on four counts of deviate sexual assault. He already faces four charges of felony sodomy along with impersonating an officer. Authorities say Cornell is still under investigation and that more charges could be added. Court documents say Cornell pretended to be an officer and used his employment at a St. Louis police station to take advantage of a young man and have his father detained for several days for a bench warrant.
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The Columbia Police Department has decided to have officers use body cameras. On Thursday, the department announced that 102 body cameras would be bought. Department leaders say the cameras can help reduce police assaults, provide evidence in cases and increase transparency with the public. Assistant Chief John Gordon says the cameras would cost 110-thousand dollars and yearly maintenance would cost 40-thousand dollars.
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A heat advisory has been issued in Kansas City and will be in effect until 7 p-m. The National Weather Service says extreme heat and humidity is to blame for the advisory. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s, with a heat index of 103 to 108. The hot and humid weather will still be present on Saturday with a chance of cooling down on Sunday.
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Kansas City’s Zoo has had a loss to the Africa exhibit. The zoo’s oldest male lion, Dumansi died on Thursday at 18. Officials say Dumansi came to the zoo when he was a year-and-a-half old. KC Zoo C-E-O says Dumansi was like a house cat until you saw him tear threw a bone and that the lion will be missed.
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A Missouri beverage distributor is in the process of developing a deal with Major Brands. Missouri Beverage Company is working out financial terms for the deal. St. Louis based Major Brands wants to buy Missouri Beverage in order to help rebuild the company after being dropped by London-based Diageo, a popular alcohol supplier. Major Brands C-E-O says the company was expected to fold after being dropped, but it has been opportunity to rebuild the beer, wine and spirits distributor business. Missouri Beverage was founded in 2000 by Bill Reichardt and serves two-thousand customers.

World/ National Afternoon News Summary 7-25-2014

A majority of the journalist recently detained in Iran are American citizens. According to Iranian officials Jason Rezaian, reporter for The Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi are included in the three people being detained. C-N-N says it isn’t clear why there is a discrepancy in the number of journalist being held. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Iran has a dismal record with regards to its treatment of imprisoned journalist.
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The F-B-I is investigating a former Ford Motor Company employee after listening devices were found in a meeting room. Forty-three-year-old Sharon Leach was fired as an engineer after the company’s security found a listening device on July 11th, under tables in the meeting room. Ford spokesperson says the company and the F-B-I are working together and that information is limited during the investigation. No charges have been filed against Leach yet.
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The Pope has accepted an invitation to an event in Philadelphia, making it his first trip to the U-S. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says the Pope has accepted his invitation to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The event is scheduled for late September 2015. Vatican spokesperson Reverend Frederico Lombardi says the Pope has received other invitations to events in the U-S, and is still considering some.
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A Texas inmate has confessed to killing a man ten years ago over a parking spot in Houston. Sheriff’s officials say 32-year-old Allan Eugene was charged on Thursday with killing 44-year-old Richard Sepulveda in 2004. The two men got into an argument over a parking spot in a southwest Houston parking lot. Eugene confessed to the murder after the case was re-opened in 2013. He is currently serving time for aggravated assault and possession of cocaine. When Eugene is released from the Huntsville facility he will be transferred to Harris County Jail.
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A China meat supplier in the middle of a meat scandal won a court case earlier this year against an employee that said the company made him forge dates on meat products. Wang (Wong) Donglai (Dung-lowe), who worked for Shanghai Hushi Food from 2007 to 2013, says he was forced to participate in the company’s unethical practice of mislabeling dates on meat products. In January, a judge ruled that Donglai didn’t have enough evidence to prove his claims against the company and the company won the suit. The company’s lawyer for that case says the company needs to raise its standard if they wish to remain open. The company is accused of giving fast food chains in China and Japan expired and unsanitary meat. Shanghai police have arrested the head of the company and quality control manager.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

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U-S Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin is back in her home area, explaining her new bill to add two-thousand residency positions at the nation's veterans hospitals.  The state's junior senator from Madison says the bill would reduce waiting times for veterans to see V-A hospital physicians.  It became a key concern earlier this year in the wake of service problems at V-A facilities in Arizona.  Residencies are the next steps for those who graduate from medical schools.  The bill would require the V-A to allocate residencies based on doctor shortages at its various facilities, and make priorities to train specialists who are needed.  A similar bill has been introduced in the House.  W-K-O-W T-V of Madison says Baldwin's bill is supported by both doctor training schools in the Badger State, at U-W Madison and Milwaukee's Medical College of Wisconsin.

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The family of a missing woman in northeast Wisconsin has doubled a reward for information which solves the mystery.  Relatives of Victoria Prokopovitz of Pittsfield increased their reward from 25-hundred dollars to five-thousand.  The 60-year-old Prokopovitz disappeared from her home on April 25th of last year.  Authorities said she left her purse, I-D, and cell phone behind -- and she had none of her medications when she vanished.  An exhaustive search has taken place -- and it has not turned up any clues as to what might have happened.  Those with information are asked to call the Brown County Sheriff's Department or the county's Crime Stoppers program.

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If you're planning to be outside this weekend, tomorrow is your best chance to stay dry.  The National Weather Service says a small ridge of high pressure will move into western Wisconsin tonight, pushing a weak cold front that will carry showers and thunderstorms toward the east and eventually into Lake Michigan.  The threat of rain is expected to end this evening in western Wisconsin, and overnight in the east.  A warm and dry day is predicted for tomorrow, with highs in the 80's -- just in time for the opening of the Packers' training camp in Green Bay, where the public can watch outdoor practices but not those moved inside if it rains.  Showers are a possibility late Saturday night and Sunday in much of the Badger State, as another cold front goes through.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he's both confident and "nervous" about his team, as it begins Training Camp.  At a news conference today, McCarthy said he was very pleased with how the off-season workouts and study sessions went.  The coach set the Packer veterans set the tone during the spring practices.  But with the numbers of camp practices being reduced due to the N-F-L's collective bargaining agreement, McCarthy says he's nervous about making sure he gets all of the preparation work in.  This is his ninth camp as Green Bay's head coach -- and he said the schedule is like none of the others.  There are only 21 Training Camp practices, and a few will be closed before the exhibition games, to give the players more of a feel of what a regular season game week will be like.  To try and cut down on injuries, the Packers will not be tackling at this year's Training Camp.  Despite what most fans and reporters think, McCarthy said the most important part of tackling is the footwork -- and not contact or the ability to get the opponent to the ground.  Also, the Packers have not decided before camp which practices will have players wearing pads.  

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We might have to wait until tomorrow's first practice to find out if some key Green Bay Packers will be ready to go. Coach Mike McCarthy said this morning he was not sure if Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews would be cleared for workouts.  Matthews broke his right thumb last season, and did not practice at all this spring.  He said at the time he wanted to be at 100-percent before having contact on the field.  Also, McCarthy says he's not sure about the health status of tight end Jermichael Finley, who's technically a free agent but is still available after fusion surgery last fall for a major neck injury.  McCarthy said Finley was still a Packer in his opinion -- but his health will determine his future.  Players are getting physicals and conditioning tests today as they report to camp.  McCarthy says he won't know until late this afternoon what the status of some of his players will be.  The first official camp practice is at 8:20 tomorrow morning.

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The Brewer bats continue to heat up, as they extend their lead in the National League Central Division.  Seven of Milwaukee's ten hits went for extra bases last night, when the Crew crushed the New York Mets 9-to-1 at Miller Park.  It extended the Brewers' winning streak to four games, as they lengthened their division lead to three games over both Saint Louis and Pittsburgh.  All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy has led Milwaukee's surging offense.  He's 6-for-12 in his last three games, with three homers.  Lucroy homered and drove in two runs last night in the Brewers' pasting of the Mets.  Lucroy is 9-for-22 in his last five contests against the Mets.  Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew this evening against New York left-hander Zack Wheeler.

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In the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks will go for their seventh straight victory tonight, when play the Mallards in Madison.  Lakeshore has the league's best second-half record at 16-and-3.  That's after the Chinooks pounded Madison 13-to-3 last night, in their first game after the All-Star break.  The Chinooks have won eight of their last ten.  Meanwhile, Wisconsin Woodchucks' slugger Paul DeJong has become the all-time single season home run leader in the Northwoods League.  He belted his 15th homer on the summer last night, breaking a 5-5 tie as Wisconsin topped Kalamazoo 7-to-5.  The two teams play again tonight in lower Michigan.  Also, Green Bay hosts La Crosse.  Wisconsin Rapids plays at Kenosha.  And Eau Claire entertains Saint Cloud.

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Marquette will host the Big East women's volleyball tournament again this fall.  The Golden Eagles are the defending conference champions.  They'll hold the tournament November 28th-and-29th in Milwaukee.  It's the third time in four years Marquette is hosting the Big East volleyball tourney, which features the top four regular season finishers.  Marquette has been to the title match in each of the last two years.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today against a Racine police officer who said she was immune from liability when she drove through a red light to get to an emergency, and got into a crash at that corner.  On a 4-to-3 vote, the justices ruled in favor of Eileen Legue, who had her windows up and didn't hear Amy Matsen's police siren before the two vehicles collided.  Matsen was on her way to investigating another traffic crash in 2009 when she slowed to 27-miles-an-hour, and had her lights and siren on, and used a bullhorn to warn those coming from the side.  Both Matsen and Legue were injured in their collision.  Legue sued the city, saying the officer failed to exercise "due regard."  A jury found both parties equally at fault.  A circuit judge later ruled in favor of the officer, saying she could not have prevented the crash unless she stopped altogether.  The judge said Matsen was immune because she exercised judgment at the corner.  The Supreme Court disagreed in its nearly-split decision.  The majority said it's clear that public employees who don't drive with "due regard under the circumstances" can be sued.  

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Police in suburban Milwaukee said a mother stabbed and wounded two of her children.  Officers in Brown Deer were called to a home just after midnight.  They said they found a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old with stab wounds to the head, face, and legs.  Officials said the woman fled the house before police got there, but she was later found in the city of Milwaukee and was arrested.  Police are asking prosecutors to file charges of disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, child abuse, and reckless injury.

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The annual onslaught of mayflies began this week along the Mississippi River in the La Crosse region.  The National Weather Service caught a swarm of them on radar, as they drifted north in the same pattern as the wind.  The radar showed yellow spots directly over the Mississippi, as the mayflies came out of the water.  Radar maps showed the swarm as being green while drifting north, and then blue as the flies dispersed.  Officials said the large bands of mayflies looked like thunderstorms on the radar.  The initial band showed up last Sunday night.  A second and smaller swarm came and went last night.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

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An Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison, for a Door County murder that spurred the governor and Legislature to eliminate a defense strategy in future homicides.  Thirty-seven year old Brian Cooper of Plainfield Illinois has been given two life sentences with no chance for a supervised release.  That's after he was convicted in May of first-degree intentional homicide in the slaying of his employee and one-time girlfriend Alisha Bromfield -- and the death of an unborn child for which Cooper was not the father.  Cooper was tried for a second time after his first jury convicted him on other charges but not the homicide counts.  In the original trial, Cooper claimed he was too drunk to have any intent to kill Bromfield, whom he brought to a Door County wedding where he failed to convinced her to get back together with him.  Assembly Republican Steve Nass of Whitewater called it the "voluntary intoxication" defense, and he convinced his fellow lawmakers and Governor Scott Walker to ban it in future cases.  Cooper was also sentenced to two extra years in prison for a third-degree sexual assault he committed after the killing.  He must also pay over eight-thousand dollars to cover funeral expenses.

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Wisconsinites who are on the state's no-call list for telemarketers will be transferred to a federal list on August first.  The governor and Legislature voted earlier this year to do away with the state's list.  That's because the Federal Trade Commission's list offers the same protections, and will give state consumer protection personnel more to investigate violations.  State officials say the change will become effective next Friday, the first day of the new month.  Those on the federal list will not have to re-register every two years -- their registrations will take effect the day after they sign up instead of just four dates per year under the state list -- and once you're on, telemarketers will have 31 days to stop calling.  The change applies to both land-lines and cell phones.  The no-call list applies to companies which have not done business with you in the past.  

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Western Wisconsin residents who watch theater productions in Winona Minnesota will notice a big change coming soon.  The city of Winona is about to remove 98 hand-painted scenic theater backdrops from its Masonic Temple theater.  That's after an engineer found that the rigging system was too dangerous to keep running.  City officials decided to remove the backdrops, because it does not have the millions of dollars needed for a renovation project.  Restoring the artwork itself could run up to 750-thousand dollars.  The backdrops go back to the days in which many communities opened opera houses, starting in the mid-1800's.  Only a few are left around the country -- and Winona has many of the stage props to go with the scenes, which is rarer.  A volunteer group will decide what happens with the historic backdrops.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #1

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A man killed when six vehicles collided at an Interstate construction site near La Crosse was identified today as 29-year-old Jason Songer of La Crescent Minnesota.  The State Patrol said four other people were injured in the chain reaction mishap.  It occurred yesterday morning on eastbound Interstate-90, two miles into Wisconsin from Minnesota.  According to the state D-O-T, a dump truck rear-ended a car that was stopped in traffic.  Both vehicles then drove into a grassy median where they caught fire.  Songer was driving the car that was struck.  Two other cars, a van, and a semi-truck then got involved in the crash.  The driver of the third vehicle involved, a 20-year-old woman from Dakota Minnesota, was in critical condition at last word at a La Crosse hospital.  All of the other drivers had non-life-threatening injuries, including the 35-year-old dump truck driver from Arpin, northwest of Wisconsin Rapids in central Wisconsin.

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Madison has proposed a soon-to-be-closed department store as a possible place where unaccompanied children from across the Mexican border can live temporarily.  Madison officials say they've also suggested a former grocery store that's now owned by the city.  The federal government has asked officials in both Madison and Milwaukee to suggest temporary sites to house some of the tens-of-thousands of children fleeing from gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Hondueras.  Milwaukee County has been working on the government's request, but a spokesman for County Executive Chris Abele says nothing has been proposed yet.  State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and three other G-O-P Assembly members have asked the Department of Homeland Security not to designate any facilities in Wisconsin as possible temporary homes for the unaccompanied children.  Vos and the other lawmakers said the government has told the state little of how the arrangements would work -- and children should live in southern states to make it easier to re-unite with their families across the border.

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A Wausau man who hosts an outdoors T-V show has landed a record 544-pound mako-shark.  Patrick Eger used a crossbow to snag the ten-and-a-half foot shark.  It happened off the coast of Southern California on June 15th near Catalina Island.  The weight was more double the previous record of 233 pounds for a shark taken with a bow.  The 47-year-old Eger said the mako is an ultra-aggressive shark.  Several cameras were recording his attempt to reel it in -- and he'll feature it in a future episode of his "Wide Open" show on Big-"E" T-V.  Eger owns Big "E" Outfitters in the Cedar Creek Mall just south of Wausau.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 7/25/14

"Minnesota Summary"  7-25-14

Crash Closes Major Twin Cities Freeway

(Roseville, MN)  --  Interstate 35-W in Roseville was brought to a standstill after a multi-vehicle crash during this morning's (Fri) rush hour.  Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske says one person was injured in the fiery crash involving two trucks and a Metro Mobility bus.  Both directions of traffic were shut down for a time but the southbound lanes were reopened at about 8:00 a.m., while northbound remained closed for cleanup.  There is no word yet on the condition of the drivers, or how many people were involved.


Man Accused In Death Of Vikings Player's Son Pleads Not Guilty In Another Case

(Sioux Falls, SD)  --  The man accused in the death of Vikings Star Adrian Peterson's son has pleaded *not* guilty in another case, to charges that he attacked the boy's mother in South Dakota.  Joseph Patterson was arrested in June after police say he assaulted the mother of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin in the Sioux Falls area and held her against her will.  The 28-year-old was living with the same woman last October, when he was accused of beating young Tyrese to death.  Patterson is set to go on trial in each case in the coming months   

Vikes Player Says Kluwe Also Laughed At Homophobic Joke
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(Mankato, MN)  --  The Vikings player who backed former punter Chris Kluwe's (CLOO'-ee) story that assistant coach Mike Priefer (PREE-fer) made anti-gay remarks said Thursday at Vikings training camp that everyone - including Kluwe - knew Priefer was joking.  Long snapper Cullen Loeffler (LEFF-ler) says he told investigators that Priefer made the comment, but even Kluwe laughed about it.  Kluwe has threatened to sue the Vikings, who are still in negotiations with the former punter.  The Vikings are in the midst of opening day of training camp in Mankato.

Arctic Cat Reports Record Sales

(Thief River Falls, MN)  --  Thief River Falls-based Arctic Cat reports record sales for its fiscal first quarter with snowmobiles leading the way.  But C-E-O Christopher Twomey (TOO'-mee) says higher sales were not enough to overcome unfavorable Canadian currency.  Sales of ATVs and side-by-sides were lower, a planned decrease to reduce dealer inventories ahead of the company's ATV dealer show in September.  Twomey said he expects this to be a challenging year, especially in the first half of 2015.

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Wheeler News - Noon State Sports - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Noon State Sports

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The Milwaukee Brewers will host the New York Mets again tonight.  A victory would give the Brewers a five-game winning streak, something they haven't had since early April.  The Crew went 1-and-11 before winning four straight -- and Yovani Gallardo hopes he can start turning things around for himself as well.  The veteran Brewers' right-hander is 0-and-1 in his last four starts, with a bloated E-R-A of six-point-one-seven.  He has not recorded a win since June 19th while trying to make an impression in the final year of his current contract.  For the year, Gallardo is 5-and-5 with a three-point-seven nine E-R-A.  Southpaw Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets.  He's 5-and-8 with a three-point-seven-eight E-R-A.  He's 2-and-0 in his last four starts, giving up less than one-and-a-half runs every nine innings during that stretch.  The Mets have lost four of their last six.  Milwaukee is now three games ahead of both Saint Louis and Pittsburgh in the National League Central.  

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In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will play at Lake County again tonight.  The Rattlers topped the Captains 7-to-4 last night near Cleveland.  The Beloit Snappers are playing at Fort Wayne again, where they dropped a 3-to-2 contest last evening.  Wisconsin has moved into second place in the West at 18-and-14, three games behind division-leading Kane County.  Beloit is still in last place in the West at 10-and-22.  They're eleven games back.

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The Wisconsin football team is picked to win the new West Division in the Big Ten Conference this fall.  That's according to 29 media members who took part in a poll by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and its Web site.  The Badgers received 15 first place votes, while second-place Iowa had 11.  Ohio State is projected to win the new East Division, with Michigan State second.  Twelve of the 29 writers picked Ohio State to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game in early December.  Nineteen writers said the Buckeyes would win the league title.  Nine chose Michigan State, and one predicted Nebraska.

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Four Wisconsin NASCAR drivers are gearing up for this weekend's major event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Qualifying takes place tomorrow for the Crown Royal-John Wayne Walding 400 on Sunday.  The race is best known as the Brickyard-400 -- and as usual, drivers were given two weeks to get ready for it.  Matt Kenseth of Cambridge hopes to improve on his fourth-place standing in the Sprint Cup season point standings.  Menard is 11th.  Also entered are Danica Patrick, who was born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe Illinois, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville.  Also, the Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes-250 will be run tomorrow afternoon at the Brickyard.  Kenseth's car was 5th in the latest practice round for that event with a top speed of 177-point-746 miles an hour.  Menard was 7th in that same round at 177-point-658. 

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In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman moved into the Top-10 this morning at the Senior British Open in Wales.  Forsman was at one-under-par after eight holes of his second round, putting him in a tie for sixth at that juncture.  He shot a one-over-72 yesterday at the Royal Prothcawl Golf Club.  Forsman was at even par for the tournament.  Bernhard Langer was pulling away at minus-11, with a seven stroke edge over second-place Chris Williams.  Both those players have completed their second rounds.

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World / National Midday Summary - 7/25/14

Air travel to and from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is back to normal today.  The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its 48-hour ban on commercial flights Thursday.  Delta, United and U-S Airways have confirmed they are offering service to the busy airport again.  The ban was put in place when a rocket fired from Gaza landed about a mile away from a runway at the normally-busy airport. 

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The transcript from an emergency court hearing illustrates the unseen drama which was going on as Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood was being put to death Wednesday.  State officials apparently assured a judge during that hearing that Wood wasn't feeling pain, even though witnesses say he was struggling and gasping for at least some portion of an execution that took almost two hours to complete.  The debate centered on whether it would do any good to stop the execution when it had progressed that far.

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Workers on the chaotic scene of the wreck of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they are still finding human remains.  A spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says a delegation from Australia was escorted to the scene to take a closer look at the wreckage for the first time.  More Australian specialists are expected to arrive today or tomorrow.

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The House Rules Committee has signed off on the measure and the entire House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama.  House Speaker John Boehner wants to sue the president for executive over-reach.  He claims Obama has gone too far with his executive actions in recent months.

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Looking for a "snob?"  Check out Palo Alto, California.  The real estate website Movoto-dot-com ranks the west coast city the "snobbiest" small city in America.  The site says Palo Alto is number one due to a very-high median home price and the nation's fourth-highest household incomes -- at least, among the cities ranked in the top-10.  Palo Alto is considered to be the hub of Silicon Valley.


Nebraska Midday Summary - 7/25/14

The liquor license for the Waterloo Fire Barn sports bar and grill has been suspended for 35 days because the business served alcohol to a minor who was later involved in a fatal car accident.  The bar’s owners pleaded no contest to charges of serving to a minor and serving to an intoxicated person.  When 18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer died in a crash December 3rd, 2012, his blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit for an adult to drive.  The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission had waited for a criminal case to run its course before taking action against the bar.

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A 15-year-old student from Papillion is one of two people killed in the crash of a sightseeing plane which took off from Pensacola, Florida.  The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama says the accident killed 67-year-old pilot Dean Legidakes and Nebraska teenager Marli Shea McManus.  When the plane didn’t return on time, a signal from the pilot’s cell phone was used to find an approximate location.  A state helicopter located the wreckage in a remote swampy area.  McManus was going to enter her sophomore year at Papillion-La Vista South High School this fall. 

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A budget compromise between Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and the City Council makes room for two new police officers to come on board over the next two years.  There is money for new hires at the Parks and Recreation Department, too.  Council members are expected to approve those additions when they vote on initial budget changes next Monday.  The two officers are expected to cost the department 170-thousand dollars in salary and benefits over the next two years.  L-P-D has applied for a federal grant to be used to fight gang-related crimes.


Missouri Midday Summary - 7/25/14

The Missouri Lottery is trying to explain why state education is getting less money, while sales are setting records.  The lottery money transferred to Missouri education was 21-point-five-million dollars less in the just-ended fiscal year.  Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder says different lottery games offer varying profit margins and the money transferred was affected by the type of games players chose.  Although lottery sales were up, Powerball sales were actually off in 2014, accounting for about half of the decline.

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The 53-year-old Missouri Department of Transportation contract worker who fell to his death Tuesday was from Kearney.  David Craven was working on a MoDOT bridge project on Missouri Highway 24 in Kansas City when the accident happened.  The workers were involved in replacing bridge joints, doing deck work and making general repairs when Craven was either shocked or just lost his balance.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers.  Three have died that way in Missouri this year alone.

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The Missouri Highway Patrol says the search for an Illinois couple is over and the case is no longer considered to be a kidnapping.  Courtney Godwin apparently went with 23-year-old Sonny Pilgrim willingly.  Both are from Eldorado, Illinois.  Troopers found the two at Love’s Travel Stop on I-55 in Matthews Thursday when a customer recognized them from a story on television.  Pilgrim was arrested on aggravated assault and armed robbery charges.  The 19-year-old woman is also in custody.

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The mystery of a woman’s body found in the Mississippi River is still a puzzle 10 months later.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is revisiting some old leads trying to solve the case.  The death of that still-unidentified woman is considered a case of homicide.  Her body was found in the river about two miles south of Hannibal September 15th, 2013.  Investigators say they think she toured Mark Twain Cave two days before she was found with a man and a woman.  Police haven’t been able to track them down, either.  Authorities say she was between 15-and-30-years old, 5-foot-3 and about 135 pounds.

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The developer of the huge NorthSide Regeneration project in St. Louis says he will move ahead with plans to build a small hospital.  Paul McKee has reportedly sent a letter of intent to Missouri health regulators seeking approval for the construction of a hospital there.  McKee says the 13-thousand-square-foot, three-bed urgent care hospital would be open 24-7 and would cost a little more than six-million dollars to build.  He says he will ask for proposals from other St. Louis-area hospital to run it.


Iowa Midday Summary - 7/25/14

Congressman Bruce Braley is criticized in a series of political ads for missing nearly three-fourths of the meetings of the House Veterans Affairs Committee while he was a member.  The Iowa Democrat was on that committee for two years.  The ads paid for by “Concerned Veterans for America” say he was “AWOL when veterans needed him most.”  Braley is the Democratic Party’s nominee for the U-S Senate in this year’s election. 

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He eluded capture for almost 41 years after making his prison escape.  Federal prosecutors accuse 69-year-old Ronald Dwaine Carnes of Social Security fraud and identity theft, plus a possible firearms charge.  Carnes was indicted Tuesday in Cedar Rapids.  His trial is scheduled to start September 22nd.  Prosecutors say he spent decades living underground after his 1973 prison escape.  They say he used the identities of two five-year-old boys who died in the 1940s. 

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The next big development in downtown Des Moines will reportedly be located in the old business park on the east side of the Des Moines River, just south of the Botanical Gardens.  Constructions crews are said to be about to get to work there.  The original Riverwalk master plan called for high-end luxury housing at the location and Hubbell Realty is reportedly moving forward with plans for a residential development.  City leaders expect things to move quickly, with groundbreaking some time next spring.

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News signs and flashing lights have made some difference, but drivers keep slamming into a low bridge in Council Bluffs.  Many drivers don’t realize their vehicles can’t pass under the railroad bridge which only offers eight feet, eight inches of clearance.  The bridge has been hit twice this week alone.  A spokesman for the Council Bluffs Police Traffic Division says the bridge owned by Canadian National Railroad is rarely damaged.  It’s usually the vehicles which are the losers when they wind up being taller than the driver thought.


Wheeler News - CORRECTED - Morning State News #1 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Morning State News #1

===Corrected version: Due to a writing error, a Minnesota official was incorrectly identified in the second story.  He's Tim Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota.  Both those points are corrected here.===

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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Winning lottery numbers:

Five-Card Cash:  5-clubs, 7-spades, Q-spades, J-diamonds, J-hearts
Supercash:  2-4-13-28-32-38 - No Doubler
Pick-3:  5-0-4
Pick-4:  0-0-6-6
Badger-5:  15-20-21-27-28

Here are the details:

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants Wisconsin off the list of places where the federal government is sending unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U-S border.  Vos and three other Assembly Republicans wrote to the head of Homeland Security, saying it's better for the minors to be located near the nation's southern border -- so families can be promptly re-united.  Vos, G-O-P finance chair John Nygren of Marinette, and fellow Assembly Republicans Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc and Dave Craig of Big Bend signed the letter.  They said Wisconsin is a generous state that's willing to help in times of emergency but in their words, "The federal government should not prioritize the needs of others over our own residents."  Vos and the other Republicans said they were "beyond frustrated" that the Obama administration has not given adequate information to state officials -- including the potential for health risks that the immigrants might bring in.  And the lawmakers want to know if the children would be classified as refugees, which means they could get state public assistance benefits.  Federal officials have contacted various officials and agencies in Milwaukee and Madison about hosting the immigrants.  The A-P said about 50 of them have been placed in the state. 

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Wisconsin has made a new offer to restore income tax reciprocity with Minnesota, so 80-thousand people who work across the border can again file taxes with their home state instead of both.  The latest offer does not include the Gopher State's request for an extra payment of up to six-million dollars a year.  Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler calls that unprecedented.  Still, Chandler and state lawmakers near the Minnesota border remain hopeful that the two states can reach an agreement by September 30th, so the reciprocity can return in 2015.  Because more Wisconsinites work in Minnesota than vice versa, the Badger State used to make annual payments to make the arrangement financially equal for both states.  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty cut off the 40-year arrangement in 2009 because Wisconsin was getting behind on its payments.  Minnesota says it's been fair in the effort to bring it back, saying it cut a million-dollars a year from its previous request.  Under Wisconsin's latest offer, Chandler says the Badger State would still increase its payments to Minnesota from the 58-million dollars in 2009 to 87-million for the 2015 tax year.  Wisconsin lawmakers of both parties urged the Gopher State to accept the offer, so affected residents can save time and money.

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One person died and at least two others were hurt when six vehicles collided at an Interstate construction zone just north of La Crosse.  It happened yesterday morning on I-90, east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border near French Island.  According to the State Patrol's preliminary investigation, traffic was merging into the construction zone when a dump truck could not slow down in time, and it rear-ended another vehicle.  A van and four cars also got snarled up in the crash.  T-V reports said the dump truck landed on top of one of the cars, and both rolled into a median where they started on fire.  The drivers' names were not immediately released.  An investigation continues.

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Luxurious mink coats still have Wisconsin written all over them.  Federal officials said the Badger State made one of every three mink pelts produced in the U-S last year, with just over one-point-one million.  That's eight-percent more than in 2011, the last year in which production figures were available.  Utah was second in mink production with 855-thousand pelts -- more than a quarter-million fewer than Wisconsin.  Nationally, mink production rose 15-percent over the previous two years.  The U-S-D-A said the average pelt was valued at just over 56-dollars.  Two-thirds of the Wisconsin pelts were black.  Ten-percent were blue iris, nine-percent mahogany, and eight-percent white.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 7/25/14

Minnesota Summary    7/25/14

Man Accused In Vikings Son's Death Pleads Not Guilty

(Sioux Falls, SD)  --  The man accused in the death of Vikings Star Adrian Peterson's son has pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly attacked the boy's mother in South Dakota.  Joseph Patterson was arrested in June after police say he attacked the mother of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin in the Sioux Falls area and held her against her will.  The 28-year-old was living with the same woman last October when he was accused of beating Ruffin to death.  Patterson is set to go on trial in each case in the coming months.   

Panel Rejects Rival's Complaint Against State Auditor

(St. Paul, MN)  --  State D-F-L Party leaders say a panel of three administrative law judges has unanimously rejected a complaint against State Auditor Rebecca Otto.  Former State Representative Matt Entenza, who's challenging Otto for the auditor's job in the August D-F-L primary, alleged Otto misrepresented her position on voter photo-ID, implying on Facebook that she voted against it when she was in the legislature -- but Entenza claimed Otto voted "yes."  But the judge panel dismissed that claim, prompting state D-F-L Party Chairman to say "Otto had it right" and that "Entenza will say anything to get himself elected."  Dave Colling, a spokesman for teh Entenza campaign, says that while the case was dismissed because of Otto's confusion over the term 'voter I-D', it doesn't change the fact that Otto supported it. 

New Income Tax Reciprocity Offer from Wisconsin on the Table

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Wisconsin has made a new offer to restore income tax reciprocity with Minnesota, so  people who work across the border can again file taxes with their home state instead of both.  The latest offer does not include the Gopher State's request for an extra payment of up to six-million dollars a year.  Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler calls that unprecedented.  Because more Wisconsinites work in Minnesota than vice versa, the Badger State used to make annual payments to make the arrangement financially equal for both states.  Minnesota Governor Rick Pawlenty cut off the 40-year arrangement in 2009 because Wisconsin was getting behind on its payments.  Minnesota says it's been fair in the effort to bring it back, saying it cut a million-dollars a year from its previous request.  Under Wisconsin's latest offer, Chandler says the Badger State would still increase its payments to Minnesota from the 58-million dollars in 2009 to 87-million for the 2015 tax year. 

Dakota County Man Accused of Stealing 100K From Youth Organization

(Dakota, MN)  --  A Dakota County man has been accused of stealing over 100-thousand-dollars from a youth organization.  Robert Steven Reischauer has been charged with felony theft after he was accused of taking 113-thousand-dollars from the Rosemount Area Athletic Association.  Authorities say Reischauer took the money over a two-year period by writing bad checks and paying bills with money generated by the organization.  He is expected to be in court next month. 

Two Hurt in Outdoor Wood Stove Explosion
   
(Brainerd, MN)  --  Two people were hurt in an outdoor wood stove explosion in Brainerd.  Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says a man was trying to light the stove outside a home on Nokay Lake Road when it exploded, and he and a woman were hurt.  They were taken to the hospital with burn injuries.  The extent of those injuries is not clear.

Fatal Six Vehicle Crash near Minnesota-Wisconsin Border

(La Crosse, WI)  --  One person died and at least two others were hurt when six vehicles collided at an Interstate construction zone near the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line.  It happened yesterday morning on I-90 just north of La Crosse, near French Island.  The Wisconsin State Patrol's preliminary investigation shows that traffic was merging into the construction zone when a dump truck could not slow down in time, and it rear-ended another vehicle.  A van and four cars also got snarled up in the crash.  T-V reports said the dump truck landed on top of one of the cars, and both rolled into a median where they started on fire.  The drivers' names were not immediately released.  An investigation continues.

Woman Dies In Scooter Vs. Car Accident

(St. Paul, MN)  --  A St. Paul woman has died in a scooter versus car accident.  Police say 39-year-old Kimberly Stevenson's scooter collided with the car Thursday morning on Lexington Parkway in Como Park. Stevenson died at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation.   

MN-DOT Taking Out "Rumble Strips" On North Shore Highway

(Little Marais, MN)  --  "Rumble strips" that alert distracted or sleepy motorists when they're over the center-line or onto the shoulder are prompting noise complaints from North Shore residents -- and MN-DOT is filling in the center-line strips along Highway 61 in Cook and Lake counties.  The agency's Ken Johnson says they're researching other possible pavement patterns that would generate less noise outside the vehicle but still be loud enough inside.  Johnson says they'll also make sure any new "rumble strip" design is safe for motorcyclists.  Johnson emphasizes "rumble strips" have been shown to significantly reduce highway crashes.

Pork Chop Spat Leads to Police Visit

(Deer Creek, MN)  --  Police were called to a home in the tiny Otter Tail County community of Deer Creek -- population 320 -- after a 9-1-1 call about a loud argument taking place there in the late night hours.  The police report shows that the couple was arguing over a pork chop for the next day's lunch.  The officer wrote that they agreed to go to bed and be quiet for the rest of the night.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #4 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Morning State News #4

Editor on Duty: Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
Story Contributions: wheelernews@yahoo.com
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Here are the details:


House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville says he wants to reform federal programs for the poor without a net reduction in spending.  But at least one Wisconsin Democrat doesn't buy it.  Milwaukee Representative Gwen Moore said the block grants Ryan's talking about are a "proxy for the chopping block."  Moore said it would lead to cuts in programs that benefit the poor. Ryan said that at first, states would choose to test his idea of merging up to eleven anti-poverty programs with a single block grant.  He said the states would also get more flexibility to better tailor the federal aid to their own needs.  Moore said she liked other parts of the Ryan package, which would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for the poor, and reduce prison populations by reforming sentences for non-violent offenders.  The ranking Democrat on the House budget panel, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, said some of Ryan's stated ideas conflict with the spending cuts that he and other House Republicans have voted for.  In Van Hollen's words, "Watch what they do, not what they say."

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Milwaukee Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who got into a gunfight while driving a van carrying seven children and their mother.  Two of the youngsters were hit by the bullets on Wednesday night, and they remained hospitalized yesterday with non-life-threatening injuries.  Those victims were a ten-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl.  The seven kids in the van ranged from two-years-old to eleven.  Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said the van driver is being held for violating a previous probation.  He was suspected of trying to settle a score with somebody after he had just been freed from prison.  Mayor Tom Barrett said anyone who gets into a gun battle while in a vehicle with seven children is a "coward," because he's putting the kids' lives in danger.  While patrolling the area last night, police also arrested as 23-year-old man wanted for another previous homicide.  He was caught with a loaded gun in his vehicle while two children were on board.

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A suburban Chicago woman who died while saving an eight-year-old swimmer in northern Wisconsin is being a called a "hero" by her sister.  Forty-seven year old Karen Wessel lived in Arlington Heights Illinois.  She and her sister, Janice Potocki, swam onto Star Lake near Sayner in Vilas County on Tuesday to save three boys who struggled while trying to swim to an island and were going back to shore.  Sheriff's officials said Wessel went under while holding the eight-year-old as high as she could, so he wouldn't go under as well.  Wessel was rescued, and was flown to a hospital in Wausau where she died on Tuesday night.  Potocki told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald that her sister definitely saved the boy's life.  Potocki and the other two swimmers escaped unharmed.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #3 - 7/25/14

Wheeler News Service - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Morning State News #3

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 man will spend three-and-a-half years in a state prison for helping rob a musician of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin.  Thirty-seven year old Universal Allah must also spend three-and-a-half years under extended supervision once he's no longer behind bars.  Allah provided the stun gun allegedly used by 42-year-old Salah Salahaydn, when they confronted concert-master Frank Almond and stole the five-million dollar violin after he performed with it at Wisconsin Lutheran College in January.  Salahaydn was expected to have a plea deal approved yesterday -- but the proceeding was delayed after his public defender asked to withdraw from the case.  Almond told Circuit Judge Dennis Moroney a severe penalty for Allah was "critical," and he was shocked to learn how the closely the defendants stalked him and his family for years.  He said they knew where he lived, and many details of his day-to-day life.  The judge told Allah to pay 35-hundred-dollars to Almond for lost wages from the incident -- along with 400-dollars in repairs to the violin.

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Wisconsin had another record cranberry crop last year.  Recent figures from the U-S-D-A show that the Badger State produced just over six-million barrels -- a 25-percent increase from 2012.  About 21-thousand acres of cranberries were harvested statewide a year ago, 400 more than the previous year.  The state provided 67-percent of the nation's total production.  Massachusetts was a distant second with one-point-eight million barrels.  Governor Scott Walker hailed Wisconsin's record out-put -- and he praised growers for their hard work and determination, especially those facing extreme weather conditions the past few years.  Wisconsin's increase was more than twice the eleven-percent jump in the national harvest.  Also, Walker noted that Wisconsin's cherry and apple growers rebounded from bad weather in 2012 with large increases in their production.  The U-S-D-A said apple growers harvested almost 42-million pounds in 2012, while the cherry crop totaled 12-point-three million pounds.

(Thanks for help Bob Meyer, Brownfield Ag News Service)

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As G-O-P state lawmakers raise concerns about the housing of unaccompanied immigrant children, about 50 have been placed in Wisconsin -- and they're living with approved sponsors.  The U-S Office of Refugee Settlement has a Web site with a state-by-state breakdown of placements from January first through early July.  It also explains its placement policies, once immigrant children are referred by Homeland Security officials.  The resettlement agency says it requires medical clearance for the youngsters -- plus criminal background checks of the adults who sponsor them.  Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and three other Republicans asked that Wisconsin not be considered as a place to temporarily house the recent wave of unaccompanied immigrant children.  They said the state is willing to help in times of need, but they're concerned that the new placements would sap state resources -- and the kids would be better off in southern states where they could more easily reunite with their families.  The Refugee Resettlement Office says most children in the program are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, where there's been heavy gang violence.  The surge of unaccompanied immigrant children began in 2012 but has grown significantly.  The re-settlement agency expects 60-thousand referrals in the current fiscal year, up from 23-thousand the previous year.

(Thanks for help Minnesota News Network)

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A Milwaukee man will spend three-and-a-half years in a state prison for helping rob a musician of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin.  Thirty-seven year old Universal Allah must also spend three-and-a-half years under extended supervision once he's no longer behind bars.  Allah provided the stun gun allegedly used by 42-year-old Salah Salahaydn, when they confronted concert-master Frank Almond and stole the five-million dollar violin after he performed with it at Wisconsin Lutheran College in January.  Salahaydn was expected to have a plea deal approved yesterday -- but the proceeding was delayed after his public defender asked to withdraw from the case.  Almond told Circuit Judge Dennis Moroney a severe penalty for Allah was "critical," and he was shocked to learn how the closely the defendants stalked him and his family for years.  He said they knew where he lived, and many details of his day-to-day life.  The judge told Allah to pay 35-hundred-dollars to Almond for lost wages from the incident -- along with 400-dollars in repairs to the violin.

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A former Minnesota attorney who now lives in Wisconsin has been disbarred by the Supreme Court of the Gopher State.  Sixty-two year old Linda Brost, who now lives in Spooner, pleaded guilty last year to charges that she stole 43-thousand dollars from the estate of a client who was deceased.  She was convicted of identity theft, and theft-by-swindle.  Officials said Brost also failed to cooperate in an investigation by the Minnesota agency which handles lawyer discipline.  That office filed a petition against her last December, after she was suspended from practicing law in 2009.

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Minnesota Sports from MNN - 7/25/14

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Ex-Twin Chuck Knoblauch Accused Of Assaulting Ex-Wife

(Houston, TX)  --  Minnesota Twins great Chuck Knoblauch (NAH'-block) is accused of assaulting his ex-wife overnight Tuesday in the Houston, Texas suburb where they live, and the team has canceled a day in his honor set for next month at Target Field.  A police report indicates Knoblauch's ex-wife has a bruise on her arm, a scratch on her face, and knot on her forehead.  She told police the former player grabbed her by the arm and threw a humidifier at her.  The former Twins second baseman and Rookie of the Year was supposed to be inducted into the team Hall of Fame at an August 23rd ceremony.  This is not Knoblauch's first run-in with the law, so the team was already a bit apprehensive about hosting the day.

Twins Make Trade

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Twins have traded designated hitter Kendrys (ken-DREES) Morales to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year-old relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.  The Twins had signed Morales to a one-year contract last month and the left-handed hitting DH batted .234 with 11 doubles and one home run for Minnesota.  He once played for the Mariners so returns to a place he knows.  Pryor is coming back from arm surgery and is scheduled to report to Class AAA Rochester.  He had pitched in one game for Seattle this year and had pitched 31 innings for Seattle's minor league team in Tacoma, where he was 2-and-1 with a 465 earned run average.

White Sox Sink Twins

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Chicago right-hander Hector Noesi had his second straight strong start helping the White Sox defeat the Twins 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series at Target Field last night.  Noesi made it through seven-and-two-thirds innings and allowed two runs to improve to 5-and-7.  Adam Eaton compiled three hits and two RBI for Chicago, which had lost three of its previous four.  Minnesota's two runs came from a long home run by Danny Santana in the eighth inning.  It was one of only three hits for the Twins, who have dropped five of seven.  Minnesota righty Phil Hughes took the loss.  He left in the fourth inning after taking a ball of his right ankle.  X-rays revealed no broken bones.  Game two of the set is tonight in Minneapolis.

Vikings' Priefer Apologizes For Anti-Gay Comments

(Mankato, MN)  --  Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer (PREE-fer) spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since it was confirmed he made anti-gay remarks during a 2012 special teams practice.  Priefer says he let everyone down with his conduct and "went way below the bar."  The remarks came to light when former punter Chris Kluwe (KLOO-ee) requested the team fire Priefer for making them.  Preifer received a three-game suspension following an investigation, but was not fired.  Kluwe has threatened to sue the Vikings, but the two sides are apparently negotiating.

First Practice Today

(Mankato, MN)  --  The Minnesota Vikings will hold their first practice of training camp today at Minnesota State-Mankato.  The first session is a walk-through practice this morning at 10:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon practice at 3 p.m.  The team is holding training camp in Mankato for the 49th consecutive season and will be there until they break camp on August 14th.  The Vikes begin preseason play with an August 8th exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium.  The regular season opener is at St. Louis against the Rams on September 7th.  The regular season home opener is against the New England Patriots on September 14th on the University of Minnesota campus.

Lynx Host Stars Tonight

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The WNBA Minnesota Lynx aim for a sixth straight win tonight as they host the San Antonio Stars at the Target Center.  Minnesota has won five in-a-row and seven of its last eight overall following Tuesday's 112-108 double-overtime victory over Atlanta.  The Lynx are 18-and-6 on the season.  The Stars sit at 12-and-12.  Tip time this evening is 7 p.m. in Minneapolis.

Cavaliers Sign Top Pick Wiggins

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Cleveland Cavaliers have top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in the fold.  The former Kansas star has been signed to a contract, preventing him from being traded for 30 days  Wiggins has been mentioned as a possible trade piece with Minnesota for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love.  Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first and only season with the Jayhawks.    The signing does not rule out a trade, but does ensure if a trade is made, it won't be announced for 30 days from the time Wiggins inked his deal.  The Cavs also signed second-round pick Joe Harris.


DNR Announces Fall Wolf Hunts

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota's early wolf-hunting season begins November 8th and the late season for hunting and trapping starts November 29th, the D-N-R announced yesterday.  A total of 38-hundred licenses will be available -- 500 more than last season -- and the statewide target harvest of wolves is 250 -- 30 more than last year  The D-N-R's Dan Stark says they're maintaining a conservative season and harvest target, and results from last winter's survey indicate Minnesota's wolf population remains stable.  Hunters and trappers can enter the wolf license lottery beginning August 1st and the deadline to apply is September 4th.  More information is on the Minnesota D-N-R website.

NASCAR Travels To Indy On Sunday

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action on Sunday with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Jeff Gordon leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 12 points for first place in the standings.  Brad Keselowski currently sits in third place with Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

LA Mayor Part Of Delegation Bidding On Summer Olympics

(Colorado Springs, CO)  --  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is continuing his push to bring the Summer Olympics to the "City of Angels."  Garcetti will be part of a delegation that will meet with leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado today to discuss the city's effort to be chosen as the U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.  The delegation is expected to discuss the infrastructure and financing that would be required to host the games.  Garcetti has said he believes Los Angeles is the best choice to host the Olympics.

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