Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nebraska Afternoon News Summary 8/28/2014

A Bellevue man has been arrested after firing shots at friends visiting him. The man going through a divorce was visited by friends at his apartment Wednesday. Police say the man shot one of his friends three times and shot at another friend but missed. He fled after the shooting but crashed his truck in a ditch. Police believe he may have been intoxicated. He was treated at nearby hospital before being taken into custody and charged with attempted homicide.
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Lightning is suspected of causing a house fire in Omaha this morning (Thursday). Fire officials say the lightning hit the chimney of the home, causing the attic to catch fire. Weather condition this morning made it challenging for fire fighters to climb ladders, crews were able to rip parts of the ceiling off to fight the flames and contain the smoke. No one was home at the time of the fire.
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A 4-H promotion to change eating habits at the state fair has begun. Bob Meduna, head of 4-H youth development, says they will be promoting exercise at the fair with a smoothie making competition using a blender attached to a bike. While fair food is mostly considered corn dogs, popcorn and other deep fried desserts, organizers believe people will receptive to the idea of healthy eating while at the fair.

Iowa Afternoon News Summary 8/28/2014

A man suspected of trying to sexually abuse a minor has been arrested. Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Kendricks was found in the bed with a 15-year-old girl in early August. The victim’s grandmother found Kendrick and girl both pulling their pants up when she came into the room. Iowa City police arrested him on Wednesday and he is charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Last August, he was sentenced to five years in prison, but escaped from work release in April.
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An Osage man has claimed his prize from a winning lottery ticket at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Fifty-eight-year-old Duane Hanson collected the two million dollar prize after matching five numbers and missing the Powerball. No one won the big prize in Wednesday’s drawing so the amount increases to 90 million dollars.
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The Harlan statue will take its place at its new home on an Iowa college campus in Mt. Pleasant. Elizabeth Garrels says Senator James Harlan is an important figure to Iowa Wesleyan College and the state after leading the college and being elected four times. The statue was replaced in Washington, D-C by a statue of Iowa-born crop scientist Norman Borlaug. Harlan was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to Secretary of the Interior.
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The Department of Natural Resources has plans to continue work on a lake in southern Iowa. Lake Miami, north of Albia was renovated early this year and restocked with fish, in May a barrier to prevent carp from entering was added. A fisheries biologist say there will be more work done on the lake such as improving the shoreline, adding fishing jetties and other things. The D-N-R says more than one million dollars has been invested in the project.

World/National Afternoon News Summary 8/28/2014

Hopes of containing the highly contagious Ebola virus have failed in Lagos, Nigeria. Government officials announced the discovery of the virus outside Lagos, where it was supposed to be contained. According to the World Health Organization, the death toll has exceeded one-thousand-500 and the organization is warning West African government officials that there could be 20-thousand cases before the outbreak is over. At the beginning of the week, there were one-thousand-552 confirmed Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. More than three-thousand people in those countries have contracted the virus.
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Authorities in Israel believe they have found the body of a missing American man. Last Friday, 23-year-old Aaron Sofer of Lakewood, New Jersey went missing while hiking with a friend in Jerusalem Forest. Now Israeli police say they found a body not far from the area Sofer went missing from. Since the discovery of the body, police have halted the search for the man.
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A jury has handed down a not guilty verdict for the shooting death of a drunk driver that was involved in accident, claiming the lives of two young boys. A Texas jury Wednesday found the father of the two boys, David Barajas not guilty in the shooting death of Jose Banda, who was killed at the scene of the accident. Prosecutor Jeri Yenne says the jury didn’t believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Barajas was the shooter. Blood from a third party was found in Banda’s vehicle and he was a known gang member. Barajas and his two sons, 12-year-old David and 11-year-old Caleb were pushing their car, which had run out of gas, when the two boys were fatally hit by Banda in 2012.
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The Santa Fe City Council has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, following after other cities and states. On Wednesday, the revision to a local statue for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana was approved by a five to four vote from the city council. The new regulation will take effect in 30 days. Santa Fe officials say activist got  thousands of signatures supporting the decriminalization of marijuana. Possession of marijuana is still banned by federal government, but Colorado and Washington has both legalized recreational marijuana and Washington D-C has also decriminalized the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana earlier this year.
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A pizza company has been sued over healthcare for a gay employee seeking benefits for his legally wed same-sex spouse. Forty-seven-year-old Frank Bernard filed the suit on Wednesday, against his former employer Little Caesars Enterprises. He says the company denied his partner of six years healthcare benefits because of their lifestyle. Bernard says he doesn’t want anything special, just the same benefits package as heterosexual couples.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #2 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Afternoon State News #2

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Governor Scott Walker's Democratic opponent says she will not appear on stage with President Obama on Monday in Milwaukee.  Right after Mary Burke's campaign said that, Republicans accused her of ducking her party's president due to his 45-percent approval rating in Wisconsin.  Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki said that's not it at all -- and she has invited Obama to appear with her sometime before the November fourth election.  Later, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said it was told by a Democratic National Committee official that Obama will indeed appear with Burke this fall.  Burke said she's not a state or Milwaukee elected official, so it makes no sense for her to speak at the same occasion with the president.  State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said he agreed.  He said it was appropriate for Walker's opponent to appear with Obama the last time he spoke at Labor-Fest in 2010.  That's because Democrat Tom Barrett was the mayor of Milwaukee, and still is.  Both Burke and Obama are attending Milwaukee's Labor-Fest on Monday -- and the two plan a private meeting at that time. 

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The federal appeals court in Chicago has approved the public release of more documents connected with the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections.  However, it was not known whether any of the documents included those put online for a few hours by mistake last Friday.  Before anything's released, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said lawyers for all affected parties must review them to make sure nothing gets out that's supposed to be sealed.  That includes documents that would reveal the identities of two undisclosed targets of the John Doe.  The probe was halted in May, pending an appeal from state prosecutors.  It looked into allegations that Governor Scott Walker worked with outside groups on a coordinated campaign for Walker and G-O-P senators in the recall contests in 2011-and-'12.  Last week's brief release showed that Walker asked donors to give to the Wisconsin Club for Growth.  The public didn't know until last week that Gogebic Taconite secretly gave 700-thousand dollars to the Club for Growth. Walker said he had nothing to do with that.

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Prosecutors said a Beloit man killed his father with a hammer, because he would have no place to live after his parents move away.  Thirty-year-old Peter Hemmy is charged in Rock County with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 58-year-old Bruce Hemmy.  Authorities said Peter turned himself in early Monday, and told officers he struck his father 3-or-4 times in the head.  He also allegedly said he "kind of regretted" doing it.  A judge set bond at 250-thousand dollars.  Hemmy is due back in court September 16th, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.

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Missouri Afternoon News Summary 8/28/2014

Police have arrested a man in connection to the death of a 6-year-old boy. Twenty-seven-year-old Scottie Willet was taken into custody earlier today (Thursday) under suspicion that he was involved in the death of the Fulton boy, who went missing and was later found dead around 4:25 a-m. Police say Willet was arrested about two hours later in Sedalia at a trailer park. An investigation is underway.
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The filming of the television show “Cops” has stopped after a crew member in Nebraska died from a fatal gunshot wound while filming. Springfield Police chief Paul Williams says the decision to end filming in Springfield came after a sound mixer was shot to death by an officer, who was responding to a robbery in Omaha, Nebraska. No problems occurred during filming in Springfield and “Cops” has visited the city before for filming.
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A change to higher learning funding has been approved and is changing today (Thursday). The new law requires colleges and universities to set their own standards for student retention, graduation rates, and job placement. The sponsor of the bill, Senator David Pearce, says the department of higher education has some input on standards put together by the schools. It won’t take effect until the next state budget.
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A new Missouri law has taken effect today concerning teens tanning and parental consent. According to the law, minors younger than 17, who want to go tanning must have form signed by their parents. The new law comes in the wake of a seven year push from Dr. Brundha Balaraman. Salons that allow minors to tan without parental consent face an increasing fine that ranges from 100 dollars to 500 dollars. The required form is supplied by the Department of Health and Senior Services at all tanning salons in the state.
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Governor Nixon has appointed the former St. Louis police chief to run the Missouri Department of Public Safety. On Wednesday, the governor announced, Daniel Isom would be the new head of the department. Isom will be replacing 66-year-old Jerry Lee, who is going into retirement after four decades of service. Pending approval by the Missouri Senate, Isom will be the only African American in Nixon’s cabinet.

Wheeler News - Afternoon State Sports - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Afternoon State Sports

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C-B-S Sports says the Milwaukee Brewers tried but failed to acquire Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau this month.  The Brewers reportedly put in a claim for the former All-Star, after the Rockies put him on waivers.  Jon Heyman of C-B-S Sports said the Brewers offered what he called "unknown players" to get Morneau -- but the Rockies did not believe it was enough, and they pulled Morneau off waivers and kept him.  The Brewers have been using veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base this season -- and although both have had their moments, Milwaukee still has the Majors' fourth-lowest on-base plus slugging-percentage at that position, at .670.  The waiver process is supposed to be confidential, and Brewers G-M Doug Melvin did not comment on the report about seeking Morneau.  Melvin notes that the Brewers can only take advantage of a small number of waiver claims anyway.  That's because they're awarded to teams with the lowest records first, and all teams in the player's own league must refuse to make a waiver claim before a team in the other league can make a claim.  The Brewers are off today, and will play at San Francisco tomorrow night.

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The Wisconsin football team had one final practice in Madison today, before taking off for Houston where they'll play L-S-U on Saturday night.  The Badgers were ranked 14th in the pre-season A-P poll, and the Tigers were ranked 13th - so it will be one of the stronger games on the weekend college football schedule.

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Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #1 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Afternoon State News #1

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State government tax collections fell 281-million dollars short of what was projected for the fiscal year ending June 30th.  Those are preliminary figures released today by the Revenue Department.  Officials said the number might change due to outstanding expenses and revenues.  For now, tax revenues are two-percent short for the first half of the two-year state budget -- and it might require lawmakers to cut spending and-or raise revenues to balance the budget.  Final numbers for the shortfall won't be known until mid-October.  Governor Scott Walker's office did not immediately comment on today's numbers, and neither did his Democratic opponent Mary Burke's campaign.  The current budget year projects a 724-million dollar general fund surplus, so the state might not be in hot fiscal water just yet.  

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A jury in Milwaukee convicted a man today of running a sex trafficking ring that included child prostitution.  Forty-five year old Roy Weatherall Junior was found guilty on all 14 charges he was facing -- which included sex trafficking, sexual assault, and child abuse.  One of the state's witnesses was a girl who moved in with Weatherall three years ago when she was 15.  She said she gave him all the money she made from prostitution and strip club dancing -- and she helped him recruit others for prostitution.  The girl said she left Weatherall for a short time after a vicious beating, but she told the jury that she still loved him.  The defense lawyer noted that the girl used to be a prostitute for a different pimp  and her decisions to pay and live with Weatherall were totally her own.  Prosecutors also introduced other accusers' stories, testimony from relatives, and items recovered from Weatherall's home and cell phone.  The trial ran for eight days.  The state needed two hours to summarize its closing arguments.  A sentencing date was not immediately set.

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Two U-W Madison graduate students will compete for a million-dollars in the upcoming season of "The Amazing Race" on C-B-S.  Maya Warren and Amy DeJong call their team "The Sweet Scientists."  They're among 11 teams-of-two that will be seen traveling 26-thousand miles through eight countries and 20 cities, with the goal of performing numerous tasks in the shortest amount of time.  Warren and DeJong are both P-H-D candidates at Madison, conducting research in the food science lab.  They hope to follow in the footsteps of Dave and Rachel Brown of Madison, who won "The Amazing Race" in 2012.  This is the 25th season of the Emmy-winning reality show.  One of the contestants is Bethany Hamilton -- who lost one of her arms in a shark attack while surfing.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 8/28/14

"Minnesota Summary"  8-28-14

Officer Shoots Suspect In St. Paul
**MEDIA REFERENCE**

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Saint Paul police shot and killed a suspect during a confrontation this morning (Thurs) near a gas station on the city's West Side.  Police haven't released details but say the officer was not injured.  The Star Tribune quotes a witness who says the suspect was throwing rocks, punched an officer, then charged another officer who fired his weapon three times, killing the suspect.  It's not known whether the man had a weapon.

Two Years In Jail For Woman Who Ran Over And Killed Toddler

(Wausau, WI)  --  A Wisconsin woman who was driving on a learner's permit from Minnesota has been sentenced to two years in jail for killing a toddler while backing out of a driveway in Wausau, Wisconsin four years ago when she was 17.  Shanice Stands, who's now 21, was also put on five years probation with a long list of conditions -- and if she doesn't follow them, she'll go to prison for three-to-eight years.  Stands was leaving a driveway in September of 2010 when she ran over a three-year-old boy, who died later that night at the hospital.  Prosecutors say Stands was high on marijuana and did not have a driver's license -- only a Minnesota learner's permit.  Stands pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and driving while on drugs.  Other charges were dropped in a plea deal.

Man Arrested After Stolen Car Chase

(Alborn, MN)  --  A northeastern Minnesota man is under arrest after leading authorities on a chase early this (Thurs) morning in a stolen car.  The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the pursuit started when the suspect vehicle drove off without paying for gas at a station in Pike Lake.  The driver fled from a deputy in the Independence Township area before another officer forced the car off the road.  The vehicle was reported stolen in Superior, Wisconsin August 10th and the license plate was taken from a similar car overnight in Duluth.  The 54-year-old Meadowlands man is jailed awaiting charges. 

Lodging Revenue Up After Rough Start To Summer Tourism Season

(Undated)  --  An end-of-summer survey shows increased occupancy and revenue for the majority of Minnesota lodging properties.  Explore Minnesota Tourism director John Edman says that's a bit surprising, considering summer's late start and flooding.  Edman says 48 percent reported summer occupancy was up and 58-percent cited increased revenues compared to summer 2013.  He says overall people said it was a pretty good summer -- kind of a scary start but things turned around for all regions throughout the state.  Tourism is a 12.5 billion dollar industry in Minnesota.

Oil Industry Poll Shows Support For All Energy Sources

(Undated)  --  A new poll shows a strong bipartisan majority of Minnesota voters support investments in U-S energy infrastructure across-the-board -- not just renewables.  The American Petroleum Institute commissioned the survey, and Minnesota Petroleum Council executive director Erin Roth says 84 percent of Minnesota respondents support increased development of infrastructure, including pipelines, rail, bridges, and the like.  He says that very strong percentage cuts across party lines, with Republicans coming in a little bit ahead of Democrats, but still a vast majority of voters.  Roth adds 80 percent of Minnesota registered voters surveyed support increased production of domestic oil and natural gas, including opening the door to offshore drilling.

In Sports...

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Golden Gophers are set for their regular season football opener tonight against Eastern Illinois.  Minnesota looks to improve on a 8-and-5 record from last season.  Senior tight end Drew Goodger (GOOD'-jer) says he's happy that fall camp is over and they can focus on an actual opponent and he feels real good about where the Gophers are headed.  This is the earliest date either team has ever opened a season.  Kickoff at TCF Stadium is  6 p.m.

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World / National Midday Summary - 8/27/14


ISIS fighters denounce the evils of drug-taking, then chop down marijuana plants and burn them in a video posted online.  The militants say they found the pot farm after capturing another city in northern Syria.  They say the farm owner fled over the border with Turkey to save his life.  An ISIS supporter uploaded the video to YouTube Tuesday.  Published reports indicate some farmers in northern Syria have started growing marijuana in a desperate effort to make an income while that country struggles with civil war.


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The latest report on Gross Domestic Product indicates the U-S economy is okay.  G-D-P rose four-point-two percent in the second quarter, well above economist's forecasts.  The Commerce Department says corporate profits improved by the widest margin in four years.  And, first-time claims for unemployment benefits are mostly flat this week.  One-thousand fewer claims were filed this week when compared to last week.


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The U-S Forest Service says it tried to balance competing interests in its plan released Wednesday to allow loggers to remove trees killed in a California wildfire last year.  Environmentalists call the decision a travesty and they are threatening to sue.  Logging will be allowed on 52 square miles of forests damaged by the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s remote back country and private timber land.  Environmentalists say the blackened trees and new growth create vital habitat for birds like spotted owls and black-backed woodpeckers.


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Members of the Democratic Party say they are launching a new website to warn Republicans about their promises to avoid another government shutdown.  The website called “Shutdown Broken Promises” will highlight statements made by Republicans last year after Washington ground to a halt.  The first Republican pictured making a promise is Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama.  She voted against the deal to end the shut down a few months later.


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A Detroit man has been arraigned in his wife’s death, even as the whereabouts of her two children aren’t known.  Alicia Fox’s six-year-old daughter and eight-month-old son have been missing since May.  Her decomposed body was found in a vacant house.  The dead woman’s relatives think her husband and the father of the younger child, Erin Justice, knows where the children are.  The 28-year-old Justice made a video court appearance Wednesday for arraignment.

Nebraska Midday Summary - 8/27/14


An Omaha social activist is holding a voter rally Saturday at Fontenelle Park to encourage more people to participate in elections.  Preston Love Junior says there are lot of similarities between northeast Omaha and Ferguson, Missouri, where teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.  Love says both communities have high poverty rates, high unemployment, a problem with teen pregnancy, educational achievement gaps and a voter turnout rate of about eight-percent.  Love says the problems could be solved if residents took party in elections and voted for the politicians who would work on them.  Saturday’s rally starts at 9:30 a-m.


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Omaha firefighters had to climb stairs to the 19th floor of a downtown building so they could put out a fire on the Union Pacific sign.  The department’s ladder truck couldn’t reach that high.  Firefighters say the engineering staff in the building cut the power to the highly-visible sign and then they were able to use two fire extinguishers on the backside of the sign after going through a small access panel.  Smoke damage was done to rooms on the 19th floor.  Union Pacific says insulation surrounding the neon glass tube started the fire. 


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A Nebraska emergency response fund is said to be in good financial health despite a year of severe storms which caused millions of dollars in damage.  The governor’s emergency fund still has seven-million dollars available for future disasters.  That money is used to reimburse local governments for emergency expenses.  Wildfires nearly cleaned the bank account out two years ago.  Many of the areas impacted by this year’s disasters qualified for federal disaster aid or the losses were covered by private insurance.

Missouri Midday Summary - 8/27/14


If you think St. Louis drivers are the worst in the country – you are wrong.  All State Insurance has put together its annual "America’s Best Drivers" report.  The safest driving city in the U-S is Fort Collins, Colorado.  At the bottom of the list of 200 is Worchester (WOO ster), Massachusetts.  The St. Louis metropolitan area is in the middle of the pack, ranked 105th.  Want to feel safer than that?  Kansas City was ranked 12th safest.  The Average U-S driver has an accident every 10 years.  St. Louis drivers average one every nine years and in Kansas City it’s one every 12 years.


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When the new board of directors took over at the Lebanon Humane Society, members say they were shocked at the overcrowding and filthy conditions.  They asked the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force to help.  It has removed 126 animals from the south-central Missouri facility, including 61 dogs and 65 cats.  In the interim, the Lebanon facility will work with the state and other professional animal welfare consultants to restructure and repair the facility.  They say the cleanup needed couldn’t be done in the overcrowded conditions which existed. 


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Newton County officials say they will submit a charge of abandonment of a corpse against a 24-year-old woman who is accused of posing beside the body of a dead man, then posting the picture on her Facebook page.  The woman from Carl Junction is accused of posing with the dead body of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer, a Joplin man who was found dead last week in rural Newton County.  Deputies are still searching for a man who is also pictured in the photos.  An autopsy on Meyer has been performed, with toxicology test results pending.


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U-S Senator Roy Blunt is seeking financial help for the cost of policing the Ferguson riots this month.  The Missouri Republican has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying many of the police agencies involved don’t have the resources to respond to the level of unrest which came in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer August 9th.  St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has estimated each night of policing cost the county police department up to 100-thousand dollars. 


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An eastern Missouri man says he has no plans to stop playing lottery games – and who can blame him?  Lady Luck struck twice for 65-year-old Ronald Stotler of Doe Run.  He won five-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket last May.  Then, less than three months later, he won 20-thousand dollars playing the Missouri Lottery’s “500-Dollar Frenzy” game.  Stotler is a retired bottle maker who says he has actually won a lot of money playing lotto games through the years, but this is his largest combined total winnings.  He says he bought both of his winning tickets at the same convenience store, Sherry’s Gas on Highway 221 in Doe Run.

Iowa Midday Summary - 8/27/14


Congressman Steve King is suggesting there will be a "politically nuclear" reaction if President Obama bypasses Congress and issues an executive order granting some sort of legal status to illegal immigrants.  The Iowa Republican says the president has no constitutional authority to "make up laws."  King says if five-to-nine-million people get a "you are now legal" slip from the president it will throw the country into a constitutional crisis.  He also thinks next month's negotiations to avoid another government shutdown will break down if the president uses an executive order on immigration policy.

(Thanks, Dennis Morrice, KLEM)


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The director of the Iowa Workforce Development agency says number of people who got unemployment checks they weren’t supposed to get was 85.  Some members of the Senate Oversight Committee doubt that, saying the number could be much higher.  Director Teresa Wahlert says she is sure the number is 85.  The checks were distributed based on an old list which shouldn’t have been used.  The errant checks were worth 27-thousand dollars.  The senate committee is investigating the problem which is being blamed on a computer glitch.  Wahlert says there was no effort to cover up the extra payments, even though some staff members say they were told to keep quiet about them.


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Des Moines city officials say plans for the old downtown Hotel Randolph haven’t changed.  Developers want to renovate the building, creating 55 refurbished apartments, with a restaurant and other retail businesses on the first floor.  It has been almost a year since efforts to move about 100 low-income residents out of that building started.  The delay is being blamed on historic tax credits that the developer planned to use to finance the project.  New guidelines from the I-R-S have devalued the tax credits and stopped similar renovation projects on historic buildings all across the country.  An effort is being made now to find an equity partner for the project.


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Football fans attending Saturday’s home game against North Dakota State at Jack Trice Stadium will see obvious evidence of the major construction project going on.  The work in the south end zone will add new seating, a two-story premium club and another H-D video board.  It will also connect the east and west concourses.  When the work is complete Trice Stadium will have a capacity of 61-thousand seats.  While it’s going on, there will be changes to parking, gate entries and pedestrian traffic flow.  I-S-U officials say you should enter the stadium using the gate number on your ticket. 

Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #2 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Mid-Day State News #2

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Three people were killed since midnight in transportation-related mishaps throughout Wisconsin -- two of them involving passing trains.  In Dane County, police said a 63-year-old Madison area man died after being hit by a train near McFarland.  Police were called around midnight, and they do not suspect foul play.  In Wauwatosa, a pedestrian was killed by a passing train around nine this morning.  The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office was called.  Other details were not immediately available.  Also, a 58-year-old Racine man died this morning in a one-car crash near Wisconsin Dells.  The State Patrol said the driver was ejected, and a passenger was also injured.  It happened around 6:25 a-m on westbound Interstate 90-94.  Troopers said the vehicle drove into the median, over-corrected, went into the right ditch, and rolled over.  The driver was thrown from the car.  An investigation continues.

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Paul Ryan's new book is not flying off the shelves, but its publisher is not complaining so far.  C-N-N said "The Way Forward" sold just under 63-hundred copies in its first week of publication.  That's according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tallies about 85-percent of all retail book sales not including pre-orders and e-books.  Ryan, the House Budget chairman from Janesville, did not sell as many books in the last week as two others from conservative authors -- "One Nation" by Ben Carson, and "America" by Dinesh D'Souza, both of which have been out longer. Paul Samuelson of Ryan's publishing firm told C-N-N his company was happy so far with sales of "The Way Forward."  In that book, Ryan calls on the Republican Party to broaden its appeal in time for the 2016 presidential election -- in which Ryan is considered by many as a possible G-O-P candidate.  Twelve Publishing put out the Ryan book.  House rules prohibited Ryan from getting an advance payment for the book -- but he does get royalties from sales.

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For the second time this summer, an invasive worm has been found in Wisconsin which has the potential to damage forests.  The D-N-R confirms that the Asian crazy worm was spotted in Appleton, after it was first discovered last fall at the U-W Madison arboretum.  The agency is forming a team of experts to advice state officials on what to do about it.  D-N-R forest specialist Linda Williams says the Asian crazy worm devours nutrients from soil and forest floors -- and that leaves no nutrients for other native species.  The long worm is officially called the "Amynthas Agrestis" (a-min-thus uh-gres-tis).  It's called a crazy worm because it wriggles heavily when it's handled.  Although it's new to Wisconsin, the worm has been in the eastern and southern U-S for the past half-century.

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Wheeler News - Noon State Sports - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Noon State Sports

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Ted Thompson makes the final calls, but Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy will also have a big say on who makes the regular season roster. Players on the bubble will have one final chance to impress the top brass tonight, when the Packers host Kansas City in their final exhibition game.  At least some jobs are on the line, as the Packers must cut their 75-player roster down to 53 by five p-m Saturday.  Not all N-F-L general managers have strong relationships with their head coaches -- but by all accounts, Packers' G-M Thompson and McCarthy work very well together.  Thompson said he spoke with McCarthy yesterday morning, and affirmed that they must do what's in the best interest of both the Packers and the players.  The G-M said he and McCarthy are as objective as possible about their evaluations -- and they don't get into who a particular coach or scout likes.  The Packers open their regular season a week from tonight at Seattle.

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Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke is normally calm-and-collected with reporters.  But he lashed out at plate umpire Mark Ripperger, right after the Brewers lost at San Diego last night 3-to-2 in ten innings.  Roenicke said the umpire was calling strikes off the plate all night, and he called two balls in the same location in the ninth inning just before Padres' catcher Rene Rivera tied the game with a homer.  When that happened, Roenicke gave Ripperger a piece of his mind, and was ejected for it.  Afterward, he told reporters, "He is terrible behind home plate.  He calls pitches that aren't even close.  The catcher sets up six inches off the plate and he calls them strikes."  The 34-year-old Ripperger was called up from Triple-"A" this season, and he's not a full-time Major League umpire.  Brewers-Dot-Com said crew chief Ted Barrett chose to respond to Roenicke's comments in part of Ripperger's inexperience.  Barrett said he understands that tempers get heated in "pennant-race baseball," and the Major League's Zone Evaluation System would provide a full report on Ripperger's performance by early next week.  From there, he said the crew would learn from it, and work on getting calls right.  The Brewers remain a game-and-a-half ahead of second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central.  The Crew is off today, and will play at San Francisco tomorrow night.

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In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have a two-game lead for the final Western Division playoff spot with four games left.  The Rattlers are scheduled to host Burlington again tonight, after the Bees took a 1-nothing game last night.  Sean Newcomb, this year's first-round draft choice for the Angels of Anaheim, struck out ten Timber Rattlers in four innings while giving up just two singles.  Seventeen Wisconsin players struck out in all.  Wisconsin is now 34-and-31 for the second half, two games up on Peoria and Quad Cities for the final post-season slot in the West.  The last-place Beloit Snappers are playing out the string.  They're at Peoria tonight, where the Snappers lost 4-to-2 last evening.

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Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is getting ready for his second P-G-A playoff tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship tomorrow through Labor Day near Boston.  Kelly has a tee time just before the noon hour with Will MacKenzie and Kevin Chappell.  Kelly is 60th in the Fed-Ex Cup season point standings.  He needs to remain in the Top-70 after this weekend in order to advance to the third Fed-Ex Cup tournament at Chicago.  The Top-30 after that square off at the playoff finale next week, the Tour Championship.  
On the senior Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman will play at the Shaw Charity Classic in Canada.  The 54-hole tournament runs from tomorrow through Sunday in Calgary Alberta.

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Wheeler News - Mid-Day State News #1 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 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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A former Dane County sheriff's deputy is due in court tomorrow, on allegations that he murdered his wife and sister-in-law two months after being diagnosed with A-L-S.  W-I-B-A Radio in Madison said 39-year-old Andy Steele is being held in the Rock County Jail in Janesville.  The reason is to avoid a conflict-of-interest with the Dane County jail staffers who used to be his co-workers. Steele's wife Ashlee and her sister Kacee Tollefsbol were found shot at the Steele family home last Friday.  Authorities said Andy Steele apparently tried to take his own life during the incident.  He was taken to a Milwaukee medical facility for treatment before he was transferred to jail.  He'll make his first court appearance on closed circuit T-V, on the same day the murder victims will be remembered at a memorial service in their hometown of Stillwater Minnesota.  Andy Steele was booked for homicide, but online court records did not show him being charged as of this morning.  He was a deputy for 14 years before retiring in June once he learned he had Lou Gehrig's disease.

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U-W Platteville will hold a "grand re-opening" tomorrow, after a tornado whipped through the campus on June 16th.  University System President Ray Cross will join Chancellor Dennis Shields at a news conference and a ceremony on the rear patio of the Engineering Hall.  The campus received an estimated ten-million dollars in damage, when a twister with winds up to 120-miles an hour damaged a school park and a half-dozen buildings.  That includes Platteville's football stadium -- where new turf is expected to be fully installed by early-to-mid September.  The Pioneers' first two home soccer games had to be relocated, but officials say all events after September 9th will go on as planned.  Parts of Memorial Park remain closed, and the school is preparing an online map.  Campus dining facilities are back in full swing, serving students who've arrived early for fall classes.

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An apparent national effort to extort money from C-V-S pharmacies has come to northwest Wisconsin.  Media reports said C-V-S outlets across the country have been targeted with false bomb threats to try and get money from the chain.  In Superior, police were called to a bomb threat at that city's C-V-S Pharmacy around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.  The store was closed for a short time while officers checked the building, and found nothing suspicious.

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Minnesota News from MNN - 8/28/14

Minnesota Summary        8/28/14

Terrorist Groups Recruiting In Minnesota

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Government officials say Minnesota and especially the Twin Cities are becoming recruiting hot beds for terrorist organizations.  The FBI says as many as 25-people in Minnesota have been recruited by groups like ISIS and al-Shabaab.  That includes Robbinsdale Cooper high school graduate Douglas McCain and Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis, who were reportedly killed while fighting in Syria last weekend.  Officials say the groups attract recruits by posting propaganda on social media websites. 

FEMA Denies Dakota County Disaster Relief Application

(Hastings, MN)  --  The federal government has denied Minnesota's request to add the state's third most populous county to the disaster declaration made after severe storms and flooding in June and July.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the damage in Dakota County was not severe enough to be included.  The Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management division plans to appeal the decision, and they have 30 days to do so.  So far, 37 Minnesota counties and three tribal governments will receive federal money to repair damage estimated to be more than $40 million.

State Fair Attendance Good So Far

(Falcon Heights, MN)  --  The first half of the 2014 State Fair has been well-attended, thanks to some cooperation from Mother Nature.  Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette (SHOO'-tee) says a new Tuesday daily record was set with 133-thousand-595 visitors.  She says compared to last year when there was really hot, sticky and humid weather, about 85-thousand more people have attended the 2014 Minnesota State Fair so far.  Wednesday's attendance numbers will be released early this afternoon (Thurs).  Today is "Seniors Day" where fairgoers 65 and older get in for eight dollars.  Fallout Boy and Parmour headline the Grandstand tonight.

Bachmann Presidential Candidate Ex-Aide Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges

(Undated)  --  The former top Iowa advisor to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's failed presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to concealing 73 thousand dollars he received from competitor Ron Paul's campaign to switch to their camp.  Bachmann was the first person to publicly accuse former Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson in late 2011.  Prosecutors say some of the money paid to Sorenson was transferred to a film production company and then to a second firm before it reached him.  In a plea agreement, Sorenson admitted he lied to the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee's attorney during an investigation.  Sorenson will be sentenced later on federal election violations.

CVS Bomb Threat

(Superior, WI) --  Superior Police responded to a bomb threat at a CVS Pharmacy just before 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.  The threat received by the store was similar to those at other CVS stores across the country recently. CVS is the victim of a nation-wide bomb threat hoax in an attempt to extort money from the corporation.  The Superior CVS was closed temporarily while a search of the business was conducted.  No explosives or other dangerous devices were discovered and the store opened up again a short time later.

Laps For The Long Run

(Moorhead, MN) --  A potential one-million-dollar windfall could be coming to Minnesota State University-Moorhead  Fargo businessman Steve Scheel has pledged $20,000 for each lap president Anne Blackhurst completes in MSUM's "Laps for the Long Run" event. Blackhurst plans to run 50 laps around the Nemzek Fieldhouse; which adds up to a potential gift of a million dollars.  The fundraising run is scheduled for Wednesday, September. 24.  Blackhurst is a long-distance runner who's training for her ninth marathon.

Watch for Lane Closures On I-35 Near Duluth

(Cloquet, MN)  --  If you're starting your Labor Day weekend a little early and headed to Duluth or points beyond, be aware of lane closures on Interstate 35 between Cloquet and Proctor as crews install cable median barriers.  MN-DOT Project Engineer Aaron Gunderson says lane restrictions will end at noon on Friday and not resume until Tuesday morning -- but people who come up Thursday night or Friday morning will still encounter them.  Gunderson says there may be some backups today (Thurs) or Friday morning, depending on weather and how many people are on the roads.

Bridgewater Could Start Final Preseason Game

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota Vikings rookie Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could be getting the start tonight in the team's fourth and final preseason game.  Despite naming Matt Cassel the official starter earlier this week, Head Coach Mike Zimmer says there is a good chance Bridgewater will get the nod and most of the playing time.  The final tune up before the regular season has Minnesota traveling to Tennessee to take on the Titans.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #4 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Morning State News #4

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

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The U-S Justice Department's internal watchdog said former Milwaukee F-B-I office director Teresa Carlson used "extremely poor judgment" by influencing an employee's testimony in a disability trial.  The inspector general released its report on the matter yesterday, after the Justice Department's Public Integrity unit refused to prosecute Carlson.  It all started when Oak Creek native Justin Slaby filed suit.  He alleged that he was wrongly dismissed from a training academy for F-B-I agents, because he lost his left hand while serving in Iraq as an Army Ranger.  Slaby's attorney later said Carlson tried to get her former employee Mark Crider to testify against Slaby in a trial, claiming he was not qualified to be an agent due to his disability.  Crider had previously supported Slaby, and he later testified to that effect at a trial last August in which Slaby won his right to train with the F-B-I.  Carlson's alleged influence was leaked out before the trial.  Once that happened, she was transferred to Washington as a deputy assistant F-B-I director, a post she still holds.  She has not commented on the inspector general's findings.  

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A Wausau woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for killing a toddler while backing out of a driveway four years ago when she was 17.  Shanice Stands, who's now 21, was also put on five years of probation with a long list of conditions she has to follow -- and if she doesn't, she'll go to prison for three-to-eight years.  The incident happened in September of 2010 in Forest County.  Stands was leaving a driveway when her vehicle ran over a three-year-old boy, who died the same night at a Rhinelander hospital.  Authorities said Stands was high on marijuana at the time, and she did not have a driver's license -- only a learner's permit issued in neighboring Minnesota.  She was fined five-thousand dollars as part of her sentencing yesteray.  Half of her jail term is for four previous bail jumping charges.  Stands pleaded guilty to felony counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  Other charges were dropped in a plea deal.

(Thanks Ken Krall, WXPR, Rhinelander)

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If you have weeds in your yard, they're probably nothing compared to the winners of the "Biggest Weed contest" at this month's Farm Technology Days. The U-W Extension says Wayne Greeler of Neillsville had the grand champion -- a giant ragweed plant over ten-feet tall and seven-feet wide.  Ken McGwin of Montello actually had a taller ragweed.  But his 12-footer didn't win, because it was only four-feet wide.  The weeds were measured in their normal growth forms.  There were winners each day of the three-day farm show. They'll all get to learn more about their weeds, since they're receiving weed-identification books.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #3 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Morning State News #3

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

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The final result is still not known in a state Senate primary, after Green County canvassers certified a recount yesterday with 110 ballots missing. Democrat Pat Bomhack asked for the recount, after the Election Night tally from August 12th showed him losing to Ernie Wittwer by just seven votes out of 77-hundred cast.  Bomhack gained 28 votes in Monroe, where the ballots were lost.  However, we still don't know who won the primary, because recounts have not been completed yet in the Juneau and Richland county parts of the 17th Senate District.  Wittwer, a former D-O-T budget director, says he'll talk to a lawyer before deciding whether to challenge Green County's final canvass.  It's not known why Monroe had ballots missing.  City Clerk Carol Stamm told the county canvassing board that a poll worker might have mixed used and unused ballots before throwing the unused ones away.  She also said it's possible that somebody took the ballots right after the polls closed.  Police are investigating to see if a crime took place.  The final winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Howard Marklein in November for the Senate seat to be given up by moderate Republican Dale Schultz.

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Milwaukee is apparently not the only place in Wisconsin where child pornography investigations have been delayed.  The Journal Sentinel obtained a spreadsheet yesterday showing that 41 cases waited for at least two months to be investigated at state Justice field offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Madison as well as Milwaukee.  As of late February, the average delay in the 41 cases in question was more than a year.  The longest was three-and-a-half years.  The documents were the result of a Justice Department review. Spokeswoman Dana Brueck told the Journal Sentinel it did not identify a problematic pattern at any other the state's field offices outside Milwaukee.  She cited a number of reasons why cases could be delayed, due to things like the quality of the tips received -- and the complexity of certain cases. Milwaukee field office director Willie Brantley was let go after investigative delays were exposed at his facility.  Milwaukee agent Anna King quit.  Those cases showed that a Racine man was left free to molest a boy he was babysitting -- and a drug and alcohol counselor from Pewaukee did not have to register as a sex offender in his abuse case.

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A western Wisconsin woman has been convicted on reduced charges for drugging her boyfriend's young daughter to death.  Twenty-three year old Amanda Butts pleaded guilty in Trempealeau County to reckless homicide, and no contest to felony child abuse.  One other abuse charge was dropped, along with a count of illegally serving narcotics to a minor.  Prosecutors said Butts was babysitting 22-month-old Alexis Behlke in June of last year, when she bruised the toddler and fed her a combination of drugs which included oxycodone.  Officials quoted Butts as saying that Alexis was whining and would not sleep -- so she gave the child the drugs to settle her down.  Her boyfriend was working at the time.  Her sentencing date has not been set.  A scheduling conference is set for September 8th.  Online court records also show that Butts has a plea hearing scheduled September 29th on a Jackson County charge of obstructing an officer.  That charge came about three months after the infant death.  

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Shawano County authorities said a 14-year-old girl managed to escape an attempted abduction yesterday.  It happened about 1:10 p-m on a farm near Birnamwood.  Deputies said the girl was walking on a sand road between two corn-fields when a tall teenage boy tried to grab her.  Officials said the girl broke free and went to a nearby house to call 9-1-1.  There was no immediate word on whether the girl was injured.  Deputies said they're looking for a person-of-interest in the case.  

(Thanks Larry Lee, WSAU, Wausau)

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Minnesota Sports from MNN - 8/28/14

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Royals Roll Twins

(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Royals used a six-run eighth inning to knock off the Twins 6-1 at Kauffman Stadium.  Billy Butler hit a two-run single and Salvador Perez added a two-run triple in the victory.  Wade Davis earned the win in relief after Liam Hendriks tossed seven innings of one-run ball for the no-decision.  The Royals have taken four of their last six contests.  Oswaldo Arcia plated the only run for Minnesota, which has dropped four straight.  Phil Hughes took the loss after allowing four runs in seven-and-two-thirds innings.  The two clubs wrap up their three-game set with a contest tonight.  The Royals are looking for the sweep.

Gophers Open Season Tonight

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Golden Gophers are set for their regular season football opener tonight against Eastern Illinois.  Minnesota is set to improve on a 8-and-5 record from last season.  Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky and defensive end Michael Amaefula (uh-MEFF-uh-luh) are the only two players listed on the injury report, although left tackle Ben Lauer has missed some practice time this fall camp and could also be questionable for tonight.  Eastern Illinois was 12-and-2 last season.  This is the earliest date either team has ever opened a season.  Kickoff from TCF Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

Vikings Wrap Up Preseason Tonight

(Nashville, TN)  --  The Minnesota Vikings put the finishing touches on their 2014 preseason schedule tonight in Nashville.  The team will look to wrap up a perfect 4-and-0 exhibition slate with a tilt against the Tennessee Titans.  After the game the Vikes will have until Saturday to cut down from 75 players to 53 to start the regular season.  Kickoff from LP Field is slated for 7 p.m. 

Ravens Sign Veteran Cornerback Cox

(Owings Mills, MD)  --  The Baltimore Ravens' brass is beginning to make some moves to bolster the team's ailing secondary.  The team has agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Derek Cox on a one-year, 755-thousand-dollar deal.  The 27-year-old was cut this week by the Minnesota Vikings and was benched last year for inconsistent play as a member of the San Diego Chargers.

Lynx To Meet Mercury In West Finals

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Lynx will meet the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA Western Conference Finals starting tomorrow in Arizona.  Minnesota swept San Antonio two-games-to-none in the first round to advance, while Phoenix did the same to Los Angeles.  The Mercury won three of the four meetings in the regular season.  The Lynx and Mercury had the top two records in the WNBA this season.  Minnesota is the defending champion and has been to three consecutive WNBA Finals.  Tomorrow's game starts at 9 p.m.

Cavs' Love Tells T'wolves' Taylor To Focus On His Own Players

(Undated)  --  Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is responding to comments by Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor that he may be a scapegoat in Cleveland.  Love told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" that emotions are running high after his trade from Minnesota and Taylor should be focusing on his players.  Taylor told ESPN Radio 1500 AM in Minnesota that Love won't get a lot of credit if the Cavs win but will get the blame if they don't.

Wild Announce 2014-15 Slate

(Des Moines, IA)  --  The AHL and Iowa Wild have announced their 2014-15 regular season schedule.  The Iowa Wild begin the year October 10th at San Antonio.  The slate is divided into 38 home games and 38 road games.  The first home game is a week later against Milwaukee.  The Iowa Wild are the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

Wawrinka, Halep Advance At U.S. Open

(Flushing Meadows, NY)  --  Stan Wawrinka is on to the third round of the U.S. Open after a victory over Thomaz Bellucci.  This year's Australian Open winner took down Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 to advance.  Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov moved on to the second round of play with straight set wins.  On the women's side, two of the three top-five seeds in action advanced while fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was ousted in straight sets.  Second-seeded Simona Halep moved on with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, and fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova advanced by winning the final two sets after losing the first.  Top-10 seeds Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki also got through to the third round.  Venus Williams also moved on. 

NASCAR Shifts To Atlanta

(Hampton, GA)  --  There's just two more races before the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Drivers head to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend before heading to Richmond Saturday, September 6th.  A total of 12 spots have been clinched with drivers winning races, leaving four left.

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Wheeler News - Morning State News #2 - 8/28/14

Wheeler News Service - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Morning State News #2

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

Winning lottery numbers:
Powerball:  17-24-26-45-46, Powerball 19, Power Play 3
Megabucks:  10-12-31-32-42-43
Five-Card Cash: J-hearts, K-spades, 7-clubs, A-diamonds, K-hearts
Supercash:  4-13-16-26-30-33 - No Doubler
Pick-3:  0-0-9
Pick-4:  8-8-9-8
Badger-5:  7-8-21-24-28

Here are the details:

The Potawatomi tribe might lose almost two-thousand slot machines at its casino in Milwaukee, if it keeps refusing to pay its annual fee to the state. That's according to letters obtained by the Journal Sentinel.  It reports that Potawatomi chairman Gus Frank told Governor Scott Walker that the tribe's estimated 25-million dollar annual fee is paid in exchange for not allowing any other casinos within 50 miles.  Frank reportedly wrote that if Walker approves the Menominee tribe's Hard Rock casino in Kenosha, the Potawatomi's fee would amount to an illegal tax.  That letter was written on July ninth.  Two weeks later, Walker special attorney Lance Boldrey said if the Potawatomi wins its case, additional gaming approved in 2003 by former Governor Jim Doyle would be voided.  And the casino would be limited to having a-thousand slots and video poker machines instead of its present three-thousand, with the compact to expire in 2019.  Tribal spokesman Ken Walsh tells the Journal Sentinel the governor's warning is "attorney bluster."  Walker told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Potawatomi's refusal to pay its fee could put a crimp into the state budget.  Earlier yesterday, state and local leaders from Kenosha held a news conference to urge Walker to approve the casino, saying it would create thousands of new jobs. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he wants to make sure the casino will be successful enough for its owners to keep their promise to off-set losses at other casinos in the region.

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State transportation officials said a "highly unusual" combination of factors caused a high Interstate bridge in Green Bay to sag last September.  The D-O-T released a summary yesterday of its final report of the incident, in which a support pier went down two-feet and caused part of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge on I-43 to sag.  No one was hurt at that time.  Minor corrosion was also found on 17 other piers.  It took two-and-a-half months to make the repairs, and the D-O-T said the final cost was ten-million dollars -- much less than the 18-to-20-million that was originally projected.  Officials said soil conditions caused the foundation of steel piling to corrode and buckle.  Those factors included a porous fill of fly ash in the upper levels of the soil -- and the water and soils surrounding the piling had high amounts of chlorides.  Project manager Tom Buchholz tells W-L-U-K T-V in Green Bay it was amazing the bridge still stood after the sagging incident.  In his words, "We're very, very lucky." As part of the repairs, crews installed probes that monitor rust and corrosion, and pilings at eight spots on the bridge will be tested every two years.

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A 26-year-old man was shot-to-death in Milwaukee last night.  It happened just before seven o'clock in a west side neighborhood.  Police said the man was shot several times, and he died at the scene.  Officials did not release other details.  They were asking residents and witnesses to share what they know.  

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Wisconsin's newly-extended mourning dove hunting season will begin on Labor Day.  Officials agreed to let hunters shoot the cooing doves from September first through November 29th.  That's 20 days longer than in the past.  The D-N-R says Monday is also the start of the early teal and goose hunts.  The early teal season will run through September seventh.  The early goose hunt goes through September 15th.

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