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Top Stories September 21, 2014

Fatality at Beaver Dam Raceway


9/21/14 - A fatality was reported at Beaver Dam Raceway Saturday evening. The incident occurred around 6pm. Sheriff Pat Ninmann tells WBEV-WXRO that it occurred during “hot laps.” A 47-year-old driver from Brookfield died as a result of injuries sustained in that accident. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The Town of Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating.


Harvest Time Brings Word Of Caution For Motorists


9/21/14 - It's almost harvest time -- and that means car-and-truck drivers will share the highways with more farm equipment.  The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association reminds motorists that most farm units go no faster than 25-miles-an-hour. That can cause drivers to miscalculate how fast they should be going as they approach the farm machinery.  Also, the group has advice for farmers -- like having the orange slow-moving-vehicle signs and reflective tape on their units so they can be seen at night.  The corn growers group' also suggests that farmers check their blind-spots when making turns, and staying as refreshed as possible during the long harvest days that are coming up.


WEDC Lacked Documentation For Grant Spending


9/21/14 - It’s been fixed now, but there were some problems in the early days of an innovative new agency.  The Legislative Audit Bureau reports Wisconsin’s semi-private job creation agency doesn’t have the necessary documentation for its spending on grants and expenses for its first two years.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation finances were examined.  Auditors found several instances where documentation was inadequate to show how some money was spent, whether the expenditure was reasonable, or whether it had been approved.  The Bureau noted that W-E-D-C has corrected the processing errors and implemented a new tracking system to let transactions be directly uploaded into the accounting software.  That would reduce the chance for mistakes.


Marquette To Expand East


9/21/14 - The first lay president in the history of Marquette University says the school will expand to the east with the purchase of seven acres of property.  President Michael Lovell says he plans to forge new partnerships for the Milwaukee university.  Lovell was a former chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  During his inaugural ceremony address Friday he also announced plans for Marquette to move in to the sixth floor of the Global Water Center, a water-related research facility, and says he is exploring options to assume a presence at the Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa.


Advisory Committee Reviewing Livestock Siting Law


9/21/14 - A new advisory committee is taking a fresh look at Wisconsin's ten-year-old Livestock Facilities' Siting Law.  It sets standards for local governments to follow when issuing permits for new-and-larger livestock operations.  State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel wants the panel to find out if the current standards need to be updated.  He wants the law to keep pace with changing agricultural practices, while protecting the environment.  State-and-local ag and conservation leaders are serving on the panel, which is chaired by the Ag Department's deputy secretary Jeff Lyon.  The committee was to hold its first meeting this week.  The livestock siting law has had its share of scrutiny.  A few years ago, environmental groups and some local officials said the measure needs more safeguards against air-and-water pollution.  In 2012, the law received a vote of confidence from the State Supreme Court, when the justices ruled that a town in Rock County was wrong to order water quality standards stricter than what the state requires for a large dairy farm.


Berm Considered For Carp Barrier To Great Lakes


9/21/14 - A new project in Indiana could eliminate a pathway for the invasive Asian carp to enter the Great Lakes.  State officials in Indiana are reviewing a two-million-dollar bid to construct an earthen berm through Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne.  If the bid is approved, work could begin this fall on a berm that's expected to run for almost two miles.  Phil Bloom of the Indiana D-N-R tells the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette his agency is eager to get going on the project.  It would cut off a possible marshy connection between the Wabash River, which has the Asian carp, and the Maumee River which flows into Lake Erie.  Fleming Excavating submitted the construction bid.  Contractor Doug Bergdall says his crews could begin clearing vegetation this fall, with the berm to go in next year.


Home Building Down In Wisconsin Metro’s


9/21/14 - Fewer new homes are being built this year in Wisconsin's five-largest metros.  M-T-D Marketing Services said 287 building permits were issued last month for new one-and-two-family houses in the Milwaukee, Madison, Racine-Kenosha, Fox Valley, and Green Bay-Door County areas.  That's almost 100 fewer permits than what was issued in August of 2013.  For the year as whole, home-building permits are down almost six-percent in the five metros.  The Wisconsin trend is similar to what's taking place nationally.  Experts blame shaky consumer confidence due to turbulence in world affairs -- plus an economy that's not totally back on its feet after the Great Recession.  Jim Collar of M-T-D Services says most of Wisconsin's new homes are for specific buyers, instead of speculation. 


UW Madison Listed in QS World University Rankings


9/21/14 - For the second week in a row, U-W Madison has received a ranking that's very prestigious, but not quite as prestigious as a year ago.  The state's flagship campus is rated 41st among the 50 schools listed in the new Q-S World University Rankings.  That's down four spots from last year, when the U-W had an overall rating of 37th.  Madison has been in the Q-S Top-50 since 2011.  The university ranked very high in several categories.  It was Number-One for communications-and-media studies, and Number-four for forestry, agriculture, and sociology programs.  A week ago, U-S News-and-World Report said the Madison campus was the 47th best overall school in the country -- six places lower than the previous year.  M-I-T is ranked Number-One in the Q-S ratings.  Princeton was tops in the nation in the U-S News survey.


Rustic Road Photo Contest Underway


9/21/14 - Take a camera, add some fall colors along a scenic Rustic Road, and you’ve got the perfect combination for an award-winning photo. Amateur photographers have until the end of this year to take photos along any of Wisconsin’s 115 Rustic Roads. Photos can then be entered into a contest celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Rustic Roads program. The state’s Rustic Roads Board will select top photos in six categories. More info on the contest rules can be found on the Wisconsin DOT web site. Wisconsin’s first Rustic Road was designated in Taylor County in 1975.


Homegrown Smartphone App Tracks Parties


9/21/14 - An instructor and a student at U-W Stevens Point are developing a smartphone app that lets young people keep track of friends when they're out partying.  Drew Frisk, an instructor who creates apps for Berkshire Hathaway, plans to release the new app in the next month or two.  Senior Jenna Furger is working with Frisk on the project.  It seeks to ensure that people who break apart from their drinking groups make it home safely.  The app is the next step in a program called "Bring a Buddy" that Furger started to encourage Stevens Point students to watch out for one another.  The program was started with the help of Eric Duffey's parents.  Duffey was a Stevens Point student who drowned in the Wisconsin River in 2012 after a night of partying. The program was designed to prevent other such incidents.  The new app is expected to advance the effort even further.


1970’s Television Star To Appear In Fond du Lac


9/21/14 - A 1970’s TV star is scheduled to make an appearance at Flight for Life’s 30th Anniversary celebration in Fond du Lac next Friday. Randolph Mantooth one of the stars of “Emergency!” will be the keynote speaker for the event at the Holiday Inn that will run from 5 to 6 p.m. Flight for Life has been around for helicopter rescue services in Wisconsin since 1984, but it’s Fond du Lac base has only been open since 2008. After the event Mantooth will sign autographs with proceeds going to the LA County Fire Museum for the maintenance of the original Squad 51 from the TV show.




Yesterday's Headlines
    - Beaver Dam Mayor Discusses Watermark Delay
    - Alderman Responds To Kennedy's Remarks
    - Beaver Dam Pepper Festival Approaching

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