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Top Stories August 31, 2014

Nation of Patriots Ride Rain Or Shine


Rain didn’t stop nearly 350 bikers from finishing the final leg of the Nation of Patriots Tour that ended in Beaver Dam yesterday. The flag that left Wisconsin in late May and traveled through the 48 Continental United States circled back home. Co-owner and rider Brad Weber says the support throughout the ride was unimaginable. He says the community support was overwhelming and it is nice to know that Beaver Dam is the home of the Nation of Patriots. The Nation of Patriots motorcycle ride arrived in Beaver Dam around 11am for a parade through downtown and closed out the last leg at Hogz and Honeez Bar and Grill with a closing ceremony. Weber says nearly 750 people attended the fundraiser and riders from Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico, Michigan and more joined in to finish out the ride. The fundraiser has raised over $80-thousand dollars and they are still working towards reaching the $100-thousand dollar mark.


Kids Return To More Crowded Classrooms


8/31/14 - Wisconsin kids who return to school next week are likely to be in more crowded classrooms than those from eight years ago.  The Wisconsin Budget Project is out with a new report showing the numbers of public school teachers dropped by 43-hundred statewide, in a seven-year period ending in May of 2012.  The group cited figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, showing that Wisconsin had 15-and-a-half students for each teacher in the 2011-12 school year -- up from 14-point-three students per instructor in the 2004-'05 term.  The numbers seem to back up what the state's education agency reported recently.  It said the Badger State had almost 101-thousand full-time staff members in the last school year -- from administrators to teachers to support workers. That was about three-thousand fewer than five years earlier, at a time when enrollment rose slightly.


Voters Unsure About State Attorney Election


8/31/14 - Just over a quarter of Wisconsin's likely voters are not sure who they'll pick yet for state attorney general.  The new Marquette Law School poll gives Democrat Susan Happ a seven-point edge over Republican Brad Schimel among registered voters, 40-to-33 percent.  Among likely voters, Happ gets the edge 42-32.  In both groups, just over 25-percent are undecided.  Happ, the Jefferson County district attorney, defeated two other candidates in a primary earlier this month.  Schimel, the Waukesha County D-A, was given a clear path by Republicans, along him to have a fund-raising advantage over any of the Democrats.  The winner replaces Republican J-B Van Hollen, who's stepping down after eight years in office.


Mourning Dove Hunting Season Begins Labor Day


8/31/14 - 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.


Second Invasive Worm Found In Wisconsin This Summer


8/31/14 - 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.


U-W Madison Students To Participate In Reality Show


8/31/14 - 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.


Tax Collections Short At The End Of Fiscal Year


8/31/14 - 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. 


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Nation of Patriots Ride Ends In Beaver Dam
    - Dodge County Sheriff's Department Asks For Public's Help
    - Labor Day Weekend Travel Update

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