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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tells a Wisconsin crowd the President is driving the U.S. deeper into debt.  The Janesville congressman attended a Milwaukee fundraiser last night, giving a 15-minute speech.  Price of admission ranged from 250 dollars to 100 thousand dollars.  The finance chairman for the Romney campaign in Wisconsin says the event raised 2-point-8 million dollars. The gathering was held just two days after President Obama made an appearance on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.


President Obama still holds an edge among Wisconsin voters who were polled, but the margin is shrinking.  A Marquette University Law School poll released last week showed Obama 11 points ahead of Mitt Romney among Wisconsin voters.  A Public Policy poll released yesterday puts the margin at two percent, 49-to-47.  Public Policy
says the survey was taken Thursday through Saturday, involving 979 likely Wisconsin voters.  Two weeks ago, the same poll put Obama's margin at seven percent.  Poll takers say his performance in Wednesday's debate helped Romney a lot.  Sixty-one percent of those contacted thought Romney won the debate.  Only 25 percent gave the edge to Obama.


Milwaukee authorities say a babysitter may have left food unattended on a stove, starting a house fire
that left a six year old boy dead.  The babysitter and three other children managed to get out safely.  The fire apparently started in one house and jumped to a nearby house as well.  Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 3:15 a.m. yesterday.  The boy's body was found on the second floor.  The cause of the fire is said to be still under investigation.


The final public input session on the future of Wisconsin's elk herd will be held tomorrow night at Wildwood Lodge in Pewaukee.  The Department of Natural Resources and its partner groups are considering some changes to the current elk management plan.  Those changes could include increasing the size of the range for the elk in norther
Wisconsin and possibly establishing a second her in the Black River State Forest area.  Wild elk were established in Ashland County 17 years ago near Clam Lake.  The herd has reportedly grown from the two dozen introduced to approximately 150.


An 18 year old man from Rothschild is scheduled to make a court appearance tomorrow on charges including
threats to injure, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.  Wausau West High School went on lockdown for about an hour last Friday when a female student reported she had received a threatening text message from the teenage suspect.  He was not a student at the school.  The girl notified a school administrator and Wausau police formed a perimeter around the school in less than a half-hour.  The suspect was caught carrying a loaded handgun


Cheese lovers came from as far away as Minneapolis to sample 40 year old cheddar cheese yesterday at a
tasting held at Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee.  The store's owner had bought 10 pounds from Z's Cheese Shoppe in Oconto.  The owner at Z's, Edward Zahn, found the cheese in a walk-in cooler earlier this year.  Zahn says it had been overlooked – unintentionally – for years.  McNulty was selling the aged cheese for 10 dollars an ounce and he says he was sold out in the first half hour.


Governor Scott Walker will host a summit for small business owners next month in La Crosse.  Walker will be
joined by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state agencies which are involved in job creation.  Small business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators can start registering now by going online to wheda-dot-com.  Walker says the goal of the summit is to improve the relationship Wisconsin small business operators have with state government.  Members of Walker's cabinet will attend.  The first such summit was held last year in Green Bay.  The deadline to register for the gathering at the La Crosse Center is November 1st.


Demolition starts tomorrowon the building which was the home for The Stein, a popular downtown Green Bay
restaurant.  The family-owned business opened at 126 South Adams Street in 1961.  It closed for the final time in 2008.  The owner says the space will be used  for a downtown parking lot.  The Stein was popular because it was located across the street from the Brown County Circuit Court.  It was famous for its Reuben





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