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(7/22/12) Here are the stories:

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning the state's livestock producers against importing livestock from New Mexico.  Vesicular stomatitis, or VS, was discovered in horses there.  VS causes fever and blisters in the mouth, nostrils, hooves and teats.  It primarily affects horses, cattle, swine and on occasion, sheep and goats.  Wisconsin joins several other states in tacking on requirements make sure any imported livestock isn't coming from the affected counties in New Mexico.


Scientists from the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center report they are finding ancient remains, which could be Native American, at a highway construction project location near Onalaska.  Almost two dozen possible skeletal fragments were found as work was being done on Wisconsin Highway 35.  Researchers say they have found hundreds of food and garbage pits, cooking hearths, tools and other artifacts at the dig site.  All burial sites are protecting by Wisconsin state law.  


An energy emergency proclamation issued by Wisconsin's governor will allow gasoline truck drivers to be exempt from weekly hours of service restrictions.  Governor Walker issued the proclamation for northeast Wisconsin after a petroleum pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay was shut off following discovery of a gasoline leak near Jackson.  That discovery last week could cause gas shortages in the Green Bay area.  Tankers are carrying gas into the area now, but long waits at terminals in Madison and Milwaukee are making it hard for the companies to keep up with the demand.  


Two production vehicles from Oshkosh Corporation figure prominently in the new Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises."  In one scene actress Anne Hathaway is seen in a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement truck.  The other Oshkosh truck seen in the film is its Tactical Protector Vehicle.  This isn't the first exposure for Oshkosh Corporation.  The 2003 movie, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," featured them, as have several TV shots on Fox, National Geographic and The History Channel.  


A fire which started in a ceiling fan brought emergency responders to a Sheboygan home early yesterday.  The 9-1-1 call came in a little after 5 a.m.  The homeowners say they were awakened by smoke alarms and found smoke and flames coming from the ceiling fan in their child's bedroom.  They used fire extinguishers to put out the flames and removed the fan, but fire crews say more smoke and flames were coming from the hole left behind.  The fire spread to the attic, eventually doing an estimated 30 thousand dollars damage.  Firefighters say they had to pull down the ceiling and remove smoldering insulation and a mattress.


A 2-point-3 million dollar research project grant will be used by the Medical College of Wisconsin's Center for AIDS Intervention Research for work in eastern Europe's Ukraine.  The researchers will be working with people living with HIV and those in high-risk populations.  The most recent statistics suggest nearly 300 thousand people are living with the virus in that country.  The Wisconsin-based research project will be focused on intervening in the risky behavior associated with the illness.  The region is afflicted by heavy drug sales and use.


An inmate in the Grant County Jail is accused of making several attempts to have his estranged wife killed.  Forty-four year old Robert VanNatta didn't want to her to testify against him in a case where he was charged with sex crimes involving a minor.  VanNatta now also is charged with solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide in a criminal complaint filed last Wednesday.  Earlier this month, an inmate in the jail told a staff member VanNatta had said he had paid a person three thousand dollars to, quoting here, "take care" of his wife.  He said that person didn't follow through and he was looking for someone else to kill her.  At least three other inmates passed on details of similar conversations.  


Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos is denying claims made by a state employees union about the veterans home at King.  AFSCME Council 24 alleges there are more than 40 vacant positions on the direct care staff at the Wisconsin Veterans home there, even though it is at full capacity for patients.  The Wisconsin State Employees Union says staff members are working 16-hour days at least every other day.  Scocos says morale at the home is very good right now, saying there will only be 18 open positions on a staff of almost 500 by the end of this month.  He says less than one percent of the direct care staff at King have had to work the extra shifts.





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