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(8/25/12) Here are the stories:

A send-off rally for Wisconsin Congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be held tomorrow morning at Janesville Craig High School.  Ryan will be making a stop in his hometown before he heads to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  The Ryan campaign says tickets are available online and people attending should be prepared to go through security checkpoints.  Ryan is scheduled to speak at the convention in Florida Wednesday.  The threat from Tropical Storm Isaac has led Florida officials to delay the heavy schedule of activities until Tuesday.  The convention was originally to start tomorrow.


Two small airplanes have made emergency landings in Wisconsin this weekend.  The first happened Friday night when a pilot had to land on Highway 70 a little before 10 p.m.  Then, Saturday morning a twin-engine plane had to set down in a bean field near Mount Pleasant.  Police say either the plane ran out of fuel or there was a problem with its fuel system.  The pilot tried to reach a sky diving business near I-94 in Racine County, but ended up in the field instead.  No injuries were reported with either incident.


Wisconsin ranks a lowly 44th among the 50 states when it comes to charitable giving.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports Wisconsin residents contributed about two billion dollars in the most recent measurement.  That's comes out to nearly 17-hunred-50 dollars apiece and it means people living here gave 3-point-4 percent of their income to charity.  The national media rate is 4-point-7 percent.  Utah topped the list at more than three times Wisconsin's rate, while New Hampshire was last.


A Racine man, whose attorney says he functions at a third-grade level, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Prosecutors describe 29 year old Shanell Gordon as a serial rapist.  Gordon's father is in prison, too, convicted of a sexual assault.  Gordon apologized in court last Friday.  The judge acknowledged the defendant's mental limitations, but said he could still understand what he did was wrong.  Gordon had been accused of two sexual assaults and one attempted assault, all in a four-week period last year.  


The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a fatality accident from Friday night which involved a Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department squad car.  One person was killed in the wreck in Eden on County Highway B at County Highway K.  Details of the accident weren't available.  The deputy reportedly had minor injuries, was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.


The lone victim of a single-car rollover crash near Hayward was partially ejected Friday night.  Sean Schoonmaker of Stillwater, Minnesota, was killed when he lost control of his car on a downhill curve.  Schoonmaker wasn't wearing a seat belt in the accident which happened about 10 miles south of Hayward a little before 6 p.m.  His car reportedly went off the right side of the road, into the ditch and then rolled over.  


The Appleton City Council considers loosening the rules on liquor licenses.  When three bars on College Avenue lost their licenses last month it meant nobody can sell alcohol at those locations for six months.  The Wisconsin state statute only requires a 60-day hold.  As it stands now, the moratorium will have a noticeable impact on Appleton's entertainment district.  Some city leaders think the local ordinance should mirror the state law.  The police chief says the current ordinance serves as a deterrent, pointing out that, before the current situation, only two licenses had been revoked in the last 60 years.


More hearings will be scheduled by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as plans for a five thousand-cow dairy operation in Wood County move forward.  More than 200 people attended a pair of meetings last week in Saratoga.  Most of the concerns expressed by people living nearby center on what the huge operation would mean for local water supplies.  The seven thousand acre operation would drill almost 50 high capacity water wells.  There are also concerns about the environmental impact.  Comments will be taken by the DNR until September 21st.





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