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(10/14/12) Here are the stories:

Killing his father sends a
38 year old Kenosha man to prison for 30 years.  The jury found Brian Novak
guilty of second-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors said the son punched, stomped and beat 59 year old Michael Novak in
the head with an electric guitar.  The attack happened at the father's house in
September 2010.  Novak and his girlfriend had been living in that house.  The
fight came after several months of conflict between the father and son, some of
it due to the father's alleged sexual interest in the son's girlfriend.  Novak
was convicted last June and was sentenced Friday.


Vice presidential
candidate Paul Ryan spent last night at home after raising some cash in
Minnesota.  The Republican Congressman from Janesville attending a fundraiser in
Minneapolis after spending some time in the battleground state of Ohio.  Donors
paid between one thousand and 25 thousand dollars to spend time with Ryan last
night.  Minnesota hasn't been getting much love during the campaign because it
isn't considered to be up-for-grabs.  Democrats running for president have
captured Minnesota's electoral votes in every campaign since 1976.


Starting tomorrow, the
state of Wisconsin will manage its wolf population as a game species for the
first time.  Wisconsin is the sixth state to offer wolf hunting and trapping
seasons.  The DNR's annual survey put the wolf population at somewhere between
815 and 880 wolves late last winter.  Conservationists say the intervening birth
of pups probably means the count is twice that by now.  The Wisconsin season
will run through February 28th with a quota of 201 animals.  Not everybody is
going out to hunt wolves right now.  An ecologist for the state last waiting
until Thanksgiving would be better, since pelts will be in better conditions and
tracking in the snow is more likely.


Authorities in Virginia
say a Racine man was killed when a sail knocked him into the water at the Great
Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  Sixty-eight year old Paul Stephen Case died after
the Friday night accident.  Case was one of the crew of seven which was taking
down the sails on the 43-foot schooner at the time.  Conditions were windy and
the seas were choppy.  The victim wasn't wearing a life jacket.  Crew members
say they pulled him out of the water and performed CPR.


Winners of a chance to
sing the national anthem at a Milwaukee Bucks NBA game will be announced in the
next few days.  Ranging from beginners to the pros, more than 170 men, women and
children auditioned in the Atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Center yesterday.
The "American Idol"-style competition lasted six hours.  One name was released.
Meri Katherine Bock of Racine will sing at next Saturday's preseason game
against the Pistons.  The team will announce five to 10 winners early this


Authorities in Kenosha
County say a 16 year old boy didn't hear the train which hit him because he was
listening to his headphones.  The victim's name hasn't been released.  The
incident happened Friday morning at little after 7 a.m.  The teenager was
walking on Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks near State Highway 50 in Pleasant
Prairie.  The train's emergency brakes were used and the warning horn was
sounded, but the boy apparently didn't hear.  Emergency responders say he was
conscious and alert when they arrived and he was taken to a local hospital, then
moved by helicopter to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in


The committee conducting a
search for the next chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wants to
hear from you. Three public forums will be held on campus next week starting
Tuesday.  The topic will be focused on the abilities the next person to hold the
position should possess.  Committee members say they want to come up with five
potential candidates to replace Biddy Martin by next February.  The Board of
Regents expects to name the replacement by next April.


Wisconsin's Fort McCoy has
been a busy site for training activities.  The U.S. Army installation between
Sparta and Tomah reports the number of troops training there during fiscal year
2012 has topped 122 thousand.  That number has exceeded 100 thousand every year
since 1985.  Fort McCoy in Monroe County was established 103 years ago and has
been used mostly as a training center for the military.





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