Wednesday 30 October 2013

WJMT News 10/30/13

Posted at 6:12 AM

WJMT News 10/30/13

Sophomores at the Merrill High School will have a normal day today, after the first of 3 WKCE testing days took place yesterday. Principal Shannon Murray has announced that the other dates are tomorrow, October 31 and November 6. It is very important that all sophomores are at school on these dates as we will be administering state mandated sophomore testing. A free breakfast will be available for sophomores from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. on test days. On testing days sophomores must report to their advisories by 7:50 a.m. Freshmen, juniors, and seniors are not required to report to school until 11:30 a.m. on each of these days. Freshmen, juniors, and seniors that need to get to school earlier will be able to ride the bus and report to school at normal time on those days; they will be allowed to study in the commons starting at 7 a.m.  Buses will run as usual on testing days.

CITY OF MERRILL BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. City Hall Basement Conference Room. This agenda indicates there will be discussion on the Condemnation and demolition at 108 S. Foster Street and Condemnation and demolition at 819 N. State Street.

A Wausau woman is accused of throwing her newborn baby in the trash. 33-year-old Zoua Yang appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court yesterday on a felony charge of concealing a child's death, and misdemeanor bail jumping. She was held under a one-thousand-dollar cash bond. Prosecutors said Yang gave birth October 10th in her bathroom. She claimed she didn't realize she was pregnant, and the infant showed no signs of life after apparently being born two months premature. Investigators said Yang made no effort to get medical help for the child. She told officers she didn't have health insurance. A witness said Yang placed in the infant in a plastic bag and tossed the baby in a Dumpster. Officers tried recovering the body from the Marathon County landfill, but couldn't find it. Yang could have escaped criminal charges had she known about Wisconsin's long-running "Safe Haven" law, which lets mothers drop off unwanted infants at hospitals or law enforcement offices within 72 hours of birth with no questions asked. Instead, Yang faces a pre-trial hearing next Monday, and a preliminary hearing on her felony count a week from today.

Governor Scott Walker's approval rating is a tad higher than in July. That's according to the latest Marquette Law School poll this afternoon. Forty-nine percent of the 800 voters surveyed last week gave the Republican Walker a favorable rating. Forty-seven percent disapproved of him. In the last poll in July, 48-percent approved of the governor's job performance, and 46-percent disapproved. The new poll's margin of error is three-and-a-half percent either way. The Marquette poll showed Walker leading Democrat Mary Burke 47-to-45 percent, and Democrat Kathleen Vinehout 47-44. Burke's campaign said the poll shows that Wisconsin voters are open to new leadership. A recent A-P story indicated that Burke is not capitalizing yet on reports that more men than women favor Walker. In the Marquette poll, Burke led Walker 49-42 among women, while men gave the governor a 52-to-40 edge. The gender gap is somewhat smaller for Vinehout. Poll director Charles Franklin said the gap is in part due to more women identifying themselves as Democrats -- rather than a response to any specific candidates.

Almost half of Wisconsinites don't like Obama-care -- and three-fourths were against shutting down the federal government to try-and-weaken or kill the health reform law. The Marquette Law School poll shows that 48-percent of the 800 voters surveyed last week did not favor the Affordable Care Act. Forty-two percent support it, and 10-percent still aren't sure what to think. Seventy-six percent objected to how the shutdown played out -- with Republicans trying to de-fund Obama-care and Democrats refusing to negotiate or compromise. Nineteen-percent of state voters supported the shutdown tactic. Nobody in Congress scored any points on this. Thirty-three percent in the Marquette poll give Democrats in Congress a favorable rating. Only 17-percent did the same for Republicans. All of the Obama-care results are beyond a three-and-a-half percent margin of error on the subject. The Marquette poll was taken last Monday through Thursday.

Wisconsin wolf hunters have snapped up two-thirds of the quota in the first two weeks of what was supposed to be a four-and-a-half month season. The D-N-R said yesterday that 168 wolves were shot-and-trapped since October 15th. Eighty-three more animals can be taken -- and when they're gone, the season's over. As of seven tonight, the wolf hunt will have ended in three of Wisconsin's six management zones where quotas are already being hit. The D-N-R says it will close Zone-One in far northwest Wisconsin, and Zone-Five in central and western areas. Zone-Two in the northeast closed last week. This is the state's second wolf season, and both have been much more successful than expected. Last year, it took two-and-a-half months for hunters to take what was then a statewide quota of 117. This year, hunters took about one-and-a-half times that much in only two weeks. Officials are not sure why -- or if this will be the-new-normal. Zone-One has the highest quota among the six management zones, with 76 available. Seventy-two wolves were shot as of yesterday in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, and Sawyer counties. Zone-Five has a quota of 34. Hunters were one short of that mark by yesterday in a region that includes pars of Adams, Juneau, Wood, Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Eau Claire, and Chippewa counties.

T. B. Scott Free Library invites readers in grades six to twelve to the library community room on November 4, a "no school" day, to watch the first movie based on The Hunger Games trilogy by author Suzanne Collins. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. readers will be given the opportunity to share something special about a favorite character or event from any book by Suzanne Collins. Following the brief discussion, the group will be treated to snacks and the movie. Several books and audiobooks have been set aside at the Youth Services Desk on the 2nd floor of T. B. Scott Library, ready for check out. Readers may also find a book to read or review at their school library or possibly in their own collections. Other books by Suzanne Collins include the popular series, The Underland Chronicles. This Reads 'n Reels event was scheduled now to coincide with the November 22 release of "Catching Fire," the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.


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