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Afternoon News Brief - Half of Wisconsin bank CEO's believe the state's economy will grow over the next six months

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Half of Wisconsin's leading bankers believe the state's economy will grow over the next six months. That's according to a new survey of local bank CEO's by the state's Bankers Association. The executives who responded said they also see evidence of more demand for business loans, and a more stable housing industry. Only 23 percent of bank executives rated the demand for business loans as "poor." That's down from 52 percent in the most recent survey. And one of five bankers said they expected businesses in their communities to add employees over the next six months. Rose Oswald Poels, the CEO of the Bankers Association, said Wisconsin's economy appears to be stabilizing after the Great Recession. She said loan demands are quote, "not booming by any means." But they're seeing fewer past due payments, and more optimism by bankers and businesses about their local economies.

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Wisconsin's second largest city is getting a new temporary leader for its public schools. Jane Belmore, the administrator at Madison Edgewood College, will spend the next year as the interim superintendent of the Madison School District. In the meantime, the School Board will look for a permanent replacement for Dan Nerad. He'll leave on July 27th, to become the superintendent in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham Michigan. Nerad has been Madison's top school official since 2008, after he held a similar job in Green Bay. He promised to help Belmore get acquainted with her new role. Before going to Edgewood, she spent 29 years in the Madison schools. For five years, Belmore was an assistant superintendent for elementary schools.

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The state's top law enforcer has been chosen as the President Elect of the National Association of Attorneys General. Wisconsin's J.B. Van Hollen was elected at the group's recent annual meeting. That's after he became the vice president a year ago. The association conducts policy research, conducts training, and helps state Justice Departments coordinate their handling of various state and federal issues. Van Hollen says the national group has served Wisconsinites in a variety of ways, and he looks forward to his new leadership role and quote, "other opportunities in the interest of justice." Maryland's attorney general, Doug Gansler, will be the group's president for the next year.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released its plan for this fall's wolf hunt. Those hunters will be allowed to take 201 animals, with the number of hunters limited to 10 times the quota. That means Wisconsin will license 2,010 hunters for the season. Ecologists say they weren't comfortable with a higher quota for this, the hunt's first year. The state will be divided into six zones, with quotas larger in the north where there are more wolves living. Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes can reserve up to half the total quota for their members in the ceded territory. That's basically the northern one-third of the state. The Natural Resources Board will discuss the plan two weeks from today.

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Adams County authorities are holding 53 year old Robert Ruck behind bars in connection with a stabbing early this morning. Callers reported Ruck was fighting with 18 year old Cody Olson just after 3:15 a.m. Ruck is from Oxford. He reportedly went to his wife's home in Springville and got into a fight with the teenager. Olson was taken to Moundview Memorial Hospital with injuries not thought to be life threatening. Ruck left his wife's home and was arrested in Marquette County.

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Wisconsin veterinarians are reporting Parvo is spreading fast around the state this year. Parvo is a viral disease which makes dogs vomit and suffer with diarrhea. At least 30 dogs have died for it in the past few weeks. Vets say the chances for a dog to contract the highly contagious disease from other dogs increases dramatically during the warm weather months. They strongly urge dog owners to buy the $15.00 preventative vaccination.

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