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Afternoon News Brief - Wisconsin has fourth bigggest rise in temperature in Climate Control study

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Wisconsin's been getting warmer at a faster pace than most other states. A study by the group Climate Control finds that since 1970, Wisconsin's average temperature has risen by 61 hundredths of a degree per decade. the fourth biggest rise in the country. And over the past 100 years, Wisconsin's average temperature has jumped by 18 hundredths of a degree per decade, the 16th highest increase. Climate Control is a group that advocates for lower carbon emissions and to back up its stand, it looked at 100 years of data from over 1200 weather stations in the continental U.S. Minnesota is also one of the fastest warming states. And assistant Minnesota climatologist Pete Boulay told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that a big reason for the warmer readings is a lack of cold in recent winters. Arizona has warmed up the most since 1970, and Rhode Island is the fastest warming state in the last 100 years. The only states which got cooler in that time span are Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas. All states got warmer since 1970.

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A fire that heavily damaged a 119 year old building in downtown Portage on Sunday night remains under investigation. Fire Inspector Craig Ratz said the blaze started on the second floor of the Rhyme Building, but he's not saying what might have caused it. He said there's still some excavation that has to be done and an electrical engineer will join fire investigators at the site tomorrow. Two stores were closed, and apartments upstairs were destroyed.

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It could be the largest stockholders' meeting ever. The Green Bay Packers are getting ready for their annual meeting on Tuesday, July 24th at Lambeau Field. Normally, only 7 to 10,000 people attend the stockholders' meetings, and the record was close to 19,000 in 1998. That was when they added 100,000 new owners. Last winter, the Packers added a quarter million more owners. And they're planning for a full house of 50-thousand or maybe more for this year's meeting. The Packers sent proxy statements this week to 363,000 shareholders, encouraging them to vote online or by phone for a slate of directors. They also want to know in advance how many people to expect at the July 24th meeting. Owners will generally not be allowed to bring guests because of the uncertain size of the expected crowd. They will get an option to watch it online.

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A new study shows that women are more likely than men to believe that their financial planning needs improvement. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance of Milwaukee commissioned a study of over a thousand Americans 25 and older. Sixty five percent of women say their financial planning needs improvement, while 54 percent of men think that way. The company said the finding is surprising, given that women are more highly educated than men, and they're starting new businesses at twice the rate as men. And despite having longer life spans, the study found that two thirds of women feel less prepare financially to reach the age of 75 while less than half of men felt they had enough money for when they're 75. Northwestern Mutual vice president Rebekah Barsch says it's a good sign that women recognize that their financial planning needs more attention. But Barsch also says there's a distinct need for both women and men to be more focused and disciplined financially. The survey showed that Americans are generally moving in that direction. Sixty two percent are taking steps to pay down their debt, and 61 percent are creating budgets. And about 58 percent are saving more of their paychecks to build up emergency funds.

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Authorities in Racine County are looking for a doctor who used to own a house where a woman recently found jars of human remains. Caledonia Police said the owner moved out of Wisconsin about seven years ago and the remains were found last week in a shed by a woman who was working on the property. The woman told some friends about it. And they took some photos of the jars which they gave police. Lieutenant Gary Larsen says the photos resemble an eyeball, a brain, and another organ in formaldehyde. But when police went to investigate the jars were gone in what appeared to be a burglary. A businessman currently owns the property, but Larsen said the shed is not normally used. Larsen said the remains could very well have been at the site for legitimate medical purposes and police wanted to talk to the doctor about it.

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A 45 year old woman was killed this morning when her SUV rolled over on Highway 51 near Albion, southeast of Madison in Dane County. Sheriff's deputies said the woman was going east when her vehicle went onto the right shoulder, over corrected, and rolled over. Investigators said the woman was not wearing a seat belt, and she was thrown from her SUV. Highway 51 was closed for two and a half hours this morning in the area of the crash, which happened near the Interstate 39 90 interchange at Albion. The incident is still being investigated.

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The Wisconsin based Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is keeping a close eye on Washington as the 2012 Farm Bill is discussed in the U.S. Senate. An Institute spokesperson says it would like to see a more equitable system which does more to serve beginning farmers. Margaret Krome says her organization has long been concerned by farm subsidies which she says have historically gone to large farm operations in a disproportionate rate. One result is that it has become even more difficult for new producers to enter the market. Krome says the version of the bill which emerged from the Senate Agriculture Committee includes limited oversight on conservation. Since the farm population is aging, the Institute is hoping the bill will be amended to fund programs which impact new farmers.

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A funeral home director in Markesan faces several drug charges in connection with an incident last month. Green Lake County Sheriff's deputies say they were responding to a disturbance call when they followed 25 year old Melissa Wachholz into the driveway of her business. When deputies searched her purse and vehicle, they reported finding heroin, morphine pills, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. More evidence was found inside Wachholz Funeral Home.

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The state Department of Public Instruction reports two Wisconsin teachers have been honored with Presidential Teaching Awards. Kara Pezzi teaches chemistry at Appleton East High School and Michael Tamblyn teaches AP calculus, precalculus and geometry at Whitewater High Schools. Those two were among 97 teachers across the nation named as recipients of the President Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. At an event two weeks from today in Washington, D.C., Pezzi and Tamblyn will received certificates signed by the president and a 10 thousand dollar award from the National Science Foundation.

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