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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Pilot killed during Stevens Point Air Show Sunday

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STEVENS POINT -- A pilot was killed yesterday during the Stevens Point Air Show.  Police said a 47-year-old man was performing aerial maneuvers in a 1993 YAK-55-M when his craft went down in a wooded area, about a-thousand feet east of the runway at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.  W-A-O-W T-V of Wausau was covering the show when it captured dramatic video of the crash.  It showed the plane dropping and wavering just before it did a flip -- and it then fell straight down into the wooded area that was distant from the spectators' viewing point.  Police stopped the air show at that point and sent viewers home.  The F-A-A and the National Transportation Safety Board were called to investigate.  The airport re-opened for general flights around four p-m yesterday -- just over three-and-a-half hours after the crash occurred.  The crash site is near a part of the Stevens Point Green Circle walking and bicycling trail.  That part of the trail is closed until further notice.  The air show was supposed to feature a number of aerobatic performances, and displays of World War Two aircraft.  Before the show began, a ceremony took place to re-name the airfield in honor of World War Two and Korean War pilot Conrad "Connie" Mattson.

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Barring any petition challenges, we'll find out this evening who will be on Wisconsin's fall election ballots.  Candidates for congressional, state, and county offices have until five this afternoon to get their nomination papers filed.  One question is whether Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey of Madison will have the two-thousand valid nominating signatures required to be in an August 12th primary for governor against Mary Burke.  Hulsey announced his long-shot bid just a few weeks ago.  The Burke campaign has continued to set its sights on defeating Republican Governor Scott Walker in November.  Four candidates for state attorney general are expected to file, in the hopes of replacing Republican J-B Van Hollen who's stepping down after this year.  On the federal level, the field will be set for a G-O-P primary in east central Wisconsin's Sixth District -- where Republican Tom Petri is retiring after 36 years in Washington. 

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Another rainy day is in store for most of Wisconsin, after parts of the state were deluged with almost four-inches late yesterday.  Viroqua had about three-and-three quarter inches of rain and hail in the 24 hours ending at four this morning.  Three-and-a-quarter inches fell near Oshkosh in a five-hour period.  Ripon got an inch-and-a-half of rain in just one hour.  Ten-inches of mud covered parts of Highway 57 near Chilton.  The National Weather Service said it was caused by nearby farm runoff.  Flash floods made a road impassable near Westby in southwest Wisconsin.  In Grant County, 50-mile-an-hour winds knocked down a winter wheat crop near Wiota.  To the north, Lincoln County authorities said lightning might have caused 50-thousand dollars in damage in a fire at a rural house near Merrill early yesterday.   Nobody was hurt there.  About 25-hundred We Energies' electric customers lost their power in the Milwaukee area last night.  That number was reduced to 340 as of 5:30 this morning.  Most remaining outages were in the Fond du Lac and New Berlin areas.  Wisconsin Power-and-Light still had about 100 customers out in Crawford County early today.  The rain diminished overnight -- but forecasters say another round of storms is due in today, as a cold front is expected to move through Wisconsin tonight. 

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Wisconsinites know more about their schools than folks in most other states.  In a recent study, parents said Wisconsin was among six states that had the most readable and useful statewide report cards.  The Education Commission of the States ordered the study -- which included reviews by 14 parents with wide educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds.  Educational experts also reviewed the states' report cards, but Wisconsin was not among the eight best that they singled out.  The report did say Wisconsin was one of only ten states which provided data on five measures which are considered essential for making schools accountable.  They are student achievement, graduation rates, academic growth, closing achievement gaps, and data on student readiness for college and careers.  State public school Superintendent Tony Evers said Wisconsin's high marks were the result of hard work by many stakeholders.  Most states have created their own school report cards in recent years, as part of a deal with the Obama White House to avoid future federal sanctions under George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

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A ten-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her family's tent at a southern Wisconsin campground.  It happened around four yesterday morning at Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo.  The girl, who was from Cary Illinois, died at the scene.  She and her father were trapped inside the tent.  The father was treated at a hospital and later released.  Her 13-year-old brother climbed out, and had minor cuts and bruises.  Park superintendent Steve Schmelzer said a thunderstorm had gone through, not too long before the incident -- and the tree might have been weakened by strong winds and about an inch-and-a-half of rain.  Schmelzer said the tree otherwise appeared to be healthy and fully green.

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Don't be surprised if the place where you buy your medicines encourages you to return pills that you don't use.  The Great Lakes Clean Water Organization says it will encourage pharmacies in Wisconsin and four other states to take part in its "Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program."  It started in 2008 in Michigan, and later expanded to Wisconsin and Illinois.  Indiana and Ohio will get on board this month.  It's among a number of efforts in recent years to keep old and unused prescription drugs from being flushed down toilets and thrown into the garbage.  Those programs try to avoid drug chemicals from polluting public water supplies -- which we're seeing more of during the past few years.  The Yellow Jug programs says it has properly disposed of almost 50 million tons of old medicines in its six-year existence.

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The Powerball jackpot is at 192-million dollars for Wednesday night, after nobody won the top prize on Saturday.  Wisconsin Lottery officials said yesterday that a ticket sold at a "Q"-Mart in Kohler won the million-dollar second prize.  That player -- or players -- matched all five regular numbers but not the Powerball.  Just over 11-thousand other Wisconsin tickets won prizes on Saturday night that ranged from four-dollars to 200.  The numbers were 15, 27, 31, 34, and 48.  The Powerball was one, and the Power Play multiplier was two.  Wednesday's jackpot is the largest since February 19th, when a ticket sold in California won 425-million dollars.  Wednesday's cash option is around 115-million.  In Mega Millions, the top prize is 34-million dollars for tomorrow night.

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