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State News Roundup: Miss Connecticut named Miss USA

Neither of Wisconsin's two candidates made the Top-15 at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas. Christine Zamora of Greenfield represented Wisconsin last night. U-W Stout student Danielle Hooper of suburban Saint Paul was Miss Minnesota USA. Hooper will be a senior this fall in Menomonie, majoring in management and retail merchandising. Zamora is now a client specialist at Milwaukee's O-C Tanner Company. Erin Brady, an accountant from Connecticut, won the crown and will be the nation's representative in the Miss Universe pageant. Mary Margaret McCord, Miss Alabama U-S-A, was named the first runner-up. Brady replaces Nana Meriwether, who became the Miss U-S-A after Olivia Culpo won last year's Miss Universe title.


More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wisconsin today, as another cold front pushes through. Much of the state was dry for Father's Day, but parts of far northern Wisconsin have been hit with storms for two days in a row. Small hail was reported early last evening at Cornucopia in Bayfield County and McNaughton in Oneida County. Minnesota Power had seven-thousand customers without power in Duluth last evening. This morning, the number was reduced to less than 200 - and the utility reported no outages on the Wisconsin side near Superior. A good share of Wisconsin was hit with heavy rains on Saturday. Almost two-inches fell in just 75-minutes near Phillips. Also, it was warmer yesterday than what many of us have been accustomed to. It was 87 at Randall in Burnett County. Parts of southern Wisconsin were also in the upper-80's. It will be cooler today, with highs in the low-to-mid-70's expected. Forecasters say it will warm up again on Thursday, when more thunderstorms are due in.


The Powerball jackpot has hit 100-million dollars for the first time in a month. Nobody won the top prize on Saturday night, so it goes up to 105-million for Wednesday. Nobody from Wisconsin won the second-or-third prizes. Four state players won 200-dollars each by buying the Power Play and matching three regular numbers plus the Powerball. Just over 10-thousand tickets sold in Wisconsin won something. Saturday's numbers were 28, 36, 40, 48, and 55. The Powerball was one. Wednesday's cash option is just under 64-million dollars. The jackpot is the biggest since May 18th, when a player in Florida won 590-and-a-half million dollars - the second-biggest prize in world lottery history. The current jackpot has been building since June first, and has rolled over five times. In Mega Millions, the top prize is at 36-million dollars for tomorrow night.