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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Changes abound in the gun-deer hunting opener starting tomorrow

Hundreds-of-thousands of deer hunters will hit the woods in Wisconsin tomorrow, to start a nine-day gun season that poses a number of challenges. First, it's a later season than usual -- and the D-N-R's Kevin Wallenfang says it could mean less rutting activity. He says many areas as fairly wet, and that could limit hunters' access. Also, Wallenfang says the deer will have lot more room to hide, because about 40-percent of the state's corn crop is still standing due to a late planting. This fall's bow hunting harvest is lower in the north, because lots of deer could not survive the long winter from a year ago. The current weather is not helping, either. Much of the state's mid-section received its first real snow cover this week -- but a lot of it's gone, as daytime temperatures continue to rise above freezing. That won't be the case this weekend, though. Highs tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to be in the teens-and-20's statewide. Deer hunters had good success a year ago. Bow hunters took a record number of bucks, and gun hunters shot their highest buck totals since 2007. A total of 368-thousand deer was taken in 2012, more than each of the previous three years.


On this 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, a retired U-W Stevens Point professor remains convinced that we don't know the truth of what happened. David Wrone has spent most of his life researching the death of the former president, who was shot in a motorcade in Dallas. Wrone, who retired from U-W-S-P two decades ago, has written books about the Kennedy assassination. He doesn't buy the story that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. Wrone tells W-S-A-U Radio in Wausau that the evidence linking Oswald quote, "cannot stand the scrutiny of objectivity, and more than that, the evidence is such that more than two people shot him." Wrone said he doesn't know who did it, but he knows the bullets came from the front-and-back. He said none of the shots came from Oswald, as proven by paraffin wax tests from his cheeks. The federal Warren Commission discounted theories that one-or-more people beside Oswald shot Kennedy. But Wrone said the commission's report contained mostly useless information not pertinent to the Kennedy shooting. He said the full story could still be hidden in 11-thousand folders at the National Archives that have never been released. Wrone said about 500 legal cases were filed to uncover those records -- and while many documents have been released, there are still some left. Wrone also disputes a recent book about the assassination by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News. He said the book has a lot of speculation, and he calls O'Reilly a "junior Keystone cop."


A Marquette economics professor says he's surprised by a lack of new jobs in Wisconsin factories. Abdur Chowdhury said manufacturing has to be a key player in the state's recovery from the recession. But state officials said yesterday that Wisconsin lost 119 manufacturing jobs during the year ending in June, when almost 24-thousand other jobs were created statewide. Chowdhury says Wisconsin needs a strong manufacturing sector because it generally provides good-paying jobs, especially of the three-fourths of workers without four-year college degrees. Dale Knapp of the Wisconsin Taxpayers' Alliance says the slow growth is troubling, but it's not new. He said there's been a slowdown in factory job growth for about the last year. That was after Wisconsin out-performed other states in new manufacturing jobs during 2010 and 2011. Construction had the highest rate of growth over the past year. The state added 53-hundred construction posts, which reflects the continued growth in the housing market. State officials said the year-to-year figure of 24-thousand jobs was based on a nearly complete survey of employers. Those numbers will be used when Wisconsin is compared to other states in a quarterly report due out December 18th


November 22nd, 1963 is still frozen-in-time for Wisconsinites who remember President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas 50 years ago today. Marge Koenig of Wittenberg was living in Milwaukee with her four children. She said she couldn't believe what she was seeing when the news came on T-V. Koenig said churches throughout Milwaukee opened their doors -- and she went to a service thinking quote, "What else could you do?" The old Milwaukee Journal reported on a late afternoon mass where Marquette professor Cyril McKinnon called it a "black Friday in the history of the United States. He said President Kennedy was the "personification of (people's) ideals, the center of the hope and faith in a better world." The Journal said Milwaukee's pace dropped to a crawl as cabs stood idle, people walked slowly, and there were no lineups at theater box offices that were normal for a Friday night. Koenig was among the thousands who wrote to Kennedy's widow Jackie -- and the former First Lady wrote back, thanking Koenig for her thoughts. Koenig's sister now has that letter. She says the Kennedy assassination is something that always stay with you. Sandy Endlich, who now works for the state, said she comforted her mother in West Bend that day -- and she realized quote, "the whole world we knew was about to change."


A state commission is no longer in contempt-of-court for moving forward with re-certification votes for local government and school unions. The State Supreme Court removed the contempt order yesterday on a 5-to-2 vote. The majority said only the Supreme Court could issue such an order, and the contempt ruling interferes with the court's effort to decide whether Act-10 is constitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas recently put the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt for proceeding with the re-certification parts of the Act-10 bargaining limits. That was after Colas struck down the law for local-and-school unions. Yesterday's ruling did not address Colas' decision that Act-10 is unconstitutional for all but the state government. The Supreme Court is expected to take months to review that question, after it heard oral arguments earlier this month. Union attorney Lester Pines said the state is still banned from holding the re-certification votes, since Act-10 remains unconstitutional for local-and-school groups. If the state moves forward with the election, Pines said quote, "We'll take steps." State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen did not say what the commission would do next. He said he was pleased that the contempt order was vacated. The state contends that the bargaining law is only unconstitutional for the two unions that filed suit in the case -- the Madison teachers, and a Milwaukee city union.


Governor Scott Walker told a conservative forum in Washington that Republicans need to attract "persuadable" voters by doing more to address their concerns -- like fixing the economy. Walker was the headliner at a meeting of the American Enterprise Institute, where he was interviewed by the co-author of his new book, Marc Thiessen. The Republican governor said voters are more interested in leaders who make bold promises and keep them -- instead of being swept up in partisan politics. That's how Walker explained why both he and Democratic President Obama attracted many of the same voters in recent years. Walker said Obama's mistake was to base too many decisions on politics. In the end, he says a leader's policies have to work. Walker also addressed the 2016 presidential race, which he's thinking about entering. He repeated his recent comments that Republicans need to put up a governor with no ties to a federal government that voters have soured on. Walker also expects Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential nominee, calling her a product of Washington "for decades."


A Wisconsin Catholic college says it will guarantee that all business students will get paid for their internships, starting next fall. Viterbo University of La Crosse made the announcement yesterday, as more businesses require students to work for free to get experience while in school. Business school dean Tom Knothe said students should not have to choose between making money, and preparing for careers. Viterbo requires business students to complete internships. About 70-percent of them came with wages last year. Viterbo has over 28-hundred students at campuses in La Crosse, West Allis, and Des Moines Iowa. The school says it has grants to pay students who work in non-profit groups that cannot afford to hire interns.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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