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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin will continue to have slow-and-steady job growth from July-through-September. That's according to the latest employer survey by Milwaukee's Manpower Incorporated. The global hiring firm says 24-percent of Wisconsin employers expect to add jobs in the third quarter of the year. Five-percent expect layoffs, for a net employment outlook of 19-percent. That's one-percent above the current quarter - and it's three-percent lower than the third quarter a year ago, when the Manpower Index was the highest during the current recovery.
HUDSON - State and local authorities hope that a reward will help find the person who drove into a probation-and-parole office in Hudson and started a fire. Hudson Police and the state Fire Marshal are offering a reward of up to five-thousand dollars information that leads to an arrest and a conviction. The incident happened between 4:30 and 6:30 on the morning of June 3, not long before the Community Corrections' facility was about to open for the day.
EAGLE - A Waukesha County man paid dearly by helping a turtle cross a road. Sheriff's deputies said a school bus avoided hitting the turtle - but the vehicle struck and injured a 70-year-old Eagle man. It happened yesterday on Highway 59 near Eagle. Authorities said the bus driver slowed down after seeing the man. However, the victim did not see the bus - and he stepped back in the vehicle's path. The bus was going about 15-miles-an-hour when it hit the man. He was taken to a Waukesha hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The bus had 49 children, three teachers, and two parents.
Corn planting continues to be behind schedule in Wisconsin, as a result of the wet spring and heavy soil moisture. Officials say 81-percent of corn is in, 18-percent below normal for the date. About three-fifths of the corn has emerged, down from the norm of 87-percent. Farmers say a lot of what has emerged is very yellow. Soybean planting is only 55-percent complete. Almost all of the beans are normally in by now. Farmers are also behind on their initial hay harvests. Seventeen-percent of the first crop is in, less than the norm of 50-percent. Recent rain continues to cause problems.
STILLWATER - The Michigan man accused of shutting down Stillwater on Saturday when he robbed a bank and threatened to blow it up with a bomb hidden in his briefcase has been charged with robbery. 65-year-old David Tyler of Cheboygan warned the teller that the bomb would level an entire city block, and demanded $200,000. He ran off with just under $4,000. Tyler was caught a block away, and apparently told the arresting officer that he robbed the bank because he was behind on child support.
WASHINGTON D.C. - After passage yesterday in the U.S. Senate, the Farm Bill is now in the U.S. House's court and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) says the hope is that the two chambers can work out their differences in conference committee.
APPLETON - Sun Prairie is the only defending champion to return, as the 66th state high school spring baseball tournament begins today at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton. Sun Prairie kicks off the Division-One quarter-finals at eight this morning against Waunakee. Neenah will then play Stoughton. The other quarter-finals in the state's top division will be played this afternoon. Bay Port takes on Hartford, and Stevens Point plays Kenosha Bradford. Today's winners will square off tonight in the Division 1 semifinals. Semis in the other three divisions will be played tomorrow.
MILWAUKEE - The IZOD Indy-Car drivers are heading to Milwaukee for Saturday's 250-mile Indy-Fest race at State Fair Park. Ryan Hunter-Reay won last year's race - and then won three more races to become the first American since 2006 to win the season title. This year, Hunter-Reay is third in the standings, behind Marco Andretti and first-place Helio Castroneves. This is the second year of the current version of the Milwaukee event. Michael Andretti convinced the Indy-Car circuit to bring back a race at the Milwaukee Mile.
MIAMI - Yovani Gallardo threw eight shutout innings last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Marlins in Miami, 6-1 for their fourth straight victory. It was the second game in a row that Milwaukee's bullpen only had to be used for one frame. Gallardo had his longest outing since August of 2011 as he gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out four - including his one-thousandth career "K" in the seventh. The Crew scored four runs in the first three innings to put this one away. They tied a season-high with 16 hits, and went 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
The Ellsworth High School baseball team made a playoff run all the way to the Division 2 state finals last season. This spring the Panthers are back hoping to go a step further. The Panthers finished state runner-ups to Portage in an 8-3 loss at Fox Cities Stadium in 2012. Head Coach Steve Block believes EHS will benefit from previous experience to their ultimate goal. Last spring was Ellsworth's first-ever appearance at state in school history. "For those players who were at state last season, having that experience is step they don't have to take this year," Block said.