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MILWAUKEE - Major League Baseball expects to have an expanded instant-replay review system in place by the start of next season. Commissioner Bud Selig announced details today, after two days of ownership meetings. The owners plan to vote on the new system in November. Selig, a former Brewers’ owner who still lives in Milwaukee, calls this an historic moment for baseball.
MADISON - The state’s education agency today announced the 25 private school systems throughout Wisconsin that can take part in the newly-expanded voucher program. Forty-eight systems originally expressed an interest is admitting low-income students with state-funded vouchers this fall. Because more than 500 youngsters applied, only the 25 systems with the largest numbers of student applications could be considered. Over 2,400 students applied in all. Almost 2,100 are from the 25 chosen districts.
Minnesota's unemployment rate remained at five-point-two percent in July as employers added 4,300 jobs. Meanwhile, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development revised June figures from 400 jobs gained to one thousand jobs lost. In July, government led all sectors with four-thousand jobs gained, followed by 2,300 jobs in financial activities and 1,400 in leisure and hospitality.
If there's a defining quality for the 2013 Ellsworth High School football team before the season begins, it's speed. "Our overall team team is big positive for us," EHS head coach Clair Austin said. "How we use our speed and quickness to fashion what we do on both sides of the ball is to be determined. But it will be important in how we fare." Indeed, with the team's lack of size across the line-up, the Panthers will have to try and spread out and dice up their opponents and avoid any kind of battle of mass against mass.
WEST ALLIS - A teenager has died, after he fell from the back of a pick-up truck while handling cattle at the Wisconsin State Fair. 19-year-old John Klossner of Mount Horeb died yesterday at Froedtert Hospital in suburban Milwaukee. Authorities said Klossner and four others were riding in the back of the truck early on Aug. 3, just outside the State Fairgrounds. The truck was going under 20-miles-an-hour when the group urged the driver to speed up.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers opened the second half of their Training Camp today with a mid-day practice. Camp started 18 days ago, and it culminates 17 days from now when the Packers set their regular season roster. Four players remain on the Packers’ physically-unable-to-perform list, after running back DuJuan Harris and defensive end Mike Neal passed their physicals in the days after camp began.
WEST ALLIS - The Wisconsin State Fair that ended yesterday attracted its biggest crowds since 1969. Officials said today that about 1,000,012 people paid to get into the 11-day expo.That’s almost 10-percent higher than last year’s total attendance of 921,000.
The 130th Pierce County Fair concluded Sunday in Ellsworth. Almost picture perfect weather drew large crowds to the fair this year according to Fair Director Ann Webb. She also said there were no incidents or any problems with the newly established "social garden" where fairgoers could drink beer in an enclosed area on the fairgrounds. Highlights on Sunday included the truck pull, the Gopher State Lawn Tractor Pull, and two performances by the Colleen Raye Family Show. Sunday was also Veterans Day at the Fair and was ceremony was held honoring Pierce County Veterans from American L
BARABOO - The state Natural Resources Board is expected to order public hearings tomorrow on a plan to create a second elk herd. DNR officials have talked about acquiring elk from Kentucky to start a new herd near Black River Falls – and to expand the current herd at Clam Lake in far northwest Wisconsin. The DNR expects to import the first of 50 new elk in 2015.
Nearly 3,100 spectators watched the 46th Annual Ellsworth Funsters Pierce County Fair Demolition Derby Saturday evening at the fair’s grandstand. This year our derby included more than 40 vehicles in three classes: Compact Car Class, Stock Class and a Modified Class. Each Class shows a different style of ‘car to car’ crashing, folding, bending and driving by some very talented drivers.