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POLICE SHOOTING-MANITOWOC

Manitowoc officer fatally shoots man after confrontation

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Manitowoc police officer has shot and killed a man after a confrontation.

The Manitowoc Police Department says the officer and Manitowoc firefighters responded to a fire alarm around 4:45 a.m. Sunday. While investigating the complaint, the officer confronted a man armed with what authorities called a blunt instrument.

Police say the officer fired his gun, and the suspect died at the scene. His name was not released.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation will investigate the shooting.

Police say the incident was not related to last week’s double homicide in Manitowoc. No other details were released.

FOUR SHOT-MILWAUKEE

4 shot, wounded in Milwaukee in month-old dispute

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say four people were shot and wounded this weekend over an incident that happened about a month ago.

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon. Police say none of the victims’ injuries are life-threatening.

The victims were a 21-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman. All were taken to hospitals.

Police say the shooting apparently stemmed from an incident that happened between two groups about a month ago. The investigation continues.

DAIRY FARMS DECLINE

Wisconsin to hit highest loss of dairy farms since 2013

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013.

The Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says Wisconsin lost 47 dairy farms in August alone.

The department’s figures show there were fewer than 8,400 licensed dairy producers at the beginning of this month, 429 fewer than at the start of the year.

The decline is the biggest one in four years, when the state lost 434 farms in the first eight months of 2013.

Dairy Business Association President Mike North says the decline isn’t surprising given the current market and long-term trend toward industry consolidation. North also says price reactions to new tariffs on U.S. dairy products have led some farmers to leave the industry early this year.

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UNREST-SHERMAN PHOENIX

Milwaukee to open new business center

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee leaders hope economic development will be spurred by a new commercial center built at the location of a bank that was burned down two years ago during unrest over the fatal police shooting of a black man.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the $4 million Sherman Phoenix is scheduled to open in November. More than 20 business owners will go into the space. The center will offer the small business owners resources and a support system.

Sherman Phoenix stands at the location of a former BMO Harris bank, which burned down amid protests against the shooting death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.

Officials say the development symbolizes rising from the ashes and rebirth. It received $250,000 in state grants and $215,000 in city funding, as well as philanthropic donations, angel investors and local investors.

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BACTERIA BEACH

Constant closings spark proposal to move Milwaukee beach

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are looking to move a chronically contaminated beach located in a popular park with bluff views.

The beach at South Shore Park on Lake Michigan has a history of closing for many days each summer because of high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The proposal would relocate the beach farther south in the park.

The Milwaukee Health Department says the beach was closed or under an advisory to “swim at your own risk” on 57 of 97 days this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Officials say there is little water circulation next to the current beach since it is hemmed in by an offshore breakwater to the east and the South Shore Yacht Club to the north.

LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVOR

Wisconsin Country Thunder lightning strike survivor recovers

(Information from: WTMJ-TV, http://www.todaystmj4.com)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman is recovering after surviving a lightning strike at a music festival in July.

WTMJ-TV reports that Brittney Prehn was struck by lightning on the right side of her head while at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Kenosha County.

The 22-year-old says she was on the phone at the time, and doctors believe the device took part of the hit and helped save her life. Prehn was in intensive care for about a week with head fractures, brain bleeding and burns.

Prehn says she’s amazed to be alive. The event left her without hearing in her right ear and only partial hearing in her left ear. She also has paralysis on the right side of her face and pain in her hips.

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CLASSROOM CELLPHONES

Wisconsin school districts ban cellphones in classroom

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — School districts across Wisconsin are banning cellphones in the classroom in an effort to reduce distractions during class time.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Portage Community School District approved adopting such a policy last year.

Portage High School Principal Robin Kvalo says teachers previously had the ability to shape their classroom’s cellphone policy. She says the new standardized policy has been effective because teachers and administrators are consistent with discipline.

The Green Bay Area Public School District allows teachers or principals to decide if cellphones are allowed in class. District spokeswoman Lori Blakeslee says school officials believe phones can be useful tools in some instances.

Kvalo says all Portage High School students have laptops so there’s no need for cellphones to be used as instructional tools.

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