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MN College Student Remains in Coma
A Minnesota college student remains in a coma, two-and-a-half weeks after he fell from a parking ramp in Milwaukee during a night of drinking. According to the Mankato Free Press, Giovanni Quiroz of North Mankato got separated from friends on August 16 -- and he couldn't call them because he didn't have his phone on him. The group waited for a half-hour and then went to a friend's house under the assumption that Quiroz would catch up to them. Instead, they learned that he fell from a parking ramp about two blocks away. The Mankato newspaper said Quiroz's family and friends are heartbroken -- and they want to know the circumstances from that night.

Brewers Need a Win
After knocking the Milwaukee Brewers out of first, the Chicago Cubs will try to keep playing the spoiler's role tonight when they face the Brewers again at Wrigley Field. The Brewers ended a team-record 150 straight days atop the National League Central Division with a 4-to-2 loss to the Cubbies on Labor Day. The Crew has a six-game losing streak, and is a game behind division-leading Saint Louis. Tonight, Brewers' right-hander Yovani Gallardo will take the mound for Milwaukee against Cubs' ace Jake Arietta. Gallardo is 8-and-7 with a three-point-two-six E-R-A. He threw six scoreless innings last Wednesday at San Diego and escaped with a no-decision in a one-run Milwaukee loss. Gallardo has a solid one-point-seven-three E-R-A in his last four starts. On August 11th at Wrigley, Gallardo held the Cubs to a run on six hits over seven innings in a victory. Arietta is 7-and-5 with a two-point-eight-eight E-R-A. He gave up two earned runs in seven-and-a-third frames in that same August 11th contest. Arietta has dropped three of his last five decisions.

Packers Kick Off the NFL Season Thursday Night in Seattle
The Green Bay Packers can expect to see a much-improved Russell Wilson on Thursday night at Seattle. The former Wisconsin Badgers' quarterback is in his third year in the N-F-L, all as a starter for the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll says he's "thrilled" with how Wilson has matured during the off-season -- after he won a Super Bowl ring for the Seahawks in February. In 13 series during the exhibition games, Wilson had 11 scoring drives -- nine of which ended in touchdowns. He threw for 437 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions while completing 79-percent of his passes. Wilson also scored three rushing T-D's. Carroll said Wilson is in "great control" over what's happening on the field -- and he's playing faster and more comfortably than ever. The coach said it helps Seattle including a larger package of plays in its game-plans. Wilson played extensively in the pre-season to develop his rhythm, unlike Packers' Q-B Aaron Rodgers -- who looked to be in mid-season while playing the two middle exhibitions, and sitting out the first and last.

Back to School
Most Wisconsin public schools are starting their fall classes this morning. Almost 880-thousand youngsters attended nearly 23-hundred school buildings in the last school year. We won't know this fall's enrollment until later this month. Governor Scott Walker was scheduled to be on hand for the first ringing of the bell at a school in Milwaukee. State school Superintendent Tony Evers says the new year holds a lot of promise. New tests will be given on the state's tougher Common Core standards for math and English. A new teacher evaluation system will also be used statewide.

Complaint: Girl Eats Dad's Marijuana-Laced Bar
A Chippewa Falls man is due in court next month, after his daughter ate an entire chocolate bar laced with 22-and-a-half doses of marijuana. Thirty-eight year-old Jason Hetke is charged with felony reckless endangerment, and misdemeanor counts of child neglect and marijuana possession. Prosecutors said the pot-laced bar came from Colorado. Authorities said the girl who ate it appeared intoxicated in school. When a police officer and a school official examined her, they could barely detect a pulse. Police later executed a search warrant and found a bag with the "Colorado Bar" label, and another bag with butane hash oil -- a concentrated form of the main T-H-C ingredient in marijuana. The chocolate bar wrapper read, "Extremely potent. Do not eat all at once." The girl told officers she found the far in her father's dresser. Chippewa County court officials said Jason Hetke will make his first court appearance October 28th. Marijuana-infused foods are legal in Colorado, but they cannot be mailed within that state or shipped elsewhere. Last year, postal inspectors seized almost 500 pounds of marijuana from packages -- almost nine times as much as in 2010 before Colorado legalized pot.

The Gloves Come Off in the A-G Race
A big political attack has been launched in the campaign for Wisconsin attorney general. The conservative Media Trackers said Democratic candidate Susan Happ gave a deferred prosecution agreement for child sexual assault to a man who bought property from Happ and her husband. Happ's campaign manager said it wasn't like that at all. The salvo comes at a time when most voters are still trying to figure out what Happ and her Republican attorney general opponent Brad Schimel stand for. Last week's Marquette Law School poll said around three-quarters of voters didn't know enough about either one yet to form an opinion. Media Trackers said Happ, the Jefferson County D-A, agreed earlier this year to reduce felony charges against Daniel Reynolds to a disorderly conduct violation if he stayed clean for a year. The Journal Sentinel said Happ and her husband sold property to Reynolds in 2009 under a 180-thousand dollar land contract which was paid off three years later. Schimel's camp accused Happ of "cutting deals for an alleged child rapist who has financial ties to her family." But Happ campaign manager Joshua Lease said there's more to the story. He said Reynolds was renting a house owned by Happ's husband before he got married -- and the decision to file charges in the sex case was made by the assistant D-A and not Happ. Lease also said the assistant made the decision on the deferred prosecution deal.

A-T-V Driver Killed in Marathon Cty.
An A-T-V driver was killed after colliding with two passenger vehicles on the Highway 29 expressway near Edgar in central Wisconsin. It happened about 9:40 last night in the Marathon County town of Rib Falls. Sheriff's deputies said the A-T-V was going north when it was crossing the four-lane expressway. The all-terrain unit collided with two westbound vehicles on 29. The A-T-V rider died at the scene. One of the other drivers was taken to a Wausau hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The name of the person killed was not immediately released.

Obama Speaks in Milwaukee
President Obama told an estimated six-thousand people in Milwaukee yesterday that his efforts to help workers are paying off. The Democratic president spoke for just over a half-hour at the city's annual Labor-fest -- where he also appeared in 2008 and 2010. Obama renewed his push to raise the minimum wage, saying he'd continue the same hard sell to Congress that he once used to court his wife Michelle. As he put it, "I just wore her down." Republicans continue to reject Democratic calls to raise the minimum wage to 10.10-an-hour, both nationally and in Wisconsin. The G-O-P says it's a job-killer. Congress is not expected to act on the minimum wage before the November elections. Obama said congressional Republicans oppose "almost everything." The president spoke more aggressively to the Milwaukee crowd about the nation's economic gains than he had in the recent past. He said that "by almost every measure," the U-S economy and American workers are better off than when he took office. In his words, "the engines are revving a little louder." Governor Scott Walker, House Democrat Gwen Moore, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and County Executive Chris Abele greeted Obama when he arrived at Mitchell International Airport. Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke met privately with Obama.

Stave Out Indefinitely
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely, with lingering pain in his right throwing shoulder. In a statement released today, coach Gary Andersen said Stave had "some issues" with the shoulder over the past couple of weeks. The coach said the best thing to do is to "shut it down, and give him some rest." Back-up tight end T-J Watt was also ruled out indefinitely, with a right knee injury. Andersen said it required surgery, but there's still a chance Watt can return before the Big Ten season ends. Stave missed the final week of spring practices due to the shoulder pain, from an injury he suffered in last January's Capital One Bowl. In the Big Ten's teleconference today, Andersen said redshirt sophomore Bart Houston would be the backup behind Tanner McEvoy when the Badgers play their home opener on Saturday against Western Illinois. Freshman D-J Gillins will be the Number-three quarterback. McEvoy completed 8-of-24 passes last Saturday in the loss to L-S-U for 50 yards and two interceptions. It was his first start at quarterback, after playing safety a year ago. Houston completed his only pass attempt in 2013 for eight yards.

Watt Signs Deal Making Him Highest-Paid N-F-L Defender
Former Badgers' pass rusher J-J Watt has become the highest-paid defender in the N-F-L. The Houston Chronicle was the first to report that the Texans' defensive end has signed a six-year deal worth 100-million dollars, which includes a total of almost 52-million in guaranteed money. That includes a 10-million dollar signing bonus to go with his 907-thousand-dollar salary for his fourth N-F-L campaign this fall. The extension begins in 2016 and runs through 2021, when Watt turns 32. The Pewaukee native has a news conference planned late this afternoon to talk about his new deal. Watt was the N-F-L's 11th overall draft pick in 2011. He's considered by many to be the league's best defensive player, after he amassed 31 sacks in his previous two seasons. Watt started all 48 regular season contests in his first three years with Houston with 27 pass break-ups, eight forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. The new contract comes a couple weeks after Watt gingerly mentioned his lack of a new deal, while others in his draft class were starting to get huge extensions and rookies were getting more than him -- like his new line partner Jadeveon Clowney.



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