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: April 18th, 2013. : Darin Strohmenger : 10 minute sample of the WTMJ newscast “Wisconsin Morning News.” : Welcome, Introduction, morning news stories, commercial break, sports, and weather. : To draw in and inform morning listeners with WTMJ news programming and state/national news.. : Ages of 25 to 45, men and women, typically those interested in the Milwaukee and Midwest news. : WTMJ, AM620, Milwaukee : Every weekday at 5 a.m.
“NEWS THEME” UP AND UNDER Good morning and welcome to AM620 WTMJ. This is your Wisconsin Morning News. I’m your host Darin Strohmenger. And I’m Shiloh Gulbranson. This morning we’ll tell you about what really happened with the lockdown scare at Carroll University, why Waukesha is asking you to use less water, and the latest on the senate’s gun control bill. We’ll also have your sports and weather updates. “NEWS THEME” UP AND OUT.
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UNIVERSITY LOCKDOWN SCARE A-50-year old man from Waukesha is apologizing for startling students at Carroll University. Michael Weidemann, who lives less than a mile from campus, tells Today's TMJ4 that he typically looks for "treasures" on garbage day that he can resell. On Tuesday, Weidemann found an airsoft gun in someone's trashcan and picked it up, thinking he would sell it for $5 or $10 to a friend. Weidemann explains that when he returned home after stopping at a gas station for cigarettes, with the gun in his hand, about 30 squad cars showed up and a police officer handcuffed him. Weidemann says he fully cooperated with police and said that he didn't mean any harm by his actions, but that he can understand why people might have been concerned, especially since this happened just a day after the Boston bombings. The former U.S. Marine had this to say to the students of Carroll University. "It'll never happen again, it was a dumb mistake on my dumb part and I'll never do it again." 2
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SEWER BACKUPS There's no doubt that Southeast Wisconsin is soaked. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District went into emergency treatment mode last week and has already started dumping partially treated sewage into local waterways, trying to prevent backups. Waukesha homeowner John Parker knows the headache that can cause at home. "I've had some backups to where it got pretty ugly, I had to move everything up high." That's why Wauwatosa is asking Parker and other residents to cut back on their water use, and he is all for it. The city recommends taking shorter showers, turning off the water when you brush your teeth, and holding off on doing laundry until the storms pass.
UTILITIES ASSISTANCE Low-income families in Wisconsin can get help paying for their home heating and energy costs through may 15th. Residents could be eligible for help if their household income is no more than 60 percent of the state median income for a household of their size. For a single person, the median income is about $24,000. For a family of four, the median income is about $46,000. Households that qualify could receive an average of $338 to help pay for heating and another $174 for other electricity costs the assistance is based on householdsâ€™ size and income, as well as actual energy bills.
HUNTING BILL The public will get a chance to sound off on a bill that would establish a woodchuck-hunting season in Wisconsin. The state assembly’s natural resources and sports heritage committee has scheduled a public hearing on the measure for April 4th in the state capitol. The bipartisan measure would remove woodchucks from the state protected species limit and establish a season that would run from march through December 31st. People with a small game or trapping license would be allowed to take an unlimited number. The bill’s supporters say the state’s woodchuck population has grown and the animals are digging up the landscape. 5
MEGABUCKS WINNER Someone who bought a winning megabucks ticket in Kewaunee is a new millionaire. The Wisconsin Lottery says a ticket purchased at Lakeshore Lighthouse is worth $4 million. The odds of winning the Megabucks Jackpot is one in 7 million. 6
IMMIGRANT SLAVE Authorities say a Kimberly restaurant owner engaged in what amounted to “modern day slavery” when she made a woman work long hours with little pay. 51-year-old Yen Meier, owner of Yen’s Chinese Buffet, is facing charges of human trafficking. A criminal complaint says the alleged victim told police Meier brought her to Kimberly from china after she became pregnant by Meier’s brother. The woman says she arrived in the U.S. in December 2011 and was forced to work 12- to 14- hour days. She says Meier paid her a total of $50 the entire time she worked at the restaurant. Local police and ages from the Department of Homeland Security arrested Meier Tuesday afternoon. 7
REGECTED GUN BILL The senate has rejected an attempt by democrats to ban assault weapons, one of their leading answers to Decemberâ€™s massacre of children and staff at an elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Supporters said barring the military-style weapons would reduce the deadliness of gun crimes because shooters wouldnâ€™t be able to fire as many shots. But republicans and many democrats opposed taking a step, they says, would curtail the second amendment right to bear arms. They also argued that prohibiting the weapons would do little because assault weapons account for a small portion of gun crimes. 8
TYPING FUTURE The time-honored skill of typing is still helpful, but it’s becoming less necessary. And that raises the question: does typing have a future? In high schools and community colleges where keyboarding classes have been a staple for decades, some fear the courses may go the way of cursive writing lessons in elementary schools. Dallas typing instructor Julie Phillips says predictive keyboards on smartphones and tablet touch screens that guess which words are being typed have taken the skill out of keyboarding. The says fewer students are coming in with keyboarding knowledge. Mobile technology analysts say keyboards likely wont disappear from computers. But mobile phone-makers say speed is important, and predictive screens decrease the time needed to type – or thumb – each word.
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(TRANSITION FROM COMMERCIAL) BREWERS WALK-OFF Pinch-hitter Blake Lalli lifted a long single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Francisco Giants 4-3. Brewersâ€™ starter Kyle Lohse did not allow a hit through the first five innings as Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead. With the score tied at 3, bases loaded, one out, and the outfielders playing in, Lalli stepped to the plate for just the sixth time this season. Lalli lofted a deep fly ball well over the head of left fielder, Gregor Blanco, for his first hit of 2013 extending Milwaukeeâ€™s longest winning streak this year to three. 10
PARENTâ€™S VOICE The father of a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball player is speaking out in support of coach Brian Wardle. The university announced last week that it had launched an investigation of Wardle after receiving a complaint from the parents of a former player. Orrin Brown is the father of junior center Alec Brown. He says that his son has never been mistreated by Wardle nor complained about him. But it's also not certain that Alec Brown will return to Green Bay next season. His father says he is thinking about turning professional. The deadline to declare for the NBA draft is April 28. 11
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Here’s Shiloh with a look at your weather forecast. Currently it’s 42 degrees out. Today is going to be much warmer with showers & thunderstorms, heavy rain, & possible flooding. Windy with a high near 56. Tonight, more showers mixing with snow late, breezy, and seasonally chilly with a low near 34. Friday is going to be very windy and much colder with rain/snow mix changing to rain with decreasing clouds in the evening with a high of 42 and a low near 28. Saturday we’ll finally see some sunshine. Mostly sunny and cold with a high near 45, and low near 27. Again, the current temperature is 42 degrees.
KICKER: EATEN MONEY Before we go – a Montana man who’s 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel says that his dog, Sundance, ate the bills while he and his wife were on the road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings and his daughter recovered more when the snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. The process can take up to two years. 13
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“NEWS THEME” UP AND UNDER. Thanks for joining us this morning on Wisconsin Morning News, here on WTMJ AM620. I’m Darin Strohmenger. And I’m Shiloh Gulbranson. Coming up is the Charlie Sykes talk show. Make sure to tune in again at three for our Wisconsin’s Afternoon News. Have a great morning. “NEWS THEME” UP AND OUT.