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7 November 2017 News


Oshkosh police say a disturbance involving three people resulted in a fatal exchange of gunfire. Authorities say an 18-year-old Appleton man is dead as a result of Sunday night’s shooting. The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A 25-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound, treated at the hospital and released. Police are looking for the third person involved in the disturbance. Officials say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident.

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One person was killed in an alcohol-related crash in Dodge County. The crash happened shortly after 3am Sunday on USH 151 near CTH C, in the town of Trenton. A preliminary investigation shows that a car traveling northbound on 151 failed to negotiate a slight curve and entered the east ditch striking a tree. The male driver of the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors for this accident.

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The head of Wisconsin’s economic development agency says the full board will have access to a proposed $3 billion contract with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group before voting on it. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board will vote on the contract Wednesday. After mounting public pressure, agency chief executive Mark Hogan issued a letter Friday saying board members would see the contract Monday. It will be available to the public after it is signed.

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State records show that opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in Wisconsin despite fewer opioids being prescribed. Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program says the state saw 17 million fewer opioid prescriptions from April to June. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services says that’s a 12 percent decrease from the same time period in 2016. The rate of opioid deaths in the state has nearly doubled in the past decade. Doctors on Gov. Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse say they’re educating fellow members about alternative pain medications and proper opioid use. The state medical examining board has issued prescribing guidelines, including requiring doctors to check prescription databases when prescribing opioids in order to prevent patients from getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission is notifying voters who may have moved within the state and need to register again. The Elections Commission says the postcards are also being sent to voters who may have moved out of Wisconsin and are no longer eligible. The voters may have changed their address with the post office, updated it from the Division of Motor Vehicles or applied for a driver’s license in another state. To remain active on the state’s voter list, voters who have not moved have one month to mail a return postcard to their municipal clerk. Voters who do not respond will be deactivated. Voters who have moved must re-register.

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