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Super PAC backing Scott Walker announces $9 million ad buySubmitted: 09/02/2015
MADISON - A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's run for the Republican presidential nomination has announced a $9.25 million ad buy for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign starting in Iowa next week.


The ad buy announced Wednesday by officials with the Unintimidated PAC comes as Walker tries to right his campaign after shooting to the top of the field in Iowa earlier this year, only to plummet in recent polls.

The new ad purchase includes $8 million in South Carolina, $800,000 in New Hampshire and $400,000 in Nevada.

Walker's Iowa ad campaign begins next week and runs until the Feb. 1 caucuses, but the effort in the other three states won't begin until later this year or early next year.

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THREE LAKES - A best-selling author uses the Northwoods as inspiration for her writing. The area will also get some focus in one of her next pieces.

Mary Pat Kelly uses historical fiction to research her ancestors and tell a good story.

She spoke to an audience in Three Lakes Wednesday night about her past work.

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WAUSAU -

Mornings and afternoons, nine months a year, dozens of Bowen's buses roll in and out of the Rhinelander depot.  The buses deliver nearly 2,000 children to school and home safely.

Dispatch and office manager Kim Weyers knows it takes work to make sure the family-owned company's buses always run that way.


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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man faces charges for firing a gun while drunk in downtown Rhinelander early Saturday morning.

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EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man faces more than 100 years in prison for an allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint in July.

35-year-old Rodney Teets appeared in Vilas County court Wednesday.

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FOX LAKE, IL - Even with 100 investigators on the ground for a second day, authorities in northern Illinois acknowledge they have no indication that three suspects wanted in the gun-slaying of an officer are still in the area.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko says the officer provided no concrete description of the men he was pursuing on foot before he was shot, except to tell dispatchers that two of them were white and one was black.

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MILWAUKEE - A survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says the value of Wisconsin farmland in its district fell about 2 percent from April through June.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1PKWJwl ) reports the survey also showed the value of "good" farmland dropped 2 percent for the second quarter of 2015 from a year earlier. That's the first such decline in nine quarters.

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MADISON - About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would be cut off under a pair of Republican-backed bills being considered by a state Assembly Committee.

The Assembly's Health Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the measures.

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QUINCY, IL - Illinois officials are reporting six new cases of Legionnaires' disease at a state veterans home where seven residents have already died.

The Wednesday update from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Public Health brings the total number of residents sickened in the outbreak at the facility in Quincy to 45.

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