- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015
Man dies in Auburndale after semi fell on him

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - A 29-year-old man has died after a semitractor-trailer fell on top of him in the Town of Auburndale.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department says the incident is believed to be an accident.

Authorities were called to the 6200 block of Main Street in Auburndale at about 8:30 Friday morning. They arrived as the man was being pulled from underneath the semi.

The man was brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name will be released Saturday morning.

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Iowa: Bird flu to claim 4 million more egg-laying chickens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The bird flu virus spread further Friday, as Iowa officials announced two more farms that hold a total of 4 million chickens tested positive for H5N2.

Since March, the virus has led to the loss of well over 30 million birds in 13 states. Minnesota and Wisconsin, two other states hit hard with the disease, reported no new bird flu cases Friday.

Iowa has 44 cases of bird flu in 12 counties. In Wright County in northern Iowa, the two farms saw an unusual number of chickens dying and sent samples for a preliminary test, which was positive for H5N2 virus. If confirmed, the 4 million birds will be euthanized and Iowa’s chicken loss will approach 25 million - more than 40 percent of the state’s egg-laying flock.

State officials on Friday also announced detection of the virus on five more turkey farms, but only provided a number for one farm - 42,000 birds. That raises the turkey losses in Iowa to more than 750,000 birds.

Officials in Franklin County, which is adjacent to Wright County, declared a pre-emptive emergency Friday despite not having any cases.

“We want to be as proactive as we can to prevent the spread of disease,” emergency management coordinator Thomas Craighton said. “We are asking all residents to be ‘good neighbors’ and limit traffic near any poultry facilities.”

Dallas County in Central Iowa also declared a state of emergency, which prohibits the transportation of poultry or poultry waste within a mile of a chicken or turkey farm. It allows officials to place barricades near poultry farms to keep traffic away.

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Romney retreat in Utah to draw GOP presidential candidates

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will again host a retreat in Utah for high-profile political figures, business leaders and campaign donors.

Romney’s team sent out invitations Thursday for the fourth Experts and Enthusiasts Summit that will be held June 11-13 at the Deer Valley resort in Park City.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1dSiON0https://bit.ly/1dSiON0 ) among confirmed attendees are five current or potential Republican presidential candidates: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

A summit staffer says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was invited, but was unable to make it because of an earlier scheduled trip to Europe.

Romney launched the summit to maintain his political network following the 2012 presidential election.

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Ex-Brown County DARE officer accused in parking pass scam

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Brown County Sheriff John Gossage says a former DARE program officer and two other people conspired to steal money by printing fake parking passes for Packers games.

The case has been referred to the district attorney’s office for possible charges.

Gossage says his reaction was “betrayal and disbelief.” He says the former DARE officer “tarnished the badge.”

Capt. Jeff Sanborn says the conspiracy was discovered during a Packers-Vikings game Oct. 2. The parking was a fundraiser for the DARE program.

Investigators don’t know how much money was embezzled, but told reporters Friday that the former officer turned in about $1,200 and resigned two days after he was suspended.

The other two suspects are a former county printing employee and a drug-and-alcohol abuse counselor,

DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

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