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Elroy man arrested after flashing traffic
A nearly naked Elroy man was arrested after he flashed his genitals to traffic in Jackson County.

State approves Montessori planning grant
The Tomah Area School District has received a grant to pursue a Montessori School.

A community asset: Upgraded Miller playground will serve school, public
The playground at Miller Elementary School is more than just a Tomah Area School District asset.

Tomah athlete returns to help others
Dr. T.J. Bramwell first became interested in medicine while playing running back for Tomah High School?s football team in 1998.

Bluegills found in crappie holes
If you?re fishing for crappies, you?re more likely to find a bluegill in your favorite crappie hole.

'Slumped shoulders' to runnerup
Tomah High School girls golf coach Tonya Gnewikow said her athletes left the course Monday with ?slumped shoulders.?

Annual school meeting Aug. 25 at high school
The annual meeting of the Tomah Area School District is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 at Tomah High School in the cafeteria.

Optimism in Mauston
Mauston hasn?t enjoyed much recent football success, but the Golden Eagles have newfound optimism as they prepare to meet Tomah Friday in the 2014 season opener.

City sees radio coverage increase after raising antenna
Raising the antenna above Tomah Municipal Center has helped, but not eliminated, radio communication problems for the Tomah Police Department, according to Police Chief Mark Nicholson.

Column: Use new federal money for BadgerCare
?I?m so glad to see you,? Mary from Eau Claire told me at a recent neighborhood gathering. I asked how she was doing.


National News
U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley

Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaking next to man purported to be James Foley at an unknown locationFoley, 40, was beheaded by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the execution and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens.

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 180 rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. Israeli aircraft have carried out more than 100 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, the military adding it was "targeting terror sites". Hamas and medical officials said 23 people had died in the latest Israeli raids, including Deif's wife and seven-month-old son.

Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling

Man reacts as he stands in front of a building damaged by, what locals say, was recent shelling by Ukrainian forces, in DonetskBy Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Heavy shelling hit residential neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion. The forces of the Western-backed Kiev government are steadily gaining the upper hand over the separatists in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and are tightening the noose around the main rebel bastions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Brazil's Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election

Brazilian politician Marina Silva attends the wake for late presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in RecifeBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12-year hold on power. Silva, until now a vice-presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, accepted its nomination to top the ticket after candidate Eduardo Campos, a former governor and rising political star, was killed in a plane crash last week. Viewed as an outsider with no links to traditional elites, Silva is a former environment minister whose ironclad environmental and religious beliefs prompt critics to call her inflexible but supporters to praise her as Brazil's most principled politician. Silva, a rubber tapper in her youth who was illiterate until adolescence, appeals mostly to young voters disgusted with Brazil's political establishment.

China says Australian tycoon's attack 'irrational and absurd'

File photo of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer speaking at a news conference in LondonBEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people. The Australian government has rebuked Palmer, who holds the balance of power in the parliament's upper house. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she planned to contact the Chinese embassy to stress that the Australian parliament does not share Palmer's "abusive" views. "Palmer's words about China in recent days are totally irrational and absurd.

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg poses for a photo as he sits behind his work desk at the New York Times office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Afghanistan ordered the journalist Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.? Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.

Venezuela's president pays visit to Fidel Castro
HAVANA (AP) ? Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns.

Aussies on a high ahead of New Zealand rematch
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) ? After denying the All Blacks one record, the Wallabies will attempt to deprive them of another of more powerful and personal significance in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby test at Eden Park on Saturday.

Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT
BANGKOK (AP) ? Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good ? to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role.

U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in FlorrissantAttorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis U.S.

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