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RIPON MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 44

A Ripon man is killed following a motorcycle versus car accident in Fond du Lac County.  The accident happened Sunday morning around 3:30a.m on Highway 44, just north of Douglas Street, in the Town of Ripon.  Investigation shows a motorcycle, operated by a 35-year-old Ripon man, was traveling southbound on Highway 44 with the car behind it.  The car operator, a 25-year-old Green Lake man, told police he looked down to adjust his radio when he struck the motorcycle from behind.  The Ripon man was pronounced dead at the scene.  The car driver was not injured.  The accident remains under investigation.

EAA STARTS TODAY IN OSHKOSH

One of the world's largest aviation conventions goes into full swing today in Oshkosh.  The Experimental Aircraft Association's week-long Air-Venture Show takes place at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh.  Yesterday, a short ceremony was held to honor E-A-A founder Paul Poberezny (po-ber-ezz'-nee), who died a few weeks after last year's show at age 91.   Poberezny's story will be featured all week at the E-A-A's Welcome Center for the hundreds of thousands attending the Air-Venture Show.  The airplanes that circle the parachute team which opens the daily air shows will have a salute to Poberezny -- as well as a dinner tomorrow night for the E-A-A's lifetime members.  This year's highlight is a performance by the Air Force Thunderbirds, who will make their first appearance at Oshkosh thanks to an expansion of the aerobatic box which they use to perform.  The crowd line is also being adjusted to accommodate the Thunderbirds. 

RECONSIDER INSURERS TAKING CHARGE OF PROSECUTIONS

A defense lawyer says state officials and insurance companies should reconsider letting insurers take charge of prosecutions against their policy-holders.  That's after Joseph Awe of Friendship, who spent three years in prison for an arson he didn't commit, was given an undisclosed amount of compensation by his insurer.  The 44-year-old Awe was convicted of burning down J-J's Pub in Marquette County in 2006.  He co-owned the bar with his wife.  Prosecutors relied heavily on experts hired by Awe's insurer, Mount Morris -- and they argued that Awe hired somebody to burn down the tavern so he could collect the insurance money.  They ruled out a possible electrical problem as the cause of the blaze.  A circuit judge later found that investigators had used a discredited method in ruling that the blaze was an arson -- and Awe was freed from the Oregon Correctional Institution last year. Defense lawyer Eric Haag says insurance companies should help their clients and not hurt them.  A lawyer for Mount Morris has not commented.

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A federal court trial is scheduled to begin in Madison today for Kristen Smith.  She's the woman accused of kidnapping her baby nephew near Beloit, and leaving him in a crate behind a gas station in Iowa in sub-zero temperatures.  Prosecutors said Smith kidnapped five-day-old Kayden Powell in February and started driving to her home in Colorado.  Officers arrested Smith the same day at an Interstate gas station at West Branch Iowa.  The infant was not with Smith at the time -- but he was later found freezing behind another nearby gas station.  Kayden survived despite being left in the cold for more than a full day.  Smith is charged with one federal count of kidnapping.  If convicted, she'll face up to life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 25 years.

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The fall primary elections are two weeks from tomorrow -- and two candidates have switched parties to try and defeat Wausau House Republican Sean Duffy.  Don Raihala got 15-percent of the primary vote in 2010, when he ran as a Democrat for the Seventh District House seat.  He'll face Duffy in the G-O-P primary on August 12th.  Mike Krsiean has run as both a Republican and Libertarian for the north central Wisconsin House seat.  This time, he'll run as a Democrat to take on Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund -- who's been endorsed by a number of groups including the Sierra Club and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.  Duffy is going for his third two-year term in the House.  He replaced retiring Democrat Dave Obey almost four years ago.

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Two bands of thunderstorms rumbled through Wisconsin yesterday, causing at least some damage.  The Wisconsin Rapids area had up to tennis-ball-sized hail early in the day.  A storage shed flipped over and some trees fell in Arpin, almost 15 miles northwest of Rapids.  The second band of storms went through yesterday afternoon.  Jackson in Washington County had winds close to 50-miles-an-hour, causing a large tree branch to fall at West Bend.  Sheboygan had one-inch hail.  Parts of far northeast Wisconsin had small hail.  Some areas of Wisconsin had more than a half-inch of rain.  After the storms cleared out, cooler air moved in from the north.  Parts of northern Wisconsin dropped into the mid-40's as of four this morning.  A dry and pleasant day is in store for most of the Badger State, with highs in the 70's under clear to partly cloudy skies.

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A woman near Janesville may have been trapped for up to 20 minutes under a riding lawn mower before somebody saw and tried freeing her.  The woman died from the weekend mishap, which occurred in the Rock County town of Janesville.  Sheriff's officials said the 65-year-old woman was mowing near a small culvert when she drove too close to the incline, and the machine overturned onto her.  After the witness tried freeing the woman, rescuers completed the job and took her to a Janesville hospital.  She died there a short time later.  The victim's name was not immediately released.