News – November 12, 2016

Woman Tells Father’s Story On WBEV’s Veteran’s Day Special


11/12/16 – Multiple local veterans shared their stories yesterday on WBEV’s Veteran’s Day Special.  One of the guests who joined John Moser on the afternoon-long program was Eva Heim, who had a different story to share.   Her father was a German solider in World War II who was captured in Italy in 1944 and brought to a United States’ prisoner of war camp in Hartford.  Heim says her father lost many freedoms, including the ability to attend church.  She says it caused her father to lose faith in the church and its hierarchy as the pope gave the order that the prisoners should not attend.  Heim says her family survived the difficult time and to this day, is angry when she sees leaders mistreating their people.  Listen to full audio of the interview with Heim:


Veterans Fighting For Vietnam Memorial


11/12/16 – On Veterans’ Day yesterday, helicopter crew members who served in Vietnam were fighting for a small space in Arlington National Cemetery for a memorial to chopper crews killed. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Bob Hesselbein of Middleton is a past president of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association — and he continues to speak out for the 4,700 chopper pilots and crew members killed in the war. He says the veterans have created a small five square foot granite salute, which the Army Secretary turned down because it might take away space for future veterans’ graves. Hesselbein says the memorial could go in a place where graves cannot due to barriers like utility lines. Congress is being asked to allow the memorial — and U-S Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin introduced the bill with backing from House members Ron Kind of La Crosse and Mark Pocan of Madison.


Warrant Issued For FDL Man Accused Of Lomira Theft


11/12/16 – A bench warrant was issued in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday for a Fond du Lac man accused of stealing from his Lomira employer.  Edward Drab Jr. failed to appear in person, rather calling in by phone, to his plea hearing.  The 44-year-old allegedly took $6,000 worth of copper wire from Quad Graphics last year to support his narcotic drug addiction.  If he is found guilty, Drab Jr. faces over six years in prison.


Wisconsin Schools Seeing Election Backlash


11/12/16 – Some frayed nerves arose in a number of Wisconsin schools after Donald Trump won the presidential election. At Milwaukee Marquette High School, Principal Jeff Monday told parents that some youngsters harassed and taunted Hispanic students. He said everyone needs to respect the democratic process, and the students caught making the taunts would be punished. At Milwaukee’s Divine Savior Catholic High School, officials had talks and dialogue yesterday and will continue Monday on building communities in a positive way. At Verona High, social studies teacher Jason Knoll says a lot of students cried in response to Trump’s victory. In the G-O-P stronghold of Waukesha, teacher Mark Anderson says he was impressed with how kindly his students talked about the election results.


Wisconsin College Students Sue Over Work Rules


11/12/16 – A faith-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students whose community service doesn’t count toward graduation because it was done at a local church. The school requires all students to volunteer for 30 hours in order to graduate. Students can volunteer for faith-based charities. But the Alliance Defending Freedom, which handles religious cases, says U-W-Eau Claire bans volunteering at churches directly. School officials say the university’s guidebook says time spent promoting religious doctrine or worship won’t be counted. In this case, one student was assisting a second-grade religion class at Newman Parish. The other was teaching Sunday school at the same church. The university says students are encouraged to work with their advisers to get prior approval of their service work.


Rule Requires Doctors Learn About Prescribing Opiate Drugs


11/12/16 – The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services passed an emergency rule Thursday requiring doctors to get biennial training on a particular matter. The rule requires that two of the 30 hours of biennial continuing education physicians must receive cover prescribing opioids according to agency guidelines. Those guidelines call for prescribing opioids sparingly and avoiding them as a first option to treat pain. The guidelines are designed to prevent heroin addictions. Opioid users often turn to that drug when their prescriptions run out.


Workforce Development Head Says Jobs Available


11/12/16 – The head of northeast Wisconsin’s workforce development board says those to be laid off when a plant closes in Algoma should have little trouble finding new jobs elsewhere. Jim Golembeski says the job market is very healthy at the moment, and workers displaced from Brillion Iron Works and Manitowoc Company have found new employment. Masonite International plans to close its Algoma Hardwoods plant by next August, and about 180 employees will be let go starting in about mid-January. Masonite C-E-O Fred Lynch says the firm needs to “simplify” its network of architectural door plants — and stop overlapping the Algoma service area with those of its other facilities.


Badger Honor Flight Dance Tonight In Beaver Dam


11/12/16 – The program that sends veterans to Washington D.C. to see their respective memorials is holding a fundraiser tonight.  Badger Honor Flight representatives have organized a USO Dance.  Various events are planned throughout the night including a best dressed contest and photo booth, along with music from Madison-area band ‘Dimensions in Sound.’  Heavy appetizers and dessert will be served, and a cash bar will be open.  The dance runs from 6-11 pm at Beaver Dam’s Chapel of the Archangels.  Tickets are $30 per person in advance at either the Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly or Rechek’s Food Pride or $35 at the door.