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BRANDON RAYGO

Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Sausage makers cut out venison due to chronic wasting disease concerns: Patrick Durkin, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, writes: "One of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest sausage makers told its customers in late August that it will no longer process venison into sausage and other snack-meat products because of chronic wasting disease’s worsening spread in the state’s deer herd. Silver Creek Specialty Meats Inc., in Oshkosh — which also owns the venerable meat and sausage brands Meyer’s, Fred Busch, R-Line and Jim’s Blue Ribbon — sent a one-page letter to about 1,200 customers Aug. 28 explaining why it quit processing wild venison from deer hunters. The letter notes CWD has been found in 19 Wisconsin counties, making it difficult for the company to screen out venison from CWD-infected areas. The letter continues: “C'nsumer safety is our No. 1 concern, and no matter how small the risk (if any) of humans being infected by the disease we are not, and never will be, willing to put profit before the safety and well-being of our customers.' The decision ends a venison-sausage tradition dating to the 1940s for the company’s R-Line products, and sacrifices about $300,000 in annual business, according to its owners, Bill and Tom Kramlich and Tom’s daughter, Katy Lehman. Tom Kramlich and his daughter are lifelong deer hunters, and he said they agonized over the decision." Read more.


Eric Teisberg’s Resale Records was a haven for a community of music lovers: Bob Koch writes in Isthmus: "Just last Friday, I was in Resale Records and bought a record based on a recommendation from owner Eric Teisberg, as I have many times before: The Revolt of Emily Young, a 'rock novella' written by songwriters Buzz Cason and Pepper Martin, and performed by a (presumably) studio group called Foxx. When I asked him about it, he said it 'was not awful for ‘60s bullshit. You should buy this one.' As usual, he was right on: The album is exactly the sort of sunshine pop/psych weirdness I greatly enjoy. It is still a shock, and probably will be for some time to come, to consider I will never get his advice again. Teisberg, proprietor of the much-loved Eken Park neighborhood record store, died Oct. 1. As a longtime regular customer through the store’s many ups and downs, I will never forget the first time I went to Resale Records. The backstory: My first year of college, at UW-Richland, I became friends with a history professor who started the semester by playing a pile of 45s, talking generally about their historical significance. Mostly, I think he just wanted to play some 45s. I struck up a conversation with him after class about what he had played, and we started trading records back and forth. I started driving to Madison to meet up with the prof and go record hunting around town, which is how I ended up at Resale. I don’t remember my first impressions of the exterior. (The building was once on the cover of Isthmus as part of a story about Madison eyesores — which was a contentious point on my next visit). But I do remember my impressions of what I found inside: record nerd Valhalla." Read more.


Foxconn's impact on Wisconsin will be closely watched by environmentalists: Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Foxconn Technology Group identified the site for a massive electronics plant in Racine County on Wednesday but provided few other details, prompting environmental groups to continue to raise questions about the impact a 20 million-square-foot facility might pose on natural resources. The groups said they will monitor how the Taiwan-based company’s sprawling plant will conform with the regulation of Great Lakes water; the amount of pollution the plant will discharge; and the impact on wetlands at a site in the Village of Mount Pleasant. The factory is targeted for the far southwest corner of the village on nearly 1,200 acres, bounded largely by I-94 on the west, Highway KR on the south, Highway H on the east and Braun Road on the north. Racine County officials also disclosed on Wednesday that Foxconn plans to acquire more than twice that acreage for future development, creating a far larger footprint over time. Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce who has been involved in negotiations with Foxconn, predicted the company will exceed environmental requirements and try to go further." Read more.


Donald Trump is treating a potential war like a reality show cliffhanger: Chris Cillizza of CNN writes: "President Donald Trump hosted his top military brass and their spouses for dinner at the White House on Thursday night. The group posed for a photo. Then this exchange with reporters happened: Trump: 'You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm.' Reporter: 'What's the storm?' Trump: 'It could be ... the calm, the calm before the storm.' Reporter: 'Iran? ISIS? What storm, Mr. President?' Trump: 'We have the world's great military people in this room, I will tell you that. And uh, we're gonna have a great evening, thank you all for coming.' Reporter: 'What storm, Mr. President?' Trump: 'You'll find out.' What. The. Hell. Is. Happening. To be clear: Trump didn't have to say anything. Reporters shout questions at these photo-ops all the time. Presidents ignore them all the time. So he did this on purpose. He wanted to say this -- so he did. Now as for what he said. When you say 'maybe it's the calm before the storm' when surrounded by the top military leaders in the country, it doesn't take much of a logical leap to conclude there is some sort of military operation in the offing. That's especially true when you have two situations -- North Korea and Iran -- that appear to be coming to a head." Read more.


Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar: The BBC reports: "Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology. The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which powers several smaller islands, could be scaled up to work for Puerto Rico. The island's governor responded to Mr Musk with the message: 'Let's talk.' 'Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your Tesla technologies? Puerto Rico could be that flagship project,' the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, said. Mr Musk's Tesla company is famous for its electric cars, but it also incorporates SolarCity - a solar panel firm which specialises in efficiently storing large amounts of electricity in power banks. The company says it has powered small islands, such as Ta'u in American Samoa. There, it installed a solar grid which can power the entire island and store enough electricity for three days without any sun. 'The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico, too,' Mr Musk tweeted." Read more.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for an anti-nuclear weapons group probably won’t please the U.S.: Rick Noack of the Washington Post writes: "The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) appeared like a logical step at a time when fears of nuclear conflicts dominate the political agenda. And yet, the organization's track record also indicates how long the path toward a nuclear weapons-free world will be. In its announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee referred to the organization's support for the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved by the United Nations in July. It was signed by 53 nations but so far has been ratified by only three of them: Guyana, the Holy See and Thailand. The five European nations that signed the anti-nuclear-weapons treaty were San Marino, Austria, the Holy See, Ireland and Liechtenstein. More interesting than who signed the treaty, however, is who didn't. Neither the United States nor any other member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are among the signatories. During her announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize winners on Friday, Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen specifically recognized the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for 'its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.'” Read more.


House Democrats take aim at Paul Ryan in new ads: The Associated Press reports: "House Democrats are targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his efforts to scrap the health care law in the party’s first national ad campaign ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running a television spot for one week on CNN and MSNBC. The ad says 'Paul Ryan and establishment Republicans' will 'never stop' trying to repeal existing health insurance benefits. Party leaders say their polling shows Ryan and the GOP Congress have lost popularity because of their health care proposals. The campaign group has bought three weeks of radio ads in 11 Republican House districts. Those ads don’t mention Ryan and instead name the local member of Congress. Democrats are trying to flip at least 24 GOP-held seats to reclaim a House majority in 2018."