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Two salmonella cases in Wisconsin linked to tainted cantaloupe



MADISON (WTDY) – Illnesses in at least two people in Wisconsin are part of an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella caused by tainted cantaloupe, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The DATCP says the cantaloupe was likely grown southwestern Indiana and sold all over the country. So far the outbreak has killed two people and made at least 150 others sick.

The DATCP warns consumers not to eat cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana. The region of origin for cantaloupes is often provided on a sticker placed on the fruit.  DATCP is collaborating with Wisconsin Department of Health and public health officials in affected states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the ongoing outbreak, including tracing the source of the affected melons and shipments of melons that may be contaminated.

Gov. Walker blames job losses on recall election, Obamacare


MADISON (WTDY) -- Two new job reports bring bad news for Wisconsin. On Thursday, the Department of Workforce Development released its monthy job report showing the state lost 6,500 jobs in July. Wisconsin has lost some 12,900 jobs since Gov. Scott Walker took office. The unemployment rate also increased in July from 7 percent to 7.3 percent.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker blamed Wisconsin's job losses on the recall election and Affordable Care Act.

"I think for a lot of small businesses in particular, they were waiting to see what would happen on June 5th," he said. "Since then, as businesses were waiting to see what would happen later in June with the Supreme Court Decision -- many small businesses are worried about the potential negative impact of Obamacare on their businesses."

The news comes one day after officials from the Department of Workforce Development released a quarterly job report. That report, based on different data from March 2011 to March 2012, shows an anemic job growth rate of 1.1 percent in the state. Wisconsin gained 37,464 private sector jobs during that time period, but lost 9,364 public sector jobs.

It's unclear how Wisconsin's quarterly job numbers compare with the rest of the country because state officials have once again taken the unusual step of releasing the numbers early -- at the same time the data was sent to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau will release its report with job numbers from all 50 states in late September.

State officials also released quarterly job numbers early this past May, just before Governor Walker's recall election. Those numbers also pointed to anemic growth of just under 20,000 jobs from December 2010 to December 2011, but were touted by the Walker campaign. When the final data was released weeks later by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin was ranked 41st in the country, behind neighboring Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Gunfire can be heard on recordings of 911 calls from the shooting that killed six worshipers at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. Milwaukee County authorities on Wednesday released tapes from the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. One man calls and reports the address of the temple. As he says, "There's a shooting,'' the sound of gunfire can be heard in the background. Another woman calls to report hearing gunfire and seeing someone shot. The call gets disconnected, and the dispatcher calls back twice with no luck. At one point, with phones ringing nonstop, a dispatcher says, "Oh my god.'' White supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire at the temple before shooting himself in the head after being wounded by an officer.

AUDIO: 911 calls from Sikh temple during shooting:

Name of Fitchburg mother accused of stabbing her 6 year-old daughter released

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FITCHBURG (WTDY) -- Police have identified the mother accused of stabbing her 6 year-old daughter as 30 year-old Tasha Harmon. Harmon's daughter underwent surgery yesterday after suffering wounds to her back and chest. She is in critical condition but is expected to recover. The Fitchburg Police Department is working with Child Protective Services to find a family member or other caregiver to take custody of the little girl once she is released from the hospital. Harmon was also taken to the hospital with self-inflicted stab wounds.

Lt. Todd Stetzer says investigators got a call just before 2:30 a.m Monday morning from a neighbor in the normally quiet apartment complex at 5174 Anton Drive.

"The suspect came over to her apartment covered in blood," Stetzer said. "Officers responded and found the child and the mother together. The mother acknowledged that she has stabbed her daughter."

Police say Harmon remains under guard in the hospital with serious injuries. She will likely be charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide. Investigators are also urging people who knew the mother and daughter to come forward with information.

"Information or statements that the suspect may have made in the past -- other information that would indicate what would put somebody in the position where they would harm their own child," Stetzer said.