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Local News Briefs Friday 12/27/13




The state of Wisconsin has released the November job numbers and its shows the city and county are about the same compared to October.  Fond du Lac County’s unemployment rate in November was at 5.3% compared to 5.2% in October while the city’s rate dropped from 6’6% to 6.5%.  Both the city and county have lower jobless rates than November of 2012.  The city and county’s rate is .4% lower this year compared to last year.


Restrictions On Use Of Pepper Spray For Self-Defense Eased


State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says a bill he authored that Governor Walker recently signed into law basically removes the restrictions on the use of pepper spray for self-defense. The state lawmaker from Fond du Lac says Wisconsin had some of the toughest standards in the nation on the use of pepper spray including how strong it could be. Some restrictions remain. It can only be used for self-defense, felons can’t possess it, it can’t be used against law enforcement officers and it can’t be sold to minors but minors can carry it with the permission of a parent or guardian. Thiesfeldt says pepper spray is a self-defense option for people who prefer not to carry a firearm. 


MPTC Uses Former Ambulance For Paramedic Lab


An associate dean of human services with Moraine Park Technical College says they are making the most of an ambulance was donated to the college. Jim Brace says they are using it to train EMTs and Paramedics, but couldn’t very well motor around the City of Fond du Lac in it. He says they cut the box off the ambulance and a plate was welded on the front so they could use a fork lift to move it around there new paramedic lab. He says it will give students an opportunity to train in a space similar to a real ambulance.



(WRN) A state lawmaker is pushing to make sure electronic cigarettes can be used in bars and restaurants across Wisconsin. State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) says the devices can help people drop traditional tobacco products, and he wants to make it clear that the statewide smoking ban does not apply to them. Grothman is sponsoring a bill that would update the statewide smoking ban to make it clear that e-cigarettes are allowed in public places.

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