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If El Niño returns, what does it mean for us?

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s probably the catchiest term in the meteorologist’s lexicon, El Niño. This global phenomena may not directly cause weather extremes in our corner of the world, but it certainly can tip the scales in favor of them.

So what is El Niño and when will we see it again? In some years, warmer than normal water pools in the eastern Pacific Ocean near South America while normal water temps remain near Indonesia and Australia. This is an El Niño event. A La Niña event is nearly opposite with warmer waters in the west (Indonesia) and cooler waters in the east (South America).

The greatest affects of El Niño are generally felt in winter. That’s when NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center believes it could return with full force. The most recent monthly forecast from the CPC states “chances of El Niño increase during the remainder of the year, exceeding 50% by summer.”

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Waukesha doctor “stunned” after alleged attack, police chase

WAUKESHA (WITI/AP) — A Waukesha doctor is charged with attacking her estranged husband and leading police on a chase before she was shocked with a stun gun and arrested.

A criminal complaint says 49-year-old Jan Doenier violated a court order to stay away from the family’s Town of Delafield residence Monday night and struck her husband. She denied vandalizing his truck.

The complaint says she drove by a squad car with her lights off and officers gave chase. Authorities say she drove 60 mph toward a police blockage and forced officers to run to safety. The complaint says at one point, a deputy yelled “Watch out, she’s coming right at us!”

Doenier was eventually arrested at the Country Springs Hotel where officers say she refused their commands, so they used a stun gun to take her into custody.

Doenier reportedly told police she didn’t hear or see any of their attempts to stop her vehicle.

Marquette team wins $53,000 at international business plan competition

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- FocalCast, a mobile app that allows users to wirelessly present PowerPoints from their tablet or smartphone directly to a display device, won the $50,000 Trailblazer Capital Start-up Entrepreneur Investment Prize and the $3,000 Gimmal Group Outstanding IT Prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition, currently the world’s richest and largest business plan competition.

FocalCast is a venture of Narsys LLC, a company founded by senior mechanical engineering major Devin Turner (who serves as CEO) and fellow engineering student and chief technology officer Charlie Beckwith. Nicholas Winninger, Narsys’ business analyst and Marquette MBA student, joined Turner and Beckwith at the competition.

Two killed, one hurt in head-on crash, speed possibly a factor

WAUKESHA (WITI) — Two people are dead and one sustained multiple injuries following a two-vehicle crash on Sunset Drive, just east of Highway 83, in the Town of Genesee Wednesday morning, April 23rd.

A 23-year-old woman from Waukesha and a 23-year-old man from Milwaukee died as a result of the crash. A 65-year-old woman from North Prairie sustained multiple injuries.

According to officials, the initial investigation indicates that the 23-year-old woman, who was traveling with the 23-year-old male, was driving westbound on Sunset Drive when she lost control, crossed the center line and struck a Toyota traveling eastbound on Sunset Drive.

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When Scooter Met Magnus

When Scooter Met Magnus

Jen takes a break from the usual event-promotion blog topics to share a personal experience - adopting her own 4 paws from HAWS!

When people find out where I work, they often comment "I could never work there - I'd want to take every animal home with me." This usually makes me chuckle, because there is NO WAY to fit all 6,000 animals in my house each year. Even if everyone on staff took their fair share, we would each need to take home approximately 120 animals annually. Including feral cats. And a snake or two. Not gonna happen.

But, that doesn’t mean we are immune to falling in love with one of HAWS’ adoptable pets from time to time. For me, this meant opening our home last week to our newest child, Magnus.

One 911 call, two ambulance bills for epileptic patient

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Dana Mitchell takes 26 pills a day — so it’s not unusual for her family to call 911.  After a seizure a year and a half ago, she went on something of a wild ride.


“To this day I haven’t gotten an explanation as to why that happened,” Mitchell said.

After a particularly brutal seizure, she landed unconscious on a coffee table.

“I tend to fall face first,” she said.

Her husband called 911.

“Paratech was the ambulance company that came. They transported me for four blocks and then just stopped,” Mitchell said.

She says she was awake in the back of the ambulance.

The Clothesline Project helps women affected by abuse

WAUKESHA (WITI) — The Women’s Center in Waukesha worked to end violence by sponsoring The Clothesline Project on Saturday, April 19th in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Clothesline Project allows women who have been affected by domestic or sexual violence to express themselves by writing and decorating powerful messages on shirts and then putting them on display.

“Individuals will express themselves and emotions on the shirts. Each t-shirt is color coded and depicts the kind of abuse suffered,” said Angela Mancuso, executive director.

Green shirts represent survivors of child sexual abuse and yellow shirts represent domestic violence.

“Every situation: inappropriate touching, trafficking, rape, assault, child abuse, domestic violence, it carries so much weight and significance, specifically those living through and suffering the traumatic effects,” said Mancuso.