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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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I recently found a video about
DogTown’s Dog Care Manager, Michelle Besmehn, and her work with Vivian, a dog rescued during Hurricane Katrina.  The people directly touched by Katrina will never forget the tragedies they’ve suffered.  The rest of us (dry, cozy and relatively unaffected) need occasional reminders that there are lives that will never be the same in the aftermath of that destruction.  And while I would never place a canine life ahead of a human life in order of importance, every reader knows how I feel about the dogs that enrich our lives.

Finding this touching video helped me discover other updated rescue and success stories about Hurricane Katrina dogs.

Thanks to Furever Friends, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Louisiana SPCA, the Coffee family was reunited with Tippy, their dog they had to leave behind during their relocation ordeal after the hurricane.

Three years after his owners fled the destruction of Katrina, Bourbon is the tail-wagging success story of the Washington D.C. Animal Rescue League.  Ron and Jessica Simon are his new owners and he looks quite happy!

I love stories of families reunited with pets in any circumstance.  Learning about rescue efforts after natural disasters is particularly heart-warming to me.  For some individuals or families, their pet is all they have, and that pet truly means the world to them.  So my personal thanks goes out to all the rescue efforts of those many wonderful organizations.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks again, Jennifer!

Don't go anywhere. It's time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made the headlines this past week.

Just like human news, the stories aren't always good. Sad news out of Beaver Dam.

Lesson for lost dogs: Find a travel agency.

How about the guy who dove in to save a dog from a shark attack!

Jennifer wrote about Katrina rescue dogs today. In Texas, cadaver dogs to the rescue.

And in case you missed it in last Sunday's USA WEEKEND, military dogs are often heroes, too.

That's it for this week. Remember, Halloween is just around the corner. Still looking for a doggie costume? In Florida, Wiggles Dog Wigs is offering this get-up  that I'm sure you'll recognize, you betcha!

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"Palin stands her ground"

That will be the headline in most American papers Friday morning

Friday night on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – Wall Street Rescue / Bailout.

The Senate passes the $700B bailout/rescue plan and sends it back to the House for a second vote?  Will enough congressmen flip-flop that this time it will pass?  Is it a bailout or a rescue?  Nearly every congressman that was interviewed said that constituents were overwhelmingly against the plan.  If that’s true, does the lawmaker have a duty to vote against it?  Is the general public not smart enough to understand the ramifications of an upheaval in our financial system?  When the plan was rejected last week, did the people win one?  For once, did they have more influence than the lobbyists?

2 –Presidential & VP Race.

Why are the polls all turning towards Obama as the front-runner now?  Why do they seem to have more faith in Obama in a time of financial crisis?  If the rescue/bailout package passes the House, does that remove the economy as a front burner issue.  A few months ago, the campaign was all about the war.  A few weeks ago, at the time of the conventions, the big issue was hurricanes and flooding.  This week, it’s the economy.  What’s next? Let’s talk about the Palen-Biden debate as well.  Who wins, and does it matter?  Are expectations for Palin so low that she wins by just showing up?  Are her poll numbers falling because folks are seeing that she’s not really all that intelligent?

3 -  Brewers.

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