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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

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Approx. 200 animals die after barn catches fire, collapses

WHITEWATER (WITI) — Approximately 200 animals died in a structure fire on Tri-County Line Rd. in Whitewater early Thursday, April 10th.

Fire crews were dispatched to the scene around 6:30 a.m. When they arrived, the structure had already collapsed and could not be saved.

Roughly 200,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other areas. There were no reported injuries to any firefighters or citizens.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com of updates on this developing story.

Usher to headline at Summerfest on Sunday, July 6th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials announced the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.  Usher with special guest Bebe Rexha will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6. Milwaukee will be User’s only stop in the U.S. this summer.

Usher is getting ready to release his much anticipated eighth studio album that is due out Fall 2014.  He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez that co-stars Robert De Niro due out late 2014.  Usher is also currently enjoying his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit reality TV show “The Voice.”

Home in Town of Lyons a total loss after fire Monday night

TOWN OF LYONS (WITI) — Fire officials were on the scene of a structure fire in the Town of Lyons on Monday night, April 7th.

It happened at a home on North Road.

Fire officials say the homeowners came home from a school event in Burlington to find smoke coming from their home.

Crews arriving on scene saw flames coming from the basement. At one point, officials say the entire home was engulfed in flames.

Officials say the home is a total loss — and four people were displaced.

Fire officials say they believe the fire started in the basement. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

No one was injured.

The Rochester Fire Department, the Town of Burlington Fire Department, the City of Burlington Fire Department and Burlington Rescue were called in as mutual aid.

Body found in Town of Ixonia is that of 23-year-old Milwaukee woman

JEFFERSON CO. (WITI) — The body found on March 29th in a cornfield in the Town of Ixonia has been identified as 23-year-old Alejandra Guzman-Flores of Milwaukee.

Alejandra Guzman-Flores

Alejandra Guzman-Flores

Alejandra was last seen by her family on October 5, 2013.

The body was found along a stretch of North Road — six-tenths of a mile south of County Trunk Highway CW.

Officials say body found in Ixonia cornfield is not Kelly Dwyer

IXONIA (WITI) — Jefferson County authorities have confirmed to FOX6 that the woman’s body found in a Town of Ixonia cornfield on Saturday, March 29th is not that of missing Milwaukee woman Kelly Dwyer.

Officials came to the conclusion after a DNA test. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to identify the body.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined.

The body was initially discovered by a driver passing by the area Saturday afternoon.

At this time, it is unknown how long the body was at the location where it was found. Officials say the body is a female between 4’10″ and 5’5″, over 127 pounds, under 50 years of age, probably Caucasian, with dark hair, tattoos on her right lower abdomen area and the underside of her right wrist, with a facial stud piercing on the left side below her lip.