Local News 4/26/18

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The Stanley woman accused of stabbing an Eau Claire man to death will undergo a competency evaluation. By next week, Ezra McCandless will be evaluated to determine if she can fully understand and participate in her defense. Judge James Peterson made the decision Wednesday because McCandless' attorney implied his client might not have totally comprehended a document she was asked to sign after checking into a mental health facility following the attack. McCandless is accused of stabbing Alexander Woodworth 16 times last month. McCandless will be back in court for a status hearing next month.

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Fire officials are reminding the public that the fire danger in the area is 'very high' right now. Wednesday, there was another example of people not heeding the warning. The Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire Fire Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a grass fire at Carson Park on Wednesday. Fire officials tell WQOW TV-18 News that the blaze was started by some kids who ran off before anyone arrived. Officers were able to get the fire contained in about ten minutes. Because of the 'very high' fire danger designation, the DNR is not issuing burning permits at this time.

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This is the time of year we normally see rate hikes in our energy bills. However, this year is different. For the first time in 13 years, Xcel Energy will not seek permission to raise your natural gas or electric bills. Xcel leaders said there are two main reasons for this: natural gas prices continue to drop, and its operation and maintenance costs are lower thanks to recent upgrades.

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You have the chance to learn more about a potential passenger rail running from Eau Claire to the Twin Cities. The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition is hosting a conference TODAY from 8 to noon at The Metro on E. Lake Street. They're inviting local business leaders, public officials and community members to learn how transportation trends and innovations impact the vision of bringing a passenger rail to West Central Wisconsin. Organizers hope people from rural parts of the region attend because they believe passenger rail would probably impact them the most. Scott Rogers – Chair of the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition said this is going to important for our community in order for us to “be competitive economically."

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