Too cold to camp?; Joint Finance pulls UW funding increase; Budget committee endorses collecting DNA from suspects; more state news
It got down to 27 degrees in northern Wisconsin this morning, but somewhat warmer temps are expected for the weekend. Lawmakers rejected a proposed funding increase, taking their anger out on the UW for imposing maximum tuition increases for six straight years while quietly sitting on $650 million in cash reserves.
Late spring, more walleyes prompt lawmaker to back off funding threat affecting tribes; Milwaukee falls to 30th largest U.S. city; more state briefs
Tensions between six Chippewa tribes and the DNR are expected to ease a bit after a lawmaker backed off his threat to block state funding for a cultural center in the wake of higher spearing quotas. Also, stories about how many wolves may be killed next year, the still-unexplained death of a 12-year-old, a gold-broker being sent to prison and new U.S.Census figures.
Measure to require more job efforts from food stamp recipients advances; fallen FBI agent with Wisconsin link remembered; more state news
Joint Finance committee members Tuesday limited a provision in Gov. Scott Walker's budget to sell public property and advanced rules to incent unemployed citizens getting food assistance to work harder at finding a job. Also, Weather Service records compare the Moore, OK. tornado to epic twisters that have hit Wisconsin and a story about two FBI agents killed in a training exercise last week -- one of whom started his career in Milwaukee.
Big Joint Finance decisions expected today as Walker travels; Lake Superior warm-up blamed for waning Lake Trout population, more state news
The Legislature's Joint Finance committee will decide the fate of a half-dozen signficant affecting the poor and unemployed, state assets and state workers who smoke. Read on for stories about the sale of Wausau Paper,a 2.5 degree warm-up of Lake Superior and a large industrial fire in Sauk City.
Panel will decide on DNA-collection question, 'double-dipping'; house explosion levels one- damages five near Eau Claire; more state news
A Sunday afternoon explosion decimated a town of Washington home and blew out windows and cracked walls at surrounding properties. Also, members of the Legislature's Joint Finance committee have several weighty decisions before them this week, including some which would curtail Gov. Scott Walker-budget initiatives. Also, stories of a police shooting, bicyclist's death and more.
Job situation: Back on track or derailed?; Wood-cutting accident caused wildfire that burned over 8,000 acres; more briefs
Wisconsin’s job picture is either exciting or lackluster, depending on which political party you believe. Smoke from logging equipment caused this week’s massive wildfire in far northwest Wisconsin.
Law to curb circuit judge's powers wins approval; poll says slight majority favor Walker's performance; more state briefs
State laws that are struck down by circuit judges could stay in effect while they’re appealed, under a bill that got preliminary approval in the Assembly Tuesday. Also, stories about legislation to curb Milwaukee County Board- and WDEC employee discretion, and a discount boffo that cost a wine retailer some credibility with customers.
Crews from Wisconsin and Minnesota worked through the night battling a wildfire in Wisconsin’s Douglas and Bayfield counties that now has burned across 6,800 acres.RELATED CONTENT
Studies: Endocrine disruptors, cocaine common in Minnesota waters; former DNR secretary calls for more testing in Wisconsin
Minnesota researchers found 56 chemicals -- including cocaine-- in the state’s waters, according to two studies released Monday that raise questions about potential impacts on wildlife and human health. Former Wisconsin DNR secretary George Meyer said the tests show that Wisconsin, which has not conducted similar studies on this scale, needs to develop a plan to figure out what’s in its water.RELATED CONTENT
Conservative Janesville area group alleges undue IRS scrutiny; Dalai Lama speaking to lawmakers, more state briefs
Between debates over stiffer rules for the unemployed, drunk drivers and underage drinkers who use fake ID's, Wisconsin lawmaker will hear from the Dalai Lama Tuesday afternoon. Also, stories about two fatal fires, a rally planned in support of unpasteurized milk and a farmer caught selling and news about Vice President Joe Biden's note to a Milwaukee youngster whimsically endorsing chocolate bullets.
High court considers Wisconsin-focused church-state case; Assembly mulls new landlord-tenant law; new 'Alice' crowned
New legislation would allow landlords to seize property left behind when a tenant has been evicted. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court may decide a Wisconsin church-state dispute that has national ramifications for churches that host school events, plus stories about the new "Alice", a grad speaker's conclusions on a Hillary Clinton presidency and more state briefs.
Joint Finance OKs one year's funding for embattled WEDC; panel would curb reciprocity; Gogebic files permit request, more state news
The state Legislature’s finance committee has endorsed only one year of funding for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Also, Gogebic Taconite has filed a request with the WDNR to being boring 1,400-foot deep exploratory probes near Ashland, plus stories about eliminating reciprocity tuition rates for Minnesotans wanting to attend UW-Madison and a bid to prevent any restrictions on big, sugary sodas in Wisconsin.
Blacks had higher voting percentage than whites in 2012; Study shows hospital prices for common procedures vary vastly; more state news
The Census Bureau found that 79% of black Wisconsin adults went to the polls in last fall’s presidential election, compared to 75% of non-Hispanic whites. There was a 10% margin of error in the Wisconsin survey due to the state’s relatively small numbers of black voters. According to numbers released by federal health officials, it pays to shop around before having common medical procedures.
Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the UW-Madison, will be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.”RELATED CONTENT
Bill limiting junk-food purchases with food stamps passes Assembly; Heroin use spikes in mid-Wisconsin; more state news
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. Marathon County sheriff’s official Gary Schneck said heroin use in the Wausau area has jumped rapidly in the last three years, and it started when drug-makers added time-release coatings to painkillers like OxyContin to cut down on their abuse.