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FOND DU LAC COUNTY TO RE-BID UW-FDL STUDENT HOUSING COMPLEX

Fond du Lac County officials are starting over in the construction of a UW-Fond du Lac student housing project.  County executive Al Buechel says a second Request for Proposals is being issued after the developer said they were unable to proceed at this time.  Earlier this year the developer asked for a delay in the project.  Buechel says they had the financing pulled due to all the controversy and they were trying to secure new financing….but it was taking too long.  Buechel says full proposals are due August 7th with a new agreement going before the county board in September. Buechel says the goal is to have the facility ready for the 2016 fall semester.

OSHKOSH CORPORATION TO WORK ON MORE MEDIUM TACTICAL VEHICLES

Wisconsin's maker of military vehicles says it will get to work next year on a fresh order for more Medium Tactical Vehicles.  The Army's latest purchase has the Oshkosh Corporation gearing up to make 698 trucks, for 184-million dollars. Oshkosh has produced over 22-thousand of the tactical trucks and 11-thousand related trailers since the Army's initial order in 2010.  They're used for combat, relief efforts, and supply missions.  Last month, Oshkosh said it was recalling 425 laid-off workers, due to a recent increase in defense work.  About 100 job openings are posted for salaried positions.

BANK TO CLOSE BRANCH IN WINNECONNE

Madison's largest home-grown bank plans to cut 14-percent of its employees in a money-saving move.  Anchor Bank says it will eliminate 101 jobs in the next three months.  Six branches will close, affecting 23 workers.  Another 78 have agreed to take voluntary separation packages.  They'll be out by September 30th.  Anchor's parent firm says about five-point-four million dollars a year will be saved through the job cuts, and an expected sale of its branch at Winneconne, near Oshkosh.  A bank spokeswoman says some of the eliminated jobs will be replaced eventually -- and others will be either consolidated or left vacant.

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Wisconsinites would know less about their state-and-local governments, under a new two-year state budget that was endorsed early this morning by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.  A broad last-minute amendment package included a host new Open Records' exemptions.  They include information on how bills are drafted, and deliberative materials showing how decisions are made.  Investigators could say less about why police shootings are justified-or-not.  Online court records would no longer include certain cases in which criminal charges are dismissed before trials.  And lawmakers could hide information from litigants when they're sued.  Critics loudly objected, accusing Republicans of trying to hide their embarrassments.  They cited the governor's attempt to get rid of the U-W's century-old Wisconsin Idea.  Bill Lueders of the state's Freedom of Information Council called the action "cowardly," and said it would lead to more corruption. Nobody would say who asked for the changes. 

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The full Legislature will take up the proposed state budget next week.  But Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald admits he still does not have enough votes within his majority party to get it passed.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his house is ready to approve the budget Tuesday or Wednesday.  The two-year, 70-billion dollar budget was given final committee approval early this morning. It holds the line on most local property taxes, cuts U-W funding by 250-million dollars, expands tax-funded private school vouchers, and keeps public school funding generally steady this fall with a slight increase next year.  Among the last-minute changes approved by the Joint Finance Committee included tax breaks for married couples and the makers of hard cider.

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A Tomah man is being detained in a mental health facility, after he reportedly told a security guard he planned to kill President Obama yesterday in La Crosse. The U-S attorney's office in Madison issued a warrant for 55-year-old Brian Dutcher, who was later found and held under a civil commitment.  The Wisconsin State Journal dug up an affidavit showing that Dutcher approached a security guard Wednesday at a La Crosse library and said he would "take (Obama) out" if he had the chance -- and he was serious about it.  Obama spoke at U-W La Crosse, promoting his plans to seek overtime pay for about five-million more American workers.

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About 300 striking transit workers in Milwaukee rallied at the county courthouse yesterday, to try-and-get more people to take their side for a new contract. Union drivers and mechanics have been on strike since early Wednesday, protesting the county's efforts to bring in part-time workers with fewer benefits. They're also seeking a much higher pay raise than what the transit system has offered.  The county has scaled back the number of part-timers it would bring in.  Around 750 employees have been working without a contract since April, and no new talks are scheduled.  The Milwaukee County Transit System serves 150-thousand passengers a day.  The union went on a short strike that's expected to end tomorrow, but it's been leaving workers and college students without rides.  Many have feared they'll flunk their summer classes or get fired from their jobs because they can't get to them.

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A one-year-old snow leopard at the Milwaukee County Zoo probably had a seizure before he drowned in his exhibit last month.  Zoo officials said yesterday that Sossy had excessive liquids surrounding his brain.  They stemmed from a neurological condition he was most likely born with.  The snow leopard was born with legs that dragged behind him, as part of a rare "swimmer puppy syndrome."  Sossy had no signs he was sick in the days before he died on June fifth.