(AP) — The University of Wisconsin System-Extension plans to
eliminate about 80 positions as part of a reorganization plan
drafted to absorb a budget hit.
Cathy Sandeen said Wednesday that the job reductions will come
from a branch that works with people at a local level on
agricultural, parenting and economic development issues through
offices in each of the state's 72 counties.
says no county offices will close, but the job eliminations in
the 700-person Cooperative Extension division will be clear in
about a year. She says about 40 of the positions on the chopping
block already are vacant.
move follows cuts from the two-year state budget Governor Scott
Walker signed in July, trimming $250 million from the UW System.
Extension's share of that cut is about $7 million.
(AP) — U.S. Senate hopeful from Wisconsin Russ Feingold is
trying to stay neutral in the ongoing Democratic nomination
fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
is trying to win his way back to the Senate, where he served 18
years, before being ousted in 2010 by Republican Ron Johnson. It
is one of the most closely watched Senate races this year, and a
seat Democrats are hopeful they can win as they try to reclaim
also has not endorsed anyone in the muddled Republican
presidential race before Wisconsin's April 5th primary.
did not endorse in either the 2004 or 2008 Democratic
there's little incentive for Feingold to endorse this year as
polls show he is will liked by both Clinton and Sanders
Wis. (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers want to create a law
enforcement oversight committee with the power to review new
surveillance technologies, use of military weapons and John Doe
legislative committee would have subpoena power and access to
closed John Doe proceedings.
author Representative David Craig, a Republican from Big Bend,
said in a public hearing Wednesday that police are dealing with
a rapid progression of surveillance technologies, such as
drones, that have the potential to invade privacy. He says it's
the state's role to ensure good conduct by state agents..
enforcement officers and some Assembly committee members spoke
against the bill, saying it would create more red tape for
agencies. The public hearing clears the way for a committee
Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's budget committee has approved a
bill that would relax Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations.
Republican bill would eliminate requirements that major
utilities submit annual plans for complying with sulfur dioxide
emission requirements to the state. It also would eliminate a
requirement that if the Department of Natural Resources believes
emissions will exceed 325,000 tons annually the agency must
recommend to lawmakers whether the state should adopt an
enforceable limit. DNR officials say Wisconsin's limitations
have been largely superseded by federal regulations and utility
emissions don't approach those limits.
measure also would eliminate requirements that utilities pay 1.2
percent of their revenue into the state's Focus on Energy
program, instead requiring them to pay based only on their
committee approved the bill 12-3 Wednesday.
Wis. (AP) — A Madison City Council member has withdrawn her
resolution commemorating the teenager shot and killed by a
Marsha Rummel emailed her colleagues this week about her
resolution to commemorate March 6th as Tony Terrell Robinson
Day. Robinson was fatally shot last year by Officer Matt Kenny,
who was later cleared of any criminal or departmental
David Ahrens says the resolution would "re-ignite a lot of
bad feelings" Robinson's death. Numerous protests followed
the shooting of the biracial man by a white police officer.
reports the city attorney is advising against such a resolution
because of pending civil rights litigation by Robinson's family.
Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin, is urging the community to help
their neighbors or do something else positive on March 6th.
Wis. (AP) — A Madison man accused of fatally shooting a former
grocery store co-worker has been ordered to stand trial.
Christopher O'Kroley waived his right to a preliminary hearing
Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court.
criminal complaint says O'Kroley blames Caroline Nosal for
getting him fired at Metro Market. The complaint says the
24-year-old Stoughton woman rebuffed O'Kroley's advances and
complained to management that he was harassing her. Nosal was
fatally shot in the parking lot of the store on Feb. 2.
is also accused of shooting at a Madison police officer who
returned fire before O'Kroley was arrested. He's charged with
first-degree intentional homicide and reckless endangerment. He
will enter pleas to the charges against him when an arraignment
GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota bar owner and manager are
charged with illegally bringing in a Wisconsin beer for resale.
Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged 37-year-old bar
owner Brandon Hlavka of St. Michael and 28-year-old manager
David Lantos of Brooklyn Park each with a single felony of
transporting alcohol into Minnesota for resale.
got a tip last April that Maple Tavern in Maple Grove was
illegally importing and selling Spotted Cow beer. The beer is
brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company in Wisconsin and is not a
licensed manufacturer in Minnesota.
to the criminal complaint, agents served a search warrant on the
bar and recovered three Spotted Cow kegs and receipts for the
purchase of 10 kegs from two Hudson, Wisconsin liquor stores.
two are scheduled to appear in court March 2nd.