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May 22, 2015

 
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MADISON — A sweeping proposal giving control of the lowest-performing schools in Milwaukee to a commissioner who could fire all the teachers and administrators also applies to other large, racially diverse school districts in Wisconsin. Madison and Racine, while not immediately eligible like Milwaukee, could find themselves subject to the forced takeover plan adopted by the Legislature's budget-writing committee early Wednesday morning.
Brewers can't finish 
sweep, lose to Tigers 5-2

DETROIT — Jonathan Broxton retired the first two hitters of the eighth inning — including Miguel Cabrera — without allowing a ball past the infield. Four batters and three runs later, he left the mound after a mystifying turn of events. "I got two quick outs and then I didn't get myself out of the inning," Broxton said. "That's always frustrating, especially when I thought I was making good pitches. I have to be able to end that inning."

 

Bucks sticking to long-term 
plan with draft approaching

ST. FRANCIS — The Milwaukee Bucks plan to stick with a slow and steady approach to constructing a consistently successful team. It doesn't appear as if an unexpected push for the playoffs this year is going to accelerate the rebuilding process. General manager John Hammond on Wednesday identified size and shooting as two top team needs going into the NBA draft on June 25.

More than 700 miles of interstates
 in Wisconsin to be 70 mph
Boat sales picking up speed

MADISON — The speed limit will be going up soon on more than 700 miles of rural stretches of interstate in Wisconsin. The state Department of Transportation released details Wednesday of the first places around the state where the speed limit will jump from 65 mph to 70 mph. The announcement came shortly after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that allowed for the speed limit increase.

 

WAUKESHA - With the unofficial start of summer in Wisconsin just a few days away, area boat dealers are recording their usual uptick in boat sales, but overall, locally and nationally boat sales have seen a continued increase. Mike Pretasky Jr., president of Skipper Bud’s in Waukesha, said there are a lot of positive factors affecting the boating industry, including a less harsh winter and lower gas prices.
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Democrats decry police 
video hearing as political hit
Board approves adding deductibles to employee health plans
MADISON — Republican lawmakers got no closer Wednesday to figuring out how the Milwaukee Police Department's data storage system crashed after most city leaders skipped a hearing on the matter. Since January, the police department has been working to recover video and audio recordings rendered inaccessible after the storage system malfunctioned. MADISON — Wisconsin's insurance board voted Tuesday to add deductibles and increase out-of-pocket payments in state employees' health care plans in a move designed to save an estimated $85 million over the next two years. The state Department of Employee Trust Fund's Group Insurance Board approved the measure on a 9-2 vote. The health care system covers about 240,000 state employees, families and dependents.


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Obama's trade allies scramble to line up 60 Senate votes
WASHINGTON — Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are scrambling to keep Senate foes from killing it Thursday before a full-blown debate even begins. They need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to keep a mostly Democratic-driven filibuster from blocking further action.

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Wisconsin's Alvarez: Abolish so-called 20-hour rule
ROSEMONT, Ill.  — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said it's time to abolish the so-called 20-hour rule designed to limit how much time students spend on athletics instead of academics per week. Alvarez acknowledged athletes need time off. But the rule in place is not the way to go about it.

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MediumLast Summer On Earth: Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes & Colin Hay
Join an awesome lineup of Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and Colin Hay for some fun in the sun outdoors as part of the ‘Last Summer on Earth’ tour at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion. All paid tickets will include a the new Barenaked Ladies album download (early summer 2015 release date). An “instant grat track” will also be available.

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Finance committee to mull changes to SeniorCare budget
MADISON — The Legislature's finance committee is set to make changes to Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program.

Family of man killed at Ford Hood to get his Purple Heart
MILWAUKEE — The family of a nurse practitioner from Wisconsin killed in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting is set to receive his Purple Heart.

Roggensack has not talked to Abrahamson since switch
MADISON — Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says "there's no chaos" on the state's highest court, and she has not spoken with former longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson since she succeeded her.

Governor signs bill to keep Badger Exam off school reports
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican-authored bill that would ensure scores on the statewide Badger Exam public school children are taking this spring aren't used against teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.

Lawmakers hope to expedite 20-week abortion ban bill
MADISON — Republican state lawmakers say they hope to pass a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation before the budget is debated in June.

Surprise special needs voucher elicit mixed responses
MADISON — The impromptu creation of a special needs voucher program early Wednesday morning caught disability rights advocates off guard, while those who supported the measure hailed the program as giving parents another option for educating their kids.

Green Bay police shooting under district attorney review
GREEN BAY — A district attorney says he's reviewing a report from the Wisconsin Department of Justice on the shooting of a man who Green Bay police say stabbed an officer.

Appeals court invalidates portion of DNA surcharge
MADISON — An appeals court invalidated a section of state law Wednesday that requires judges to impose a a DNA surcharge on misdemeanor convictions without submitting an actual sample, a ruling that could affect potentially thousands of criminals caught up in a wrinkle of budgetary timing.

Fitzgerald says prevailing wage repeal is unlikely
MADISON — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he doesn't have the votes to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, but he hopes to reform the statutes through the state budget.

Store destroyed by fire in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — Fire officials estimate the loss of a Milwaukee food and liquor store at $1 million. Firefighters responded to a massive blaze that destroyed Mother's Food & Liquor Tuesday about 10:30 p.m.

Forget grades: Wisconsin report cards may have stars
MADISON — Forget grades. The Legislature's budget-writing committee early Wednesday morning voted to rate Wisconsin schools on a five-star system. Gov. Scott Walker had wanted to assign letter grades. 

Budget panel approves takeover for some Milwaukee schools
MADISON — The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a Republican-backed plan that would place the worst-performing Milwaukee Public Schools under control of a commissioner appointed by the county executive who could convert them into private voucher schools or independent charter schools.

Committee approves alternatives for teacher licenses
MADISON — Wisconsin schools would be able to hire people who don't have a bachelor's degree to teach subjects like math, science, technology and engineering under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

Drug screening for public beneficiaries approved
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

Budget committee approves more spending for prison beds
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved spending an additional $5 million above previous estimates to pay for housing inmates in the state prison system.

Proposal opens public school sports to private students
MADISON — Home-schooled students and those attending private, virtual or charter schools would have to be allowed to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school under a proposal backed by Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Committee votes to cut 60 Wisconsin prison guard positions
MADISON — Sixty tower guard positions in 10 Wisconsin prisons would be eliminated under a vote by the Legislature's budget committee.

Group files lawsuit against Walker over records
MADISON — A liberal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker, saying he is illegally withholding records related to his proposal to rewrite the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin known as the "Wisconsin Idea."

Drug screening for public beneficiaries approved
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

Ag officials lift Juneau County farm's bird flu quarantine
MADISON — State agriculture officials have lifted a quarantine zone around a Juneau County farm that had poultry infected with bird flu.

Oconomowoc death is apparent homicide
OCONOMOWOC — Investigators in Oconomowoc say the death of a 50-year-old man found shot in the basement of his home is apparently a homicide.

Kenosha Co. health officials investigate salmonella outbreak
KENOSHA — Health officials in Kenosha County are investigating an outbreak of a food-borne illness.

Black clergy say Madison officer who shot teen should resign
MADISON — Black religious leaders in the Madison area are calling for the resignation of a white police officer who fatally shot a biracial teenager in Wisconsin's capital city.

Ex-Wisconsin running back says he was shot during robbery
MILWAUKEE — Former University of Wisconsin running back Booker Stanley says he was shot in the back during a robbery in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee school head's chief of staff on leave for gesture
MILWAUKEE — The chief of staff for the Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent is on paid leave after he allegedly made an obscene hand gesture at a recent school board budget meeting.

 

 
 
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