MADISON (AP)– Republican-backed bills to limit absentee voting hours and make other election-law changes are scheduled for votes next week in the Wisconsin Senate as lawmakers rush to finish their work for the year.
The bills were included on the agenda released Friday for the Senate session on Tuesday. They are among more than 50 bills to be voted on by the Senate in what is expected to be one of its last days in session before adjourning either later this month or the first week of April. Read more in Tuesday's Freeman.
MADISON, Wis. (AP)– Anchor Bank is offering an apology to nearly 200 customers who were sent the wrong mortgage statements. Anchor Bank spokeswoman Jennifer Ranville says a mailroom malfunction is to blame for the problem. The statements included loan information, but did not include checking, saving or Social Security numbers. The Madison bank is offering one year of fraud protection to those affected.
Healthstat agreement to go before Waukesha School Board
WAUKESHA –The Waukesha School Board could face two significant financial decisions when it meets on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Ave. The first decision would be whether to sign onto the intergovernmental agreement establishing a shared health clinic between the school district, the City of Waukesha and Waukesha County. The other decision could clear the way for the district to move forward with the Field of Many Dreams, a plan to install synthetic turf fields at each of the three high schools. Read more in today's Freeman.
WAUKESHA – Is spring on the way? Can it be? There are signs. Expect it to be mostly sunny today, with a high near 28. North wind 5 to 10 mph. The National Weather Service predicts that tonight it'll be mostly clear, with a low around 12. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. Tomorrow mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Sunday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Look for it to warm up Monday, with a high near 47.
Don¹t forget that daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday. We will spring ahead and lose one hour of sleep. On the plus side, there will be an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day.
China-bound Malaysian jet vanishes with 239 aboard
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)– Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia scrambled on Saturday to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early that morning, leaving the fates of the 239 people aboard in doubt. CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said at a news conference that Flight MH370 lost contact with Malaysian air traffic control at 2:40 a.m., about two hours after it had taken off from Kuala Lumpur. The plane, which carried passengers mostly from China but also from other Asian countries, North America and Europe, had been expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Pham Hien, a Vietnamese search and rescue official, said the last signal detected from the plane was 120 nautical miles southwest of Vietnam¹s southernmost Ca Mau province, which is close to where the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand.
Lai Xuan Thanh, director of Vietnam¹s civil aviation authority, said air traffic officials in the country never made contact with the plane.
No arrests made in consensual live stream incident
WAUKESHA– Police received a report of a live streaming video in which a man was physically abusing a woman, but when they made contact with the couple, the woman said the entire incident was consensual. Read more in today's Freeman.
WAUKESHA – Mayor Jeff Scrima slammed a proposed on-site shared clinic for city, county and school district employees in a recent email to all city employees, but County Executive Dan Vrakas said it seems like the mayor doesn’t understand all the facts. See the full story in today's Freeman.