Local Things You Need To Know


Obamacare premiums to rise sharply  
10:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday.
 Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.   
 Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.  
For the full story, see Tuesday’s Freeman.


Third youth robbery suspect
waived into adult court
10:42 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A Milwaukee teen has been waived into adult court for his alleged role in robbing two Menomonee Falls gas stations in two days, one for the second straight day.
Jacari Hammonds, 16, did not contest being waived into adult court, and was charged Monday with armed robbery and operating an auto without consent.

For more details, see Tuesday’s Freeman.


University of Wisconsin System’s backlog of repairs hits $2B
10:38 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The backlog of needed repairs in the University of Wisconsin System has grown to an estimated cost of $2 billion.   
 The system is asking for $713.3 million in the next two-year state budget, and also asking the state to give the Board of Regents authority to manage projects that are funded by program revenues
 Regent Margaret Farrow said the changes would help the system save students and taxpayers money.   
 The capital budget request would cover more than 25 major projects; other maintenance, repair, and renovation projects; funding for reconfiguring instructional spaces to meet current needs; and planning funds for three projects.     
 The school’s Milwaukee campus is seeking $7 million of the total capital projects request to renovate its chemistry building, which was constructed in 1972 and still has the original building systems. Several of the system’s campuses have residence hall renovations on the table.  


Former DOJ administrator accused of waving gun around
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MADISON (AP) — The state Justice Department’s former top detective’s wife accused him last year of waving his gun around and threatening her as their marriage crumbled after his old girlfriend re-surfaced, court documents show.
Attorney General Brad Schimel last week moved Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Dave Matthews into a policy adviser position. Schimel said at the time he wanted a different management style in the state’s elite crime-fighting force. DOJ spokesman Johnny Koremenos said Monday that Matthews’ transfer had nothing to do with the allegations. Matthews declined an interview request through Koremenos.
Filings in Dane County Circuit Court indicate that Matthews and his wife, Robin Matthews, are embroiled in a divorce proceeding that began in 2014.


3 Chicago women killed in Milwaukee Uber traffic collision
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say three women from Chicago were killed when a vehicle ran a red light and slammed their Uber ride in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office released a statement Monday identifying the victims as 32-year-old Amy Taylor, 30-year-old Ashley Sawatzke and 35-year-old Lindsey Cohen. Autopsies are expected Monday.
The 41-year-old Uber driver was taken to a hospital with what police described as non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released the Uber driver’s name.
Police have said two of the passengers died at the scene and a third died at a local hospital.


Megabucks ticket sold in West Bend wins $3 million jackpot
11:17 a.m. 

WEST BEND (AP) — A Megabucks lottery ticket sold in West Bend has won the $3 million jackpot.
State lottery officials say the ticket matched all six winning numbers in the Saturday drawing. The numbers were 2, 10, 23, 36, 39 and 49.
Megabucks is played only in Wisconsin. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in about 7 million.
The ticket holder has about six months to claim the prize. If the winner chooses a cash payout, the lump sum will be $2.2 million.