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Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan
2:08 p.m.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.
The silver carp was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds, officials with the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee told The Associated Press. It was caught Thursday by a commercial fisherman under contract with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about 2 miles below the below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Calumet River, on Chicago’s south side.
The location is the closest to the Great Lakes that a silver carp is known to have reached, said Charlie Wooley, Midwest deputy regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Silver carp are among four types of Asian carp threatening to invade the lakes, where 
scientists say they could compete with native species, unravel aquatic food chains and devastate the region’s $7 billion fishing industry.

 

 

Walker to promote Wisconsin cheese in statewide tour
2:07 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is hitting the road to promote cheese.
Walker announced Friday that economic development officials, members of his cabinet, lawmakers and University of Wisconsin officials will be spreading out across the state to celebrate growing cheese companies.

Walker is kicking off ‘‘Wisconsin Cheese Day’’ on Monday with a stop at Klondike Cheese in Monroe.
Others will be making appearances at Masters Gallery Goods in Plymouth, Great Lakes Cheese in La Crosse, Westby Cooperative Creamery in Westby, Biery Cheese in Plover and Renard’s Cheese in Algoma.
The event is held in conjunction with dairy month. Walker recently signed a bill naming cheese as Wisconsin’s official dairy product, just in case there were any doubts.



 

Summerfest plans grand opening events to celebrate 50th edition
10:46 a.m.


MILWAUKEE — Celebrating Summerfest’s 50th anniversary, a grand opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the recently renovated Miller Lite Oasis.
Milwaukee’s own John McGivern will emcee the event  that will also include a welcome from Milwaukee World Festival Inc. Board Chairman Ted Kellner, President and CEO Don Smiley and others.
Summerfest grounds crew and security staff will thank fans by distributing 25,000 free Summerfest weekday tickets throughout the 75 acres of Henry Maier Festival Park.
Other opening day highlights:
— Johnson Controls “Stomp Out Hunger Day” with FOX6.  All patrons arriving between noon and 3 p.m. who donate three nonperishable food items will receive 1 free weekday ticket.
— Miller Lite Tank Beer will be filled at Miller Brewery and travel the short distance to the new Miller Lite Brew House at Summerfest within hours to enjoy the freshest Miller Lite.
— The new American Family Experience will have a live art installation, a design-your-own-photo activity and a rooftop lounge.
— Summerfest 50 Exhibit presented by Pick ’n Save chronicling 50 years of festival history.

 

 

 

Johnson: Senate bill doesn’t address health care costs
10:44 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — Ron Johnson says he’s hesitant to support the Senate’s new health care reform bill largely because it doesn’t address the cost of health insurance.
Wisconsin’s Republican senator is one of more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers who have signaled concerns about the bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released Thursday. Johnson told WTMJ-AM radio on Friday that his main problem with the bill is it doesn’t address the root cause of rising health insurance costs. He said free-market 
competition has been driven out of the health insurance industry and the bill amounts to a Band-Aid.
He said that McConnell should back off on his goal of voting on the legislation next week. He says he needs more time to gather reaction from stakeholders such as hospitals and Wisconsin residents.
 

 

 

South Milwaukee man convicted in crash that killed two bicyclists
2:45 a.m.


WAUKESHA — A South Milwaukee man was sentenced to serve seven years in prison and three more years on extended supervision on Thursday, more than two years after he crashed into and killed two bicyclists out for a morning ride in Muskego.
Brett Hartley, 22, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of homicide by the negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a plea agreement that amended charges downward from reckless homicide.
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.


 

 

State DPI revises rules for teaching licenses
2:40 a.m.


MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will hold a hearing in July on emergency rules that will make changes in educator licensing to address teacher shortages in time for the upcoming school year.
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.