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Republican senators speak out against gas tax
11 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — The division among Republicans in the state Legislature over what to do about the state’s roads is showing.
Two GOP senators on Monday spoke out against raising the gas tax, saying they will never support such a plan. Sens. Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga say there are other ways to save money to help plug a nearly $1 billion transportation budget hole.
Top Assembly Republicans support raising the gas tax as part of the solution.
Also on Monday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released a video showing him riding in the back of an ambulance as it bounces along roads in Racine County.
An Assembly committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the state Department of Transportation’s budget request that relies on more borrowing instead of raising taxes.

 

 

Narcan use up among Waukesha County first responders  
2:10 a.m.


WAUKESHA — It’s a scene all too familiar to first responders — a subject so heavily under the influence of drugs that a shot of Narcan is required to bring him or her around, or, perhaps, save that person’s life.
Through last week, Waukesha firefighters have administered Narcan — a drug given to counteract the effects of opioid intoxication; its generic name is naloxone — 92 times, said Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard. That is up from 88 in 2015, 78 in 2014, and 91 in 2013.
“It used to be unusual to use Narcan. Now it’s a fairly regular drug we administer,” Howard said.
But those numbers don’t necessarily reflect lives saved. In some instances, people are given multiple shots of Narcan to stabilize them. Howard said the idea is to prevent whatever drugs the party has taken from compromising the immune system. There is also a risk recipients can throw up or become combative.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Freeman.

 

 

Two Milwaukee men allegedly lead
police on chase, possess drugs
2:07 a.m.


WAUKESHA — Two Milwaukee males allegedly led New Berlin Police officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle while possessing drugs.
Larry King, 22, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, one felony count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and one felony count of possession with intent to deliver THC. A passenger in the stolen car, Devion Smith, 19, was charged with possession of cocaine and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
If convicted, King faces over 10 years in prison. Smith faces three years in prison if convicted.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman.

 

 

Narcan use up among Waukesha County first responders 
2:03 a.m.  


WAUKESHA — It’s a scene all too familiar to first responders — a subject so heavily under the influence of drugs that a shot of Narcan is required to bring him or her around, or, perhaps, save that person’s life.
Through last week, Waukesha firefighters have administered Narcan — a drug given to counteract the effects of opioid intoxication; its generic name is naloxone — 92 times, said Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard. That is up from 88 in 2015, 78 in 2014, and 91 in 2013.
“It used to be unusual to use Narcan. Now it’s a fairly regular drug we administer,” Howard said.
But those numbers don’t necessarily reflect lives saved. In some instances, people are given multiple shots of Narcan to stabilize them. Howard said the idea is to prevent whatever drugs the party has taken from compromising the immune system. There is also a risk recipients can throw up or become combative.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Freeman.
 

 

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo
10:42 p.m.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three 11-week-old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo.   
 The two females, named Eloise and Bernadette, and the male, named Kashtan, were born Sept. 14.   
 Zookeeper Amanda Ista says the cubs are doing well but the male is being hand raised.   
 In October, he developed an abscess on his leg. Zoo officials weren’t sure if the mother would accept him after being away so they now keep him in a separate area and feed him by hand.   But Ista says Kashtan regularly visits with his sisters to socialize and exercise, like he did during the debut Friday.   
 Ista says Amur tigers are extremely endangered in the wild, so their zoo cousins act as ambassadors to raise awareness.   
 For a photo of the cubs, see Saturday’s Freeman.

 

Recount confirms Shilling’s victory over Kapanke
10:37 p.m.


 MADISON (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Wisconsin state Senate has held on to her job after a recount.   
 Final results from the Wisconsin Elections Commission Friday showed Sen. Jennifer Shilling, of La Crosse, ended the recount with a 61-vote margin over Republican Dan Kapanke.   
 Shilling went into the recount up by 56 votes.   
 Democrats were so confident of a Shilling win they voted to re-elect her as minority leader in the Senate last week.