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premiums to rise sharply
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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