Wisconsin statewide news roundup - Friday, June 10
Wisconsin will get a hot and sticky dose of summer the next two days.
The National Weather Service says the heat index will reach 90 to 100 degrees Friday and Saturday as a warm front moves.
Heavy storms are due in Friday afternoon, with forecasters in Milwaukee and Duluth saying that tornadoes are "possible." In Green Bay, more than 17,000 people are expected to be in the 10K Bellin Run Saturday -- and organizers say they'll provide more water and heat related services, although most runners will be finished by 10 a.m. before it really gets hot.
The Weather Service says heavy rains caused several cars to get stuck in Janesville, as golf ball sized hail came down late Thursdaynight. Highs are expected to be in the 80s and 90s the next two days -- a rapid warmup after Milwaukee had its normal high forThursday of 73 degrees.
Obama to campaign for Clinton in Green Bay
GREEN BAY -- President Barack Obama has chosen the Green Bay area to make his first joint campaign appearance with fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.
They'll appear together next Wednesday, and a time and place have not been announced. Obama endorsed Clinton on Thursday, after media counts gave her enough convention delegates to assure her of the party's nomination.
Clinton's primary opponent Bernie Sanders won the April Wisconsin primary with 56 percent of the vote, and UW-Green Bay professor Scott Furlong says Clinton apparently knows she needs to spend more time in the state and raise her support.
Furlong tells WLUK-TV he expects both Clinton and presumptive G-OP nominee Donald Trump to spend a lot of time in Wisconsin, as Republicans try to carry the Badger State for the first time since Ronald Reagan's second term in 1984.
UW approves budget with no tuition hike but higher fees
MADISON -- Most UW undergraduate students will not pay higher tuition this fall, but they will pay an average of $59 more in fees under a budget passed by the Board of Regents Thursday.
The budget calls for $6.2 billion in total spending, up by $37 million from last year despite tuition freezes for Wisconsin residents and cuts in state funding. The university plans to tap $160 million from its reserves -- the size of which angered Republican lawmakers three years ago and resulted in the tuition freezes since then.
Only freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at UW-Stevens Point will pay $200 to $400 more in tuition, after they approved a referendum for the hikes last fall -- students will also see higher costs for dorm rooms and meals on campuses -- and most of the fee hikes are for campus building projects. A Regent committee also endorsed higher application fees that the full board will consider Friday at UW-Milwaukee.
State board eyes nominating challenges in 13 contests
Madison, WI) -- The state Government Accountability Board will decide Friday whether to strike down nomination papers in 13 state legislative and congressional contests.
Candidates could be removed from the ballot if the board's action leaves them without the minimum number of petition signatures required. House Speaker Paul Ryan's primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, is among those having his papers challenged.
Milwaukee conservative Orville Seymer filed the complaint, saying that among other things, Nehlen's papers show that he lives in the city of Delavan -- while he actually lives in the town of Delavan.Friday marks the final meeting of the GAB, which will return to politically appointed elections and ethics boards near the end of this month.
Finance panel to consider voter ID education campaign
MADISON -- A state panel could decide next week whether to spend $250,000 to educate Wisconsinites on the photo ID law for voting.
The Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Monday to consider several requests, including one from the Government Accountability Board. It was planning to run a campaign before the 2011 voter ID law was put on hold due to legal challenges.
The challenges continue, but voters are now having to show their IDs at the polls. The GAB is now seeking funds for television, radio, and online ads it hopes to start running in July before the August campaigns for the state and federal primaries get going. Also, the finance panel will consider a budget transfer of $5.4 million to maintain health services at the state's prisons for adults.
Feldman's 'Whad'ya Know' show could keep going online
MADISON -- Fans of Michael Feldman's "Whad'ya Know" may still be able to hear the iconic Madison-based show after it shuts down this month on public radio.
Feldman is trying to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to pay for a season of 24 podcasts, which he hopes would lead to a series funded by subscriptions. The comedy, music, and quiz show is ending a 31-year run by Public Radio International, as Wisconsin Public Radio cites declining listenership.
Its final show there will be on June 25, and Feldman's Kickstarter.com page says a podcast would only be funded if at least the initial $10,000 is raised by July 7. So far, 81 supporters have pledged almost half the amount.
State Patrol scraps joint facility with Outagamie County
APPLETON -- The county executive in Appleton says officials will keep planning to build a new sheriff's office near Interstate 41, even though the State Patrol will not be a part of it.
The state DOT has scrapped the idea of putting its northeast regional headquarters in the new Outagamie County building. The state has been looking to move its facility from Fond du Lac.
Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says the proposed site is close to a high voltage electric line, and it might interfere with the State Patrol's radio system -- and he says the site could limit future expansion. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson says he's disappointed with the state's decision, but the county will keep moving forward with the project on its own.
State senator calling for lead testing in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- State Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee wants city residents tested for lead exposure.
A recent article in The Guardian claims Milwaukee is one of more than 30 cities across the country where water testing practices aren't as stringent as EPA guidelines call for. Taylor says Milwaukee has "blatantly cheated" on the water tests by having people run water before it's tested for lead.
The most recent testing data by Milwaukee Water Works shows a lead level of 10 parts per billion, considered an "alert level," but lower than the EPA's highest allowed amount of 15 parts per billion.
Man held on $5M bond for Hobart killings
GREEN BAY -- A Green Bay area man is jailed under a $5 million bond while he awaits charges in the stabbing deaths of two women in Hobart.
Twenty-six-year-old Jacob Cayer of Ashwaubenon had a bond hearing Thursday in Brown County Circuit Court. Cayer was booked for possible first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his former girlfriend, 25-year-old Sabrina Teague and her 63-year-old mother Sunny Teague.
Police say Sabrina was found dead Tuesday night in her backyard, and her mother was found dead in a bathroom of the family home -- and a man is expected to survive after having stab wounds to his chest and arms. Online court records show that Cayer is scheduled enter pleas June 21 to a pair of other charges from April -- resisting police and bail jumping.
Reward fund now $65K to find 9-year-old's killer
MILWAUKEE -- A reward has grown to $65,000 to find the killer of a 9-year-old Milwaukee girl who was watching TV in her home.
Attorney Michael Hupy has doubled his reward offer to $50,000, and the FBI has thrown in $15,000.
Police say two groups were exchanging gunfire May 5 when a bullet entered a north side Milwaukee home and killed young Za'layia Jenkins. Investigators say they found more than 40 shell casings at the shooting scene. A 25-year-old man was held late last month as a person of interest but has since been freed.
Dairyland Power co-op to triple its wind power
LA CROSSE -- An electric cooperative in La Crosse plans to triple its capacity for wind power, by buying 98 megawatts from a proposed wind farm near Darlington.
Dairyland Power announced the arrangement at its 75th annual meeting in La Crosse. Almost 50 wind energy turbines are expected to be built as part of the Quilt Block Wind Farm, which still needs regulatory approval.
It's expected to start operating by the end of next year, and the group Renew Wisconsin says it would increase the state's wind electrical capacity by around 15 percent. The site is in the Lafayette County town of Seymour, and it would be the state's first new utility-sized wind farm since 2011.