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Brown County might follow Green Bay's lead, and ban the hiring of illegal immigrants by businesses that have county licenses. A committee has asked John Jacques, corporation counsel, to draft such a measure. But he believes the county does not have the right to adopt it. Brown County issues over 1,300 licenses. Many are on behalf of the state for places like restaurants, taverns and grocery stores. Patrick Evans, supervisor, says he'll let the state come in and say they can't ban illegal immigrant workers at those firms.
Authorities have suspended a search for a missing sailor in the Bay of Green Bay. The Coast Guard says they won't resume looking for Karl Christiansen, 75, of the Sister Bay area unless something new comes up. He went sailing from the Door County town of Liberty Grove on Saturday. He was reported to the Coast Guard as being overdue late Sunday night. Monday, Christiansen's 15-foot sailboat was found but there was no trace of him. The boat was hung up on a reef about seven miles west of Washington Island. Authorities said the winds were strong throughout the weekend.
The lone survivor of Saturday night's mass shooting in Delavan is getting better. Jasmine Analco, age 1 ½, was in good condition Monday at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Authorities are still not saying why she was found in a van in the driveway, while six others were found dead inside a duplex.
Six state government agencies have until the end of the year to buy 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. Now, they're asking utilities to submit proposals to supply it. A law was passed two years ago that requires the state's largest bureaucracies to get one-tenth of their power needs now from things like wind energy. Twenty-percent must come from renewable sources by 2011. The state's prison agency is looking for 10-year proposals to supply 90,000 megawatt hours from alternative sources.
Gov. Jim Doyle has appointed the first members to a new state panel that will investigate ethics and election law violations. The Legislature voted in January to replace the State Ethics and Elections Boards with a new Government Accountability Board. Six retired judges will head up investigations of alleged wrongdoing. Three former appeals judges were named: David Deininger of Monroe, Thomas Cane of Wausau and William Eich of Madison.
Starting today (Thursday), more of Wisconsin's history will be at your fingertips. The state government's entire Blue Book collection is going online and you'll find a searchable database for all 87 editions. The Blue Book is the owner's manual for state government and it's updated every two years. It has everything from biographies of politicians, to recent statewide voting results, to local population numbers, to long essays about Wisconsin's history. The University of Wisconsin Madison Digital Collections Center put the 56,000 pages online at a cost of $7,000.
A state committee has approved a new compromise to monitor Wisconsin's worst sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Gov. Jim Doyle OK'd the concept a year ago. But he omitted most of the funding from the new state budget because it got too expensive. Republicans negotiated. On Thursday the Joint Finance Committee unanimously agreed to use GPS satellites to track a reduced number of offenders - between 330-400 from Jan.
More Wisconsin prisoners will have a chance for early release under a state budget measure endorsed Thursday. On an 8-8 party-line vote, the Joint Finance Committee OK'd Gov. Jim Doyle's plan to let 655 inmates at a time go free early if they complete six months of drug and alcohol treatment. Right now, only 230 inmates can take advantage at any one time.
Is Wisconsin too eager to invest in ethanol? According to the Platts energy information service, government will mandate the use of 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol for vehicle fuels by 2012. But the growing number of U.S plants will meet that demand and more by the end of this year, raising fears of too much supply. Wisconsin is a big part of the growth trend. The Badger State is the country's seventh-largest ethanol maker, with seven plants running and eight more under construction or planning. About 20 percent of the Wisconsin corn crop is now dedicated to ethanol.