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A former child-care provider from Baraboo was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison, for causing the death of a three-year-old girl in 1999. But because it occurred before Wisconsin's truth-in-sentencing law, Susan Wilk will only have to serve 26 years at the most.
It's Milwaukee's turn to host the Indy-Car drivers this weekend. Dario Franchitti, fresh off his Indianapolis 500 victory will be in the field for the ABC Supply A.J. Foyt 225 on Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee Mile in West Allis. It's the sixth of 17 races on the Indy Car circuit. Scott Dixon leads the point standings even though he has not won a race yet. Beloit-born Danica Patrick will also look for her first career win. Tony Kanaan won the Milwaukee event a year ago. Franchitti won it in 2004.
Wisconsin's road-building plans got a boost Thursday when a state committee refused to drop the governor's tax on oil company profits from the new state budget. The Joint Finance Committee also endorsed a $20 hike in the annual car registration fee. They OK'd higher fees for heavy trucks. And they rejected a proposed $13 increase in the Milwaukee area's car rental tax, to help pay for a regional commuter rail line. But the big furor was about Doyle's plan to tax big oil. All eight Democrats on the committee supported it.
Although the official word is that John Jones may come back, the Green Bay Press-Gazette says the Packers' team president is as good as gone. The team's executive committee will start meeting every week as it looks for a replacement.
Marquette men's basketball coach Tom Crean is saying thanks, but no thanks once again. Crean has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Billy Donovan at Florida. That's after Donovan was named Thursday as the new coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic. Crean says Florida is an excellent job, but he's happy at Marquette and that's where he'll stay. Donovan has coached the Gators to the last two national championships. His assistant Larry Shyatt is also mentioned as a possible replacement, along with Jay Wright of Villanova, and Anthony Grant of Virginia Commonwealth
Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are both medically-cleared to practice for the Green Bay Packers. Both fully took part Thursday in the second workout of the Packers' extended June mini-camp. Favre had ankle surgery a few weeks ago and Rodgers had surgery on the left foot he broke last November against New England. Favre looked sharper than he did in last month's mini-camp and coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is throwing extremely well. Neither Favre nor Rodgers took part in the full scrimmages at the May camp, leaving No. 3 quarterback Ingle Martin to get a long audition.
Wisconsin's top speller tied for third place Thursday night in her second and final National Spelling Bee. Isabel Jacobson, 14, Madison, spelled two words correctly in the nationally-televised finals in Washington. But the eighth-grader misspelled cyanophycean, a Greek word for blue-green algae. Two boys were still in contention at the time. Isabel's third-place finish was the highest for a Wisconsin speller since Joanne Lagatta of Clintonville won the national bee in 1991. Isabel was the only girl left after the seventh round.
The Milwaukee Brewers topped the Florida Marlins 4-3 Thursday night at Miller Park. The Brewers broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth when Corey Hart doubled and J.J. Hardy singled him home. It was one of two doubles on the night for Hart, who led off for the second straight game in place of the injured Rickie Weeks. Hart and Hardy both went 3-for-4, and Hart also scored twice. Prince Fielder homered in his fourth straight game, extending his National League lead to 19. He also broke a team record with 13 homers for May.
The 112th annual state high school track and-field meet begins today (Friday) in La Crosse. This is the 37th year of girls' competition and Waukesha West is going for its fourth straight Division 1 title. Lakeside Lutheran will go for its third consecutive crown in Division 2, and Rosholt has won two straight championships in Division 3. On the boys' side, Green Bay Preble won the Division 1 crown a year ago after Oak Creek was stripped of the title for having ineligible athletes. Ripon and Wausau Newman are back to defend their championships in Divisions 2 and 3.
A possible expansion of Murphy Oil's Superior refinery is larger in scope than many have anticipated, yet the prospects, even though under intense study, remain anything but sure. The Arkansas-based corporation is reviewing a plan that would add 200,000 barrels per day of capacity at the Stinson Avenue plant, which currently refines at the daily rate of 35,000 barrels. An expansion of that magnitude would cost about $6 billion, said refinery manager Dave Podratz.