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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.
Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, will get life in prison today (Friday) for a murder he did commit. The 44-year-old Mishicot man will be sentenced this afternoon. He was convicted in March in the slaying of Teresa Halbach at his family's auto salvage yard in 2005. The defense will appeal. But for now, the only question is whether Avery will have any chance at parole.
Peg Lautenschlager, former state attorney general, wants a judge to let her pursue a lawsuit against two legislators on her own. When Lautenschlager was the AG, she sued Rep. Scott Gunderson and then Sen. Dave Zien, for refusing to provide a draft of a bill allowing concealed weapons. They shared the draft with the National Rifle Association, and Lautenschlager claimed it was a public record at that point. Now, J.B. Van Hollen, current attorney general, negotiated a settlement to let lawmakers share drafts with some people but not others. Gov.
State government's biggest information technology projects would face more scrutiny under new guidelines that cleared the Legislature's budget committee. The move is in response to a recent audit that detailed several problems with the way the state handles IT projects. It also comes in the wake of several large information technology projects that went well over budget. Guidelines that passed the finance panel would force the state to come up with ways to quantify the success or failure of large, high-risk projects.
Virgil G. Martinson, age 85 of Roberts, Wis. died Saturday morning, May 26, 2007 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wis. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and also one hour prior to the funeral at church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, Wis. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. The Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements.
About 300 soldiers from Appleton will leave Saturday for the Mexican border. The National Guard's 127th Infantry unit will spend three weeks patrolling the border and reporting illegal entry attempts and other incidents to U.S. Border Patrol agents. The troops will be based in Arizona. About 160 other guard members from throughout Wisconsin will also be there for construction, administration and medical functions.
Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for ninth at the PGA's Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. Only half of the 114 players completed their first rounds before an afternoon thunderstorm flooded the course Thursday and play was halted. But all three Wisconsinites in the tournament got the first rounds in. Stricker shot a three-under-par 67 and he's four strokes behind front-running Anthony Kim. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 21st with a two-under-par 68. Jerry Kelly of Madison shot an even-par-70, and is tied for 61st.
We keep hearing that mom and pop gas stations are not to blame for the big jump in prices. Now, the ethanol industry is going on the defensive. According to Brett Hulsey of Madison, ethanol lobbyist, some oil executives blame higher gas prices on the government's support for bio-fuels. They say it discourages them from investing in new refineries. Hulsey calls that ludicrous.
Four games are on tap, with 6th-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will kicking things off at 10 a.m. No. 3 Emory of Atlanta. Then, it's 8th-ranked Carthage of Kenosha against No. 5 Eastern Connecticut State. Marietta will then play top-rated Chapman and Friday night Kean takes on the State University of New York at Cortland. The Pointers are 32-15 and they're in the national finals for the second straight year. Carthage is 36-11 with a 19-game winning streak. It's a double-elimination tournament that's scheduled to wrap up next Tuesday.
Dairy farmers won a battle when Congress voted to keep paying for the Iraq war. That's because the war funding bill also extends the Milk Income Loss Contract program by another month. The federal safety net was supposed to expire in August. Sen.