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The Milwaukee Brewers have called up their top infield prospect to try-and-bring some new life to their offense. Third baseman Ryan Braun is expected to start Friday night in San Diego. He was hitting .342 at Triple "A" Nashville, while the Brewers' current third-base platoon of Craig Counsell and Tony Graffanino hit a combined .214. Milwaukee has a six-game lead in the National League Central, despite winning just four of its last 13 games and in eight of those contests, they scored three runs or fewer. The 23-year-old Braun could help fix that.
Joe Harlan has been named to replace Steve Terry, who resigned last week in the wake of drug charges against five football players. Terry will stay on the job until June 15 and will then return to a teaching job in physical education. The 38-year-old Harlan has been at Stout since 2000 and was the interim athletic director at Clark College in Washington State in 1998-99. Chancellor Charles Sorenson says Harlan is respected tremendously in the athletic department and he has the leadership ability the school needs right now.
The fish-killing VHS virus has been found in Lake Michigan for the first time. The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed Thursday that a small-mouth bass near Sturgeon Bay tested positive for viral hemorrhagic septicemia. And so did a brown trout near Algoma Mike Staggs, Fisheries' management director, says it's disappointing. But while there's no evidence yet of a large fish kill, he says the disease has probably taken a solid hold in Lake Michigan. VHS came to America from Europe a few years ago.
State lawmakers have pared down Gov. Jim Doyle's building proposals. Thursday, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to remove bonding from the new state budget for suite-style dormitories at Madison and five other University of Wisconsin campuses.
SeniorCare is not going anywhere. The popular Wisconsin prescription drug program for the elderly got a reprieve Thursday night when Congress approved more money for the Iraq war. Sen. Herb Kohl and David Obey, House Appropriations chairman, inserted a two-year extension of SeniorCare into a bill President Bush has promised to sign. Because Bush cannot use a line-item veto to kill it, Congress overruled federal bureaucrats who demanded that SeniorCare be ended by next January. Gov. Jim Doyle praised the tactic.
Wisconsin AAA reports that traffic should be slightly higher than last year with approximately 38.3 million people hitting the roads across the nation. In the Great Lakes region the group says around 5.7 million folks will be on the roads. The Great Lakes region includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio "Memorial Day travel is a time-honored tradition, and most people won't be deterred by the higher gas prices," said Tom Frymark, AAA Wisconsin regional president. Frymark added that families may travel closer to home or for fewer days because of the higher gas prices.
The state's budget committee approved more money Thursday to expand the Family Care program. The Joint Finance panel voted 14-1 to spend almost $80 million to help more seniors and disabled people live in community-based settings instead of nursing homes. The funding is about $2 million less than what Gov.
Calvin O. Wang, age 83, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wis. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and also one-half hour prior to the service at church. Funeral services will be held at 10a.m. on Friday, May 25 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls. Interment will be at the Kinnickinnic Cemetery. The Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 715-425-5644, is assisting the family with arrangements.
You might have seen the TV commercials over the weekend for the state's latest reminder to buckle up. The annual Click It Or Ticket campaign officially begins today (Monday). It will run during the next two weeks, including the Memorial Day weekend. Officers from 330 agencies throughout Wisconsin will keep a special eye out for traffic offenders. Individuals caught not wearing a seat belt will get a $10 ticket. Dan Lonsdorf, state highway safety director, expects up to 15,000 tickets to be handed out. An estimated 75 percent of Wisconsin motorists buckle up.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is one of three teams still in the hunt for the NCAA Division 3 softball championship. The Blugolds won two elimination games in the loser's bracket Sunday. They beat Emory of Georgia 3-1 and Plattsburgh State of New York 6-5. UW-Eau Claire will play top-seeded Linfield of Oregon Monday in the final of the loser's bracket. That winner will then have a shot at unbeaten Washington of St. Louis later Monday for the national crown. Mandy Tschernach went 3 for 3 for UW-Eau Claire against Emory and she drove in two runs including the game-winner.