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It's too soon to know what an investment company's takeover of Chrysler will mean for the 850 auto workers in Kenosha. But a spokesman for Jim Doyle said the governor heard positive indications Monday that Chrysler will go ahead with its new Phoenix engine and the Kenosha plant still has a great shot at building it. Doyle talked with a Chrysler executive Monday about plans by Cerebrus Capital Management to buy 80 percent of Chrysler for $7.4 billion.
With the primary just nine months away, more Wisconsin leaders are choosing sides in the presidential race. Kathleen Falk, Dane County executive, leads a group which announced its support Monday for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Matt Flynn, former state Democratic Party chairman, and Tom Loftus, University of Wisconsin regent, who's a former Assembly speaker and U.S. ambassador to Norway, also support Clinton. Falk calls Clinton strong, smart and battle-tested.
Road rage is apparently a growing problem for western Wisconsinites who work in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul was rated the most courteous city for drivers a year ago. But this year's survey by the travel group Auto Vantage only has the Twin Cities ranked 12th on a list of 25. Milwaukee is not part of the survey in which residents are quizzed about road rage and then the cities are ranked according to their numbers of incidents. Miami was rated the worst for the second straight year.
University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco is back to square-one in his search for an NFL team. He took part in the New York Giants' mini-camp over the weekend, but coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that none of the free-agent quarterbacks the Giants auditioned would be invited to training camp. Coughlin described the work-outs as an opportunity for Stocco and the others. "They know the situation," said Coughlin. It was Stocco's second NFL tryout. His first was with the Green Bay Packers earlier this month.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division 3 softball tournament. The Blugolds will open against No. 6 Rhode Island on Friday afternoon in Salem Virginia. The tournament is down to eight finalists and UW-Eau Claire secured one of the spots by winning its own regional on Sunday. The Blugolds are 35-12 and have won 12 of their last 13. Rhode Island comes in at 41-5. Linfield of Oregon was given the top-seed Monday in the double-elimination tournament. It will run at least through Monday.
Brett Favre will skip the Green Bay Packers' mandatory mini-camp this weekend, to help his oldest daughter Brittany get ready for her high school graduation. The 37-year-old quarterback was not expected to practice anyway, because he's recovering from ankle surgery a few weeks ago. Brittany graduates on May 25th. Favre was interviewed by his close friend Al Jones of the Biloxi Sun-Herald in Mississippi, after the three-time MVP denied reports Monday that he asked to be traded.
A judge said Eric Hainstock was not coerced into telling authorities he shot and killed his high school principal in Cazenovia. Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart said no Monday to keeping a jury from hearing the 16-year-old's confession. Hainstock is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide in last September's killing of John Klang, Weston High School principal. Rhoda Ricciardi, public defender, says Hainstock is a year or more behind in school. At a hearing last week, she tried to convince the judge that Hainstock's learning disabilities kept him from understandi
The Milwaukee Brewers blew a four-run lead Monday night and lost at Philadelphia 8-6. The Phillies scored six times in the eighth inning and former Brewer Wes Helms drove in the game-winner with a long single off the right field wall. Brian Shouse gave up the first two hits of the inning before Derrick Turnbow caused the rest of the damage and took the loss to go 1-1. Philly sent 11 men to the plate in the eighth. They scored their other runs on a wild pitch, a two-run single, a soft grounder and a sacrifice fly.
The state Natural Resources Board will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday in Milwaukee to consider expanding fishing restrictions.
Favre issues statement saying he never wanted to be traded Packers quarterback Brett Favre now says that he never wanted to be traded. The statement from Favre was posted to the Green Bay Packers Web site Monday afternoon and was meant to clarify reports which surfaced on FoxSports.com this weekend that say the future hall of famer told Packer General Manager Ted Thompson that he (Favre) wanted to be traded after the Packers failed to acquire Randy Moss during the NFL draft. "I was frustrated a couple weeks back when Randy Moss was traded to New England.