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Ryan Braun has finally admitted taking banned substances during his MVP season of 2011 when he led the Milwaukee Brewers on a deep playoff run in which they almost made the World Series. Braun was one of 14 players suspended last month for allegedly buying performance-enhancing drugs from the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Miami.
MADISON -- Before the politicians spoke up, the state Department of Transportation studied the idea of raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin four-lanes. The agency said all four rural interstates – 94, 90, 43 and 39 – have lower crash rates than other four-lanes. So DOT officials said those four would be the likely candidates for the higher speed limit, along with Hwy. 41 which is in the process of being improved to interstate standards. The agency did not recommend raising the current 65 mph speed limit on the Hwy.
With higher temperatures outside, the cycle of UW-River Falls’ “corpse flower” sped up, and the plant reached bloom stage last night. (See live video.) But the bloom is expected to last only a few hours
HUDSON -- A “sheriff’s sale” auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three sisters were killed by their father drew not a single bidder Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix County Government Center. That means the property will be retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave. Affinity Plus set the opening bid at $189,261. The auction was overseen by St. Croix County Sheriff St. Jason Sykora.
Nobody is keeping track of how many teachers have been let go since Act 10 took effect two years ago, but officials of the state’s largest teachers union and the state School Boards Association both say they’ve seen a noticeable increase in firings and non-renewals of teacher contracts.
Gov. Scott Walker fired the No. 3 official in the state Department of Transportation Department for comparing undocumented immigrants to Satan during a rant on Facebook. Assistant Deputy Secretary Steven Krieser was let go Thursday, less than two hours after the governor’s office caught wind of the incident.
A member of the Veterans for Peace was arrested Wednesday after members of his group went to the State Capitol to support the Solidarity Singers. Capitol Police issued 15 more citations yesterday, resulting from a refusal by the anti-Walker singers to get a permit for their almost daily noontime sing-alongs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the arrested member of the Veterans for Peace had his group’s flag confiscated and that spurred another member to yell and point at officers.
Heavy thunderstorms overnight left almost 65,000 electric customers without power in the northern half of Wisconsin. Appleton police said 90% of the city was in the dark at one point. Winds hit 86 mph in Appleton. Parts of Barron County had golf-ball-sized hail. The National Weather Service said there was heavy damage to Trinity Lutheran Church in New London. That’s also where camper units flipped over at the Huckleberry Campground.
A search is on in northwest Wisconsin for a southeast Wisconsin police lieutenant wanted for burglary and the theft of a pickup truck. Authorities in Barron County said Waupun officer Bradley Young led officers on a chase last night and then fled on foot into a wooded area near Rice Lake.
The state Department of Justice says it’s considering legal action for three environmental violations connected with the rapid increase in frac-sand mining. Department of Natural Resources officials say additional cases could be referred for prosecution after the agency issued 20 violation notices to 19 companies since late 2011. The DNR said five frac-sand companies violated storm-water permits in April and May of this year when melting snow and rains pushed debris into streams and wetlands in Trempealeau and Barron counties. Frac-sand mining is a relatively new process, and official