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WASHINGTON D.C. -- Wisconsin House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner - who wrote the U.S.A. Patriot Act soon after 9-11 - said the secret surveillance of Americans' phone records goes way beyond what the law intended. A British newspaper uncovered a court order this week that requires Verizon to turn over records of all landline and mobile calls made by its U.S. customers on a daily basis. Investigators can look for calling patterns that hint of terrorism, and then seek court approval to wire-tap those numbers.
MADISON -- The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is expected to take its final votes Wednesday on the new state budget. Majority Republicans met for 10 hours behind closed doors, before announcing a deal just after 1 a.m., Wednesday on tax cuts and school funding. The deal includes a $650 million income tax cut over the next two years - almost twice as much as what Republican Gov.
MAUSTON -- A Wisconsin Air National Guard member is jailed under a $2 million bond after being charged with killing a woman and wounding another in a shooting in Mauston. Cody Treul, 29, is accused of killing Gayle Howland, also 29, and Ebony Lasher, 23, both of Mauston. Lasher was in critical condition at last word at UW Hospital in Madison. The shootings happened early Friday in the outdoor smoking area at P.J.'s Bar & Grill. Prosecutors said Treul also pointed his gun at a man in the smoking area.
New Richmond's Mary Park will soon transform into the festival known as the 46th annual Park Art Fair and Blues and Brews Fest, which is scheduled for June 7-8 at Mary Park. The celebration, which will play host to dozens of artists, several craft brewers and six musical groups, is organized by the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. The structure of this year's event will remain the same as previous years, said Lisa Woletz, director of the Chamber. "We're excited about our musical lineup this year," she said.
Tracy Green became visibly agitated when talk of the possible closing of St. Croix Industries filled the room. A 28-year-old woman with developmental disabilities, Green has been an employee at St. Croix Industries for seven years. Her job entails everything from stuffing envelopes to assembling products for local businesses to placing labels on mailers. More than the work, however, her regular shifts at the county-operated occupational training facility are a chance for Green to interact with others and enhance her self worth. It's no wonder that a recommendation from the St.
MADISON -- Wisconsin taxpayers would help employers pay back a large debt in the state's unemployment benefit fund, under a budget measure endorsed Wednesday. The Joint Finance Committee endorsed $26 million in general taxes - plus increases for employers and new limits on benefits - to help cover a $475 million debt to the federal government. The feds loaned $1.5 billion to the state to keep jobless benefits flowing during the Great Recession.
Almost two-thirds of Wisconsin's corn crop has been planted. Officials say over 20 percent of the crop was put into the ground last week but corn planting is still 21 percent below the average for the past five years. Wisconsin is the only Midwest state with less than 80 percent of its corn planted.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in the killing of a bear has grown. Several organizations and individuals have added to the initial $500 reward, and now the incentive stands at $1,750. On or about February 24, conservation wardens with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received a call about a dead bear. The bear was found freshly killed with its head cut off and the body in the ditch off of Rice Lake Road in Somerset Township. From the evidence collected at the scene it appeared the person(s) cut the head off in the middle of the road.
It was a day John Soderberg didn't know if he'd ever witness. In the shadow of the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge, area business leaders, residents, politicians and media representatives gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the St.
MADISON -- About 63,000 Wisconsinites would have to get work or job training to keep their food stamp benefits under a state budget measure endorsed Tuesday. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 12-to-4, with all Democrats voting no, to make childless adults either work 20 hours a week or get job training, in order to keep their Food-Share assistance. Assembly Democrat Cory Mason of Racine called it a "mean-spirited" attack on the poor. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that about 31,000 recipients would drop out of the Food-Share program.