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SPOONER - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking hunters at least 12 years of age and with less than two years or less of hunting experience. The DNR wants these hunters to participate in a special bear hunt on Aug.
Can't make it to Madison, but you'd like to be able to keep an eye on budget deliberations. Now Dairyland residents can turn on their TV or their computer and keep a close eye on Madison happenings. The long-planned WisconsinEye network sprang to life last week, providing coverage of various legislative committee hearings. "This day of full broadcast coverage of our state government has been a long time coming," said Chris Long, WisconsinEye president.
Gov. Jim Doyle refuses to approve a settlement of a lawsuit against two state legislators, saying it would hurt the public's ability to get government records. Peg Lautenschlager, former attorney general, sued Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford, and former Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire, in 2005. They were working on the bill that would have let Wisconsinites carry concealed weapons and Lautenschlager claimed their draft was public when they shared it with the National Rifle Association. Lawmakers claimed the bill was secret until it was officially introduced.
The state's largest business group says higher gas prices will mean a 7 cents a gallon gas tax hike under Gov. Jim Doyle's budget. The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group says the proposed tax on oil company profits would bring in $100 million more than expected. Although it would be against the law for big oil to pass it on to consumers, the business group says they'll find a way to do it. As a result, the gas tax could skyrocket to 40 cents a gallon at a time when fuel prices are already at record levels. WMC is running statewide ads against the oil tax.
Wisconsin's Russ Feingold is blasting his fellow Democrats in Congress, saying they backed down from President Bush on the Iraq war. Democratic negotiators dropped their demands for a troop withdrawal date after it became clear they could not override a presidential veto. They agreed to fund the war through September with an extra $17 billion the president did not ask for And they said they might withhold rebuilding funds if Iraq does not make progress on security and political reforms Feingold, one of the most outspoken anti-war senators, said the Democrats were "folding their cards."
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Carthage found out Sunday who they'll play first in the NCAA Division 3 baseball finals that begin Friday near Appleton. The Pointers will take on 4th-ranked Emory of Atlanta and the Red Men of Kenosha will face 11th-ranked Eastern Connecticut State. The Pointers, who are ranked 25th by the coaches, won their second straight regional crown Saturday with a 6-0 shutout of UW-Oshkosh. UW-Stevens Point pitcher Jordan Zimmermann won his second regional MVP honor.
Both of Wisconsin's U.S. senators helped pass a long-delayed bill that would speed up boat traffic on the Mississippi River. The Senate voted 91-4 Thursday in favor of the $14 billion Water Resources Development Act. Democrats Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold both voted yes. The package contains over 600 projects in almost every state.
Milwaukee Brewers' third base prospect Ryan Braun could return to the line-up as early as today (Thursday) at Triple "A" Nashville. He's been out since May 5 with tendinitis in his left wrist. Farm director Reid Nichols said there was not a specific play which triggered it and he says the injury is in a non-threatening place. The 23-year-old Braun was Milwaukee's first-round draft pick in 2005 and he made some noise at spring training this year, two home runs and seven RBI's in the Brewers' first exhibition game.
Gov. Jim Doyle wants to give communities the right to have tougher gun laws than the state. It used to be that way until the mid-90s, when the National Rifle Association got Republican legislators and former Gov. Tommy Thompson to pre-empt local gun laws. Doyle hopes the Legislature will revisit the subject this fall. He says it makes no sense to make small towns have the same standards as Milwaukee, where a four-year-old girl was shot to death while jumping rope Monday night. One local ordinance Doyle would like to see is to make private handgun sellers undergo background checks.
The Wisconsin Senate voted 27-6 Wednesday to make hospitals give the morning-after pill to rape victims. But the measure could die in the Assembly. Republican Speaker Mike Huebsch has not taken a stand yet and he could not say whether it could pass. Judy Robson of Beloit, Senate majority leader, introduced the bill saying it would stop many victims from becoming pregnant. A survey last year showed that only a third of Wisconsin hospitals provide emergency contraception. No one spoke against the measure on the Senate floor.