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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, wants no part of the immigration reform compromise hammered out by Senate leaders and the White House. The lawmaker angered millions of Hispanics nationwide, when he proposed last year that it be a felony just for illegal immigrants to step foot on U.S. soil.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ruben Patterson, 31, has turned himself into authorities in Ohio where he was wanted for not registering as a sex offender. He's charged with a misdemeanor that could land him in jail for six months. His first court appearance has not been set. Patterson played his college basketball at Cincinnati, and he moved into a new house in that area last year. Authorities were alerted to his non-registration status after a police complaint about a party at his house on May 5 and he has since registered.
Two 15-year-old boys could be charged with adult felonies for leading Marshfield police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car with two loaded weapons left inside. The car was stolen from a dealership in Unity, about 15 miles north of Marshfield. Joe Stroik, police chief, says it's not known if a revolver and an uncased rifle were in the vehicle before it was stolen. An officer tried to stop the car for speeding and erratic driving early Thursday. A chase ensued at speeds up to 110 mph.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will play Rhode Island College Friday afternoon in the NCAA Division 3 softball finals in Salem, Va. A total of eight schools will square off for the national title in a double-elimination format. Third-seeded UW-Eau Claire is 35-12 and has won 12 of its last 13 games. Rhode Island is 41-5 with the No. 6 seed. Linfield of Oregon has the top seed. This is UW-Eau Claire's third trip to the nationals. They finished fourth in both 1999 and 2000.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended a 2-5 road trip with a 3-2 win at Philadelphia Thursday. Gabe Gross hit two solo home runs, his first hits since April 27th, as the bench player ended an 0-14 slide. With the Brewers up by one in the ninth, Francisco Cordero got a scare when Pat Burrell's long drive hit the top of the fence and bounced back in for a double. Cordero then retired his final two batters to get his 16th save. Ben Sheets got the win, giving up two runs on five hits in 7.66 innings and is now 4-2.
Despite what outside experts say, Milwaukee's Midwest Airlines insists its battle to stay independent is not over. AirTran of Florida announced major progress Thursday in its long-running takeover bid. It said 57 percent of Midwest stock has been pledged to that company. Brian Nelson of Chicago's Morning Star Corp. says a takeover by AirTran is inevitable. But Carol Skornicka, Midwest vice-president, said the pledges amount to nothing more than a straw poll. Midwest could still use a poison pill to increase its shares, thus reducing the percentage of stock pledged to AirTran.
All four Wisconsin teams are still alive in their NCAA Division 3 baseball regionals, but Carthage College of Kenosha is the only unbeaten team. Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh and Ripon College are all one loss away from elimination. Carthage improved to 2-0 at the Illinois Wesleyan regional with a 6-4 victory over Webster College Thursday night. The Red Men improved to 34-11 overall and will play Luther College Friday. The state's other teams are all at the Wisconsin Rapids regional. UW-Oshkosh stayed alive with an 11-5 win over St.
The state Natural Resources Board has banned the moving of live fish from the Lake Winnebago system to try and keep the VHS virus from spreading. It also means that anglers must clean their boats and fishing gear when they leave the water. On a conference call Thursday, board members said no to expanding the restrictions statewide.
The Green Bay Packers will open their first full mini-camp Friday without their second-round draft choice. The NFL's Management Council has ordered Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson to stay away. That's because they want him in Los Angeles for the Reebok Rookie Premier event, in which top rookies pose for playing cards and start working on endorsement deals. It's a huge honor and not every draft choice gets to go.
While the rest of the Wisconsin is experiencing a drop in home sales over 2006, the western region is seeing a 6.5 percent growth. That's according to a quarterly housing report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association®. WRA reports that across the state home sales dropped by 6.5 percent, but that was after record highs set during the same period in 2006. Meanwhile home sales in Pierce County grew by a whopping 20 percent in 2007 over the same period last year.