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The Green Bay Packers have decided not to offer a contract to University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco. He had a three-day try-out last weekend at the Packers' post-draft rookie camp. His agent, John Drana, says Stocco will now have a similar audition with the New York Giants. Drana said his client was disappointed, but he realized his chances of making the Packers were slim. He says Stocco will keep looking for,"the right team and the right situation at the right time." The Packers also said no to giving former UW-La Crosse basketball star Joe Werner a contract.
Chronic wasting disease has not been found in far northern Wisconsin. But whether it stays that way will depend on new tests by the Department of Natural Resources. The agency plans to gather about 500 deer heads in 18 northern and northwest counties this year. They'll be tested for bovine tuberculosis, as well as CWD. Similar tests have been done in other parts of the state. But only in southern Wisconsin have wild deer tested positive for the fatal brain disease. The DNR says hunters will donate most of the deer heads during this year's seasons.
For 36 days, State Senate President Fred Risser has delayed a measure to limit the governor's partial veto authority. And for 36 days the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison has taken him to task. Every day the paper's editorials urge the Madison Democrat to hold a hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment. It would end the practice of vetoing individual words from spending bills to create whole new meanings.
Wisconsin is one step closer to having a new state government agency to help children. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 11-5 Tuesday in favor of Gov. Jim Doyle's budget proposal to create the Department of Children and Families. The new department would take over the W-2 welfare to work program, child support and child welfare services. Those duties are now split between two agencies, health and workforce development. The governor's people say it won't cost any more. In fact, they think it will save money by being more efficient. Sen.
Wisconsinites might not have to pay more to get copies of a birth, death, marriage or divorce record. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 13-3 Tuesday to drop Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed fee increase for vital records from the new state budget. It would have helped pay for a federal mandate to computerize four million Wisconsin birth records, and three million death records. That mandate is part of the Real ID law, the same law that requires driver license applicants to prove they're legal U.S. residents.
A state Senate committee has voted to make hospital staff tell rape victims about emergency contraception and provide the morning after pill to those who want it. The health panel voted 6-1 Tuesday to send the measure to the full Senate. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin cast the only no vote. Two other Republicans joined four Democrats in voting yes. Panel chairman Jon Erpenbach says it's only right that sexual assault victims have full access to all safe health care options. Republicans fought the bill in the last session.
Annette Ziegler is weighing her options now that her new State Supreme Court colleagues have refused to throw out an ethics complaint against her. On a 7-1 vote Tuesday, justices rejected Ziegler's claim that the State Ethics Board had no business accusing her of a conflict of interest in her past role as a circuit judge. Pat Roggensack was the only dissenter. Dan Hildebrand, Ziegler's lawyer, was disappointed with the ruling.
Emotions are sure to run high Thursday when a state committee holds a hearing on a bill to end the state's 24-year-old construction ban on nuclear power plants. Rep. Frank Boyle, D-Superior, says he would have been crazy to end the ban 10 years ago. But with global warming, things are different now. Boyle says the time has come to build nuclear plants as an alternative to the greenhouse gases being spewed out by coal and oil-fired plants. But a co-director of Nuke Watch, John LaForge of Luck, says those arguments are bogus.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a season-high five-game winning streak after beating the Washington Nationals 6-to-4 Tuesday night at Miller Park. Prince Fielder broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. The Nationals scored two in the seventh to get to within a run, but the Brewers pulled away in the eighth with solo shots by Johnny Estrada and J.J. Hardy - who extended his hitting streak to 19 games. That's the fourth-longest in Brewer history. Estrada went 3-4 and fell a triple short of the cycle as Milwaukee out-hit Washington 9-8.
Wal-Mart says it will work harder to make sure its organic food items are the real thing. That's after the Cornucopia Institute in Bayfield County filed a complaint with the state, alleging that the world's largest retailer mislabeled its organic products. The company says the green shelf tags it uses to identify organic foods could have been misplaced inadvertently, or were moved in front of the wrong items. Wal-Mart says it's working with its employees to check the tags on a regular basis, to make sure they stay accurate. The firm says it's not a labeling problem, because the U.S.