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The father of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq last month says military officials have ordered soldiers in his son's unit not to cooperate with an investigation into the allegedly poor training they received before they went to Iraq. But a National Guard spokesman says a new order issued last week makes it clear the soldiers can speak freely. Stephen Castner's son complained about inadequate training at Camp Shelby before he went to Iraq.
Gov. Jim Doyle has directed state regulators to let businesses sell ethanol-based fuel at lower prices than Wisconsin's "minimum markup" law would normally allow. Doyle's order was prompted by a situation in Monroe, where Badger State Ethanol dropped the price on its E-85 fuel to a little more than two dollars per gallon over Memorial Day weekend.
The state has tracked down 17 criminals from its most wanted sex offenders list. Law enforcement leaders compiled the list based on criteria ranging from the seriousness of the offenders' crimes to their overall criminal histories. Gov. Jim Doyle's administration says that of those offenders the state found, 14 are now in custody, one is dead, another was deported, and another posted bond while he awaits a felony trial. Doyle also says that 88 percent of Wisconsin's sex offenders now comply with the law that requires them to keep the state posted on their whereabouts.
Habitat restoration in the Mississippi River near Alma will be delayed because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the drawdown of Pool 5 which began in June. The Corps made the move after a tugboat was grounded and a channel in the river closed earlier this month. In a release the Corps said the grounding was not because of the drawdown which was going on at the time. According to the Corps, water levels were near normal at the time of the grounding. The channel was dredged and the river was reopened to commercial navigation.
A fire that destroyed a one-story ranch on Spring Street in Somerset July 16 is now being investigated as an arson, and the suspect might have been in the country illegally, Somerset Police Chief Doug Briggs said today (Monday). The State Fire Marshal was called to investigate and Briggs said physical evidence at the scene showed the fire likely was intentionally started in a pile of clothes in the basement. At this stage of the investigation, the chief said he could not release details on how the fire was started, but he did offer information on motive.
GREEN BAY -- Georgia-Pacific is backing off a proposal to dump contaminated river sediment in a landfill it owns in Green Bay. The company says local opposition led to the decision. But cleanup of the Fox River remains on schedule and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the PCBs will have to go somewhere. Georgia-Pacific is one of seven paper companies that must pay to remove PCBs from the river.
PALMYRA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn prices have reached ten-year highs, which should be a boon to farmers across the Midwest. But some agricultural advocates are cautious about the news. Season average prices for corn are between $2.25 and $2.65 per bushel, a range not seen since 1996. Analysts say recent drought conditions and increased demand for corn-based ethanol are two key factors.
Targeting working adults, specifically those with degrees from one of Wisconsin's technical colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Stout plans to offer a new degree program in information and communication technologies. Campus officials say the new degree should be available in the spring 2007 term. "The apparel and communication technologies department is excited to help the university strengthen our relationship to the Wisconsin Technical College System in creating more opportunities for Wisconsin residents to complete a four-year degree," said Len Bogner, assistant professor of apparel and
The Democrat challenger for secretary of state says Wisconsin's current system of regulating elections is wrong because it does not answer to voters. Scot Ross will run against fellow Democrat and incumbent Doug La Follette who was first elected to the post in 1974. A Pittsburgh, Pa.-native, Ross says he believes the secretary of state should be responsible for election oversight in the state and not the State Elections Board.
Restoring and expanding military pay state tax deductions is just one of the items Mark Green has said he wants to do to help give back to Wisconsin veterans. Green, who is the Republican candidate for governor, says that prior to 1985 the first $1,000 of military pay was deductible from state income taxes. He now wants to restore the exemption and raise it to $5,000. "The commitment and dedication our brave veterans have shown to our country, to our state and to our way of life must never be forgotten," said Green. He also wants to expand a state health care aid grant to more needy vetera