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Wisconsin roundup: State to voters: pssst — register to vote; more state news stories

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is sending out postcard reminders to eligible voters in the state who haven't registered.

The cards will be different than the political mailings you might be getting. They are part of the commission's requirement to maintain voter rolls. It's not hard to register. You can accomplish the task online, by going to your county clerk's office, filling out the form and sending it in by snail mail, or even registering at your polling place on election day. The partisan primary election for Wisconsin will be held Aug. 14. The general election is on the calendar for Nov. 6.


Foxconn to spend $30M to waste water won’t go into Lake Michigan

Foxconn Technology says its plans for a $30 million water recycling system will cut the water intake at its massive plant by more than 3.5 million gallons daily. It's called a "zero liquid discharge" system and the company says it will virtually eliminate the need to return wastewater from the LCD plant back into Lake Michigan. The wastewater will be distilled, recycled, recovered and re-used. Foxconn is using a similar water system at another of its plants in Japan. The Department of Natural Resources has already approved a request to draw seven-million gallons of water each day for the plant. This new system will cut that by half.


Chippewa Falls has feral cat problem

Officials with the Chippewa Falls Police Department say they get frequent calls about feral cats.

A public meeting was held about the problem this week. Police say if a feral cat is causing problems, residents should trap it, call the police and the humane society will be summoned. The feral cats have been attacking domestic cats and other pets, leaving waste around the city and causing problems. Several potential solutions were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, but no final action plan has been made yet.


La Crosse mayor lists several reasons for veto of expansion plan

The mayor of La Crosse lists several reasons he vetoed an expansion project in a letter he sent to city council members.

Mayor Tim Kabat says the concept includes unnecessary encroachment on Riverside Park. He also points out a lack of fiscal discipline shown by the council's approval of a plan costing more than seven-million dollars more than the original budget. The city council had approved the expansion last week. Kabat says he wants the La Crosse Center board and architects go change the plans, avoid the park and stay within the $42 million target price. The council could try to override his veto next month.


Wis. sailor buried 75 years after death at Pearl Harbor

An effort by the Department of Defense to identify service members who died during World War II means a sailor from Wisconsin will be re-buried later this month.

Navy Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John Schoonover of Port Edwards died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. He was 39 years old. Schoonover was one of more than 400 unidentified sailors buried in a mass gravesite in Hawaii. The DOD effort resulted in his remains being identified. Schoonover's son says a funeral will be held at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.


Wis. woman imprisoned for stealing $99K from union

A federal judge has sentenced a Kaukauna woman to 13 months in prison for stealing nearly $99,000 from a union.

Fifty-nine-year-old Cheryl A. Angell took the money from United Steelworkers Local Two over a four-year period. The U.S. Department of Labor investigated the case. Angell served as the union's treasurer. She admitted she wrote more than 100 checks to herself, used a union credit card to cover personal expenses while depositing union checks into her personal account. She will be on supervised release for three years.


Woman leads cops on unusual low-speed chase

Ozaukee County deputies were involved in a bizarre, low-speed chase of a vehicle driven by a woman who skipped a court appearance.

Dispatchers say 31-year-old Tonya Martin called 911 five times while she was refusing to stop for those deputies. Even though the dispatcher begged her to pull over, Martin kept going, driving from Saukville to Port Washington. The dispatcher noted she was acting erratically. When she finally left her vehicle after stopping in a driveway, Martin was taken into custody. She may be moved to a hospital so she can have a mental evaluation.