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(2/19/12) Here are the stories:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he is considering a gun for governor if Wisconsin holds a recall election.  Barrett’s comments came in a televised interview running on WISN-TV Channel 12 in Milwaukee today.  Barrett says he has respect for other Democrats who plan to run, but he thinks Governor Scott Walker has done so much damage to the state he needs to be replaced.  Barrett is a Democrat.  He is running for re-election to the non-partisan office of Milwaukee mayor next April.  He lost to Walker in the 2010 campaign for governor.  

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Shortly after a television report, volunteers started showing up to help two disabled people keep their Eau Claire home.  A health inspector had reported the house was filled with stacks of boxes, had a strong smell of urine, there were broken windows and sinks and walls needing to be fixed.  Cindy Hazelton and Mike Nelson were about to have their home condemned due to the health code violations.  Then, their neighbors stepped in Friday.  One volunteer says people living in Eau Claire need to look out for each other.  Hazelton and Nelson say their disabilities and fixed income make it hard for them to clean their house.  They say those caring strangers answered their prayers.

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It was a year ago last Friday.  Fourteen Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate took off for Illinois in an attempt to delay passage of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.  Minority Leader Mark Miller says members of his party had met, deciding a trip to Illinois was the only way to slow down the legislation.  Miller says they decided to meet at Rockford’s Clock Tower Inn.  He says he was surprised when television reports indicate they were at a resort.  Miller says anyone who has been at the inn knows it’s not a resort.  The group of Democratic lawmakers ended up staying away from the Capitol for just over three weeks.  

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They don’t agree on much, politically, but two members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation are working together on a bill to protect U.S. manufacturers from unfair trade practice’s by countries like China and Vietnam.  Republican Congressman Reid Ribble and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin are co-sponsors of legislation which would amend a 1930 tariffs law to allow additional duties to be applied in certain cases.  Baldwin and Ribble have presented the CHEATS Act, which stands for China Hurts Economic Advancement Thru Subsidies.  The two members of congress say the bill could help several Wisconsin companies, including those in the paper industry.  

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An off-duty Fond du Lac police officer could face charges of drunken driving and hit-and-run in connection with an accident early Friday morning.  The officer was reportedly driving his personal vehicle at about 2 a.m. when he hit a parked vehicle.  He is then accused of leaving the scene, but a neighbor who witnessed the accident had called 9-1-1.  A Fond du Lac squad car pulled over the man in his vehicle, finding front-end damage and a broken headlight.  The police department reports it has started an internal investigation.  The 12-year veteran of the police force is on paid administrative leave while the case is investigated.

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For the second time in less than a week Wisconsin is home to a million-dollar lottery winner.  A ticket worth a cool million was sold in Marshfield for the Mega Millions game.  The player matched all five regular winning numbers in the drawing for Friday.  That would be good for the 250 thousand dollar prize, but the payout is multiplied by four because the player also bought the game’s multiplier feature.  Just six days ago a West Allis woman won a million-dollar Powerball prize.

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A crash on Lacy Road in Fitchburg yesterday afternoon has left three people dead and two others injured.  All five victims are believed to be young adult men.  Alcohol and speed are thought to be factors in the accident reported a little after 5 p.m.  The vehicle was reportedly traveling east on Lacy Road at a high rate of speed when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign.  The vehicle hit railroad tracks and went airborne before hitting a utility pole.  Four people were thrown out of the car, with three of them dead at the scene.  One of the injured men ran away, but was found a couple of blocks away from the accident location.

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Former Milwaukee archbishop Timothy Dolan gets much attention and praise for his speech on spreading the faith at Vatican City yesterday.  Some Italian media are describing Dolan as having the qualities to be pope someday.  Dolan was one of 22 Catholic churchmen who became Cardinals.  For decades the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has been Polish or German, but Italy now has 30 Cardinals younger than 80 years old – and those are the ones eligible to vote for a future conclave.  The current pope reportedly described Dolan’s speech as, quoting here, “enthusiastic, joyful and profound.”

 

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