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(3/4/12) Here are the stories:

Any kind of numbers indicating a turnaround would be appreciated in the Badger state when they come out next Thursday.  Wisconsin’s economy has bled jobs for six straight months.  This state is the only one in the nation with that dubious distinction.  The nation has added jobs collectively for 23 months in a row, including nearly a half-million in the last two months.  Only California has lost more manufacturing jobs in the last six months.  It’s not a regional thing.  Every neighboring state is out-performing Wisconsin.


The rivalry between Milwaukee King and Milwaukee Riverside high schools spilled onto the court Saturday at King High School.  Their regional championship game was called off with a minute, seven seconds left on the clock.  A bench-clearing confrontation led both coaches to agree to end the game with King declared the winner, leading by a score of 60-47.  Players and several spectators ran out onto the court after a foul call against Riverside.  Coaches praised the referees for making sure things didn’t get totally out of control.  The Generals have won 21 of their 22 games this season.  Now, they will host West Allis Central in a sectional semifinal Thursday.


There were more protesters than people taking the walking tour of the neighborhood where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer once roamed.  About 20 protesters showed up, but only four paying customers.  The sister of one of Dahmer’s victims carried a sign calling tour organizer Bam Media and Marketing, heartless.  The tour guide led his small troup up and down the street for about an hour yesterday.  They made stops at buildings which used to be home to the gay bars where Dahmer found his victims.  


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ordered a Milwaukee medical staffing company to pay a former worker 148 thousand dollars.  HCS Medical Staffing had been accused of firing a woman who had just given birth.  The federal agency says the company’s owner made offensive comments about his bookkeeper’s pregnancy, then let her go when she needed to take maternity leave.  He was ordered to give her back pay, plus interest, along with compensatory and punitive damages.  He had been accused of firing her by certified mail while she was in a Milwaukee hospital recovering from a C-section.


Gogebic Taconite has put its plans for a huge iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin on hold while legislators consider plans to streamline mining regulations.  But, it’s still reached a tentative deal to buy 1-point-2 million gallons of water each day from Ironwood, Michigan, 22 miles away.  Ironwood city officials say they can generate three times that much water each day, so the agreement would be a good money-maker for the city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee is expected to vote on a bill this week to move Gogebic Taconite plans for the mine forward.


First, Slinger police were called about a possible underage drinking party.  When they arrived at the home last night, nobody answered the door.  About an hour later they were called by a neighbor who said he’d shot an intruder.  When police returned to the Slinger neighborhood, then found 20 year old Bo Morrison of West Bend dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.  The man who shot Morrison was interviewed by authorities and released.  An autopsy will be done on his body tomorrow.


About 96 thousand retired public employees in Wisconsin may see their pension checks shrink by seven percent.  The cut would hit them next May.  A 4-to-4 and a half percent cut had been projected at the first of the year.  Not all pensioners will be impacted.  About 70 thousand will see a reduction of less than seven percent – possibly no reduction at all.  The pension check changes are driving by the performance of the funds, which are managed by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.  


Racine authorities say a 25 year old man has been arrested after a three month old girl showed up at a hospital with serious injuries.  The suspect and his one year old son lived in the same house with the victim.  She was not the man’s daughter.  The Department of Children and Families reports the little girl had head trauma consistent with being shaken.  She also was found to have broken ribs which were healing.  The one year old boy has been place in the custody of Racine County authorities.




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