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Sunday, February 17, 2013 - Sunday News Report
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Milwaukee firefighters say
there were no smoke detectors in the house where a fire seriously injured a
seven year old boy yesterday morning. The boy suffered smoke inhalation and had
to be revived twice on the scene before he was taken to Children's Hospital of
Wisconsin in Wauwatosa. The fire reportedly broke out at about 7:45 a.m.
Saturday and flames were said to be shooting through the roof when crews
arrived. The boy was found while firefighters were searching the
The state of Wisconsin
offers help to minority farmers of all ethnic backgrounds in areas like food
safety, financial literacy and many other areas. The Wisconsin Farm Center with
the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection helps those farmers
find the resources available to help them find success. Wisconsin has large
minority farmer concentrations near Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison,
Milwaukee, the Fox Cities and Wausau. Minority farmers who grow vegetables,
herbs and flowers on rented land can access help in negotiating a beneficial
lease agreement, among other types of aid.
Plans for a 41-turbine
wind farm near the Town of Forest in St. Croix County have been rejected by the
Wisconsin Public Service Commission. State regulators listed concerns about the
impact of noise from those turbines on nearby homes. Emerging Energies planned
to generate about 100 megawatts of power from the 250 million dollar project.
The door was left open for the filing of a new application after a noise study
is completed. A spokesperson for Emerging Energies says the company isn't
giving up on the western Wisconsin project yet.
The Federal Aviation
Administration is going to investigate a rough landing made by a small plane at
Red Wing Region Airport last Friday. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department
reports the single-engine aircraft was trying to land a little after 9:30 p.m.
at the airport in western Wisconsin when its landing gear failed. Pilot Steve
Hiltner and passenger Corey Stever, both from Minnesota, escaped injury.
Witnesses say the plane skidded, coming to a stop in the middle of the
Legislation sponsored by
the president of the Wisconsin Senate would require the state Supreme Court to
take up constitutional challenges to state laws directly. The bill by Senator
Michael Ellis would remove lower courts from the process. The Republican from
Neenah says this legislation would produce faster final decision and eliminate
confusion about whether a law is actually in effect while it is being appealed –
a process which can last for years. The high court would have to issue a
decision within 120 days. That could be extended by another 30 days if the
justices reach out to a lower court or referee for a determination of the facts
of a case, or damages. Ellis is looking for co-sponsors for his
A Madison man faces drug
and weapons charges after police happened upon a stash of 66 pounds of marijuana
in a storage unit. Three hand guns were discovered at the same time. Wilson
Barrington Talbot Junior was arrested earlier this month and charged with
possession with intent to distribute marijuana and three counts of possession of
a hand gun by a felon. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than
200 thousand dollars. If he is convicted on the charges, Talbot could be
sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A 36 year old Mount
Pleasant man is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson and
mutilating a corpse in connection with his wife's death last December. Joseph
Guerrero is accused of strangling the woman, then setting fire to the house
where she was found dead Christmas Day. Guerrero reportedly told police he got
into an argument with 21 year old Bianca Vite three days before Christmas and
she scratched him. He told investigators he tried to revive her after putting
his hands around her neck. The suspect says he wanted to die and tried to set
himself on fire, but accidentally started the house burning. That couple was
just married last July.
The USDA says it will open
a four-week sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Program next May.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the program played a vital role in last
summer's drought, protecting sensitive land from erosion while emergency haying
and grazing on those lands provided important feed and forage for livestock.
About 27 million acres are enrolled in the voluntary program which pays farmers
to keep environmentally sensitive land out of production. Contracts on more
than three million acres are scheduled to expire at the end of September. The
CRP goals are to improve water quality, control erosion and improve wildlife
The car-buying marketplace
simply favors larger dealers. That's one of the reasons being given for the
closing of E.J. Salentine Buick in Muskego. The third-generation family-owned
dealership shut its doors Tuesday after 90 years in business. Owners say they
didn't have a choice. One industry expert says there's simply a limit to how
many Buicks you can sell in a small Wisconsin town. General Motors' elimination
of the Pontiac brand in 2010 was the beginning of the end for the historic local
business. Then they had only Buicks to sell.