Wheeler News Service -
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - Sunday News Report
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Legislation to refine
Wisconsin state law to say life starts at conception has been introduced at
Capitol. Sponsors say their measure would allow parents to sue if their unborn
child dies as the result of wrongful acts. Current law allows those wrongful
death lawsuits when a fetus dies only if a doctor concludes the fetus could have
survived birth. State Representative Andre Jacque and state Senator Glenn
Grothman are the sponsors, both Republicans. At least one Democrat questioned
whether the measure was motivated by concern for the well-being of women and
their families, or whether it was a way to chip away at women's
Discussion of a petition
from Waukesha Public Schools will be on the agenda at a Wednesday night city
plan commission meeting. The school district is asking that a 127-acre property
be annexed, giving it access to city water and sewer services. The vacant land
has been owned by the district for 14 years as a possible location for
construction of a school building, if and when it might be needed. The Town
Board confirmed a decision to leave the property out of the city's future
service area with a vote last month. That vote puts the district's 1-point-4
million dollar investment in that land at risk. School officials say the
location could be a good site for a middle school or a large elementary school
at some future date.
Milwaukee County Sheriff
Arthur A. Clarke Junior is expected to recommend outsourcing the county jail's
medical care to a company from Florida. Clarke and advocates for jail inmates
have been ordered by a judge to submit plans to staffing the jail's medical unit
by next month. Clarke's approach would cost an estimated 16 million dollars a
year. The Milwaukee County Board has been reluctant to take that approach. A
lawsuit has been filed accusing Clarke and the county of being out of compliance
with a court order covering medical care due to several vacancies, including a
medical director, a psychiatrist and a program administration. Circuit Judge
William Brash the Third set the hearing for April 9th.
Madison police issued
tickets to nine people and arrested seven as they protested to raise awareness
of the problem of homelessness. The rally started in front of the City-County
Building, moving inside after about an hour. The police intervened when the
people refused to leave. About 70 people were in the crowd hearing organizers
of the rally talk about the lack of shelter options in Madison. Day warming
centers are scheduled to close March 31st and that will leave some homeless
people without a place to stay. City officials have been accused of failing to
do enough to address Madison's homeless issue.
The controversial former
pastor for President Barack Obama will speak in Milwaukee at an annual event in
May. The Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Junior was the focus of controversy for
some of his comments during the 2008 political campaign for the White House.
Tickets are 50 dollars per person for the 25th anniversary gala hosted by the
inter-faith group Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope. They go
on sale next month. Wright became a liability for Obama due to his
controversial comments and the President had to sever ties with him before he
was elected. The event is coming up May 17th in Milwaukee.
The Dane County Sheriff's
Office says two young children were left home alone in Cambridge after a
domestic incident. Their mother, 25 year old Lauren E. Hughes, was arrested.
An anonymous caller contacted 9-1-1 Thursday night saying they were hearing
yelling and items being thrown and broken inside the house on Water Street.
When deputies arrived they found two children, aged 18 months and four years,
surrounded by broken glass. No adult was present. The father was contacted and
he told deputies an argument with Hughes escalated and she began to throw and
break things before he left. Deputies say the woman left shortly after that,
with the children alone and the front door unlocked. She had also been arrested
last Wednesday due to another domestic fight. Hughes faces several
Snowmobilers may be
thrilled by several big snow storms recently, but temperatures are starting to
warm around many of the most popular trails. The Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources is reminding riders to be aware of the conditions in their
area. The state has recorded 70 snowmobile crashes and 18 deaths this season.
With more snow comes more riders and more accidents. One of the biggest
problems is machines breaking through thin ice. The DNR says it is working with
area snowmobile clubs and parks departments to put markers along lakes and
rivers to warn of the possibility of thin ice beneath the slushy snow. The U.S.
Coast Guard is warning ice conditions are rapidly getting worse on Lake
Superior, the Duluth-Superior Harbor and their connecting rivers.
When you put gas in that
car and it says you've bought 10 gallons, you can count on the pump reading.
The weights and measures team in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade
and Consumer Protection has just finished compiling the data from last year's
testing. State inspectors found 98 percent of the 32 thousand gas pumps were
accurate in their readings. Price scanners were checked and found to be
accurate more than 97 percent of the time. The team conducted almost a
quarter-million inspections of devices at about seven thousand Wisconsin
businesses last year.