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  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(6/30/13)

Wheeler News Service – Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Sunday
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are the details:

Bounty hunters will not return to Wisconsin. Governor
Scott Walker says he'll veto the return of bail bondsmen when he signs the new
two-year state budget into law today. The Republican governor has line-item veto
power over spending bills. He expects to strike out 57 items from the
14-hundred-page spending package that totals 70-billion dollars. Wisconsin has
not allowed bail bondsmen since 1979. The system would have allowed criminal
defendants to pay a private company 10-percent of his bond – and the business
would have been responsible to make sure the defendants appear in court. The
attorney general and numerous others in the legal system opposed the measure,
which was added by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. It's the second
straight time Walker will have opposed bail bondsmen. He says he's quote, "not
thrilled" with the system. Also, Walker plans to veto a budget item that would
have removed the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its current
location at U-W Madison. The finance measure would have also prevented anyone
connected with the U-W from working on the center's projects. Walker will also
veto a slight modification in the private school choice expansion, to ensure
tight enrollment caps as the system goes statewide. Among other things, the
budget also includes a 650-million dollar income tax cut. Walker will sign it
this afternoon at a ceremony in Pleasant Prairie. The budget takes effect
tomorrow.

-6/30-

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices could be
elected to only one 16-year term, under a constitutional amendment proposed by a
task force of attorneys. A state bar panel says it hopes the Legislature can
take up the idea this fall. Right now, justices are elected to as many 10-year
terms as they can win. Former judge Joe Troy, who studied the one-term idea,
tells the Wisconsin State Journal that re-election campaigns have become so
brutal, it has hurt the public's confidence in the court system. Troy said
people are starting to believe that justices are quote, "serving people (with
money) who put them there – or they are worried about the next election." He
admits that a one-term system would not solve the rising amount of money in
Supreme Court campaigns – but he does believe it would help restore public
confidence. Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson calls the idea
"promising."

-6/30-

For the first time tomorrow, we'll learn
about numerous sex abuse incidents in the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese which
date back for decades – and what the church did and did not do about them. The
archdiocese will release thousands of pages of documents as part of an agreement
connected with the church's two-and-a-half year old bankruptcy case. Archbishop
Jerome Listecki says we should quote, "prepare to be shocked." In his weekly
letter to church members, Listecki said there are "terrible things described in
many of the documents." The church will release parts of 42 priest personnel
files, plus depositions from former Milwaukee Archbishops Tim Dolan and Rembert
Weakland, retired Bishop Richard Sklba, and defrocked priest Daniel Budzynski.

-6/30-

One of the people in charge of a botched federal sting
operation in Milwaukee has been assigned to a new post. B-J Zapor has been named
the head of the Phoenix office of the U-S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives. He was the head of the Upper Midwest A-T-F office in Saint Paul,
whose personnel have been under fire for botching an undercover storefront in
Milwaukee last year. It was designed to round up illegal guns and related
suspects – but the store was broken into, four of the wrong people were
arrested, and an A-T-F agent had his machine gun stolen. After the operation was
shut down last November, Zapor was promoted to an A-T-F post in Washington that
supervises eight field divisions. In Phoenix, he'll try to clean up the damage
from "Operation Fast-and-Furious," in which agents allowed two-thousand guns to
get to criminals. One of them killed a Border Patrol agent. Iowa Senate
Republican Charles Grassley questioned putting Zapor in charge in Phoenix, given
what happened in the Milwaukee sting.

-6/30-

Three people have
been arrested in Milwaukee for allegedly hiding a dead man's body in an
apartment. A 24-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman, and a 35-year-old man face
possible charges. Police said the body of 62-year-old Glenn Willis was found on
Friday. Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy, which is
expected to determine how Willis died.

-6/30-

Madison is one of
the most popular places in the country for the sales of hybrid vehicles.
Edmunds-Dot-Com says the gas-and-electric cars accounted for four-point-two
percent of all new cars and trucks sold in Wisconsin's Capital City last year.
This year, Edmunds says registration figures show that hybrids have
four-point-seven percent of the Madison automotive market. Edmunds' analyst
Jeremy Acevedo says progressive towns with college campuses are more likely to
embrace hybrid technology.

-6/30-

A state lawmaker from
northwest Wisconsin says he'll return to his job after the Fourth-of-July, after
having a kidney removed which had a cancerous tumor. Assembly Republican Tom
Larson of Colfax tells the Chippewa Herald he will not need radiation treatments
or chemo-therapy. Instead, doctors will keep monitoring his health with the use
of only one of his two kidneys. He's been cleared to start driving to-and-from
Madison after the holiday. Larson said he's been criticized for the way he voted
on the new state budget – but he was never able to vote on the package. He said
he monitored the debate, and he wishes he could have cast a vote. The
65-year-old Larson is in his second two-year term representing northern Chippewa
County and parts of Dunn County.

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