Wisconsin’s public schools chief says Governor Scott Walker’s budget poses “a crushing challenge” to public education. State Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers says Governor Scott Walker’s two year budget would cut some $840 million in state school aids, the largest cut in state history, as well proposing a five and a half percent reduction to school district levy limits. “Depending on the school district, schools will have to reduce their spending between $480 and $1100 per pupil,” Evers told the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. “Statewide, the proposed revenue limits will result in a $1.7 billion cut over the biennium as compared to the current law.” [Read more…]
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Ramon Hernandez clubbed a 3-run opposite field home run to cap off a 4-run 9th inning and give the Cincinnati Reds a 7-6 come from behind win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Hernandez game winning shot came off of John Axeford with the Reds down to their final out. It was his 4th hit of the day.
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead on back-to-back home runs from Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez in the first. Ryan Braun also clubbed a solo home run to deep center in the 5th.
The Brewers led 6-2 before Cincinnati started its comeback. But comebacks are no stranger to the Reds, who earned 22 final at bat comeback victories last season, second in the National League only to Atlanta.
Yovani Gallardo was on his way to an opening day victory, working six innings and leaving with a lead. But the bullpen couldn’t hold it and the Brewers all-time opening day record dropped to 23-19-1 and 7-6-1 as members of the National League.
The two teams take Friday off and will resume their series on Saturday night in Cincinnati.
An Eau Claire County man is dead after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash with a squad car Thursday morning. Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said one of his deputies responded to a call from the State Patrol chasing a suspect fleeing east from Osseo on U.S. Highway 10 around 2:00 a.m. Cramer said the deputy got out to deploy stop sticks in the road near Fairchild. “The (suspect) vehicle took his squad head on as the car was off the shoulder of the road,” said Cramer. “The driver of the vehicle was killed instantly.” The State Patrol identified the driver as 30 year-old Ryan Bogdonovich of Fairchild. The Deputy was not hurt. Cramer said it appears alcohol led to the pursuit. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.
Dan Lea, WAYY
Charges are pending over death threats made against Republican lawmakers. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says he is preparing to charge a woman with making a bomb threat and unlawful use of a computer.
The Dane County woman reportedly admitted she was behind death threats earlier in the month that were sent by email to Republican lawmakers, over their support for the Governor’s budget repair bill and changes to collective bargaining rights for public employees. [Read more…]
The Wisconsin Badgers will open the 2011 football season under the lights of Camp Randall Stadium. The UW made the change official today. The contest will be played Thursday, Sept. 1 with the official game time to be announced at a later time.
An anti-abortion group wants a federal judge to block Marathon County from banning a movie at the Wausau public library this weekend. 40 Days for Life of Wausau filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. There was no immediate hearing scheduled for a judge to consider the case.
The suit claims the county violated the group’s First Amendment rights to free speech after it canceled a reservation for a meeting room where the film “Blood Money” was scheduled to be shown on Sunday afternoon.
A Dane County judge says changes to the collective bargaining rights of state workers that were included in the budget repair bill are not in effect. Judge Maryann Sumi amended a restraining order this morning against implementation of Wisconsin Act 10 to include a declaration that the law has not been published.
The move comes after the Legislative Reference Bureau posted the measure online last Friday, creating widespread confusion over where the law stands in the process. Typically the Secretary of State must publish a law before it takes effect, but the administration had claimed LRB publication was sufficient. [Read more…]
The Milwaukee Admirals clinched a playoff spot with Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over San Antonio in Milwaukee. It’s the 9th straight post season appearance for the Admirals.
Milwaukee has a 2-point lead on Houston for the West Division lead. Those two teams will face off at the Bradley Center on Friday night.
A judge has denied bond for Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny
Jolly after his latest arrest on a drug charge in Houston.
Jolly, who didn’t appear in court on Wednesday, had his next hearing set for April 20. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being arrested early Friday morning.
Jolly was suspended by the NFL without pay for all of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy related to a separate 2008 drug arrest.
Police say officers found a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine and another containing an unidentified substance under the front seats of Jolly’s vehicle last week.
Marquette University moved quickly to get coach Buzz Williams a new deal.
Terms of the new contract haven’t been released, but it’s believed the deal will pay Williams more than $2-million a year.
Williams, who led Marquette into the Sweet 16 this year, has posted a 69-37 record during his time in Milwaukee.
The deal takes Williams out of the running for coaching vacancies at Arkansas and Oklahoma, where he was believed to be a front-runner for both openings.