Evers requests JFC release funding to redevelop closed UW campuses (MADISON)

Another funding request from the governor to Republican lawmakers. Governor Tony Evers wants the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee to release $20 million to assist communities in redevelopment of closed two-year UW campuses. The Democratic governor signed legislation earlier this year to create a program to award grants of up to $2 million. To date, the UW System has announced closure of UW-Platteville Richland Center, UW-Oshkosh Fond du Lac, UW-Green Bay Marinette, and UW-Milwaukee campuses at Waukesha and Washington County due to decreased enrollment and limited funding. Evers and finance co-chairs have already deadlocked over releasing funding for PFAs remediation and to assist western Wisconsin communities following hospital and clinic closures.

MG&W working to restore service (MADISON) 

A Madison utility expects it will be a few days before power is fully restored following storms on Tuesday night. Madison Gas and Electric spokesman Steve Schultz calls the severe storms “historic” and that they  haven’t seen numbers like this in decades, as far as outages.  Schultz says it was a big wind event with hurricane force winds which broke hundreds of poles. Just fixing one pole can take a full day. MGE is reaching out to mutual assistance groups in an effort to secure additional crews to help with restoration efforts.

Lathrop’s bail set at $1.5 million (JANESVILLE)

More than two months after first appearing in Rock County Court, a Janesville man accused in the fatal stabbing of his young sister is found competent to stand trail. 20-year-old Dayveon Lathrop appeared before Rock County Judge Derrick Grubb Tuesday for a review hearing. Grubb set Lathrop’s cash bail at $1.5 million. Lathrop is accused of stabbing his eight-year-old adopted sister to death in March at their home.. According to the criminal complaint he tried to hide her body in a storage tote with bleach and peroxide. Lathrop is scheduled to appear back in court  June 7th for a preliminary hearing.

DOJ deems Drug Take Back Day a success (UNDATED)

A successful Spring Drug Take Back Day in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Justice reports that Wisconsin ranked number two throughout the country for the most prescription medications collected during the Drug Take Back by collecting 55,122 pounds of unwanted medications. Dating back to when Drug Take Back began in 2010, Wisconsin has collected more than 1.25 million pounds of the unwanted meds. In fact, Wisconsin ranks third behind only Texas and California for the amount of meds collected in that time frame. While Drug Take Back day technically happens twice a year, Wisconsin residents are encouraged to dispose of unwanted meds year round at one of the 490 drug disposal boxes around the state.

Manure spill kills fish in Monroe County (MONROE COUNTY)

A manure spill into west-central Wisconsin creek killed fish along more than a mile. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the failure of a dairy farm’s manure handling system last weekend resulted in the spill. An angler reported the fish kill in Moore Creek in Monroe County on Saturday. The DNR then traced the kill back to that manure spill at the dairy farm. The agency did not identify the farm but said an investigation is ongoing. 

Suspect in shooting deaths of teens is 13-years-old (MILWAUKEE) 

Young victims – and an even younger suspect in the latest gun violence in Milwaukee. The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victims of last weekend’s fatal shooting as Monroe Weso and Alejandro Sanchez. Both were 15 years old. A 13 year-old has now been arrested in the shooting that took place Saturday night on Milwaukee’s south side. Milwaukee police detectives also say they’re looking for two other suspects. Sanchez attended Greenfield High School and Weso attended West Allis Central High School. The families of both victims have started GoFundMes to help pay for funeral services.     

 

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