A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.
Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.
Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...
34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...
"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...
One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C.
The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.
Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.
Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots.
The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating. The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint.
Supporters say it makes the process more fair. Opponents call it discrimination.
Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.
Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...
"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."
State lawmakers in the Assembly have passed a bill allowing a higher speed limit on rural interstates. The bill introduced by Republican Paul Tittl raises the cap on speeds to 70 miles per hour on some roads, up from 65.
The bill says 4-lane interstates could one day have the higher limit, but only after the DOT does a one-year study of safety impacts.
Many Democrats in the state assembly complained the bill was fast-tracked to a scheduled vote. Representative Fred Kessler of Milwaukee said key voices were missing from the bill’s public hearing.
He said a many Americans had either been locked out of getting healthcare because of pre-existing conditions, or had to pay higher rates. He says women paid more because of pregnancy and other issues, but starting January 1, not anymore...
"....women on average are charged about one-and-a-half times more, on average, than a 22 year old male. Women are more responsible than men. You go to the doctor more, you get checkups more, you tend to get pregnant more, but that's a whole other issue..."