Afternoon News Brief -July 4th fights erupted at riverfront in Milwaukee-8 year old boy run over by float in Racine
Milwaukee police report they arrested two young people and handed out citations to four more when fighting erupted on the riverfront last night. Large crowds of young people were gathering for the Fourth of July fireworks display when the fighting started. No serious injuries were reported, though two people were hurt when a car went out of control during Cudahy's Fourth of July parade and an eight year old boy was run over by a float during Racine's Fourth Fest.
Wisconsin native David Einhorn just finished third in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Einhorn now runs a New York hedge fund. His total take in the poker tournament was $4.35 million dollars. Einhorn had to put up a million dollars to play. He says he will donate his winnings to charity. Einhorn operates Greenlight Capital, an investment firm he started 16 years ago. It has been one of the best performing hedge funds ever since.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says it will select up to 25 state based companies to present to a Chinese fund. PiYi Investment Management Company reportedly wants to invest $100 million dollars in Wisconsin companies across a wide variety of industries. The application deadline is July 18, then the state will screen the applicants to pick the best candidates for Chinese investment. The companies chosen will make their presentations during US China Investor Week, a 10 day visit by officials with the Chinese firm.
Governor Scott Walker has $1.6 million dollars to put toward his possible re-election bid in 2014. According to newly filed campaign reports, the Republican Walker raised $6.8 million dollars between May 22nd and June 27th. Those were the weeks before and after the June fifth recall election in which Walker kept his job by defeating Democrat Tom Barrett. Walker has raised almost $37.5 million dollars for his campaign since he took office in January of last year. That roughly matched what other candidates and special interest groups raised in the governor's recall bid, over his support of the law that virtually ended collective bargaining for most public employee unions in Wisconsin. Much of what Walker raised came from conservative supporters outside the state. But Walker campaign spokesman Tom Evenson said quote, "Overwhelming support from the grass roots was the engine" behind Walker's recall victory and quote, "That strong support continues in an incredible way." As of late afternoon, Barrett has not released his campaign spending figures, which must be filed by tonight with the Government Accountability Board.
Milwaukee set a new record high temperature for this date by noon today. The old record for July fifth was 96 set in 1911. The state's largest city had 103 degrees as of three this afternoon. Madison also hit 103 at mid-afternoon, breaking the old mark for the date of 98 set 101 years ago. The National Weather Service says northern Wisconsin will get only one more night of muggy temperatures, before things cool off tomorrow to the 80's. Southern Wisconsin can expect another 100 plus day tomorrow, before a cool down during the day on Saturday. Meanwhile, the state DNR has issued an ozone advisory for until one tomorrow morning for all counties along Lake Michigan. Officials say the air along the big lake is unhealthy for people in sensitive groups like children, seniors, and those with respiratory and heart conditions.
A man killed this morning at a bridge construction site on the Highway 41 expressway near Oshkosh has been identified as 35 year old Joseph Bidler of Green Bay. He was a driver for Spancrete of Waukesha and the company said Bidler had worked there for over 11 years. Authorities said a crane collapsed while trying to lift a beam on the Highway 41 bridge over Lake Butte des Morts north of Oshkosh around nine this morning. An employee of Lunda Construction of Black River Falls was injured. That person's name was not immediately released. The mishap is being investigated by the Winnebago County sheriff's department and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The project is part of a series of improvements aimed at meeting the standards for Highway 41 to become an Interstate between Milwaukee and Green Bay.