WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: I-94 shutdown Friday due to accidents from snowfall
MENOMONIE - Portions of I-94 were shutdown near Menomonie late Friday as afternoon snowfall caused several traffic accidents.
Crews worked late into the night to remove an LP tanker truck which had overturned in the eastbound lanes, forcing their closure. The Wisconsin State Patrol reported 10 crashes, including a six-car pile-up with a semi. No injuries were reported.
Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams is facing charges in Spain for allegedly violating environmental laws in that country. Gogebic Taconite is the company looking to mine iron ore in northern Wisconsin. According to the charge, Williams and two others are accused of polluting groundwater at a copper mine in southern Spain, as well as mismanaging the mine site. Williams’ attorneys believe he and the two accused will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking for a federal judge to block the state’s ban on gay marriage. The request comes on the heels of a lawsuit to challenge the law, similar to other suits against gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Missouri. The ACLU issued a statement saying they will likely win the lawsuit because the ban imposes irreparable harm on same-sex couples.
County Materials has been fined $56,000 by OSHA after a September accident that cost a worker his foot. The agency says the truck driver was injured after a cable trolley broke and pinned his leg against concrete. OSHA spokesman Scott Allen says he's not just concerned over the citation, but seeing improvements in company policies. The company now has 15 days to respond to the citation.