State News Briefs: High temps not only uncomfortable but also fatalWisconsin News
-- The expected high temperatures are not only uncomfortable they can be fatal.
The expected high temperatures are not only uncomfortable they can be fatal. Wisconsin Emergency Management reminds us to check on elderly or handicapped neighbors who may have trouble getting to a cooling center. Officials say never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car - even briefly. Other tips include drinking plenty of water and don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Last summer in the Badger State, five people died and more than 100 people received medical treatment due to extreme heat. A list of cooling centers can be found at readywisconsin.wi.gov
An environmental group’s annual report says Wisconsin ranks near the bottom in terms of beach quality. The National Resources Defense Council ranked Wisconsin 25th of 30 states with monitoring results. It found 11-percent of our 114 beaches monitored had exceeded the national recommended standard for water quality. The N-R-D-C says storm water runoff and sewage pollution are a problem in some Badger State lakes.
A lawyer for a former Scott Walker aide wants her charges tossed out. The attorney for Kelly Rindfleish says her statements being used against her were part of an earlier non-prosecution agreement, under protective circumstances. Defense Attorney Frank Gimble also contents privacy violations by investigators when they used an overly broad search warrant to access her personal email accounts. Rindfleish was a former top aide Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive. She's pleaded not guilty to charges of doing campaign work while on county time.
Voter numbers from the June fifth recall show it was the highest turnout in a non-presidential election in more than 60 years. The Government Accountability Board says nearly 58 percent of voting age adults turned out. More than two-and-a-half million people cast a ballot. Final official tally shows Scott Walker got 53.08 percent - and Democrat Tom Barrett got 46.28 percent. The county with the highest turnout was Ozaukee at 74 percent, followed by Waukesha, Washington, Bayfield and Dane. Turnout out in Milwaukee County was 56 percent.