Sunday State News Briefs: UW to conduct audit on health insurance premiumsWisconsin News
-- University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly says he is going to hire an independent auditor to figure out what happened. A check of the books found the system had overpaid for health insurance premiums and pension contributions by $33 million over the last two years.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly says he is going to hire an independent auditor to figure out what happened. A check of the books found the system had overpaid for health insurance premiums and pension contributions by $33 million over the last two years.
Reilly is quoted as saying he is embarrassed by the findings by the Legislative Audit Bureau. The $17.5 million overpayment for contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement System has been recovered. To this point, only $2.4 million of the $15.4 million dollars in overpayments on workers’ health insurance premiums have come back to the system.
The Mielke family in Shawano County has to wonder when it will let up. First, relatives were devastated when Eldore and Malinda Mielke died within days of each other last week. Both were in their 90s and they had been married for 68 years. Then, the day after they died, thieves broke into their Marion home and stole the couple’s wills, deeds, jewelry and a safe containing cash. Family members say they were planning two funerals when they were told about the robbery. The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crime.
Business owners wanting to go on a trade mission to South Africa next March need to contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC says the idea is to help small to medium-sized companies sell products and services to South Africa. The trip is being planned by the Council of Great Lakes Governors. This state had more than 225 million dollars in exports to South Africa in 2011. Some of the business sectors being recruited are in the agriculture field, automotive parts, medical, mining, equipment for construction, power generation and supply. The trip March 6th through the 15th will include stops in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
A new trial date for convicted killer Seneca D. Malone will be set in a Milwaukee courtroom next Tuesday. Work by the Innocence Project on behalf of Malone has earned him another trial. He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. The Innocence Project, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin law school, convinced the court he was victimized by inadequate council. It argued his 2008 trial wasn’t a fair one because his attorney didn’t conduct his own investigation, failed to interview witness and didn’t object to evidence which should have been inadmissible. Richard Mora was shot to death in 2005. Malone was implicated by his former friend, Mark Fossier, three years later. Those working for Malone said Fossier’s inconsistent story should have been contradicted.
Some of the 100 people in the crowd at East Middle School in Oak Creek were relatives of the victims of the August 5th mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The summit held yesterday focused on how to prevent violence. The Oak Creek shooting was one of more than 60 mass shootings in the U.S. in the last three decades. Leading the discussion were Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Police Chief John Edwards, U.S. Attorney James Santelle, Sikh activist Pardeep Kaleka and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.