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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: State GOP Convention votes down secession resolution

MILWAUKEE - A resolution to affirm the state’s right to secede from the union has been defeated. The tea party-backed resolution was shot down by a voice vote, during a Wisconsin Republican convention in Milwaukee yesterday.

In addition to secession rights, the resolution would also nullify federal laws. Many state GOP lawmakers, including Governor Scott Walker, disagreed with the language of the resolution, saying it would fail in the state Assembly. A letter sent to all delegates urged lawmakers to reject it.


The numbers are in for last week’s statewide drug collection efforts. The Drug Take-Back Day held last Saturday, April 26th took advantage of over 180 collection sites at police and sheriff’s offices. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the people of Wisconsin turned in over 50-thousand pounds of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs. That’s over 25 tons of drugs. Van Hollen is pleased the drugs are out of the hands of people that may misuse or abuse them. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp is also glad to see the program succeed, since that 25 tons of drugs won’t end up in landfills, waste water treatment plants, or groundwater. The drugs collected will be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for safe incineration.


Additional details into a fatal stabbing at an apartment in Madison on Friday has emerged. Madison Police say the suspect, who has not been identified, made threats to his neighbors in the past. Two people – a woman in her 50s and a daughter in her 30s – died from their injuries. The woman’s 16-year-old son was also injured in the attack, but escaped to get help. Police were forced to shoot the suspect when they arrived on the scene. Police add that the daughter’s 4-year-old son was hiding during the incident,  he was not injured.


A Stevens Point man is lucky to be alive after his boat capsized in the Wisconsin River on Friday morning. The Portage County Sheriff’s Office says 64-year-old Lawrence Meixner was fishing near a boat landing just West of the Town of Stevens Point where the incident occurred. Neighbors called police when they saw Meixner hanging onto the boat and calling for help. Authorities say a combination of the boat’s anchor and the high currents contributed to the capsize. They add that the quick thinking of neighbors getting him out of the water saved the man’s life.