Afternoon News Roundup: Democrats seizing on report about Medicaid
Democrats are seizing on a report from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau to renew their criticism of the governor's plan to reject the federal funded expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin. The Bureau's latest estimate puts the cost of Governor Scott Walker's medical assistance plan at 734 million dollars, compared to estimates of 664 million last February. One Democrat, state Representative Jon Richards, says the higher estimates should lead Wisconsin lawmakers to reverse Walker's position and take the federal money. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee hasn't voted on the plan yet.
The huge wildfire in Douglas County is no longer a threat, leading the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to lift its statewide burning ban. The original action was taken Wednesday due to dry and windy conditions, combined with hot temperatures. The winds have died down and fire crews working in northern Wisconsin have returned home. The improved conditions led the DNR to reverse the burning ban early yesterday morning.
Lafayette County authorities haven't released the name of an eight year old boy killed in a Friday afternoon accident in Blanchard Township. It happened at about 4:40 p.m. The boy was run over by a skid steer loader. Authorities say a man was backing up when the child was hit. The boy was dead at the scene.
Authorities say two Wisconsin men were involved in a burglary ring which stolen from homes and businesses in a dozen counties. The investigation was kicked off by the Winnebago County sheriff's office last year. Arrested are 28 year old Robert Miles and 37 year old Daniel Frausto. They are expected to face additional charges, while investigators say they also expect to take more suspects into custody.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to leave lock on the Mississippi River near Fountain City open after an accident last Thursday. A towboat hit the lock gate, causing extensive damage to the upstream, right descending gate. Engineers with the corps decided the lock can stay open with some restrictions until that gate is replaced. They say the replacement should arrive next week. No one was injured by the accident and those barges weren't carrying any hazardous materials.
West Allis police are investigating the discovery of a body in the hallway of an apartment building there. Police were called at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. The 63 year old woman reportedly lived in the building. Her name hasn't been released. Police say they are interviewing people to try to determine the cause of the woman's death. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office is doing an autopsy.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office says a 58 year old man from Clinton is facing potential charges of attempted first-degree murder after he disarmed a police officer and allegedly tried to shot him. Clinton police officer Dave Hooker was dispatched on a 9-1-1 hang up last night. Shortly after he arrived, the officer reported he had been attacked by the suspect, 59 year old Terry P. Robinson, and he requested assistance. When Robinson tried to shoot the officer with his own weapon, Hooker was able to keep the gun from firing. When several officers finally arrived, they were able to take Robinson into custody.