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The teenager accused along with his uncle Steven Avery in the rape and murder of a 25-year old photographer may soon have to get a new lawyer. The state public defenders office has de-certified attorney Leonard Kachinsky for not being present last May while police interviewed his client, 16-year old Brendan Dassey. Deborah Smith of the public defender's office says she took the action after Steven Avery's attorney, Dean Strang, alerted her office that Kachinsky had violated a cardinal rule for defense attorneys: always be present during a police interview.
Saying it's time for a no-nonsense plan for airport security reform, Woodville's Paul Nelson says that plan should include thorough searches of all Muslim males in addition to random searches of the general population. "The war on terror cannot be won by a group of politically correct politicians who are afraid to face the facts and deal with the situation appropriately," said Nelson. He added that the nation must buckle down with determination to actually win the war on terror. Nelson is running for the Third Congressional seat as a Republican. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep.
Instead of creating health care savings accounts Gov. Jim Doyle is proposing creating state tax exemptions for health care premiums. "Middle class families are getting squeezed by the high price of health care, and this is one way to give them some relief," said Doyle said. Doyle plans on including the proposal in his next biennial budget which is due early next year. The plan would provide a new tax deduction for any post-tax premium payments made to employer sponsored health plans.
More than 600 soldiers from a Wisconsin National Guard infantry battalion will be returning from Iraq this week. State National Guard officials say that the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, is expected to begin arriving at Volk Field near Camp Douglas on Thursday. That group of about 300 soldiers is scheduled to arrive at approximately 9:00 p.m. A second aircraft carrying the remaining soldiers is expected to arrive early Saturday afternoon. The battalion lost three soldiers in Iraq. Spc. Michael Wendling, 20, Mayville, and Sgt.
Property values in both the west central region and across Wisconsin are on the rise according to a report released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The department's annual equalized values report shows statewide property values increased by 9.59 percent up from 9.39 percent in 2005. In the region, Polk County saw the biggest jump with an increase of 10.54 percent. Meanwhile St.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The long dry summer has raised concerns over how some of Wisconsin's crops will fare this year, particularly corn and wheat. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting a record harvest for cranberries. Agricultural officials say with an expected 3-point-75 million barrels, Wisconsin may yield the largest cranberry crop ever, topping last year's total of 3- point-66 million.
KEWAUNEE -- Federal regulators say they're keeping an eye on a small amount of a radioactive contaminant in the ground underneath the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant, but they say there's no threat to public health. Tritium forms both naturally and is found in water storage areas of nuclear power plants. Leaks of relatively large amounts of tritium have caused major concerns at other plants, and now the operators of the Kewaunee nuclear facility have found smaller amounts underneath their plant along Lake Michigan. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is aware of the discovery.
Wisconsin is making major changes to a medical program designed for the working poor. The overhaul of BadgerCare will be the biggest since the program started in the 1960s. The BadgerCare Plus initiative aims to combine existing programs and make them more efficient without costing taxpayers more money. The election-year program expansion was endorsed by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle in his annual State of the State address in January. Doyle's administration hopes to get health insurance for all children; statistics show 12 percent of Wisconsin's kids went without coverage in 2004.
The attorney for 16-year old Brendan Dassey wants his client's rape and murder trial moved up to Nov. 12. Dassey is charged along with his uncle Steven Avery with the torture, rape and murder of 25-year old photographer Teresa Halbach in October of last year. Dassey's lawyer, Len Kachinsky, says the teenager wants to get the trial over with as soon as possible because he feels very isolated in his cell at the Sheboygan juvenile detention center.
A state decision addressing the death of a man driving veterans to the Twin Cities has raised concern among Douglas County supervisors regarding the legal liability for contracted drivers. Larry Lundberg was working as a driver for the county's Veterans Service office when he was killed in a traffic accident west of Duluth last December. Douglas County administrators considered Lundberg, a longtime Poplar and Lake Nebagamon area resident, an independent contractor. The state of Wisconsin determined he was a county employee.