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All 11 Packer draft choices will be on hand for the team's rookie orientation weekend that starts today. That includes first-round defensive tackle Justin Harrell who will hold his first in-person news conference. That normally takes place on Draft Weekend, but Harrell couldn't make it to Green Bay last week because of a family commitment. Coach Mike McCarthy decided to have a separate rookie camp because he thought the newcomers did not get enough practice at the team's post-draft mini-camp a year ago. The veterans are due in May 18th for a mandatory camp.
The Green Bay Packers are said to have at least some interest in acquiring free agent receiver Keyshawn Johnson. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes a source close to Johnson as saying the Packers are doing their homework on the 11-year veteran and their interest appears to be legitimate. Johnson was cut by the Carolina Panthers on Monday after he spent the weekend analyzing the NFL Draft on ESPN. The 34-year-old Johnson has caught at least 70 passes in every season, with 16 touchdowns in the last three years.
Metro Milwaukee has its first baby bald eagle in more than 100 years. The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed this week that the eaglet was born in Mequon. Owen Boyle, ecologist, watched their nest for more than an hour before two adults fed the baby, and the little head suddenly emerged. The nest was built earlier this year near the top of a white pine tree on private land along Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, another baby bald eagle may be on the way in Waukesha County. Two eagles built a nest near Big Muskego Lake.
It's another day of higher gas prices. WisconsinGasPrices.com said the average price for regular unleaded this morning (Friday) was $3.12, 1.5 cents more than Thursday. Milwaukee's gas prices are averaging $3.24, up 2 cents from the day before. State Rep. Tom Nelson, D-Kaukauna, wants both the state and federal attorneys general to investigate alleged price gouging by the oil companies. Gov. Jim Doyle pushed the issue last year but Nelson says a new anti price-gouging law will make those efforts easier.
A bill to include cell phones and small businesses on the state's do-not-call list has taken a step forward in Madison. A Senate committee voted 3-2 this week to endorse a measure that could almost triple the phone numbers telemarketers would have to stay away from. Right now, the no-call list includes 1.1 million home phones on landlines. But Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach says many folks only have cell phones these days and the telemarketers are eating up their minutes. Also, there are more violators. So the bill wratches up the penalties from $100 per violation to a maximum of $10,000.
The state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee has endorsed two major tax increases in Gov. Jim Doyle's state budget. The eight Republicans on the panel were not able to stop the eight Democrats Thursday from voting to double the state transfer fee for home sales. By the same vote, the committee also approved a doubling of the limit on local property tax increases, from 2 percent a year to 4. The home-selling fee would be an extra $300 on a $100,000 property. Republicans say the downturn in the housing market makes this a horrible time to raise the fee.
Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill that lets adult shoppers get free beer samples. Both houses of the Legislature passed the measure last month. It lets grocery and liquor stores give out beer samples totaling up to six ounces a day. The new law will let breweries promote their specialty products, the same as wineries do now. The free samples can be issued between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., only to those of legal drinking age.
Green Bay's Advisory Committee delayed action Thursday night on a plan to revoke city licenses of businesses that hire illegal immigrants. More than two dozen people testified and only two were in favor. Still, the measure appeared to be heading toward passage when its main sponsor, Paul Fradette, council president, called for further discussion in about two to three weeks. Green Bay's Protection and Welfare Committee will take up the same proposal on Wednesday night. Fradette said he proposed the license revocations to stop what he called "illegal aliens" from moving to Green Bay in the f
An experimental vaccine in mice has raised the possibility that it could be put into deer feed someday thus stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. Researchers in New York tested an oral vaccine designed to ward off prions that are believed to cause CWD. And they found no prion disease in mice which had high levels of antibodies. Dr. Richard Olds of the Medical College of Wisconsin said the degree of protection was impressive. Researchers are now working on a vaccine for deer and elk.
RED WING, Minn. -- After two days, Nick Johnson of Elmwood leads the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour event on the Mississippi River with 39 pounds, 3 ounces. Richard Franklin of Bemidji, Minn., who caught 30 pounds, 5 ounces on Thursday alone, is second with 39 pounds.