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Wisconsin voters will decide next month whether the state's transportation fund should be off-limits for other purposes. Lawmakers from both parties endorsed the constitutional amendment in each of the last two sessions. It was spurred in part by the raiding of one-point-four billion dollars from the transportation fund from 2003-through-2010 when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor. The transfers covered aid to public schools and other items aimed at closing budget deficits at the time.
An Eau Claire woman is accused of scamming a Catholic priest out of more than 300-thousand dollars.
The Milwaukee Bucks won their pre-season opener last night, 86-to-83 over the Memphis Grizzlies in Green Bay.
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There are 222 local fire departments in Wisconsin that will receive a total of $564,173 in grants this year for equipment, prevention and training to enhance their forest fire protection and suppression ability. Pierce County recipients include Ellsworth for $1,339.50, Elmwood for $859.85, Plum City for $820.58 and Spring Valley for $3,980. Local fire departments and county or area fire organizations received funding by applying for the grants, which were established in 1997 to strengthen local fire departments’ and
County officials in western Wisconsin have closed a frac-sand mine for allegedly dumping polluted wastewater into a pond that was properly lined.
Two more deer in Wisconsin have been found to have chronic wasting disease. Both were on private land.
Two Forest County correctional officers were among six people arrested in an undercover drug investigation. A male and a female who work at the jail in Crandon were booked on possible counts related to stolen property. Charges were not filed as of yesterday, and neither has a prior criminal record. Forest County Sheriff John Dennee reportedly learned a few months ago that one-or-more jail employees might have been taking part in criminal activity. The Brown County Drug Task Force from Green Bay was brought in to investigate, along with state and federal agencies.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis police are on alert after two woman were assaulted in the same downtown parking ramp. Both assaults happened yesterday within hours of each other at Ramp C on Second Avenue North. Police say a man shoved a woman between two cars in the first incident. In the second, a woman was shoved into a car. The first suspect was scared off by another person getting off on elevator. The suspect in the second case was chase away by witnesses on the scene.