Wisconsin roundup: Assembly passes tax package that includes rebate measure; more state news stories
MADISON — Wisconsin lawmakers were burning the midnight oil last night while trying to wrap up work for the current legislative session.
Assembly members gave approval to the governor's proposed $100-a-child tax rebate and an August sales tax holiday. Another bill passed includes $350 million in borrowing to pay for a new adult prison.
The final high-profile matter decided involves a bolstered tax incentive package for Kimberly-Clark, so the Texas-based company won't close two plants and put 600 Wisconsin employees out of work. The package of bills still needs Wisconsin Senate approval before it goes to the governor for his signature.
Madison schools consider classroom safety measures
MADISON — One of the ideas which might make school a safer place is putting locks on the inside of classrooms, instead of the outside.
That would let teachers lock the doors to keep an attacker out. The Madison School Board has that idea on a list of steps to improve safety in district schools. Supporters say the interior locks could be added to classrooms by the beginning of next school. District leaders are also talking about instituting a mental health program for students.
Voter purge causes problems at Wis. polls
MADISON — Some voters found their information had been purged when they went to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary.
A state initiative removed the names of registered voters who had moved recently. Wisconsin state elections officials say there is no evidence anyone was prevented from casting a ballot. Those voters either needed to update their information — or, they were no longer eligible to vote in Wisconsin because they'd moved out-of-state. The problem was, some voters found their names had been purged, even though they hadn't moved.
Sun Prairie man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in fatal overdose case
MADISON — A Sun Prairie man will be sentenced in about two months after pleading guilty to reckless homicide and reckless endangerment charges.
Twenty-four-year-old Connor McGovern was accused of being involved in the fatal overdose death of a co-worker. Police say the body of 24-year-old Kyle A. Hahn was found in a basement bathroom at McGovern's Club and Restaurant in November 2016. McGovern had reached a plea agreement with Dane County prosecutors. He remains free on a signature bond until he is sentenced.
Man could see prison for killing girlfriend’s dog — if convicted
WAUSAU — A Wisconsin man returns to court in Marathon County next week to face charges he killed his girlfriend's dog during an argument.
Matthew Newton had a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Investigators say Newton confronted his girlfriend when he found messages she had been sending to another man in Madison. While they were arguing, she says he snapped the neck of her Yorkshire terrier and threw it against the wall. He's been charged with mistreatment of an animal causing death and disorderly conduct. If he is found guilty, he could face nearly 10 years in prison.
Man representing self in court convicted of sex charges
EAU CLAIRE — An Eau Claire County jury has found a 65-year-old man guilty of supplying drugs to teenagers and paying one of them for sexual contact.
Richard A. Johnson had acted as his own lawyer in the trial. He was convicted of child enticement, child sexual assault and delivering marijuana in a verdict handed down Wednesday. The 13-year-old girl says he gave drugs and alcohol to her and her friends on several occasions in his house. Sentencing for Johnson is scheduled for May.
Milwaukee gas station shuts down after selling fuel mixed with water
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin regulators have shut down a Milwaukee gas station that sold fuel mixed with water.
Several drivers complained their vehicles wouldn't run after gassing up at the station Tuesday. Testing found water in the underground fuel tanks. Milwaukee officials say the aging pumps at the station are outdated and it appears faulty seals on the tanks' filler caps allowed water from Monday's heavy rainfall to pour in. The station won't be allowed to resume gasoline sales until the problem is fixed and the state has completed testing.