Recall Dates Set
(AP) A Wisconsin judge has signed off an agreement that would make May 8 or June 5 the dates for recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess gave the agreement an official OK Wednesday. The tentative deal was reached a day earlier by lawyers for the state elections board, recall committees and recall targets. Under the deal, any required primaries would be held May 8 with a general election four weeks later, on June 5. Otherwise a primary election would have been May 1 and the general election May 29, near the Memorial Day holiday. Four Republican state senators face recall elections. It appears nearly certain that Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, will also stand for recall.
Schuth To Eau Claire
(AP) A La Crosse County man imprisoned for keeping his mother's body in a basement freezer and for shooting a neighbor is scheduled to be released from prison in a matter of weeks. The Department of Corrections says that Philip Schuth will move to Eau Claire when he's released from the Columbia Correctional Institution April 16th. Schuth will be under supervision for the next 10 years. Schuth lived with his mother, Edith, on French Island near La Crosse and in 2005 shot and wounded a neighbor who had come onto their property. The shooting led to an all-night standoff before Schuth was arrested. Police then discovered the body of Schuth's mother in a block of ice in the basement. Schuth told police she had died of natural causes in 2000.
Child Hit By Car In Tomah
This morning, the Tomah Police Department investigated a vehicle/pedestrian accident on Superior Avenue at Brownell Street, one block from where there was an adult crossing guard. The child was crossing Superior Ave and was struck by a vehicle entering Superior Ave from West Brownell. The child was transported to the Tomah Memorial Hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a cross walk.
Vikings Stadium Update
(AP) Some of the Minnesota charities that operate pull-tabs and bingo games whose tax proceeds are being eyed to help pay for a new Vikings stadium believe the state's projections of how much money would be raised are too optimistic. The Vikings stadium bill would allow charities to offer new, electronic versions of their pull-tabs and bingo games. The hope is that increases gameplay, and creates a corresponding spike in tax revenue to finance the $400 million state share of a new, billion-dollar stadium in downtown Minneapolis. But some game operators are skeptical of the Dayton administration's projections. The CEO of the Hoffman Senior Citizens Club in that small western Minnesota town says she strongly doubts their gambling profits would more than triple in size, as the state estimates.
Marsh Transfer Part of Long Standing Plan
The only reason the city of La Crosse and the DNR are talking about a land transfer right now is because of the argument over a north south road through the city that started nearly two decades ago.
The DNR's Craig Thompson was part of the talks that led to the city council adopting a plan to hand over the city's marsh land in response to the threat of road getting built through the marsh. He's now urging the city to follow through with that plan now that road plans are starting to simmer again.