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(AP) Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and labor groups say they have agreements with the Vikings that they hope will increase city support for a new stadium on the current Metrodome site. The agreements call for union labor to be used on any stadium, with unions committing to no work stoppages. The Vikings separately have signed a letter of intent to OK unionized concession workers at the new stadium. Still under discussion is a workforce agreement that would set goals for hiring women and minority workers and subcontractors. The agreement would also aim to hire Minneapolis residents from zip codes with high rates of poverty.
(AP) President Barack Obama plans to make a stop in the Milwaukee area next week, marking the first time he's come to Wisconsin in 13 months and his eighth visit since taking office. A White House official confirmed Monday that Obama was planning on making the trip to give remarks on Feb. 15, but no other details were released.
Obama was last in Wisconsin on Jan. 26, 2011, when he came to Manitowoc the day after his State of the Union address. Just over two weeks later, Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his collective bargaining plan that set off massive protests and led to the ongoing effort to recall him from office. Walker's spokesman did not know if the governor planned on greeting Obama on this trip like he did last time.
(AP) The head of the Wisconsin state elections board charged with reviewing about 1.9 million signatures seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five others says verification work done by outside tea party groups should not be considered. The Government Accountability Board is in the process of checking whether there are enough signatures on the petitions to order recall elections against Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators. Board head Kevin Kennedy says in a memo Monday that GAB staff believe only information they develop or that is given to them by petition circulators or the targeted office holders should be used to determine the validity of the signatures. The board was to discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday.
A Sparta man who was the coordinator of the Monroe County Community Service Work Program made an appearance in a Monroe County courtroom this morning after being charged with sexually assaulting two inmates. 28 year old Adam Helgerson was charged with with felony misconduct in office, false imprisonment, third-degree sexual assault and six counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
A Tomah man, who is a former pastor of the Church of God Prophecy in Necedah and now a truck driver, was in Monroe County Court this morning, facing charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child and child enticement. 64 year old Michael Delaney is accused of targeting the same victim over an extended period of time in Monroe County and throughout the country while he was a pastor and trucker. Tomah police say the year long investigation heated up in December when the now 17 year old victim's parents came to police to report the abuse. The victim was 13 and 14 when the assaults occurred and they allegedly happened for several years. Delaney pleaded guilty back in 1983 to two counts of sexual abuse while a pastor in Arizona. He'll be back in court on February 27th. He's out of jail on a $7500 signature bond.