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Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin is pushing for more interlock. MADD wants lawmakers to support a bill in Madison that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install breath interlock devices on their cars.
John Vose is with MADD Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin mandates breath interlocks for drunk drivers stopped with a BAC of .15 or higher.
There's going to be some eagle slicing and dicing if a big wind energy project goes up just south of Red Wing. That's the claim from a coalition opposed to the wind project planned by T. Boone Pickens' American Wind Alliance. Mary Hartman says the 48 planned wind turbines will cause major problems in the bald eagle nesting area
Today, reps from Xcel energy are scheduled to visit the site of the wind development. Xcel is set to renew an energy purchase agreement with Pickens' company. Hartman hopes Xcel backs out once it sees the potential disruption for wildlife.
A local woman will ride out the end of the year with a bang. Onalaska's Sue Lynch is being honored with a Proclamation from the governor that declares December 31st, "Sue Lynch Day." Sue Lynch was recently elected President of the National Federation of Republican Women. She also served as president of the Wisconsin chapter of the group two times, worked for three different members of congress and served in the Reagan administration.
While the Red Cross chapters in Winona, Goodhue and Wabasha County
continue their consolidation process, finding more and more
volunteers to help cover the area is the number one task of Marie
Barrientos, the executive director for the new chapter.
The Red Cross originally planned to just consolidate Goodhue and Winona counties when it announced the move a couple of months ago. Last month, the decision to add Wabasha was was made. Barrientos says volunteers will play a large role in maintaining the level of services in both Wabasha and Goodhue counties.
On the list of the richest lawmakers in Washington, Wisconsin has several representatives. A year-end review of the wealthiest lawmakers by the group, Center for Responsive Politics, finds retiring senator Herb Kohl near the top of the list of the richest in congress with a net worth of around 200 million dollars. He's the third richest senator. New Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson is near the top of the list, at number 12 among senators with a net worth of around 25 million. Meanwhile, Republican congressman Tom Petri, and Jim Sensenbrenner are both near the top of list of wealthiest House members. Both worth somewhere between 15 and 50 million dollars each.