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The governor and Legislature cut out franchise fees when they approved a bill in 2008 to let cable operators negotiate service agreements with the state instead of each local community. A-T-and-T pushed for the change, saying it would be easier for them to expand their T-V service, compete with cable firms, and drive down rates for everyone, something an area lawmaker says has not happened.
Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma says the loss of the cable franchise fees will mean fewer employees and a loss of service. Vinehout tried unsuccessfully in the last session to restore those fees.
He admits to state agents that he's downloaded about 50 movies containing child porn...
That's some of the evidence being used against Jonathan Morgan of Necedah, now charged with possessing nine counts of child pornography. The state justice department charged Morgan this week, about a month after a search of computers and files at his house. Investigators say Morgan has watched porn involving children around five years old. He's in the Juneau County Jail, with bond set at 35-thousand dollars.
Federal health experts are saying what opponents of fluoridation have been warning about for decades...
Kids are getting stains on their teeth from fluoride in public tap water.
Now, the feds recommend using lower levels of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. If the lower standard becomes law, that would be a money-saver for communities like Holmen, which might spend less money on chemicals. Fluoridation was approved there in a 2008 referendum, and the supply system should be operating within the next hundred days.
After next Tuesday, there will officially be two people running for the 94th state assembly seat.
Lacrosse County Board Chair Steve Doyle confirmed with WIZM news this morning that he will run for the seat vacated by Mike Huebsch who has taken a cabinet seat with Governor Scott Walker. He has already registered with the Government Accountability Board. Doyle will make it official next Tuesday morning at the County Administrative Center at 11:30.
Shelby Town Board Chair Lynetta Kopp announced her intentions to run yesterday.
One of three men convicted of trying to dig up a body in a cemetery in Cassville, Wisconsin in order to have sex with it is facing new sex related charges. 24 year old Dustin Radke allegedly had sex with a fourteen year old girl. The girl told detectives Radke knew she was fourteen. He is now facing charges of sexual assault of a child under 16. Radke is one of three men convicted for digging up a body in 2006 with the intention of having sex with the body of that young woman who had recently been killed in a motorcycle accident. The latest charges could lead to a 40 year prison sentence.