(AP) Minority Democrats in the state Assembly won't let one of the roughest legislative sessions in Wisconsin history end. Thursday was the last scheduled day for floor debate in the Senate and Assembly before lawmakers leave Madison for the campaign trail. The Senate finished its work in less than an hour Thursday afternoon. The Assembly came to the floor Thursday morning and worked until 11 p.m. or so before the Democrats broke for strategy meetings. They returned to the floor around 3 a.m. Friday and started trying to pull their favorite bills up for votes, forcing majority Republicans to vote the attempts down one by one and prolonging the session. The body still had more than 30 bills on its regular calendar as dawn approached.
(AP) A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona. Police say Travers DeWitte inadvertently stepped on the gas when a sneeze erupted, sending his vehicle across an intersection, up a curb and into a guy wire attached to a power pole. The crash snapped the cable, which flew up and severed a power line, cutting service to about 1,300 Xcel Energy customers Wednesday. Police say that sparks from the broken line ignited a small grass fire which quickly burned itself out. Power was later restored.
(AP) A former priest accused in several lawsuits of sexually abusing boys has been barred from parishes and schools in the Diocese of Winona. The diocese said it recently learned Thomas Adamson had moved to Rochester. It sent a letter and photo of Adamson to all Rochester schools and parishes alerting them to his presence. The diocese says it has also communicated directly to the 78-year-old Adamson that he isn't welcome on diocese property. Adamson was named in three lawsuits settled out of court. A fourth lawsuit was decided in favor of the complainant. Adamson has never faces criminal abuse charges because of the statute of limitations. He served in Winona and Adrian and was transferred to the Archdiocese of St. Paul in 1975 after abuse complaints surfaced.
A Holmen school district employee enters a diversion agreement on charges of growing marijuana at his house...
Dustin Wood pleads guilty to two criminal counts, while three other counts are dropped. All the charges will be dismissed if Wood obeys terms of the agreement for the next two years. Otherwise, he could get more than 10 years in prison. Wood is on unpaid administrative leave from his post as a special education aide for the Holmen schools.
Governor Scott Walker is blaming 17 state senators for putting politics before putting people back to work; costing our state thousands of jobs. In his weekly radio address, Walker said those actions led a mining company to pull out of the state, taking with them $1.5 billion and 2300 jobs. He says mining is what this state is all about.
Walker says it's a shame that 17 Senators refused to compromise and prevented thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of investment. He also said he will call a special session if and when 17 state Senators are ready to set aside politics and pass a bill that ultimately leads to more Wisconsin jobs.