Legislators agree, but worry about the $250 million in losses
We tend to think of drug abuse as a young person's issue. But a new report finds that is not always the case. In fact, the report from the U.S....
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota is headed toward a significant milestone in which more of its residents are senior citizens than school-aged.
State Demographer Susan Brower told a panel of senior legislators on Monday that Minnesota is on course to reach that point in 2020. It represents the point when those older than 65 years are a bigger share of the state population than those between 5 and 17 years old.
The demographic trends are important because they suggest where future budget pressures lie. Medical and long-term care costs the state subsidizes are already rising fast, crowding out available money for other things. And more retirees mean fewer income tax dollars will be coming in.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A Democratic state senator is circulating a bill that would prohibit wolf hunters from using dogs.
Sen. Fred Risser of Madison sent an email to his fellow lawmakers on Monday asking for co-sponsors. He notes in the email that humane societies oppose the use of dogs in the wolf hunt.
A group of humane societies filed a lawsuit in August alleging state wildlife officials failed to impose any restrictions on using and training dogs on wolves. A Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction that blocked the use of dogs during the wolf season. In January the judge approved dog use during the hunt but barred training them on wolves.
Risser's bill has little chance of passing. Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) The performance of child care providers in Wisconsin can now be found online.
The state has started posting the fines levied against the child care centers and the reasons for the fines. The move is backed by child care advocates and providers. The state began posting the fines online in 2008, but not the amount of the fine or any explanation.
Mosinee child care provider Anneliese Sheahan says it was unfair not to post the amount of the fine. She says there's a big difference between a $100 fine and a $1,000 fine.
Thirty-one states now post child care inspection reports online. Wisconsin's website is at http://www.dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar.
A young boy claims a man he calls 'Uncle Terrell' forced him into sexual activity twice...
Police say Uncle Terrell is also known as Leonard Holling of La Crosse, and Holling is going to be tried for first-degree sexual assault. Investigator Ron Secord testified in court today that he has talked to the 10-year-old boy, and to a social worker who knows him. Secord says the assaults reportedly happened at the home of the boy's grandmother, and may have occurred as much as five years ago. Holling's trial is scheduled for late June.
The Onalaksa Hilltoppers boys basketball team is one game away from making a return trip to the stae tournament in Madison. Knocking off Rice Lake last night, the Hilltoppers will now play against Hortonville Saturday at 5pm in Marshfield.
Tickets to the general public go on sale at 4 this afternoon. You can find them at the high school ticket window for $4. General admission passes are not allowed at the game.
As of now, no fan busses are scheduled Saturday since 3 of of them went to Madison today for the state girls hockey tournament that the Hilltoppers are competing in. You can catch the game tomorrow on 580 WKTY.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) State revenue officials say sales of $30 scratch-off lottery tickets are doing well in other states, so why not add it in Wisconsin?
The Department of Revenue wants to add the ticket after the new fiscal year starts July 1. The department's report to the Legislature's budget committee doesn't say what the payout on a $30 ticket would be, but notes that about 75 percent of sales would go to winners.
The state lottery had a record-setting year ending June 30 with sales of more than $547 million. Sales are projected to decrease slightly in the next fiscal year to about $540 million.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law. Bakk, a Cook Democrat, said Friday that opposition from Republicans and fellow rural Democrats will make it ``tough to get the votes to pass that.''
Bakk says he supports requiring background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows, but doesn't think the same should be required of personal transfers.
Rep. Michael Paymar, a St. Paul Democrat, has unveiled a bill to reduce gun violence. The bill's background check proposal only exempts relatives from being required to get a permit to transfer weapons. It does not include bans on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Republicans say his bill won't have the votes to pass.