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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 -- 5:25 a.m.


Man opens fire with assault weapon in Milwaukee

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A gunman opened fire with an assault weapon on a group of people in Milwaukee, a day after the city's police chief testified on Capitol Hill in support of an assault weapons ban.

The shootings happened just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday on a street on Milwaukee's north side. That led to a police chase that ended when the suspect fled from his vehicle and was run down by a police dog.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says two people were wounded in the shooting. Flynn told a news conference near the shooting scene that a man and a woman struck by gunfire were taken to a hospital.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Flynn says the suspect also was taken to a hospital to be treated for dog bite wounds.


Walker to push for vouchers on report cards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker says he will support legislation requiring that private voucher schools be included in the same accountability system that applied to public schools, including annual report cards rating performance.

Walker didn't include that in his state budget. But on Thursday Walker said he would back separate legislation making vouchers subject to the report card.

Walker is proposing an expansion of the voucher program in his state budget. Based on his criteria, nine schools would qualify initially but that could increase.

A task force Walker created last year recommended including voucher schools in the report card, but the Legislature didn't require it.

One criticism of voucher schools by their opponents is that they aren't held to the same reporting requirements as public schools.


Walker open to other tax cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker says he's open to other tax cuts beyond the $343 million income tax reduction he is proposing in his state budget.

Walker told reporters Thursday that he is open to listening to proposals from lawmakers who are looking at other tax cuts beyond what he is calling for. Walker's income tax cut is a major part of his two-year budget plan he introduced last week.

Walker says he is willing to negotiate with Assembly Republicans who have been studying a variety of tax changes.

Walker's income tax cut would cut the lowest three tax brackets, but those who earn more than $90,000 a year would receive more than 50 percent of the benefit. The average decrease for all taxpayers would be $83.


Walker says all tribes must agree to new casino

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker says all 11 Wisconsin tribes must agree before any new off-reservation casino is opened in the state.

Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board on Thursday that tribes must be unanimous before approving a new off-reservation casino. Walker says that is "absolutely" a "difficult wall to hurdle."

Walker's approval is required under federal law before any tribe can open an off-reservation casino.

Walker's comments are a blow to the Menominee tribe's effort since the 1990s to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

The Potawatomi tribe has long been fighting the proposal for fear it would cut into business in their Milwaukee casino.


Walker enjoys being in mix for presidential run

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker says he enjoys being mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 because that means he's doing a good job in Wisconsin.

Walker was asked whether he intends to run for president following his Thursday speech at the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association/Association Press convention.

Walker says if he's doing a "really crappy job" then he wouldn't be talked about on the national stage. But he says if he does a good job, he will continue to be talked about.

When pressed if he will run or not, Walker dodged the question as he usually does by saying he worked too hard winning election as governor in 2010 and again in last year's recall election to give it up.

Says Walker, "I like being governor."


Wis Supreme Court candidates to debate March 22

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The two candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court plan to debate March 22.

The debate organized by the State Bar of Wisconsin and We the People/Wisconsin is the only planned debate between the two candidates, although they have a number of other joint appearances scheduled.

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack faces Marquette University law school professor Ed Fallone in the April 2nd election. The winner is elected to a 10-year term.

The debate will be at the State Bar Center in Madison and be moderated by WISC-TV anchor Eric Franke.

The 7 p.m. debate will be recorded for broadcast at a later date by WISC.


Wis. Assembly approves business marketing bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would fund a program to promote Wisconsin-based manufacturers.

The bipartisan bill would require the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to devote $250,000 into an account devoted to the program on January 1st, 2014. WEDC would be allowed to cancel the program any time after its first annual review.

The Assembly passed the measure 90-8 on Thursday, sending the bill on to the state Senate.


Fallone promises to disallow certain contributions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone says he supports requiring justices to step aside in cases involving parties who had made political donations to members on the court.

Fallone said Thursday that if he wins the April 2nd election against Justice Pat Roggensack he will work with others on the court to reverse a rule allowing the donations.

Roggensack was one of four justices who voted for the rule in 2009.

Fallone says in a statement the rules need to change to "keep special interest money out of the decisions of the court."

Roggensack's spokesman Brandon Scholz says Fallone's call for change "falls flat" because "he failed to demonstrate how contributions and endorsements have impacted decisions made and rendered by the Supreme Court."


OSHA fines Mass. Food company for Wis. violations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Federal safety officials have fined a Massachusetts-based food manufacturing company more than $230,000 for alleged safety allegations in Wisconsin.

Richelieu (REE-she-lu') Foods Inc. is accused of exposing workers at its facility in Beaver Dam to numerous safety hazards and health violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed fines Thursday.

OSHA says Richelieu was a repeat violator. The Beaver Dam facility was cited for similar safety violations in 2009.

OSHA spokeswoman says Richelieu put workers' safety at risk by allowing hazards to persist.

Richelieu employs about 410 workers at its Beaver Dam location, which makes frozen pizza, salad dressings and sauces, among other things.

The company is headquartered in Randolph, Mass. A telephone message left for Richelieu was not immediately returned.


Wis. vigil set for safe return of missing woman

(Information in the following story is from: Wausau Daily Herald,

WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- A prayer vigil is planned in Wisconsin for a missing woman whose husband is accused of killing her in Minnesota.

Kira Trevino is a Wausau, Wisconsin area native and a 2001 graduate of Everest Senior High School. Her family lives in the Wausau area.

Trevino didn't show up for work at the Mall of America, and her car was found in the mall parking lot.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Jeffery Dale Trevino with murdering his missing wife, after investigators found blood traces throughout the couple's St. Paul home. Authorities have not found Kira Trevino's body, but they believe she's dead.

A vigil for Kira Trevino's safe return will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Bethany Baptist Church in Weston.

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