Monday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 -- 4:46 a.m.


Wis. gov wants new rent-to-own rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker's budget could mean new freedoms for the rent-to-own industry in Wisconsin.

Walker's proposed budget would make such businesses exempt from the Wisconsin Consumer Protection Act. That would mean they don't have to disclose their annual interest rates.

Industry lobbyists say their contracts aren't credit transactions so they shouldn't be subject to the act.

Rent-to-own opponents say the businesses prey on the poor with very high interest rates similar to payday lenders. They say forcing the industry to show customers what they would pay is a necessary safeguard.

Walker's plan already has ruffled some of his fellow Republicans. Senator Glenn Grothman, a member of the Legislature's budget committee, says he doesn't want to help what he considers to be a sleazy industry.


Wis. justice incorrectly listed judge as endorser

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

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack incorrectly listed a reserve judge as one of her endorsers despite being told that he did not support her.

Roggensack adviser Brandon Scholz tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Robert Kinney's name was listed in error, and it was removed from her web site by Saturday. The newspaper reports it was the second time Roggensack listed an endorsement she did not actually receive.

Kinney emailed Roggensack last week to object, saying he disagreed with her on virtually every 4-3 decision from the court. She wrote back to say he was listed by mistake and his name would be taken down.

Kinney says he's satisfied.

Roggensack faces Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone in the April 2nd election. The winner will serve a 10-year term.


New Wis. outdoor licenses go on sale this week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The next round of Wisconsin hunting, fishing and trapping licenses will go on sale this week.

The current license year ends on the last day of March. Licenses valid from April 1st through March 31st, 2014, will go on sale Wednesday.

State Department of Natural Resources officials are urging people to purchase a conservation patron license, which gives the holder all the basic fishing and hunting privileges as well as state park and trail access. The licenses cost $165 for Wisconsin adults and $75 for children. Junior patron licenses don't include park and trail access, however.

People can purchase licenses through the DNR website, agency service centers and DNR service centers.


Adams man arrested in shooting of girlfriend

ADAMS, Wis. (AP) -- Adams County authorities are holding a suspect in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Officials say the 28-year-old Adams man told dispatchers he was asleep in his bed early Saturday when his girlfriend startled him, and that he shot her with a shotgun he kept near the bed.

The victim was identified Sunday as 27-year-old Toni Voss of Adams, who died at the scene in central Wisconsin.

The suspect is being held on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide.

A young child who was in the house at the time was unharmed and was placed with a relative.

A statement from the sheriff's office says the investigation is continuing.


Man dies in Hobart farm accident

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV,

HOBART, Wis. (AP) -- One man has died in a farm accident in Hobart in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Brown County Sheriff's Department says deputies were called to the farm around 7:45 a.m. Sunday

WLUK-TV reports that officials say a section of a payloader came down on the man, who died at the scene.

No one else was injured in the accident.

The victim's name was not immediately released.


2 die in weekend snowmobile accidents in Wisconsin

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Beloit man died has after his snowmobile went into open water on Lake Koshkonong, one of at least two snowmobile fatalities in Wisconsin this weekend.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Willie Guzman died after his snowmobile went into the water early Saturday. His riding companion also went into the lake, but he was able get out and walked to shore to seek help. He told authorities they became disoriented because of darkness and fog.

The Department of Natural Resources says another fatal accident happened Saturday near Mercer in Iron County of northern Wisconsin. One snowmobiler crested a hill on a public trail and landed on top of an oncoming snowmobiler.

The deaths raise the number of snowmobile fatalities in Wisconsin this season to 18.


2 dead, 5 injured in two-car accident

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say two people have died and five were injured in a two-vehicle accident early Sunday in eastern Wisconsin.

Manitowoc Police Capt. Jerry Zimney told WOMT-AM that one vehicle apparently ran a stop sign and t-boned the other vehicle.

Zimney said two of the three men in one car died, and the third was airlifted. Four people were in the other car and all were taken to local hospitals.

Zimney said alcohol and speed are factors in the crash, which happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.


Kellie Pickler's drummer among injured in Ky crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler has been identified as one of the people hospitalized in two crashes along Interstate 65 in central Kentucky.

Pickler's manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said Gregg Lohman suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday.

University of Louisville Hospital spokesman David McArthur said Lohman remained there in serious condition Sunday.

State troopers have said a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV headed north started a fire that slowed traffic on both sides of the interstate Saturday. Troopers have said the wrecks on the southbound lane were likely caused by people slowing to look at the initial crash.

Six people from rural Wisconsin were killed when the tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle. Two foster children survived and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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