Posted Saturday, November 2, 2013 --- 4:06 a.m.
AT&T to create 90 jobs in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A and T plans to hire an additional 90 workers in Wisconsin.
The Dallas-based telecommunications company made the announcement Friday in Milwaukee. Eighty of the 90 jobs are new positions.
The additional jobs will deal mainly with AT and T's U-verse TV and internet service.
An AT and T Wisconsin spokesman says the new jobs will be statewide, but the majority will be in the Milwaukee area.
Governor Scott Walker was on hand for the announcement. Walker says AT&T already has invested nearly $140 million in Wisconsin's wireless and wired networks, and will enhance its broadband network and other services over the next three years.
AT and T already employs more than 3,500 people in Wisconsin.
Walker questions whether casino increases gambling
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker is questioning whether the opening of a new casino in Kenosha would meet his requirement that there be no new net gambling in the state.
The Menominee tribe argues there would be no increase because it plans to close a small casino on reservation land and the new one would be located at the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park.
Walker emphasizes in a statement Friday that the new casino is projected to generate about $454 million a year and have 3,100 slot machines. Dairyland made about $20 million annually at its height and the reservation casino has only 30 slot machines.
Walker asks, "Do these two smaller operations actually offset the increase in gambling in the much larger proposed casino?"
Walker's decision is expected next week.
Wis. GOP mulls new mine forest access restrictions
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican state senator is proposing scaling back potential access restrictions to the forest surrounding iron mine site just south of Lake Superior.
About 3,500 acres around the site in the Penokee Hills are part of the state's managed forest program, which grants landowners reduced fees in lieu of property taxes if they keep the land open for recreation. Senator Tom Tiffany, a Hazelhurst Republican, introduced a bill in August to close all 3,500 acres after protesters emerged from woods and accosted mine workers.
The bill has garnered little support, though. Senator Rob Cowles, a Green Bay Republican, has introduced his own proposal that would close areas around mining equipment and roads.
The Senate is expected to consider Cowles' plan during a Tuesday floor session.
FATAL PLANE CRASH-MINNESOTA
3 dead, 1 injured in SE Minn. plane crash
CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities say three people are dead and a fourth critically injured after a small plane crashed in southeastern Minnesota.
The Houston County sheriff's office says the crash happened two miles south of Caledonia at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
A farmer reported a possible plane in a field to the sheriff.
The sheriff's office says three fatalities are confirmed. The injured person was taken to hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
2 men sentenced in Wis. musician's fatal shooting
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Two men have been sentenced in the fatal shooting of a Racine musician last year.
Twenty-two-year-old Jeremiah "Jay" Brook was shot once through the heart during a botched robbery attempt in July 2012.
Kiori Billups, 22, was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison. Prosecutors contend that Billups lured Brook to a parking lot under the guise of buying marijuana from Brook, but that his cousin planned to rob Brook instead.
The Journal Times reports the judge also sentenced Billups to 13 years on extended supervision.
Billups' cousin, 21-year-old Latriell Thurman, was sentenced at a separate hearing to 37 years in prison plus 13 years on extended supervision.
Brook's father, Robert Brook, disputes that his son was dealing marijuana.
Defense attorneys for the cousins plan to appeal their sentences.
UPSIDE DOWN FLAG
Settlement reached in Wis. upside down flag case
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man who flew a flag upside down to protest the denial of his liquor license application has reached a settlement with the city of Crivitz.
WLUK-TV reports Vito Congine sued the Crivitz after police removed the upside down flag from the building Congine was renting.
Police said they received complaints about the flag, so they took it down to prevent a disturbance. Judge William Griesbach ruled last summer that there was no clear and present danger.
Congine's attorney, Chris Meuler, filed court documents Thursday indicating a settlement was reached. He declined to discuss the details of the deal but says Congine was pleased.
Crivitz clerk and treasurer Marilyn Padgett says the cost was covered by the village's insurance policy.
Wis. judge sentences man to prison for false liens
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a Milwaukee man to prison for filling hundreds of thousands of dollars in false liens.
Cornelius Hill faced 12 counts of filing phony leans. The state Justice Department announced Friday that Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan sentenced him to five years of incarceration and five years of extended supervision on the first five counts. He stayed a sentence of one year of incarceration and one year of extended supervision on each of six counts and imposed five years' probation on the final charge.
DOJ prosecutors said Hill filed phony liens against attorneys, police officers who had arrested Hill on various charges, prosecutors and judges. The liens alleged the victims owed him amounts ranging from $500,000 to $210 million.
Hill's attorney didn't immediately return a message.
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