Posted Saturday, September 7, 2013 --- 5:40 a.m.
Wis. tribe launches pro-casino TV campaign
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- The Menominee tribe is airing a television ad urging Governor Scott Walker to approve an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.
The tribe unveiled the 30-second spot Friday. The Menominee say the ad was shot on location in Kenosha County and features unscripted interviews with area residents.
Tribal officials have promised the $800 million casino would create thousands of jobs and boost southeastern Wisconsin's economy.
The proposed casino won federal approval last month. Walker has final say.
Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn says the ad is part of a campaign that includes Facebook, Twitter and a website.
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe strongly opposes the project. That tribe runs a casino in Milwaukee about 40 miles north of Kenosha and contends the Menominee's job creation claims are exaggerated.
UW leader: Successor faces tough financial world
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Outgoing University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly says his successor faces a tough financial environment.
Reilly told a pair of search committees on Friday that whoever wins his job will have to grapple with bolstering enrollment, rising tuition and dwindling public support. He says colleges across the country face similar problems and no one has been able to manage them very well.
He also says the next president will have to deal with questions about whether college degree is worth the cost and perceptions that higher education is an insular world, overpriced world.
Reilly decided to resign in July. The announcement came after Republican legislators lambasted system officials for building massive reserves while raising tuition.
The Board of Regents wants to name Reilly's replacement by mid-January.
Feds nix Milwaukee request for streetcar grant
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected Milwaukee's request for additional federal money to expand a proposed downtown streetcar system.
The city applied for up to $26.6 million in federal transit grant money.
This week, the federal agency announced awards nationwide totaling $474 million. Milwaukee did not get any money.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the city had hoped to use the federal money to expand its proposed $64.6 million downtown streetcar system. The city hopes to start construction on the system next year and have streetcars running in 2016.
STUDENTS FIND BODY
Students on field trip find body in Madison lagoon
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say a group of middle-school students on a field trip found a body floating in a lagoon.
A police spokesman says students discovered the fully-clothed body floating about eight feet offshore in Warner Park lagoon Friday afternoon.
The body appears to be male. The Dane County medical examiner's office will determine how long the body was in the water and the cause of death.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports a small group of eighth-grade students from Sherman Middle School and supervising staff spotted the body.
The students returned immediately to school and received support from the student services team, according to a letter the Madison School District sent to parents and guardians of Sherman students.
Packers sought read-option help after 49ers loss
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his fellow coaches went back to school after their ugly loss to San Francisco in the playoffs last season.
The 49ers, led by elusive quarterback Colin Kaepernick, caught the Green Bay defense flat-footed as they ran and threw their way to 579 total yards and a spot in the NFC championship with a 45-31 win.
Coach Mike McCarthy sent his coaches on a day trip early in the offseason to College Station between Austin and Houston to talk football with the staff from Texas A and M.
Lessons learned from that meeting as well as subsequent discussions with other college coaches about defending the read option could play a part in the Packers' season opener Sunday, when they return to San Francisco for a rematch.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press