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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013 -- 5:06 a.m.

CONSERVATIVES-WALKER

Wis. governor thrills gathering of conservatives

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker got a warm reception from conservative activists in an early road-test of possible Republican presidential candidates.

Walker thrilled the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday when he declared: "In America, we believe in the people and not in the government."

Wisconsin's polarizing Republican governor says that's why in America, "we take a day off and celebrate the Fourth of July and not the 15th of April."

Walker told The Associated Press late last month that a 2016 presidential bid "would be an option," although it wasn't something he was "actively pursuing."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate issued a statement saying it was "shocking" that Walker would contemplate a presidential bid "after a dismal record of job loss, division, diminished standards and unethical conduct."

PIPELINE LEAK-MARSH

Report: Repairs needed to pipeline in Wis. marsh

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Documents released by state environmental officials show an eastern Wisconsin pipeline that spilled gasoline last July needs repairs where it crosses the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the documents say the repairs must be completed to prevent a spill in the publicly owned recreation and hunting land.

A consultant for West Shore Pipe Line Company of Illinois told the Department of Natural Resources an internal inspection found nine sections of pipe were degraded. Those sections must be reinforced with a metal sleeve or risk a spill.

Last year an estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline were spilled in the Town of Jackson when a welded seam ruptured along several feet of pipe in a farm field.

The DNR recently approved the repair project at Jackson Marsh.

SERIAL KILLING-MILWAUKEE

Wis. Supreme Court passes on serial-killing appeal

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Milwaukee man convicted of killing seven women over a 21-year period.

Walter E. Ellis pleaded no contest in 2011 to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree murder. The 52-year-old was sentenced to life in prison.

He appealed the conviction, arguing in part that he only accepted a plea deal because he thought all the pretrial publicity made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in Milwaukee County. He said the judge should have granted a change in venue.

An appeals court upheld the conviction. Ellis then appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Defense attorney Richard Hart said Friday the high court has declined to take the case.

DRUNKEN DRIVING-APP

Phone app designed to prevent drunken driving

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new phone app is designed to help keep drunken drivers off the road.

The "Drive Sober" app launched by the state Department of Transportation allows motorists to estimate their blood alcohol content and select a designated driver. The app also has a function to find a safe ride home that uses the phone's GPS to provide contacts for nearby taxi, mass transit and designated-driver services.

It also includes a simulation showing the physical effects of being drunk.

The department is touting the app in advance of the St. Patrick's holiday weekend.

A free download of the app is available online at WWW DOT ZeroInWisconsin DOT gov.

STURGEON GUARDS

Wis. DNR seeks sturgeon guards

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for sturgeon guards.

Volunteers are needed to guard sturgeon as the fish make their annual spawning run up the Wolf River in eastern Wisconsin sometime between late March and early May.

Because lake sturgeon gather in such large numbers, they are susceptible to people wading in the water to grab them or netting them from a boat.

Sturgeon guards do not stop poachers. The volunteers are asked to observe, collect information and call a warden.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports information on the program and responsibilities of a guard is provided by answers to frequently asked questions posted online.

HOSPITAL FOOD

More hospitals proactive about healthier food

(Information in the following story is from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com)

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Quality hospital food isn't necessarily an oxymoron.

More hospitals, including those in the Fox Valley, are reworking menus to make them healthier and appealing. The Partnership for a Healthier America recently announced as many as 400 more hospitals across the country, which use Morrison Healthcare Food Services, are joining the organization's program to offer healthier options to patients, visitors and employees.

ThedaCare, which operates Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, and Affinity Health System, the parent of St. Elizabeth Hospital, of Appleton, are part of the program. Participating hospitals are asked to offer a daily low-calorie meal and children's healthy meal in their cafeterias and on patients' menus.

The Appleton Post-Crescent says the hospitals must also increase the amount of fruits and veggies they offer and remove fryers and deep-fried products.

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