Posted Sunday, September 8, 2013 --- 4:18 a.m.
SEPT 11 CEREMONY
Sept. 11 ceremony planned at Veterans Museum
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be held Wednesday at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos and Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch will be participating in the event.
CATHOLIC FIELD TRIPS BANNED
Wis. diocese bans school trips to research center
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese won't be taking any more field trips to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery because the facility conducts research using embryonic stem cells.
A Wisconsin State Journal report says the diocese announced its decision Thursday. The diocese says the research runs counter to Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life.
Michael Lancaster is the superintendent of Catholic schools. He says the decision affects about 7,400 children at 44 schools. However, only a handful of those schools had been taking students to the facility.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a public-private research center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Catholic theologian Peter Hess criticized the move. He says educators should use controversial issues as teachable moments, not shrink away from them.
STUDENTS FIND BODY-IDENTIFICATION
Man whose body found by kids was Madison man, 55
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A body that middle-school students found floating in a Madison lagoon has been identified as that of a 55-year-old man.
The Dane County medical examiner's office identified the man Saturday as Calvin Ewing of Madison.
Preliminary results suggest that he drowned. The medical examiner's office is conducting more tests to determine the time, manner and cause of death.
Ewing's fully clothed body was found floating about 8 feet offshore in Warner Park lagoon Friday afternoon.
His body was spotted by a small group of eighth-grade students and supervising staff from Sherman Middle School.
The students were returned immediately to school. A letter sent from the district to the students' parents and guardians says the kids were offered support by the student services team.
TRAIN WHISTLE PROPOSAL
Wis. village seeks unusual method to quiet whistle
NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The North Fond du Lac Village Board is considering an unusual method to silence a train whistle that residents find annoying.
A WLUK-TV report says the whistle is at a Canadian National rail switchyard at Lakeshore Drive.
Federal authorities made a rule effective Memorial Day that trains passing through that intersection sound their whistles there for drivers. There have been two non-fatal accidents between trains and vehicles there since 2007.
Residents want the area reinstated as a quiet zone but the federal government denied their request.
So the board voted 5-0 Friday to close the intersection to drivers. That would theoretically remove the obligation for train whistles to sound.
The public will have a chance to comment on the proposal, which would also need approval from the railroad commissioner.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA-AIRPORT ASPIRATIONS
Southwest Florida airport adds service to Mexico
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Mexico will become Southwest Florida International Airport's third non-U.S. destination in December.
That's when MetJet will launch weekly seasonal flights between Fort Myers, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.
Airport officials say they want to expand their international reach even farther. Canadian service began nearly two decades ago. Nonstops to Germany debuted April 1994.
The airport already is in rare company: Of the 429 commercial airports in the United States, it's one of just 26 with nonstops to non-U.S. destinations.
MetJet CEO Mike Heisman told the News-Press that he wanted Southwest Florida International to be a stop on his Green Bay, Wisconsin-to -Cancun service mainly because the local airport already had Customs and Border Patrol service, which Green Bay doesn't.
Wis. dad gets probation for neglect of girl, 3
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse man convicted of letting his girlfriend deprive his 3-year-old daughter of water has been sentenced to three years of probation, but he'll serve eight years on a separate conviction for violating probation.
A La Crosse Tribune report says 23-year-old Dustin Barnes would face an additional three-year prison sentence if he violates probation.
Prosecutors say the girl lived with Barnes and his girlfriend. Relatives told investigators the girlfriend only allowed the child three drinks a day so she wouldn't wet her pants. The girl was also locked in her room with toys out of reach and forced to stand during time-outs that could last 90 minutes.
Barnes apologized to the judge Friday and said he was being selfish.
The girlfriend also faces felony child abuse charges.
DRUNKEN DRIVING-BROWN COUNTY
Brown County on pace for few OWI fatalities
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brown County is on pace for its fewest alcohol-related traffic deaths in the past decade.
A Press-Gazette Media report says there have been at least six drunken-driving fatalities per year for the past 10 years. This year there's been one.
Sheriff's Capt. Randy Schultz says there's no mystery about what causes alcohol-related crashes. He says the key is to find a way to lower the number of people who drink and drive.
The county's OWI Task Force conducts periodic patrols that target intoxicated drivers. Schultz says there will be at least two patrols this autumn on days that large crowds are in town for football games.
Across the state, 348 people have died in traffic crashes through August 31st. That's 49 fewer than at the same point last year.
Wis. teens accused of helping bobcat leave zoo pen
KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) -- Kewaunee County authorities are seeking charges against four teens accused of unlocking a bobcat cage at a zoo, allowing one bobcat to briefly escape.
A Press-Gazette Media report says the suspects were identified using surveillance cameras and tips from social-media users.
Authorities say the four stole a set of keys for zoo pens and storage buildings at Bruemmer County Park last month. The suspects allegedly opened a bobcat cage and one bobcat escaped, but staff quickly recovered it.
Deputies are asking prosecutors to charge the four with theft and unauthorized release of animals.
The suspects are a 17-year-old Algoma boy, two 17-year-old Algoma girls and a 17-year-old Forestville girl.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press