Posted Saturday, September 28, 2013 --- 4:28 a.m.
Wis officials say they're ready for ACA launch
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin health and insurance officials say they are ready for Tuesday's beginning of the enrollment period under the new federal health care law.
But they also said Friday they have no way of guessing how many people will attempt to shop for insurance through the online marketplace, or exchange, which opens for enrollments Tuesday. The exchange was created and will be run by the federal government.
Governor Scott Walker is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and declined to have the state set up the exchange.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services deputy secretary Kevin Moore says the political fight has not impeded work by his agency and others to ensure a smooth start to the law.
Nearly 700,000 Wisconsin residents are expected to shop for insurance on the exchange.
Wis. gov declares closed bridge an emergency
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared the closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay a disaster.
State transportation officials closed the bridge Wednesday after a support pier unexpectedly sank 2 feet, causing a deep dip in the pavement.
Walker issued an executive order Friday calling the bridge a key commercial link, declaring the closure a disaster and placing Brown County in a state of emergency for 60 days. The bridge spans the Fox River at the mouth of Green Bay.
The declarations could lead to federal reimbursement for the first 180 days of repair work. Transportation officials plan to attach equipment similar to seismographs on the bridge's piers to detect movement. Once the equipment is in place workers will begin inspections to help determine how to make repairs.
Crypto cases confirmed in Milwaukee area
BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) -- Health officials confirm several cases of an illness caused by the waterborne parasite cryptosporidium in northern Milwaukee suburbs.
The North Shore Health Department says eight cases of cryptosporidiosis are confirmed in Bayside, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay, and there are also 12 probable cases.
Both children and adults have been affected.
Health officials say the crypto source is not drinking water, but they are looking at pools and lakes.
WISN-TV reports children at two schools were sent home with letters because students had the illness.
The health department says the cases first started being reported in early September.
Symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea.
In 1993, the parasite entered Milwaukee's municipal water supply, leading to the deaths of as many as 100 people and sickening hundreds of thousands more.
Wis. mom whose 3 kids died in fire gets 18 years
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman whose three children died in a house fire after she left them alone has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Twenty-five-year-old Angelica Belen of West Allis was sentenced Friday in the April 11th deaths of her 5-year-old daughter, Nayeli Colon, and her 4-year-old twin sons, Adrian and Alexis Colon.
Court documents say the children had been locked in a bedroom for hours before they died. Belen told investigators she locked them in the room because she needed to go to a new job and didn't want them wrecking the house or getting outside where neighbors would see they were unattended.
Child welfare workers had repeatedly warned Belen about leaving the children alone, and she had previously been charged with child neglect.
Jury finds Milwaukee negligent in sewage backups
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury has awarded nearly $1.5 million to homeowners in a Milwaukee neighborhood for damage caused when sewage backed up into their basements during storms in June 2008.
The jury awarded damages to owners of 129 residences Friday.
Jurors found the City of Milwaukee's negligence in maintaining sanitary sewers serving the Lincoln Creek Parkway neighborhood was partly responsible for causing sewage to back up into the basements.
Property owners had asked for $4.1 million to $5.4 million for costs of repairing homes, replacing appliances and furnishings, and diminished property values.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Assistant City Attorney Jan Smokowicz says Milwaukee officials believe the city did not make a mistake, but he accepts the verdict.
As much as 4 feet of sewage flowed into some of the basements.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press