Posted Sunday, October 6, 2013 --- 4:53 a.m.
Wis. man gets 5 years in undercover ATF sting
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man convicted of selling over two dozen guns to undercover ATF agents has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports 26-year-old Brandon Gladney was sentenced Friday. Court records show he likely made thousands of dollars by selling the guns, some of which came from retail stores or private Internet sellers.
Gladney was convicted in a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives sting called Operation Fearless. It was an undercover gun- and drug-buying sting run out of a storefront in Milwaukee.
The operation had many problems. Among them, agents paid high prices, which encouraged people to buy guns from stores resell them at a profit.
Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel says the operation's goal was "to get guns off the street."
Heavy rainfall causes mudslides in Winona area
WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Heavy overnight rainfall caused some mudslides and flooding along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota.
The Winona Daily News reported that a flood warning for the area was in effect Saturday after some areas saw between 2 to 6 inches of rain.
Mudslides trapped a semitrailer on Highway 61 early Saturday, and temporarily closed the highway in Winona County. But that roadway and others had all reopened by later Saturday morning.
Michael Peterson of the Winona County Emergency Management tells the Star Tribune the shoulders of some county roads are damaged, and motorists should use caution. But he says flooding has subsided.
Public safety officials say lightning struck a power pole in Winona. The pole then crashed on three buildings and caught fire.
UNIVERSITY LAB CLEARED
University lab cleared to continue cat research
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Federal investigators say the University of Wisconsin is cleared to continue a research study involving cats, following complaints that alleged the animals were mistreated.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare found that complaints from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did not accurately reflect the research condition of the cats.
Federal officials found that while cats generally were treated according to industry standards, there had been a recurring issue of infections related to the placement of head caps, eye coils and ear coils. University officials promised to make changes in how equipment is sanitized.
PETA disagrees with the report's findings and vows that it will keep a focus on cat research at the University of Wisconsin.
Wis. begins updating ambulance inspection rules
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials have started updating the state's 15-year-old standard for ambulance inspections.
The Wausau Daily Herald reports that some emergency services officials are frustrated it took this long to bring inspection codes up to date.
But state officials say existing standards have done well. Crashes involving ambulances are rare, averaging 15 crashes a year.
Bernard Coxhead is director of the Wisconsin State Patrol's Motor Carrier Enforcement Investigation Unit. He says just because a code is old, it doesn't mean it's bad.
The standards govern everything from how often inspections must be done to the number of bandages that must be kept on board.
Mark Fredrickson with Gold Cross Ambulance company says he wants the state to be less involved, especially when it comes to overseeing medical equipment.
Burial mound testing postponed at Racine cemetery
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Plans to examine whether an American Indian burial mound exists in a parcel of land at Mound Cemetery have been put on hold for now.
The Journal Times reports that a team led by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee archaeologist Tom Zych had planned to take soil borings Friday morning. But the scientists were greeted by opponents, including many American Indians, who want to see if less invasive testing could be done.
Last month, the Racine City Council voted to give owners of a local funeral home permission to purchase the parcel for a family burial plot, as long as the land was tested to ensure it was not a forgotten mound.
Zych says the scientists are going to see if other measures can be taken before proceeding.
USC BIOMASS PLANT
USC reaches settlement over closed biomass plant
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The University of South Carolina is settling a dispute over a disappointing power plant that was supposed to generate electricity from scrap wood chips.
The State newspaper reported Saturday that Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls has agreed to pay $14 million owed on the nearly $20 million plant, remove biomass equipment inside and give USC the empty building.
The company has paid the Columbia campus nearly $8 million to cover losses from the plant, which has been idle since 2011. The university's contract said Johnson Controls would make up any difference if the power plant didn't save the school $2 million a year in energy costs.
USC chief financial officer Ed Walton says the plant never worked out. The school now gets power from four natural gas plants.
Pink promotes breast cancer awareness at Lambeau
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- You might notice the color pink at Lambeau Field during Sunday's Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game.
The Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health, along with the NFL, are working to promote breast cancer awareness in October.
The lighting above the Bellin Health Gate has been replaced with pink lighting to show support for the cause. The game ball, toss coin, field art, goal post padding and in-stadium posters and banners will all be pink and will display a breast cancer message. Players, coaches and officials will wear something pink.
Thirty breast cancer survivors will be special guests Sunday and will welcome the players onto the field.
The NFL's national breast cancer awareness campaign is called A Crucial Catch. The campaign continues throughout the month around the NFL.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press