Saturday morning Wisconsin headlines

Posted Saturday, September 14, 2013 --- 5:19 a.m.

RYAN-IMMIGRATION

Ryan reiterates criteria for immigration changes

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Representative Paul Ryan says the House will take up immigration reform this fall, but he won't be supporting the bill that passed the U.S. Senate.

The Wisconsin Republican spoke Friday about immigration in response to a question following his speech to a business group in Brookfield.

Ryan has been working largely behind the scenes in Washington on an alternative to the Democratic-backed Senate plan.

Ryan says his priorities are first securing the border, then moving forward with creating an effective guest worker program and way for people who aren't here legally to gain citizenship.

Ryan says he opposes giving people who are here illegally amnesty and instead wants to create a probationary status for them as they work their way toward citizenship.

ACID SPILL

Authorities give all-clear after Wis. acid spill

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Oshkosh authorities have lifted an evacuation order after an acid spill at a chemical plant on the city's south side.

Company officials say about 600 gallons of muriatic acid spilled at Hydrite Chemical Thursday just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

The acid spilled from a crack in a tank which holds about 7,000 gallons. Firefighters say a barrier previously set up to contain spills did its job.

WLUK-TV reports police asked people to stay away from the spill area. Some residents were asked to stay inside, close all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning.

Oshkosh police say the evacuations were a precaution and there is no great danger to anyone who does not come in contact with the chemical.

No injuries are reported.

CARFERRY-COAL ASH

Deal sought to end ship's coal ash dumping by 2015

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- Federal officials want to enter into a revised consent agreement with a car ferry operator that would stop the nation's last coal-fired ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan before the 2015 sailing season.

The Ludington Daily News reports that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department filed a motion Friday to enter into the revised deal with Lake Michigan Carferry, operator of the S.S. Badger.

A federal judge has to approve the deal which also calls for a reduction in the amount of ash discharged this year and over the five-month 2014 sailing season.

The ferry company wants to install an onboard ash retention system.

The Badger hauls passengers, vehicles and cargo between its home port of Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin from May to October.

WOMAN BANK ROBBER

Minn. woman charged in Wis. bank robbery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 23-year-old Minnesota woman accused of robbing five banks within a few weeks has been charged in one of the holdups.

Ranya Al-Huthaili of Roseville was charged Thursday in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin with robbing the Dairy State Bank in Menomonie, Wisconsin on Monday. That's the last of the heists she's accused of pulling off.

Al-Huthaili was arrested Monday evening at Rosedale Shopping Center. She also allegedly held up Minnesota banks in Cologne, Stacy and Forest Lake, then one in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Authorities say the female bank robber would hide behind big, black sunglasses.

Court documents say federal agents determined the cash Al-Huthaili used to buy a laptop computer at Rosedale came from the Menomonie robbery.

The Star Tribune reports Al-Huthaili remains in federal custody.

DEADLY BICYCLE CRASH

Wis. woman pleads not guilty in deadly bike crash

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused of striking and killing a western Wisconsin dentist biking near Stanley has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-seven-year-old Krista Holler of Cadott is charged in Chippewa County Court with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Holler is accused in the death of Robert Tschabrun. Tschabrun was struck and killed June 1 while riding his bike. A passer-by discovered the body of the 71-year-old dentist in a ditch along with an abandoned car.

The Leader-Telegram reports Holler was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Witnesses say Holler had been drinking at a tavern and a bonfire before she left. After the accident she called a friend to pick her up, but didn't contact law enforcement.

Holler's driving license was suspended at the time of the crash.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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