Sunday Morning Wisconsin Headlines

Posted Sunday, November 10, 2013 --- 6:17 a.m.

KENOSHA CASINO

Oneida tribe offered money to back Kenosha casino

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Oneida tribe would collect at least $3 million a year in banking fees in exchange for its support of the proposed Menominee casino in Kenosha.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the agreement also gives the Oneida tribe the first chance to help finance the first phase of the casino, which the Menominee tribe hopes to build with help from Hard Rock International.

The Menominee are promising in return not to advertise the Kenosha casino in broadcast markets north of Milwaukee, or in daily papers or on billboards in the Green-Bay-Appleton market. That's to avoid competing with the Oneida tribe's casino near Green Bay.

Governor Scott Walker has said he'll approve the Kenosha casino only if all Wisconsin tribes support it. Two tribes are currently opposed to it.

EYE CENTER LAYOFFS

UW-Madison eye center lays off entire staff of 60

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The UW-Madison medical school has laid off all 60 employees from a nationally known eye research center that had run up a deficit of $4.6 million.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Fundus Photograph Reading Center faces an uncertain future after its staff was told of the layoffs on October 14th.

UW health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette says four of the 60 employees either retired or were reassigned.

Started in 1972, the center assists in research trials of treatments for macular degeneration and other retina diseases. The newspaper says details are scarce about what led to its downfall.

Medical school dean Robert Golden apologized in an October 21st meeting with laid-off Fundus employees, and told them he was not aware until recently how serious the center's financial problems had become.

GENESEE TEEN MISSING

No suspects sought in Wis. teen's disappearance

TOWN OF GENESEE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say they're not seeking anyone in the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who turned up safe in Chicago after going missing Tuesday.

The new details were disclosed Saturday during a news conference held by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department outside the home Kathryn Stalbaum in the Town of Genesee. Investigators say she in good physical condition Friday evening when she approached a Chicago police officer.

Sheriff's Inspector Eric Severson says Stalbaum was "happy and talkative" Saturday. But he says investigators were waiting to ask her detailed questions about why she went to Chicago, how she got there and what she did since she disappeared Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the girl and her parents did not attend the news conference but a family statement thanked authorities.

DOUBLE FATAL-PARDEEVILLE

Pardeeville couple dies in Columbia County crash

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A couple from Pardeeville has died in a crash in southern Wisconsin.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office identifies the victims as Edwin and Le Vita Glick. They were both 84.

The sheriff's office says they were killed Thursday afternoon when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a mini-van on Highway P, about one mile east of Pardeeville.

The Wisconsin State Journal says preliminary reports show the Glicks' pickup turned left from Pardeeville Road onto westbound Highway P, into the path of a minivan driven by a 38-year-old woman from Friesland. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Portage hospital.

All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

SUN PRAIRIE-SPECIAL EDUCATION

Sun Prairie schools to revamp special ed screening

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- The Sun Prairie School District has reached agreement with federal authorities to revamp its process for screening students for special education and to bolster teacher training.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the agreement Friday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the agency found a disproportionate number of the district's black students were being placed in special education programs. While black students made up 10 percent of the district's enrollment in the 2012 through 2013 school year, they made up 24.2 percent of the students enrolled in special education.

The district voluntarily agreed to make changes, including hiring an outside expert to examine the district's placement procedures, developing a universal screening process to be used across the district, and reviewing student records to see if their placements in special educations were appropriate.

ALDI-BLACK WIDOW

Black widow found in grapes at Wauwatosa Aldi

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aldi Supermarkets has pulled all grapes from its Milwaukee area stores after a shopper found a venomous black widow spider in one container.

Yvonne Duckhorn of Milwaukee tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she was at the Wauwatosa Aldi with her 4-year-old daughter Thursday when she picked up a container of red grapes. She was checking for mold when she spotted a big black spider with red on it. She dumped the container into a plastic bag and turned it over to employees.

Aldi says it immediately pulled grapes from its Milwaukee area stores and is stepping up inspections.

Reports of black widows on grapes have popped up in recent months in Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota. They tend to bite when disturbed. Bites to children can be especially serious.

ENBRIDGE PIPELINE

Enbridge files plan for pipeline across N Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Enbridge Energy has filed detailed plans with Minnesota regulators for a proposed $2.6 billion pipeline to carry crude oil from North Dakota across Minnesota to Wisconsin.

The $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline would extend 299 miles from the Bakken oilfields to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports the Minnesota portion would cost $1.2 billion and create 1,500 temporary pipeline jobs. Enbridge's filing with the Public Utilities Commission outlines a tight construction schedule starting in the fourth quarter of 2014 and ending in early 2016.

Enbridge's preferred route follows the path of an existing pipeline to Clearbook in northern Minnesota, then cuts south, skirting Park Rapids before turning east and running through Carlton County.

The PUC must approve the project before Enbridge can move ahead.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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