Sunday Wisconsin Morning headlines

Posted Sunday, November 24, 2013 --- 6:20 a.m.

DEER HUNT-OPENING DAY

Cold, wind greet Wis. deer hunters on opening day

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin deer hunters had to deal with chill and wind for the opening day of the state's nine-day gun deer season.

Tom Hauge, wildlife management director for the Department of Natural Resources, says even his blind in Sauk County didn't offer much shelter Saturday for the predawn cold and winds.

According to the National Weather Service, highs across Wisconsin were only expected in the teens and 20s Saturday.

According to the DNR, nearly 616,000 gun deer licenses were sold for 2013, up a little less than 1 percent from 2012.

DNR hunting and shooting sport coordinator Keith Warnke says the number of female hunters aged 10 to 30 increased by 10 percent this year.

MADISON MATTERS-SCHOOL VOUCHERS

Work continues to find voucher report card deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Students receiving taxpayer-subsidized vouchers to attend private schools would have their test results and other performance information detailed on report cards starting in 2015 under the latest version of a bill being worked on in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Current law doesn't require private schools to report the data for five more years -- even if they receive public money.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Glenn Grothman has proposed exempting private schools from all reporting requirements if they don't want to make the information public.

Grothman says parents have chosen private schools for hundreds of years without government help, and they don't need it now.

WORLD ORPHAN FUND

Orphan fund run by Walker adviser holds fundraiser

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group established by Governor Scott Walker's top political adviser is holding a fundraiser Monday featuring former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Walker also plans to attend the event to raise money for the World Orphan Fund, an organization created in 2011 by Walker adviser R.J. Johnson.

The fund's goal is to raise money to help orphans living in Honduras and Guatemala.

Johnson orchestrated both Walker's 2010 election campaign and his defeat of the recall in 2012. Walker refers to Johnson in his book "Unintimidated" as a close friend for more than 20 years and his chief campaign strategist.

Johnson is also an adviser to the conservative political group Wisconsin Club for Growth.

CLERGY-TAX FREE HOUSING

Judge strikes down law relating to clergy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the decision could have far-reaching financial ramifications for pastors, who currently don't pay income taxes on compensation that is designated part of a housing allowance.

In her Friday decision, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote the exemption: "provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise."

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit against U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel. A treasury department spokeswoman referred questions to the Department of Justice, which is representing Lew. A DOJ spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email Saturday.

FATAL ROAD RAGE

Manitowoc man charged in alleged road rage crash

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A 22-year-old man faces five felony charges in an alleged road rage crash that killed a 19-year-old man in Manitowoc County.

Nineteen-year-old Eric Neuman of Two Rivers died Tuesday night when the pickup he was driving crashed into a guardrail and crashed. Neuman was thrown from the truck. Three others in his vehicle survived.

HTR Media reports Shawn Lischka of Manitowoc was charged Friday with one count of hit and run involving a death, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and three counts recklessly endangering safety.

According to court documents, Lischka was released from jail Wednesday on $5,000 cash bail. No attorney was listed in Lischka's online court records and no home number for him could be found Saturday.

He has an initial appearance set for Monday.

MISSING WOMAN-LAWSUIT

Halbach family drops lawsuit against Steven Avery

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a woman killed in one of Wisconsin's most notorious homicides wants to drop their wrongful death lawsuit.

Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of killing 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach on the family property near Mishicot on October 31st, 2005.

Halbach's family filed the lawsuit in 2006, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Sheboygan Press Media reports the family released a statement on Friday saying they still believe Avery and Dassey are responsible for Teresa Halbach's death. But they wrote that following through on the civil case would be time consuming and painful. They added they feel like it's time to move on and "live life like Teresa."

The family said their attorney has filed a motion for voluntary dismal of the suit.

PACKERS MOVES

Packers CB Hayward goes on injured reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Packers have placed Casey Hayward on injured reserve, ending a tough season for the second-year cornerback.

Hayward has been bothered all season by a hamstring injury. He played just three games, starting one. Hayward led rookies last season with a team-high six interceptions.

Green Bay has just four interceptions this season, tied for worst in the league with the Texans and Jaguars.

The Packers also placed reserve cornerback James Nixon (knee) on injured reserve, and activated safety Sean Richardson and defensive end Jerel Worthy from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Green Bay (5-5) will try to end a three-game losing streak when the Minnesota Vikings (2-8) visit Lambeau Field. Backup Scott Tolzien will get the start again for injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is out with a fractured collarbone.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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