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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 -- 5:11 a.m.

WI- BUDGET BATTLE-JOBLESS BENEFITS

Budget cuts to mean smaller checks for jobless

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsinites who get federal unemployment will see their benefits drop by nearly 11 percent due to automatic budget cuts.

The state Department of Workforce Development said about 30,000 people will be affected starting the week of April 7th. The reductions will continue at least through September 30th, the end of the federal fiscal year.

As an example, the department said, the maximum weekly payment of $363 will fall to $324.

Eligibility rules remain unchanged.

The department says people who receive jobless benefits from the state will not be affected.

BUDGET BATTLE-AIRPORTS

Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net

CHICAGO (AP) -- The planned shutdown of as many as 238 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.

The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic. But airport directors and pilots say the move increases risk and will slow the progress that has made the U.S. air system the safest in the world.

It's not just private pilots in small planes who stand to be affected. Many of the airports are serviced by major airlines. The cuts could also leave towers unmanned during overnight hours in some big cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee.

TEEN STARVED-WISCONSIN

Wis. man convicted of neglect in daughter's case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of starving and torturing his teenage daughter has been convicted of child neglect.

But jurors couldn't reach a verdict Friday night on the four other felonies against the 41-year-old Madison man.

The Associated Press isn't naming him to avoid identifying the girl, who says she was sexually assaulted by her stepbrother. He's been charged separately.

The now-16-year-old girl says her father kept her locked in the basement and subjected her to years of physical abuse. She weighed 68 pounds when she fled the family's home last year.

Her father's attorneys say the girl had mental health issues and chose not to eat.

Jurors deliberated for more than 18 hours. One said it was "a very tough case for all of us to even sit through."

GIRLFRIEND SHOOTING-WISCONSIN

Wis. man charged in girlfriend's shooting death

(Information in the following story is from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com)

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Adams man is charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Coleman Dybul was charged Friday with first-degree reckless homicide, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the complaint, Dybul told authorities he woke on March 2nd and shot his shotgun at what he thought was a person attacking his girlfriend, 27-year-old Toni Voss. When he turned on the light, Dybul found he had shot Voss in the chest. She died at the scene.

The Wausau Daily Herald reports Dybul told authorities he was in the Marines for four years and served in Afghanistan. When he woke up and saw the figure, he said it was like being back in Afghanistan and he had to kill or be killed, according to the complaint.

Dybul remains in jail.

WATER MAIN BREAK-GREEN BAY

Green Bay water main break costs could hit $500K

(Information in the following story is from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The cost of a massive water pipeline failure in Green Bay in December could reach a half-million dollars.

Officials of the Green Bay Water Utility say the incident will deplete a $3 million reserve fund. But officials of the city-owned water utility say the costs probably can be absorbed without customer rate increases or other major adjustments.

The 3-foot pipeline burst December 29th on Green Bay's east side. About 8 million gallons of water leaked, flooding roads and disrupting water to thousands of customers.

Officials have hired an outside engineering firm to pinpoint the cause of the leak and report on whether other water mains are at risk.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the investigation alone could cost more than $200,000.

GOLDEN GUERNSEY DAIRY

Creditor supports sale of Golden Guernsey Dairy

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A creditor says it would support the proposed sale of the shuttered Golden Guernsey Dairy in Waukesha.

But Accord Financial Inc. says its support depends on its secured claims totaling $7.9 million being paid from sale proceeds.

In a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Accord Financial says it's owed the money under a loan and the purchase of account receivables.

Golden Guernsey closed in early January. The Los Angeles private equity firm that bought Golden Guernsey in 2011, OpenGate Capital, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court.

An Ohio company, Superior Dairy, has offered $5.5 million for the plant, but the offer rejects the labor contract that was in place.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the bankruptcy trustee is accepting bids for the company through May 10th.

VIKINGS-JENNINGS

Vikings agree to terms with WR Greg Jennings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a deal to land free agent receiver Greg Jennings from their rivals in Green Bay.

Jennings gives Minnesota the Number One receiver third-year quarterback Christian Ponder has desperately needed. The person requested anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.

Jennings caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season. He bolsters a thin receiving group that grew thinner when the Vikings traded star Percy Harvin to Seattle earlier this offseason.

He becomes the latest Packer to head across the border to Minnesota. Darren Sharper, Brett Favre and Ryan Longwell are other high-profile Packers to make the move.

ESPN first reported the agreement.


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