Sunday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted Sunday, April 22, 2012 --- 6:50 a.m.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Governor Scott Walker has reshaped a rule to lower inflation-based raises for teachers in public schools and technical colleges. A spokeswoman for the Walker administration says the change was necessary to properly implement the labor legislation signed by the Republican governor last year. But Madison labor attorney Katy Lounsbury says the rules effectively neuter teachers unions in their bargaining over salaries.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police department's internal affairs is investigating a report of excessive force after an officer was seen on video punching a drunken driving suspect who was lying face down. Police had previously cleared the 42-year-old officer, Eric Ratzmann, of wrongdoing in the April 12th incident. But Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Friday that internal affairs has reopened the investigation.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The family of a 20-year-old National Guardsman found dead in the Chippewa County Forest is holding a public meeting today. Russell Plummer's body was found about 30 yards from his vehicle in November 2009. The cause of death was listed as "probably hypothermia." Plummer's father says the family is challenging that finding.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A 60-year-old man says he wasn't hurt after his World War One replica biplane crashed into Lake Wausau in central Wisconsin. A Marathon County sheriff's Lieutenant says Glen Burt of Wausau, was the only occupant of the plane that went down around noon yesterday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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