Tuesday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2012 --- 6:15 a.m.

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Johnson calls on Akin to drop out of Mo. race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to drop out of the race following comments Akin made about rape.

Akin said in an interview that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of what he called "a legitimate rape."

Johnson issued a statement Monday saying Akin "should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November."

Republican Tommy Thompson, who is running for the Senate in Wisconsin, says he strongly disapproves of Akin's comments but adds whether he drops out of the race is up to him and voters in Missouri.

Thompson's challenger Democrat Tammy Baldwin calls Akin's comments "ignorant, offensive and downright disgusting."

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Remains in Lake Michigan belong to missing diver

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Door County say remains discovered in Lake Michigan over the weekend belong to a diver who went missing in 1999.

WLUK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/OScnej ) that Dirk Kann's body was found by a group of divers near Whitefish Bay on Saturday in about 225 feet of water.

Kann, of Guttenberg, Iowa, was on a scuba diving exercise with friends at the location of the Lakeland shipwreck when he disappeared on Sept. 4, 1999.

The shipwreck is a popular destination for divers.

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UW System seeks additional $21M in new budget

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System is proposing a budget that asks for an additional $21 million in state funding.

The UW System released its preliminary requests Monday, ahead of a Thursday meeting of the UW Board of Regents.

Most state agencies have been asked to submit budgets that seek no new money. But UW System spokesman Dave Giroux says System officials were given the green light to include the additional request.

The system is also seeking $187 million for construction projects in Madison, La Crosse and Stevens Point. That money would be in the form of state-supported bonds but is separate from the 2013-15 budget.

The $21 million would be used in part fund the UW System's new flexible-degree initiative, which would grant college credit for real-world life experience.

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Body of Kenosha woman, 26, found in cemetery

(Information in the following story is from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a body found in a cemetery is that of a 26-year-old Kenosha woman who had been beaten and strangled.

Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says Monday that Lisa Marie Mezera was reported missing by her father on Monday morning — after he grew concerned when she wasn't home and heard that a woman's body had been found at the Bnai-Zedek Cemetery in Somers a day earlier.

Beth says Mezera was last seen by her father Saturday evening when she left the house with people she knew. Authorities are talking to them to try to figure out what happened.

Officials say Mezera died from blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation. Additional autopsy results are pending.

Beth says authorities believe the incident was isolated.

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2 Wisconsin men arrested in Arizona drug case

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Two Wisconsin men are in custody in northern Arizona for allegedly trying to mail two shipments of drugs back to Milwaukee.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say 50-year-old Todd Brazeau and his 41-year-old nephew Brandon Brazeau are being held on $50,000 bond apiece at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

They both remained jailed Monday on suspicion of possession of marijuana and narcotic drugs for sale.

The suspects had been staying at a motel in Prescott Valley. They allegedly tried to ship two boxes of "sweaters and shoes" to Milwaukee last Wednesday and paid more than $200 in cash to do so.

A clerk became suspicious and notified authorities, who opened the box and say they found four pounds of marijuana in one box and five ounces of cocaine in the other.

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UnitedHealthCare to end some BadgerCare contracts

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

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — UnitedHealthCare says it plans to end its contract with the state of Wisconsin to manage care for thousands of people on BadgerCare Plus.

BadgerCare is one of the state's Medicaid programs. UnitedHealthCare is the largest of four organizations that won contracts with the state in 2010. It oversees care for 174,000 people in six counties in southeastern Wisconsin.

UnitedHealthCare says its decision is based on the state's declining payment rates. The state Department of Health Services says the rates are recalculated each year to account for medical costs.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Smiley says people whose care is currently managed by UnitedHealthCare won't be affected by the company's decision. Smiley tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/9yz973q ) the state will pay hospitals, doctors and other health care providers directly, rather than through UnitedHealthCare.

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Wisconsin creates new teacher equivalency license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There's a new way for teachers to get licensed to work in Wisconsin's public schools.

State Superintendent Tony Evers on Monday announced a new equivalency license that would allow people to teach in public schools if they have at least three years' teaching experience in places like a private school, workplace training center or child care center.

Candidates would also have to pass a performance-based assessment process to determine their competency with Wisconsin educator standards. They would not be required to pass a Wisconsin recognized and approved educator preparation program.

Gov. Scott Walker praised the move, calling it a positive move that will help districts fill jobs in high need areas like science and math with qualified teachers who have workplace experience.

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Study tests model to cut unneeded beach closings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan researcher says more than one in five Great Lakes beach closing orders based on bacteria concerns may be unnecessary, and he's testing that idea this summer.

David Rockwell of the university's School of Natural Resources and Environment is using a $140,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to test the relationship between E. coli test results and actual health risk to swimmers.

The project is a collaboration of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

The university says the new forecasting tool is being extensive tested at five Michigan beaches.

Rockwell says he hopes to reduce unneeded beach closings, which he estimates happen 23 percent of the time.

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Arrest made in fatal hit-run in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Superior police say a man is in custody for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian.

Sixty-one-year-old Eugene Renko was killed Friday night while walking at an intersection in Superior. The driver of the vehicle that struck him fled the scene.

Police say the suspect's vehicle was found in St. Louis County, Minn., early Sunday and the suspect was arrested later that day on a possible charge of hit-and-run involving death.

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Door Co. sheriff identifies homicide victim

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — The sheriff of Door County says an Illinois man has confessed to killing his girlfriend at a resort near Sturgeon Bay.

Sheriff Terry Vogel says the victim, 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield, and the 35-year-old suspect are from Plainfield, Ill. The victim's body was found at the Sand Bay Beach Resort near Sturgeon Bay Sunday.

Vogel says the suspect called the sheriff's department about noon Sunday from Sister Bay and said he had killed his girlfriend. The suspect was arrested and taken to jail. Sister Bay is about 30 miles from the resort. He's expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the couple attended a wedding Saturday night in Egg Harbor. The sheriff says it's the first homicide in Door County in about 11 years.

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Junior QB Danny O'Brien will start for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Danny O'Brien seems to have a knack for taking care of the ball, and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is rewarding him for it.

Bielema has named the Maryland transfer his starting quarterback for Wisconsin's regular-season opener against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1.

The coach took to Twitter on Sunday night, saying that the junior earned the job ahead of senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave.

O'Brien said Monday that he felt confident in his ability to clinch the spot.

O'Brien had two interceptions in a pair of seven-on-seven drills through three weeks of fall camp. That number, coupled with game experience in 17 starts at Maryland, pushed Bielema and assistant coaches in O'Brien's direction.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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