Wednesday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Republican Governor Scott Walker donned a white apron to man the grill at a bipartisan picnic he hosted yesterday just a week after winning a recall election. A bipartisan group of nearly 100 state lawmakers attended yesterday's cookout at the governor's mansion. Walker dubbed it a brat summit after the type of sausages popular in Wisconsin that were being served.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Rock County authorities say the cause of death of a 91-year-old Turtle Township woman has been changed from an apparent accident to a homicide. Marjorie Sands was found dead in her home last September. The sheriff's office says a $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to cracking the case.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has joined the board of directors of Smart Sand, a Pennsylvania company building a large silica sand plant in Wisconsin. Smart Sand's 1,100-acre plant is in Monroe County in Oakdale near Tomah, Wisconsin. Silica sand is widely used by oil and gas companies for hydraulic fracturing.

KRONENWETTER, Wis. (AP) -- A school-bus driver in central Wisconsin has been fired for allegedly showing up to work under the influence of alcohol. The man was removed from a First Student bus Monday at Evergreen Elementary School in Kronenwetter after a teacher reported smelling alcohol.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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