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  4/23/2014
Peppers in Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers' newest addition to its defensive line is training with the team from the get-go. Free-agent Julius Peppers from Chicago was among those showing up for the initial voluntary physical and team meetings, as the Packers' organized team activities got underway yesterday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was also on hand -- as was second-stringer Matt Flynn who made his contract signing with the Packers official this week. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga showed up with a knee brace, as he gets over an A-C-L injury from last summer's Training Camp. Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, only strength and conditioning work is allowed in the first two weeks of the O-T-A's. A number of players get contract bonuses if they fully take part in the off-season workouts.


4/23/2014
Walker Signs Bill
Governor Scott Walker signed a bill today to require Wisconsin's largest police agencies to stop investigating themselves when their officers kill suspects. The Republican Walker approved a bill that forces all Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to use outside investigators in officer-involved deaths. About two dozen supporters and relatives of those by police in high-profile incidents attended a private ceremony at the State Capitol where Walker signed the measure. Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay and Madison Democrat Chris Taylor were the chief sponsors of the measure. The new law requires at least two investigators from outside agencies to lead reviews of suspects' deaths -- and if no criminal charges are filed, reports of the investigations must be publicly released. Bies said the measure will take effect in about 10 days. Most smaller Wisconsin law enforcement agencies already use outside agencies in such instances. The new law does not apply to death investigations in county jails and prisons. The state Department of Corrections already handles those.


4/23/2014
Green Bay Police Promise a Full Investigation
Green Bay Police promise a full and transparent investigation into an incident in which an officer is seen on video throwing a man against a car, wrestling him to the ground, and punching him. The police department has not received a formal complaint -- but police say numerous e-mails and Facebook postings have expressed concerns. In the video, officers arrest a man for allegedly leaving a tavern with an open intoxicant. Other people -- some apparently yelling profanities -- surround the officers and ask why the arrest is being made. An officer rushed at one of those people and grabbed him. A Racine County man, 29-year-old Joshua Wenzel of Caledonia, tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he was the one grabbed. Police ticketed him for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He told the paper he was "kind of drunk" at the time, but not overly intoxicated. Police captain Bill Galvin said officers can go one level above a suspect's behavior to get the person under control. All the officers involved were still on the job at last word.


4/23/2014
Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fiancee in Superior is having Trial Delayed
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's fiancee in Superior is having his trial delayed, so his lawyers can review newly-obtained evidence. 42-year-old Juan Padilla of Fort Mojave Arizona was supposed to go on trial May fifth in Douglas County. But the judge in the case approved a request for a delay from Padilla's public defender, Patrick O'Neill. He said an analysis of phone records from the State Crime Lab was submitted only last week -- and he and Padilla need time to go over it. Padilla is accused of killing 46-year-old Terrence Luukkonen of Duluth. He was found shot and bleeding in his car outside of Genesis Attachments in Superior in May of last year. Police said the victim was engaged to a woman who broke off a relationship with Padilla about a month before the killing. She told officers Padilla was upset about the break-up, and he wanted to kill her fiancee.


4/23/2014
Walker Reiterates Pledge to Find New Ways to Pay for WI Hwy.'s
Governor Scott Walker has re-iterated his pledge to find new ways to pay for new highways in Wisconsin. The governor was in Janesville yesterday, where the board of the state's Economic Development Corporation met. He told reporters that a project to expand Interstate-90 from Madison to the Illinois border is still a priority. But Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said it might have to be delayed, if funding is not found soon to cover a deficit in the state's transportation fund that's expected to reach 700-million dollars by 2017. A good share of that fund is provided by gasoline tax revenues. Walker calls that unsustainable, because vehicles are getting more fuel efficient. Independent surveys have also shown that Wisconsinites are driving less. The Republican governor said tax reforms would be needed to keep the D-O-T and its major road work going.


4/23/2014
Regular Season N-F-L Schedule to be Announced at 7 Wed. Night
The N-F-L says it will announce its regular season schedule tonight at seven o'clock. It help both the Packers and their fans make plans for this fall. The Super Bowl champions normally kick off the season on a Thursday night -- and the Packers could provide the opposition for Seattle, since they already know they'll face each other at Century-Link Field. Also, we'll find out if the Packers will keep their national appeal, after two scheduled Sunday night games on N-B-C got moved to the daytime last year when Aaron Rodgers was out with a shoulder injury. The Packers already know their opponents for 2014. They were set by last year's N-F-L divisional standings. Besides the normal division opponents, Green Bay will host the New York Jets, New England, Carolina, Philadelphia, and Atlanta -- and besides Seattle, the Pack will also play at New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, and Miami.


4/23/2014
Be Considerate of Others When You Burn Outdoors
Tim Morrissey BROOKFIELD, Wis. - With spring comes an increase in open burning, with bonfires, campfires and burning yard waste. Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, acknowledged that woodburning is a Wisconsin tradition, "but there are right and wrong ways to do it. "If you're going to burn outside, make sure you follow your local law regarding permits and the conditions for burning," she said. "Open burning should only be done on a day when there's little to no wind. That way, the smoke doesn't blow into your neighbor's home or onto an adjoining property." Open burning creates particle pollution, which can cause serious health problems such as asthma attacks, shortness of breath and even heart attacks. "A simple definition of particle pollution is tiny little microscopic bits of dust, soot and ash," she said. "That type of pollution can get into the air when you do a lot of open burning, and it can linger in the air, causing health hazards, especially to people with lung conditions." Wininsky said garbage, plastic, rubber, asphalt and treated wood are especially toxic when burned because they can contain so many harmful chemicals and additives. Many Wisconsin counties already have particle-pollution levels that exceed federal safe standards, and open burning only contributes to the problem. Many rural Wisconsinites choose to use firewood to heat their homes. "If you do heat your home with wood, make sure you're using an EPA-certified stove or furnace," Wininsky said. "If it's not, we would encourage you to replace it with an approved model or with an appliance that uses a cleaner fuel. That can include wood pellets, natural gas or propane." The American Lung Association's Wood Stove Exchange Program offers generous rebates to replace old, inefficient appliances with cleaner, Environmental Protection Agency-certified models. To find out if you qualify, check at lungwi.org/woodstove. Learn more about clean-burning practices at epa.gov/burnwise.


 


 

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