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  7/25/2014
WI Makes New Income Tax Reciprocity Offer to MN
(St. Paul, MN) -- Wisconsin has made a new offer to restore income tax reciprocity with Minnesota, so people who work across the border can again file taxes with their home state instead of both. The latest offer does not include the Gopher State's request for an extra payment of up to six-million dollars a year. Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler calls that unprecedented. Because more Wisconsinites work in Minnesota than vice versa, the Badger State used to make annual payments to make the arrangement financially equal for both states. Minnesota Governor Rick Pawlenty cut off the 40-year arrangement in 2009 because Wisconsin was getting behind on its payments. Minnesota says it's been fair in the effort to bring it back, saying it cut a million-dollars a year from its previous request. Under Wisconsin's latest offer, Chandler says the Badger State would still increase its payments to Minnesota from the 58-million dollars in 2009 to 87-million for the 2015 tax year.


7/25/2014
Fatal Six-Vehicle Crash Near WI-MN Border
(La Crosse, WI) -- One person died and at least two others were hurt when six vehicles collided at an Interstate construction zone near the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. It happened yesterday morning on I-90 just north of La Crosse, near French Island. The Wisconsin State Patrol's preliminary investigation shows that traffic was merging into the construction zone when a dump truck could not slow down in time, and it rear-ended another vehicle. A van and four cars also got snarled up in the crash. T-V reports said the dump truck landed on top of one of the cars, and both rolled into a median where they started on fire. The drivers' names were not immediately released. An investigation continues.


7/25/2014
Man Accused in Vikings Son's Death Pleads Not Guilty
(Sioux Falls, SD) -- The man accused in the death of Vikings Star Adrian Peterson's son has pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly attacked the boy's mother in South Dakota. Joseph Patterson was arrested in June after police say he attacked the mother of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin in the Sioux Falls area and held her against her will. The 28-year-old was living with the same woman last October when he was accused of beating Ruffin to death. Patterson is set to go on trial in each case in the coming months.


7/25/2014
Vos Wants WI Off List of Places Where Fed is Sending Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids
State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants Wisconsin off the list of places where the federal government is sending unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U-S border. Vos and three other Assembly Republicans wrote to the head of Homeland Security, saying it's better for the minors to be located near the nation's southern border -- so families can be promptly re-united. Vos, G-O-P finance chair John Nygren of Marinette, and fellow Assembly Republicans Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc and Dave Craig of Big Bend signed the letter. They said Wisconsin is a generous state that's willing to help in times of emergency but in their words, "The federal government should not prioritize the needs of others over our own residents." Vos and the other Republicans said they were "beyond frustrated" that the Obama administration has not given adequate information to state officials -- including the potential for health risks that the immigrants might bring in. And the lawmakers want to know if the children would be classified as refugees, which means they could get state public assistance benefits. Federal officials have contacted various officials and agencies in Milwaukee and Madison about hosting the immigrants. The A-P said about 50 of them have been placed in the state.


7/25/2014
Appeals Ct. Reinstates WI Lead Paint Suit
A federal appeals court has ruled against Wisconsin's governor and Legislature, by letting a Milwaukee teen sue up to six paint-makers after he got sick eating lead-based paint chips. The family of Ernest Gibson, who's now 17, did not know which company made the paint that sickened the teen. The State Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that victims could sue all companies that made lead-based paint before it was banned in the 1970's. Conservatives called the ruling a slap to Wisconsin's efforts to attract business -- and in 2011, majority Republicans required paint victims to identify the companies which made the product which got them sick. Two years later, the G-O-P imposed the same requirement on 170 other lead poisoning victims who filed suit before the burden-of-proof was raised. Gibson was one of those people. Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Appellate court in Chicago found that he had a "vested right" to pursue his negligence claims. This case also had a profound impact on former State Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, who wrote the 2005 decision. Butler later lost an election bid, as opponents kept harping on his lead-based paint ruling. Later, Republicans in Congress struck down four attempts by President Obama to name Butler to a lifetime federal judgeship.


7/25/2014
Mc Carthy Both Confident and Nervous
Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he's both confident and "nervous" about his team, as it begins Training Camp. At a news conference today, McCarthy said he was very pleased with how the off-season workouts and study sessions went. The coach set the Packer veterans set the tone during the spring practices. But with the numbers of camp practices being reduced due to the N-F-L's collective bargaining agreement, McCarthy says he's nervous about making sure he gets all of the preparation work in. This is his ninth camp as Green Bay's head coach -- and he said the schedule is like none of the others. There are only 21 Training Camp practices, and a few will be closed before the exhibition games, to give the players more of a feel of what a regular season game week will be like. To try and cut down on injuries, the Packers will not be tackling at this year's Training Camp. Despite what most fans and reporters think, McCarthy said the most important part of tackling is the footwork -- and not contact or the ability to get the opponent to the ground. Also, the Packers have not decided before camp which practices will have players wearing pads.


7/25/2014
Packers First Training Camp Practice on Saturday
We might have to wait until tomorrow's first practice to find out if some key Green Bay Packers will be ready to go. Coach Mike McCarthy said this morning he was not sure if Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews would be cleared for workouts. Matthews broke his right thumb last season, and did not practice at all this spring. He said at the time he wanted to be at 100-percent before having contact on the field. Also, McCarthy says he's not sure about the health status of tight end Jermichael Finley, who's technically a free agent but is still available after fusion surgery last fall for a major neck injury. McCarthy said Finley was still a Packer in his opinion -- but his health will determine his future. Players are getting physicals and conditioning tests today as they report to camp. McCarthy says he won't know until late this afternoon what the status of some of his players will be. The first official camp practice is at 8:20 tomorrow morning.


7/25/2014
Express Hosting St. Cloud Friday Night at Carson Park
In the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks will go for their seventh straight victory tonight, when play the Mallards in Madison. Lakeshore has the league's best second-half record at 16-and-3. That's after the Chinooks pounded Madison 13-to-3 last night, in their first game after the All-Star break. The Chinooks have won eight of their last ten. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Woodchucks' slugger Paul DeJong has become the all-time single season home run leader in the Northwoods League. He belted his 15th homer on the summer last night, breaking a 5-5 tie as Wisconsin topped Kalamazoo 7-to-5. The two teams play again tonight in lower Michigan. Also, Green Bay hosts La Crosse. Wisconsin Rapids plays at Kenosha. And Eau Claire entertains Saint Cloud.


 


 

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