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Wisconsin prison guard suspended for Obama post Submitted: 07/05/2015

MADISON - A Wisconsin prison guard has served a one-day suspension for a joke on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1H0kn2U ) that Collin Visser posted in December a photo of Christmas tree ornaments depicting Obama and the text: "Look guys. Obama Christmas ornaments. Suddenly it's legal to hang a black man from a tree again!"

Visser has worked at the Dodge County Correctional Institution in Waupun since April 2014. The newspaper obtained documents revealing his punishment months after requesting them under the state's open records law.

Warden Marc Clements told Visser in January he'd be suspended for one day and required to attend diversity training for what the warden called a "serious act of misconduct."

Visser did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday.

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Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped Submitted: 07/04/2015

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state's open records laws.

Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the co-chairs of the joint budget committee.

The statement says the records proposal "will be removed from the budget in its entirety." They say the plan "was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way."

The restrictions, which Republicans slipped into the proposed budget late Thursday, would exempt nearly everything created by government officials from Wisconsin's open records law.

The statement says the Legislature will form a committee to study the issue and allow for public discussion.

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GB Packers tight end Quarless charged with firing a gun Submitted: 07/04/2015

MIAMI BEACH, FLA - Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has been arrested for allegedly firing two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage.

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Walker says he'll change government records exemptions Submitted: 07/03/2015

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MADISON - State lawmakers will get to keep many records secret under a proposal voted into the state budget Thursday night by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee.

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DNR kicked off its annual 4th of July Landing Blitz Submitted: 07/03/2015

MINOCQUA - The Wisconsin DNR kicked off its 7th annual 4th of July Landing Blitz. This is to help out at the boat landings in the Northwoods that will see lots of activity this 4th of July weekend.

The DNR teams up with Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers from different counties. They monitor boat landings and boats entering and leaving the water.

The goal is to protect the lakes from invasive species and to keep people informed.

"I'm looking for boaters, as they are coming in the lake, before they launch," said Stephanie Boismenue, Lead Aquatic Invasive Species Project Assistant for Oneida County. "I'm helping them to inspect their boats."

Invasive species can hide in many places on boats. Volunteers help clean plants, animals, sand and mud off of boats.
Invasive species and certain types of vegetation can cause harm to lakes.

"Everything from the fisheries to the aquatic plants and vegetation can be harmed," says Boismenue. "And the cost that we have to use to put into containing, removing and managing that invasive species can be quite expensive."

Boaters should check their boats when entering and leaving the water.

Clean Boats Clean Waters hopes everyone can do these things to keep our lakes safe.

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Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature Submitted: 07/03/2015

MADISON - After a five-week delay, the Legislature's budget-writing committee has given final approval to a new two-year spending plan.

The Joint Finance Committee early Friday voted 12-4 with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against the $70 billion budget.

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Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Obama Submitted: 07/03/2015

LA CROSSE - A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama.

A warrant was issued Thursday for 55-year-old Brian Dutcher of Tomah, the same day Obama was in La Crosse touting a proposal to make more workers eligible for overtime pay.

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Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows Submitted: 07/03/2015

CHICAGO - The Grateful Dead is ending a run this weekend in Chicago that's gone on so long that one of the city's great repositories of dinosaur bones and other antiquities is displaying some of the band's artifacts.

The band is billing its final three shows of the short "Fare Thee Well" tour as its last under the Grateful Dead moniker.

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State budget committee approves road borrowing, tax package & other parts of budget Submitted: 07/02/2015

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MADISON - Republicans on the state's budget committee approved a number of measures in the final stages of the budget process Thursday, including removing the Milwaukee Bucks Arena and prevailing wage proposals, while passing sections impacting taxes and borrowing for transportation.

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Republicans approve limiting public access to records Submitted: 07/02/2015

MADISON - Nearly all records created by state and local elected officials would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans have approved as an amendment to the state budget.

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