Wheeler News Service -
Sunday, January 20, 2013 - Sunday News Report
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It was a below-average
year for Great Lakes freighters in 2012. The Lake Carriers' Association reports
the U.S.-flag ships working on the Great Lakes carrying 89 and a half million
tons of dry-bulk cargo, down 4-point-6 percent from the year before. That
figure is also below the five-year average. Iron shipments were off 4-point-3
percent and coal shipments fell to 17-point-6 million tons, well below the
average of 22 and a half million. Experts blame the drop-off, at least in part,
to the phasing out of Canadian coal-fired electric plants.
Wisconsin is now one of 13
states issuing drivers licenses which meet federal standards. The licenses
include stringent checks on proof of legal presence in the U.S., the person's
address and identity. Drivers will need to bring documents like their Social
Security card, passport and something like a utility bill as a proof of address.
The IDs will be made compliant with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. You can
still get a regular drivers license, by the new IDs will be required for air
travel or entering some federal buildings in the next few years.
Delafield police say it
looks like equipment problems are to blame for the death of a 32 year old scuba
diver in Nagawicka Lake Saturday. Steven LaLonde had been diving under the ice
near the beach at a park when he encountered the problems. Other divers in his
group pulled LaLonde out of the water and performed CPR, but he will pronounced
One of the gun rallies
held around the nation brought 500 to 600 people to the Wisconsin Capitol
yesterday. The group Wisconsin Guns Across American held a peaceful rally in
Madison. That rally was one of dozens taking place in state capitols across the
nation. The activity was put together through social media, the rallies
sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based group Political Media. No incidents
were reported from the Madison rally.
Even though the
company dropped Lance Armstrong as a representative last fall, Tek Bicycle
Corporation says it is keeping an eye on the developments related to statements
from the one-time cycling champion. Armstrong was on Tek bicycles for his now
disqualified seven Tour de France wins. In a two-part interview on the Oprah
Winfrey Network, Armstrong admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. Tek
officials say they are hopeful for the future of clean cycling competitions and
they don't plan to renew their connection with Armstrong.
Special prosecutor John
Franke is reportedly planning to ask inquest jurors to consider charges of
reckless homicide and failure to render ad by law enforcement in connection with
Derek Williams' death. The Milwaukee man died in July 2011 while he was gasping
for breath and begging for help. He was left struggling in a patrol car for
eight minutes. The inquest will be held next month. The Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel is reporting Franke will present five days of witnesses,
including medical experts. An attorney for Williams' mother says the charges
would be a chance to hold officers accountable.
An accident which sent an
ATV through the ice at High Cliff State Park Marina on Lake Winnebago has left a
42 year old man dead. The unidentified victim from Sherwood was underwater for
about an hour according to the Calumet County Sheriff's Department. Two men
were riding ATVs across the ice when they encountered open water. The first man
got across safely, but the second went under. The victim was flown to Theda
Clark Trauma Center in Neenah where he was pronounced dead.
The Democratic Party of
Wisconsin says it will raise about a half-million dollars to spend on hiring
regional political directors in Green Bay, Eau Claire and La Crosse. The party
calls it a "72-county strategy." Party officials say losses in the 2010
election can be blamed on the failure to turn out voters in Milwaukee and
Madison. They say they also need to be more competitive outside the population
centers. The effort is aimed at defeating Governor Scott Walker in the 2014
election. Though the party hasn't picked a candidate yet, it expects to have
one by the end of this year. The Democrats also hope they can regain control of
both the Senate and Assembly.