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(AP) The mother of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has died. An obituary from a Cambridge funeral home and Kenseth's fan website say Nicola ``Nicki'' Sue Kenseth battled Alzheimer's disease and died Tuesday at age 63 at Oak Park Place in Cottage Grove. A funeral service is scheduled Friday at Willerup Methodist Church in Cambridge. She is survived by her husband, Roy, her children, Kelley and Matt, and five grandchildren. Matt Kenseth grew up in Cambridge and won the Daytona 500 in 2009.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to speak next week at a Florida event hosted by the conservative James Madison Institute. The institute says Walker plans to give a speech at a golf resort in Naples, Fla. Tickets for non-members ranged from $100 per person to $2,500 for table sponsorships. Institute spokeswoman Tanja Clendinen says ticket costs are covering expenses for the event, and none of the money raised will go to Walker.
Walker has been traveling across the country appearing at similar events as he's racked up more than $12 million to defend himself from a potential recall election. Recall organizers say they have submitted about 1 million signatures to force a recall election. It takes about 540,000. Election officials are in the process of verifying the signatures.
(AP) A powerful winter storm system that could dump a dozen inches of snow in blizzard conditions has been forecast for Nebraska and portions of adjacent states. A blizzard warning has been issued for three southwest Nebraska counties and nearby portions of Kansas and Colorado. The National Weather Service says the warnings take effect at 11 p.m. MST Thursday. A blizzard watch extends to the northeast. Winter storm warnings and watches have been issued to take effect later Thursday or on Friday for the rest of Nebraska and much of southeast Wyoming, northeast Colorado, northwest Kansas and western Iowa. The service says the storm is expected to move into Nebraska late Thursday night and last into Saturday. Rain is expected to precede the snowfall in many areas.
Since the Government Accountability Board decided to post recall petitions online Tuesday night, the GAB website has had over 54 thousand unique unique visitors to the site and over 1.2 million page hits....and it's growing. GAB Director, Kevin Kennedy, was asked if he thought the posting of petitions would be big.
In an online interview with Wisconsin Eye, Kennedy says it has not been a popular choice though with people concerned about privacy issues and they even fielded a call from the ACLU wanting more information about how they would post the petitions online.
And then there was one.....for now. That's the latest count when looking at democratic challengers to the governor's post. Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville dropped out Wednesday.
He also said he cannot raise the $1 million to $2 million he believes is needed to deliver his message against other candidates with more resources and better name recognition. That leaves, for now, Kathleen Falk as the only declared candidate.