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(AP) A new partnership between the state treasurer's office and the Department of Veterans Affairs is putting unclaimed property in the hands of its rightful owners. That's how the state was able to locate David Coss, a veteran from Wisconsin Rapids. Coss is a thousand dollars richer. And, in a tough economy, Coss says the extra cash is really nice. He and his wife plan to use the money to visit the veterans' memorials in Washington. The state has $411 million in unclaimed property. State treasurer Kurt Schuller says his office has been able to locate about 4,500 veterans in Wisconsin who have unclaimed property. Some of the claims may be pocket change. But, others are life changing. Schuller says he hand-delivered $750,000 to an elderly couple in Wauwatosa.
(AP) Lawyers in a federal case over the legality of Wisconsin's election maps have dropped several of their claims, leaving two issues on the table. The trial entered its second and final day Friday in Milwaukee. Democrats and an immigrant-rights group are suing to prevent the state elections board from conducting elections based on the new maps. The plaintiffs dropped several allegations, including a claim that Assembly districts had been drawn inappropriately in predominantly black neighborhoods. A panel of three judges is considering two remaining issues. One is whether the maps deprived Latinos of their constitutional rights, and the other is whether some 300,000 Wisconsin voters were needlessly moved into and out of districts, delaying when they could vote in a Senate election.
(AP) The superintendent of Minnesota's largest school district is clarifying a statement he made more than a year ago about a string of student suicides and apologizing to those he might have offended. Six students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District committed suicide in less than two years. Family members and gay advocacy groups said some were bullied. In December 2010, Superintendent Dennis Carlson said there was no evidence bullying played a role in any of the deaths. In a new statement on the district's website, Carlson says no one can be sure about events leading up to a suicide, but bullying can be a factor. He also apologized to those who felt his 2010 statement was insensitive. Carlson's new statement did not confirm that bullying contributed to the Anoka suicides.
Could be another month before La Crosse's city council votes on new garbage rule proposals. The council put a vote off on the new garbage regulations for a month earlier a couple weeks ago. The city's Neighborhood Revitalization Commission was supposed to weigh in on the rules. And the idea was to get something on the books before college move-out in the spring. And Commission chair, council member Sara Sullivan says she understands the rush
But Sullivan also thinks she'll need another month to make the best recommendations on the garbage rules that were widely criticized by landlords as being too heavy-handed.
A local effort to help troubled veterans could be expanding.
The court takes veterans who have had run ins with the law and puts them in a program that can handle specific veterans needs.