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(AP) Governor Scott Walker has authorized state agriculture officials to amend meat inspection rules and allow Wisconsin's specialty meat plants to sell their products across state lines for the first time. Currently, only meatfrom plants inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be sold across state lines.
Amending the state rules will incorporate new federal regulations and allow meat from state-inspected plants to be sold across the border. The rule changes are subject to a public hearing and need final approval from the Legislature. Wisconsin has about 275 state-inspected meat plants and about 145 federally-inspected plants. Larger meat producers have been able to ship across state lines for years. Their plants are reviewed by federal inspectors, unlike the smaller plants that are checked by state inspectors.
(AP) At least two people have died in traffic accidents in Iowa as a winter storm ends a stretch of spring-like temperatures. The storm entered western Iowa on Wednesday and pushed into eastern Iowa on Thursday, where up to 6 inches of snow could fall before the storm moves out of the state Thursday night. The Iowa State Patrol says 62-year-old Randall Jones, of Henderson, died in a head-on crash near Malvern in Mills County late Wednesday afternoon. Another person died in an accident near Muscatine Thursday morning. Both wrecks are believed to be related to the weather. Dubuque was one of the several Iowa cities that posted a record high on Wednesday with 52 degrees. The temperature Thursday morning was 14 degrees with a wind chill of 3 below zero.
(AP) The review of signatures submitted seeking a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker will take longer than the 60 days originally planned. The director of the Government Accountability Board which is charged with handling the review said Thursday that it's not clear how long it will take, but it will be more than 60 days.
Board director Kevin Kennedy says more time is needed in order to do a more extensive review of the signatures to look for duplicates and obvious fakes as ordered by a judge last week. Kennedy says the board will proceed with the review next week even if the state decides to seek an appeal. Petition circulators have also sought a stay in the judge's order. Recall petitions are due Tuesday.
La Crosse is on the verge of losing more taxable property to a tax exemption. The city council tonight could decide the fate of a potential Goodwill store that could move into part of the former southside Quillin's store. Sure, that will cost the city in taxes, says Goodwill board chair, Greg Curry. But it also adds to the city in other ways. Like employment training
Goodwill needs approval from the council to split the property that the old Quillin's sits on. Curry says, if they don't get that permission, the board just might buy the whole thing.
Some counties in Wisconsin are finding that they have residents who are now registered to vote......on the coast of Africa. So any problems in La Crosse County with Wisconsin's redistricting maps?
County Clerk, Ginny Denkmeyer says she's re-assigning people back to their proper districts and must tinker with the basic system to achieve it. She says it will all be cleared up in time for elections next month.