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Last night, the Wisconsin state Assembly passed a bill drawing boundary lines for the state's 132 legislative districts. The bill passed 57-40 and now heads to Governor Scott Walker for his consideration. And before the Governor signs the bills, U.S. Representative Ron Kind wants him to think before signing. Kind is asking the Governor to veto the bills.
He says this process is one of the most partisan processes our state has seen....rushing the process to draw divisive lines before towns can draw their own boundaries and manipulating expected outcomes to secure Republican seats.
The Wisconsin Democrat says the redistricting maps passed by the state legislature are just another partisan power grab by our state government.
The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.
Stopping your car to watch animals can be dangerous...
That message comes from local investigators, after a Black River Falls woman was killed in a crash yesterday near Bangor. Vicky Drews died after slamming into the back of a car that was parked on Highway 162. The driver of that car said she wanted to watch a bear from alongside the road. She will not be prosecuted by the D-A, but got a ticket for improperly stopping on a highway.
La Crosse County is busy printing ballots for the next recall race...
It wasn't until yesterday, after the deadline for seeking a primary recount had passed, that the county could start preparing ballots for the main recall election on August 9th. County clerk Ginny Dankmeyer expects demand for ballots in the 32nd District Senate race to be high, following the turnout for last week's Democratic vote. She predicts it could get up to 40 per cent.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out starting on Monday. That's also when voters may start casting absentee ballots at municipal clerk's offices.
Minnesota outlawed synthetic drugs back on July 1st.......seems as one Winona store owner was not happy with that as he kept on selling it. Winona Police say the amount of synthetic marijuana seized Friday at a Winona tobacco shop totaled 1,066 bags of varying sizes and weights.
Parole denied. That's the word from a state review board today in the case of 63 year old Bonita Smith. She's in prison for killing a 76 year old grocery store worker in Richland County back in 1982.
Smith, along with James Wilson both received life sentences plus 20 years for the killing of Leona Milfred during a robbery. She will now stay locked up in a minimum security prison for at least another year.
One of the people telling the review board to keep Smith locked up, was the victim's 71 year old son, Terry. He says that Smith never took responsibility for the thrill seeking killing and accused Smith of telling conflicting stories to avoid getting busted.