A Missouri man who held several police agencies at bay early Sunday morning is still in jail on a $500 cash bond. 22 year old Kenneth Roark made his first court apearance in Monroe County today. A formal complaint has not yet been filed....but initial charges Roark faces in the 7 hour standoff at the Super 8 Motel in Tomah, include suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. Tomah police were responding to a report of an intoxicated armed man Sunday morning around 2:30. After 15 rooms were cleared out, Roark was finally brought out of his motel room after officers flushed him out with chemical agents. Roark was staying at the motel as part of a crew that's building a sand mine in the area. He will be back in court early next month.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Rep. Michele Bachmann made her first appearance in Minnesota since dropping out of the Republican presidential race, speaking at an annual anti-abortion protest at the state Capitol. Hundreds of people opposed to legal abortion came by school buses from across the state Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The rally was sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Bachmann predicted to the crowd that next year's event will be a celebration following November elections that she says will end abortion. She hasn't said if she'll run for fourth term in her congress, representing suburbs north and east of the Twin Cities. In response to a question from a reporter, she says she'll give interviews soon on the subject.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A new initiative will move Minnesota courts from paper files to the electronic age. The Minnesota Judicial Council is requiring all courts to eventually go paperless. In Olmsted County District Court administrator Chuck Kjos says the office will run out of floor space for files in about six to eight months. The eCourtMN Initiative could take 5 years or more to implement. Kjos says the number one concern is keeping a high level of security with court documents, once paperless. Court Administrator Sue Dosal says the project is the most comprehensive reengineering effort yet undertaken by the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Eventually, documents could be available in the courtroom through a computer that's called ``Session Works.''
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Whether Wisconsin's state budget is truly balanced depends on the measure used to analyze it. Gov. Scott Walker has touted for months that he and Republicans in control of the Legislature balanced the state budget through the normal measure of cash accounting. But as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday (http://tiny.cc/zvh4r ) his administration also told the federal government last month that the budget is not balanced when using a different accounting method that takes into account pending expenses. Under that method, known as ``generally accepted accounting principles,'' the state has a deficit. When using that measure, the state's budget has been in deficit for years including when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor. Democrats accuse Walker of double speak.
Thanks to a loophole in Wisconsin elections law, Governor Scott Walker can raise unlimited amounts of money to defend himself in a recall election........the typical limit for gubernatorial races is $10 thousand. Walker raised $5.1 million dollars between July 1st and December 10th. A major advantage in his recall election?
UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim. Out of state donors accounted for almost half of the money raised so far by Walker, according to campaign finance records.