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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy wants to spend at least a couple more days with just his rookies. They had the stage all to themselves this past weekend at McCarthy's first rookie-only camp. He said he gave them Part 1 of the Packers' offensive and defensive schemes. He'll introduce Part 2 when the whole team is required to be at Green Bay's first full-fledged mini-camp on May 18. McCarthy wants the rookies back two days before the veterans, so they can get a head-start on the rest of the system.
Mark Green did not break federal laws last year when he transferred $1.2 million from his old U.S. House campaigns to help him run for governor. The Federal Election Commission dismissed a complaint from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign which questioned the legality of the Republican Green using his old House contributions on his state race against Jim Doyle last fall. The State Elections Board said $468,000 of that money was raised by special interests not registered in Wisconsin.
Four Wisconsin schools earned bids this morning to play in the NCAA Division 3 softball tournament. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host one of eight regionals and all of them are double-elimination events. The Blugolds, who won the WIAC tournament, got the No. 6 seed. UW-Eau Claire will play CCIW champion Augustana of Illinois, the No. 3 seed, on Thursday. The winner will face either No. 7 St. Norbert or No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan. UW Oshkosh has the top-seed and a first-round bye and will play either Coe College or Chicago late Thursday afternoon.
Gas prices in southeast Wisconsin actually went down a half-cent a gallon this morning (Tuesday). But around the state, they still went up less than half a penny. WisconsinGasPrices.com said a gallon of regular unleaded averaged $3.14 a gallon today, 36 cents more than a month ago. In Milwaukee the average price is $3.27, up 42 cents from this time last month. Experts have blamed Middle East tensions and U.S.
Wisconsin's youngest boaters would have to wear life jackets under a bill winding its way through the Legislature. The Senate's Natural Resources Committee has voted to make kids 12 and under actually wear the so-called personal flotation devices. And it would not be enough for boat owners just to have them available. Mark Miller, D-Madison, the committee's chairman, says 85 percent of those who drown in boating accidents did not wear life jackets.
A state Senate committee will vote today (Tuesday) on three bills aimed at cleaning up the court system. One would increase public funding of Supreme Court elections to lessen the influence of the special interests who dominated this spring's court contest. The second bill requires groups who sponsor so-called "issue ads" to say where they get their money. And the third bill requires parties in court cases to be told how to check whether their judges may have a conflict of interest.
Former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean Howard Ross still owes the school $117,000, a year after he was demoted for questionable travel and spending. His lawyer calls the allegations bogus. Bob Kasieta says he'll fight efforts to collect the money but if Ross keeps refusing to pay, school officials say they'll garnish his check. Kasieta says the school is retaliating for a racial discrimination complaint that Ross -- who's black - filed against the campus. The attorney also made the same claim concerning another black administrator who left.
The Milwaukee Brewers shut out Washington 3-0 Monday night at Miller Park. Chris Capuano struck out nine in eight innings, while giving up seven hits. He's now 5-0 and the Brewers are 7-0 when he starts. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Geoff Jenkins gave the Brewers all they needed with a three-run homer in the second inning. It was his first start of the year against a left-handed pitcher. Matt Chico is now 2-4 with the loss. Bill Hall went 3-4 and J.J. Hardy singled to extend his hitting streak to 18 - the 10th-longest in Brewer history.
The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill to let employers fire and refuse to hire convicted killers, kidnappers and child molesters. That would be a big exception to the current law in which employers can consider criminal histories only when a crime relates to the job. Wisconsin would be the only state in the country where major offenders can be turned away from work with no questions asked. The bill was authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc.
The State Ethics Board disagrees that Annette Ziegler's judicial dealings are none of the board's business. The panel asked the Supreme Court Monday to reject Ziegler's claim that only the Judicial Commission can punish her for what she did as a Washington County circuit judge. Ziegler, who was elected to the Supreme Court last month, is accused of creating a conflict by handling five cases involving a bank in which her husband is a board member. The ethics panel says Ziegler is making unprecedented arguments that the board does not have the authority to sanction judges. A reserve judge is