Wisconsin National Guard ready to help in hurricane response
WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard says it’s prepared to assist in the response to Hurricane Florence.
The Guard says four of its West Bend-based Blackhawk helicopters and around 24 crew members left Wisconsin on Friday for Maryland, where they’ll stand by in case civil authorities request their help.
The Blackhawks are medivac helicopters with hoist and medical treatment capabilities.
The Wisconsin Guard says the deployment to Maryland pre-positions the helicopters and crew in the region while providing a training opportunity.
Gov. Scott Walker signed an order Friday authorizing the Guard to call troops to active duty and allow state workers who are Red Cross volunteers to take time off to assist.
The Defense Department says more than 7,000 National Guard and other troops from across the country are ready to assist.
Walker implores senators to visit Kimberly-Clark plant
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is imploring state senators to visit a Kimberly-Clark plant that’s slated to close if the Legislature doesn’t approve a tax incentive package that could cost up to $100 million.
Walker sent senators a letter on Friday asking them to visit the Cold Spring facility in Fox Crossing.
Kimberly-Clark has given a Sept. 30 deadline for the Senate to vote on the incentive bill that’s already cleared the Assembly. But there aren’t enough Republican votes to pass the bill, meaning it would take an unknown number of Democratic votes to approve it.
About 500 people work at the plant. Kimberly-Clark is also closing a nearby plant that employs about 110 people.
Walker has asked the Senate to return to vote on the bill even though it’s not scheduled to be in session again until January.
UW-Whitewater chancellor’s husband accused of harassment
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s chancellor’s husband has been banned from campus and stripped of an unpaid position amid sexual harassment allegations.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports an investigation has concluded Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s husband, Pete Hill, sexually harassed female employees. The allegations date back to 2015.
In one incident he allegedly squeezed a woman’s knee under the tablecloth of a table where he was seated with Kopper.
Records the newspaper obtained show Hill denied any wrongdoing. UW System President Ray Cross still banned Hill from campus and stripped him of his title as associate to the chancellor in June.
UW-Whitewater spokesman Jeff Angileri had no comment Friday. Kopper posted a message on the school’s website Friday calling the situation “challenging” for her as a wife, woman and chancellor.
The Latest: Wisconsin Democrats file 2nd redistricting case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats are filing a second federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative boundaries.
The Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee filed the lawsuit Friday, hours after a group of Democratic voters renewed their own federal challenge.
The lawsuits largely mirror one another. Both the ADCC and the voters allege Republican lawmakers unconstitutionally consolidated GOP when they redrew the boundaries in 2011.
The ADCC also argues the boundaries are causing serious difficulties in fundraising, registering voters and attracting volunteers.
A three-judge panel ruled in the voters’ favor in 2016 but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that the voters lacked standing to sue on a statewide basis. The voters filed an amended complaint Friday adding 28 more voters as plaintiffs.
Body positively identified as teen missing in Kenosha harbor
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The Kenosha County Medical Examiner has identified the body found along the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha as the teen missing since last week.
The body of 17-year-old Donovan Anderson, of Kenosha, was recovered Wednesday, nearly a week after he jumped off a pier in the Kenosha harbor where he and friends from Indian Trail High School and Academy were taking photos.
Anderson was a senior at Indian Trail.
JEWISH CENTER THREATS
Inmate accused of threatening Jewish center indicted
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An inmate is charged with mailing threats to the Jewish Community Center in suburban Milwaukee.
A federal grand jury has indicted 33-year-old Chadwick Grubbs on obstruction and attempted obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs and threatening to destroy religious property by means of fire or explosives.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Grubbs sent threatening letters three times to the Whitefish Bay center in May when he was an inmate at the Winnebago County Jail. Authorities did not disclose the specific contents of the letters. Sheriff’s officials became aware of the threats when the letters were returned undelivered.
The DOJ says Grubbs is in state custody on separate cases. Grubbs’ public defender Anderson Gansner declined to comment on the case.
ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-CANCER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Walker would call special session on insurance
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign says he would call a special session of the Legislature if necessary to pass a bill guaranteeing health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
That guarantee is already provided under the federal health care law Walker wants to see repealed.
But the Republican says he likes that provision and earlier this year called on the state Legislature to enact a protection. The bill did not pass.
Walker spokesman Brian Reisinger says Friday that “if something were to change” and people with pre-existing conditions were no longer covered in Wisconsin, “Walker would call a special session in a heartbeat and get it passed.”
Democratic candidate Tony Evers says Walker has no credibility on the issue since he’s long been an opponent to the national law that includes the protection.
Walker announces 2 new flooding assistance programs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is announcing two new programs to help people and businesses recover from flooding.
The governor’s office issued a news release Friday saying the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority is launching a new $2 million program that will provide no-interest loans of up to $10,000 for repairing homes.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, meanwhile, is launching a $2 million loan program to help small businesses recover. WEDC will award grants to regional entities that will provide no-interest loans of up to $15,000 for businesses to make repairs and cover operating expenses. Businesses may also be able to secure forgivable loans of up to $15,000.
Anyone interested in a WHEDA loan can call 1-800-562-5546. More information about the business loans is available at https://wedc.org/disasterrecovery .