MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are looking to move a chronically contaminated beach located in a popular park with bluff views. The beach at South Shore Park on Lake Michigan has a history of closing for many days each summer because of high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The proposal would relocate the beach farther south in the park. The Milwaukee Health Department says the beach was closed or under an advisory to “swim at your own risk” on 57 of 97 days this year.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman is recovering after surviving a lightning strike at a music festival in July. WTMJ-TV reports that Brittney Prehn was struck by lightning on the right side of her head while at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Kenosha County. The 22-year-old says she was on the phone at the time, and doctors believe the device took part of the hit and helped save her life.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — School districts across Wisconsin are banning cellphones in the classroom in an effort to reduce distractions during class time. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Portage Community School District recently adopted such a policy after faculty approved it last year. Portage High School Principal Robin Kvalo says the new standardized policy has been effective because teachers and administrators are consistent with discipline.
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 en route to Maryland, where they’ll stand by in case civil authorities request their help. The Blackhawks are medivac helicopters with hoist and medical treatment capabilities.