Constant closings spark proposal to move Milwaukee beach
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 between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Officials say there is little water circulation next to the current beach since it is hemmed in by an offshore breakwater to the east and the South Shore Yacht Club to the north.
LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVOR
Wisconsin Country Thunder lightning strike survivor recovers
(Information from: WTMJ-TV, http://www.todaystmj4.com)
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. Prehn was in intensive care for about a week with head fractures, brain bleeding and burns.
Prehn says she’s amazed to be alive. The event left her without hearing in her right ear and only partial hearing in her left ear. She also has paralysis on the right side of her face and pain in her hips.
Wisconsin school districts ban cellphones in classroom
(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)
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 approved adopting such a policy last year.
Portage High School Principal Robin Kvalo says teachers previously had the ability to shape their classroom’s cellphone policy. She says the new standardized policy has been effective because teachers and administrators are consistent with discipline.
The Green Bay Area Public School District allows teachers or principals to decide if cellphones are allowed in class. District spokeswoman Lori Blakeslee says school officials believe phones can be useful tools in some instances.
Kvalo says all Portage High School students have laptops so there’s no need for cellphones to be used as instructional tools.
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.