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Bill authorizes UW System to negotiate reciprocity of tuition fees
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the state assembly would give the University of Wisconsin system authority over tuition reciprocity with Minnesota. The legislation would also allow UW campuses to retain additional income from Minnesota tuition-paying students, income that is currently deposited in the Wisconsin state budget. Reciprocal agreements between Wisconsin and Minnesota have been in place since the 1970s and have allowed students to attend colleges in neighboring states while paying their tuition fees. The agreements are currently being negotiated by the Wisconsin Higher Education Aid Council. The assembly bill introduced by Republican Rep. Shannon Zimmerman would give UW system officials the power to renegotiate reciprocal agreements with Minnesota.
Milwaukee shootings kill 1, 1 in critical condition
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Police are investigating a series of shootings that have killed a woman and left a man in critical condition. The Milwaukee Police Department reported that a man and woman arrived at the hospital on Saturday morning with gunshot wounds. The 24-year-old woman died, while the man suffered non-fatal injuries. Police are also investigating two more shootings on Saturday. In a shooting attack, a 30-year-old woman was seriously injured, but was reportedly in stable condition in a hospital. In the other shooting, two people were driving when they were shot. One of the victims, a 19-year-old man, was in critical condition.
POLICE SHOOTING – NO FEES
Milwaukee County District Attorney acquits police of fatal shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee County prosecutors have decided not to lay criminal charges against three police officers who shot a man in August. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in a letter that police were justified in shooting Broderick “Baldie” Shelton outside a gas station, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Shelton was pointing a semi-automatic pistol at police officers and a passerby at a gas pump, according to Chisholm. Shelton’s family said he suffered from mental health issues.
DRUG SEIZURE – WOOD COUNTY
Wood County Sheriff seizes more than $ 132,000 in drugs
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Wood County Sheriff’s Department seized more than $ 132,000 in illegal drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine and ecstasy, during a search of a house in the town of Saratoga this week. The sheriff’s department said it was part of a long-term investigation with state law enforcement agencies. Police also found marijuana, $ 16,000 in cash and valuable jewelry. A woman who lived at the house was arrested. Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker said the county has experienced 12 overdoses this year and the seizure will help prevent more.
FIRST LADY VISIT
Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff set to visit Milwaukee, Waukesha
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff are scheduled to visit Wisconsin next week. The White House said Biden and Emhoff will travel to New York City on Wednesday morning, followed by stops in Milwaukee and Waukesha in the afternoon. The White House gave no further details.
FIREFIGHTER DRIVING INTO LIKE
Fire chief charged with impaired driving following accident
FARGO, ND (AP) – Prosecutors have charged Mapleton’s fire chief with drunk driving after being involved in an accident. KFGO-AM reports that Kayla Cross has been charged with DUI refusal for misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty. According to court documents, she was cited by a West Fargo police officer just before 2 a.m. on November 13 after being involved in an accident. Details of the accident were not included in the documents. Mapleton Mayor Andrew Draeger said city officials had not decided to take disciplinary action against the chief. Cross, who is also the deputy fire chief in Moorhead, Minnesota, declined to comment.
Residents rush to move belongings out of unsafe condo
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (AP) – Residents of a Waukesha condominium that could collapse are rushing to move their belongings. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that residents of the six-story, 48-unit Horizon West condominiums were allowed in on four-hour shifts to get their belongings out. Only seven people can help per unit. The Salvation Army has provided a few rooms, but residents say they don’t know where they’ll go next or if the insurance will cover their living expenses. Police and firefighters cleaned the building on December 2 after an engineering report revealed its structural columns were compromised, echoing the condo’s collapse in Surfside, Fla., In June. Almost 100 people died when this building collapsed.
BREACH OF CAPITOL PROBATION
Wisconsin men put on trial for trespassing on the United States Capitol
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced two Wisconsin men to probation for participating in the Jan.6 uprising on the United States Capitol. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Brandon Nelson, 29, of Madison, and Abram Markofski, 24, of La Crosse, pleaded guilty in September to felony charges of marching, protesting or picketing at a building in the Capitol. The two appeared by video in federal court in Washington, DC, and said they were sorry. Their lawyers argued that there was no evidence that any of them committed acts of violence or destruction. U.S. District Judge John Bates sentenced each of them to two years probation and each to pay $ 500 in restitution. He fined Nelson $ 2,500 and Markofski $ 1,000.
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