UW wants $95 million more in next state budget
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System officials want Gov. Scott Walker to give them another $95.2 million in tax dollars in the next state budget.
System officials say they need the money to fund the new Talent Development Initiative, a plan designed to create science and technology jobs, boost graduation numbers, place more students in internships and maintain academic quality in light of a Republican-imposed tuition freeze.
The Board of Regents is expected to vote on whether to approve submitting the request to Walker during a meeting at UW-Oshkosh on Thursday.
Walker sent a letter to state agencies in July warning them to expect no additional tax dollars in the next budget. His spokeswoman didn't immediately return messages.
Avery wants federal lawsuit dismissed
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - The man imprisoned for killing a 25-year-old photographer on his family property near Mishicot in 2005 wants his federal civil rights lawsuit dismissed.
Steven Avery sued several public officials in 2012, claiming he was subjected to unreasonable search and seizures and was denied his free speech rights while being held in the Calumet County Jail. Avery wanted $15 million in punitive damages.
WLUK-TV reports Avery's handwritten motion to dismiss comes just a few weeks after federal Judge Lynn Adelman denied Avery's request for a publicly-funded attorney. The attorney for the defendants, including Sheriff Gerald Pagel, is seeking to have the suit dismissed with prejudice, so Avery could not refile the claim.
Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of killing Teresa Halbach on Oct. 31, 2005.
Teens arrested following 2-county chase
TOWN OF PRENTICE, Wis. (AP) - Three teens are under arrest after leading officers on a chase across two northern Wisconsin counties.
Authorities say speeds topped 110 mph Tuesday night during a 30-mile chase through Lincoln and Price counties.
WAOW-TV reports the chase began after an officer conducting a security check on a Tomahawk business noticed a suspicious car with three people inside. The car left the scene quickly and sped down Highway 8 with deputies in pursuit. The chase ended in the Price County Town of Prentice when officers put down tire spikes.
Authorities say two of the teens taken into custody are 17 and the other is 16. Deputies say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.
Sheriff: Illinois boy dies after Wisconsin crash
JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - Dodge County authorities say a 9-year-old Illinois boy has died after a three-vehicle accident last week.
Sheriff's Capt. Trace Frost said Ilan Hurtado died Tuesday from injuries sustained in the Aug. 15 crash in the Town of Beaver Dam.
The boy from Lindenhurst, Illinois, was in a car driven by a 45-year-old woman also from Lindenhurst. The sheriff's department says she was driving on a highway and slowed down to turn. A semitrailer hit her car from behind, sending it into the northbound lane. The car struck a van driven by a 31-year-old woman.
Hurtado was flown to a hospital. The car and van drivers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The semitrailer driver wasn't injured.
The sheriff's office didn't say whether charges have been filed.
POWER LINE PROJECT
Power line could cost up to $580 million
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An environmental assessment estimates the cost of a proposed high-voltage power line linking Madison and La Crosse at up to $580 million.
The power line would be built by American Transmission Co. of Pewaukee and Xcel Energy's Northern States Power utility in Eau Claire. About $87 million of the line's cost would be paid for by utility customers.
The Journal Sentinel reports the utilities say the line would give the state a more robust electrical system as coal plants are retired. But, critics question whether the project is needed, because sales of electricity have been flat in recent years.
The draft environmental assessment kicks off the public comment period for the proposed line.
Wisconsin retains number 2 spot on ACT test
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin retains its number two spot among states on the ACT college entrance exam.
The state's high school seniors scored an average composite of 22.2 out of a possible 36, ranking Wisconsin behind Minnesota. Seventy-three percent of Wisconsin seniors took the exam this year. The curriculum-based test measures students' readiness for the first year of college.
The ACT also sets minimum scores students should achieve in math, science, reading and English in order for them to be successful during their initial year in college. One in five 2014 graduates in Wisconsin met none of the readiness benchmarks.
The national average composite score is 21. Iowa tied with Ohio and Kansas this year for the number three slot.
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