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Local News Briefs Thursday 2-20-14



Winter Weather

There’s a winter weather advisory until Noon today where we will see a mix of rain, sleet and snow.  After that it will be mostly rain.   Winds will kick up tonight with gusts up to 50 miles per hour with a little bit of snow mixed in.


John Doe Reaction

(WRN) Reaction to the release of documents from a secret John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County.  Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate believes Governor Scott Walker knew what was going on during his 2010 campaign.  Tate couldn't point to any political bomb shell coming out of the newly-released information, though, he says he needs to sift through 27-thousand emails and hundreds of documents. Regarding Walker's role in all of this, Tate says there's guilty in the court of law, and then there is guilty but unproven. Governor Walker had said that he didn't think there'd be any revelations after the release of the emails. He said the Democrats will simply over hype things, but they'll be disappointed. Walker was never charged with any wrongdoing in the John Doe case.


JFC Changes

(WRN) The legislature's Joint Finance Committee has approved changes to Governor Walker's tax cut proposal.  The committee has adopted changes that keep the 504-million-dollar income and property tax cuts intact, while diverting about 118-million-dollars from the state's rainy day fund to help reduce a structural deficit. JFC co-chair John Nygren (R-Marinette) says it carries on the work Republicans have been doing over the past three years. The compromise also requires state agencies to lapse about 38-million-dollars in funding and drops a sales tax exemption for construction companies. State Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) was among Democrats on the budget committee who were critical of the proposal. The amended bill now heads to the Senate. If approved there, the Assembly would have to agree with the changes.


Raw Milk

(WRN) The clock is ticking on a proposal to legalize the sale of raw milk. There’s SOME support for the measure at the Capitol, but also plenty of opposition. Shawn Pfaff is with the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition. The bill has been approved by a state Senate committee, but no further action is scheduled at this point, and the Legislature is expected to adjourn in April.

Air Show Off

(WRN) Financial troubles are grounding an annual air show in Manitowoc. Organizers of Thunder on the Lakeshore have canceled the 2014 air show. Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels says while federal budget cuts preventing military jets from attending last year's show isn't the reason...he says "it didn't help". The annual event means between $3 and $4 million in economic impact to the area. Nickels says they're preparing to bring the air show back, better than ever, in 2015.
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