- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015
30,000 motorcyclists to travel between Twin Cities, Winona

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As many as 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to hit the scenic drives along the Mississippi River and St. Croix River for the annual Fall Flood Run, and state officials are urging that riders and motorists use caution and stay safe.

The Fall Flood Run is Saturday.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials are asking riders to keep themselves, their passengers and others safe when on the road.

And motorists are asked to watch for motorcycles and give riders room.

Rider deaths have already surpassed the total number of motorcycle deaths in 2014. According to preliminary reports, 51 motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads this year compared to 46 in all of 2014.

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Kenosha NAACP president files complaint against police

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - The president of Kenosha’s NAACP chapter has filed a complaint against the local police department.

Veronica King says she was “roughed up” by Kenosha officer after being arrested for obstruction during a traffic stop last Sunday. A police report says King repeatedly ignored the officer’s command to get back in her van.

King says she has arthritis and that police should be tolerant of the disabled and the fact they may not be able to move quickly. The 52-year-old King was cited for speeding and obstruction. The Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/1OjGFVchttp://bit.ly/1OjGFVc ) says she was released and went to St. Catherine’s Medical Center where she was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain. She says the officer strained her shoulder when he put the handcuffs on too tight.

King wants her citations dismissed and an apology from police. The department did not immediately return a call for comment.

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Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.comhttp://www.kenoshanews.com

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Court reinstates license for lawyer in Blagojevich scandal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - One of former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s aides who was convicted of corruption in Illinois has his Wisconsin law license back.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court revoked Nicholas Hurtgen’s license in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to charges that he threatened to deny permission for a hospital expansion if a contractor now-former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich favored wasn’t hired.

The charges were dropped in 2012, however, after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the legal theory supporting them.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated Hurtgen’s license Friday, agreeing with a referee’s finding that Hurtgen has the character to practice law.

Hurtgen also arranged campaign events for former Gov. Jim Doyle in 2003 and helped Gov. Scott Walker raise campaign funds that year. Walker was Milwaukee County executive then.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Hurtgen’s last name.

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Johnson Controls plans to cut 3,000 from salaried workforce

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Auto parts maker Johnson Controls plans to cut 3,000 salaried employees from its global workforce over the next two years as part of a cost-reduction push.

The plans disclosed Friday would affect more than 2 percent of the Milwaukee company’s workforce of 130,000. The company is trying to trim about $250 million in costs annually.

Johnson Controls has been winnowing its business this year. It said in July that it was spinning off an automotive business that makes seats and seating components, trim, foam and fabric. In March, it agreed to sell a business that manages spaces for corporations.

Johnson Controls still makes car batteries and building heating and air conditioning systems. It also runs a joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems that that makes instrument and door panels and floor consoles.

Shares of Johnson Controls Inc. fell 71 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $40.74 in morning trading Friday. Its shares are down about 15.5 percent so far this year.

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