- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014
Walker says he didn’t help solicit donations

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker said he played no role in soliciting donations from a mining company to a key conservative group that ran ads supporting him during the 2012 recall attempt.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1rsgSQphttps://bit.ly/1rsgSQp ) Walker made the comments Saturday at a Kenosha campaign event.

Court documents released Friday by a federal appeals court show that prosecutors believe Walker solicited donations for conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth to get around campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements as he fended off the recall attempt.

Walker also said he was not aware of $700,000 donated by Gogebic Taconite to Wisconsin Club to Growth.

Walker said no one should be surprised he backed legislation helpful to the firm since he had long been supportive of easing regulations on mining.


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Packers, Brett Favre on unclaimed property list

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre are among the more notable entities on the list of unclaimed property in Wisconsin, which totals nearly $440 million.

State law requires inactive accounts held from one to more than five years to be yielded to the state if the institution can’t find the owner. There is no minimum, though the state suggests a $50 lower limit.

The Wisconsin State Journal spent several hours this month searching the online database listing all the current owners of property relinquished to the state.

The newspaper (https://bit.ly/1AI9ZLVhttps://bit.ly/1AI9ZLV ) found that Associated Bank, headquartered in Green Bay and a major sponsor of the Packers, apparently could track down the team and listed its address as “unknown” to return “more than $1,000.” It is a cashier’s check for $1,410 made out to the Packers, said treasurer’s office spokeswoman Cynthia Kaump.

The Packers have another $1,000-plus waiting from United Healthcare Services, which had the right address but couldn’t find the professional football team, which has been located in Green Bay since 1919.

Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey said he would alert the team’s finance office about the claims.

AT&T; couldn’t get a response from former Green Bay quarterback Favre to return the $10 to $100 and $100 to $1,000 it owes him. JP Morgan Chase Bank couldn’t track down his wife, Deanna, who has $100 to $1,000 waiting.


Eau Claire police investigating death after chase

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - What started as an erratic driver call for police in western Wisconsin has turned into a death investigation after officers found a woman’s body in the motorist’s home.

It started around 1:30 a.m. Friday when a Bloomer officer and a Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a 60-year-old man for erratic driving, according to the Chippewa Herald.

At one point, the driver stopped.

“They didn’t make it out of their cars,” because the officer saw a long gun coming out of the window of the car, said Bloomer Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer. The man took off and a deputy later saw a weapon being thrown from the car, Zwiefelhofer said.

Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk said at one point, they used stop sticks to slow the vehicle, but the man made it to his Eau Claire home where he was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and being armed while intoxicated. He was also cited for drunken driving.

During a follow-up investigation, neighbors told police another adult lived in the residence and said they had heard what sounded like a gunshot earlier that evening. Officers then discovered the woman’s body in the house.

Eau Claire police spokesman Kyle Roder told the Leader-Telegram the man is a person of interest in the death. Police have not revealed the relationship of the two.


Plan could help developmentally disabled get jobs

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A recent federal ruling aims to help find jobs for people with developmental disabilities, but some Wisconsin families are worried about how it will be implemented.

The decision involves working conditions for people who have cognitive disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. Some may have trouble reading, counting money or being in large groups, which leaves them with limited options.

Often they end up employed at so-called “sheltered workshops,” where they perform basic tasks but are separated from nondisabled workers - in part so they can get needed services or be in stress-free surroundings.

The landscape shifted in 1999, when the U.S. Supreme Court said people with disabilities should be given every chance to work and live in integrated settings, where they’re surrounded by non-disabled people as much as possible.

The ruling drew renewed attention in January when the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, finalized instructions on how to comply with the decision. The agency also gave states five years to develop transition plans for compliance.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is inviting public comment through Sept. 2, before it submits its transition plan to CMS on Oct. 2.

Some parents and guardians of those with disabilities worry about what will happen if sheltered workshops are disallowed. They acknowledge the federal decision is well-intentioned but worry that lower-functioning individuals who lose that option could be left with no alternatives at all.

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