By Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Flight runs into pressurization issues, passengers evaluated

DENVER (AP) - Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night after reporting “pressurization issues.”

Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says that Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 6 p.m. PDT, diverted to Denver after about 90 minutes.

She tells the Denver Post that fire department crew members evaluated the passengers, but just one person was transported and that for a slip and fall injury.

She says that no one else required medical aid.

Denver’s KMGH-TV reports that a Southwest statement referred to “a pressurization issue,” but did not elaborate.

The statement says that 175 passengers and six crew members were aboard the Boeing 737-800, which will be taken out of service and inspected.

Meanwhile, the airline says passengers are continuing to Milwaukee on another aircraft.


Cost to protect Walker more than tripled since predecessor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Security costs for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch last year were more than three times what it cost to protect Walker’s Democratic predecessor in 2010, records released Friday to The Associated Press show.

Walker provided the security detail costs in response to an open records request. They came a day after his political committee, Our American Revival, said it would pick up the tab for Walker’s security detail when it travels with him to purely political events, such as a gathering of likely Republican presidential candidates this weekend in Iowa.

Walker has been traveling the country - and the world - in advance of an all-but-certain 2016 presidential bid. That has generated criticism from Wisconsin Democrats about the cost to taxpayers for members of the state patrol to provide security.

The numbers released Friday show that in 2014, when Walker was traveling throughout Wisconsin while running for re-election, security costs for him, first lady Tonette Walker and Kleefisch totaled $2.3 million. That was up 47 percent from Walker’s first year in office, when costs were nearly $1.6 million.

The 2011 costs were more than double what it took to protect Walker’s predecessor, Jim Doyle, in 2010, before the lieutenant governor also had protection. That year, taxpayers spent $657,000 on security for Doyle.

Security costs for Walker were more than quadrupled since 2009.

“He’s buying an entourage and the taxpayers are paying for it,” said Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of Middleton.


Judge limits information introduced in ex-officer’s trial

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - The trial for a former police officer accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a rural Wisconsin highway won’t include information on another woman he’s suspected of killing, a judge ruled Friday.

Steven Zelich, 53, of West Allis, is charged in Kenosha County with homicide and hiding a corpse for the August 2012 killing of Jenny Gamez, a 19-year-old college student from Cottage Grove, Oregon. He’s also suspected of killing Laura Simonson, 37, at a Rochester, Minnesota, hotel in November 2013.

Zelich told investigators he killed both women accidentally during sex, according to court records.

Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf had asked permission to tell jurors about Simonson’s death during the trial for Gamez’s death. In court filings, he stated the killings are “inextricably intertwined” and establish a pattern of conduct.

But Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said Friday that since Simonson died after Gamez, it would be improper to use the information, the Kenosha News reported. Schroeder said if Simonson had died first, it would be different.

“It’s my understanding he does not dispute the defendant was involved in the homicide, in the death of Ms. Gamez, but that it happened during a sex act,” Schroeder said. “It was consensual and the result of misadventure. The fact a later death (happened) during the same type of activity doesn’t prove anything in this case.”

Zelich’s trial had been scheduled to start next month, but the judge decided Friday to push it back to November. It will last at least a week.


Wisconsin DOJ files motion to dismiss right-to-work lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State attorneys are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s right-to-work law.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 in Milwaukee and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha filed a lawsuit last month in Dane County Circuit Court alleging that the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who don’t pay dues.

Attorneys with the state Justice Department filed a motion Friday asking Judge William Foust to dismiss the lawsuit. They argue that the unions’ concerns that they’ll lose money under the law are hypothetical and no appellate court has ever found right-to-work laws result in an unconstitutional taking.

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