- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015
2 men die in plane crash in SE Wisconsin

VILLAGE OF BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in southeast Wisconsin say two men who were on their way to the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh have died in a plane crash.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Sunday morning by Winnebago County authorities about an overdue plane.

The Zenith CH601XL airplane was last known to be on its way to the air show and was about 20 hours overdue.

Deputies and the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol began searching for the plane. The Civil Air Patrol found the crashed plane around 12:30 p.m. in a grassy field several yards south of a home.

Two men were found dead in the plane. No one on the ground was hurt, and no buildings were damaged.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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Wisconsin nonpartisan elections board targeted for overhaul

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Stung by a corruption scandal that led to the convictions of five lawmakers, a longtime Republican state senator met with the head of a government watchdog agency at a bar down the street from the Capitol to talk about how to improve ethics oversight.

“I literally wrote on a napkin, ‘Government Accountability Board,’” former Sen. Mike Ellis said, recalling that 2005 meeting with Common Cause in Wisconsin director Jay Heck. “It started on a napkin.”

Now the nonpartisan elections and ethics oversight board Ellis helped create under a broad bipartisan deal, unique in its structure nationwide, faces elimination. It’s being targeted by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers after questions over the board’s involvement in a secret investigation into Walker and other conservative groups that the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier this month declared unconstitutional.

That followed years of mounting concerns over issues both big and small, including how it handled 2011 and 2012 recall elections sparked by the fight over collective bargaining for public unions; designs of ballots in the 2014 election; its interpretation of state law governing issue advocacy; and hiring decisions.

Walker, soon after launching his campaign for president, last week called on the board to be eliminated. Republican legislative leaders have been talking for months about making changes and are expected to come forward with a proposal in the fall.

Even Ellis, a champion of the GAB when it began in 2008, doesn’t think it can continue unchanged.

“Early on I think it was a success,” said Ellis, who retired from the Senate last year. “When the political climate began to change, some of their decisions were a little bit off center.”

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Milwaukee County Zoo to add 2 snow leopard cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee County Zoo is getting two snow leopard cubs after the death of a snow leopard at the zoo earlier this summer.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1JoYOOFhttps://bit.ly/1JoYOOF ) reports the pair of cubs could come from Germany, Sweden or Russia. The zoo’s curator of large mammals, Tim Wild, says six cubs from Europe are expected to be dispersed to U.S. zoos in the next six to 12 months.

A 1-year-old snow leopard named Sossy died at the Milwaukee County Zoo in June. Zoo officials said he likely had a seizure before drowning in his exhibit.

An undisclosed gift from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is paying for the incoming cubs’ acquisition, permits, transportation and initial care.

Snow leopards are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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Motorcyclist killed in crash with car in central Wisconsin

PORT EDWARDS, Wis. (AP) - A 38-year-old man has died after a car collided with the motorcycle he was riding in central Wisconsin.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department says the man from Nekoosa was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night in Port Edwards. The department said in a news release that the motorcycle slowed down near an intersection, and a car collided with the back of it.

According to the department, a 29-year-old woman driving the car was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

News-Herald Media (https://mnhne.ws/1IAoDfQhttps://mnhne.ws/1IAoDfQ ) reports authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but that the incident is under investigation.

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Information from: News-Herald Media, https://www.marshfieldnewsherald.comhttps://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com


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