- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Scott Walker orders American on cheesesteaks, avoiding gaffe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The governor of the nation’s top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on Tuesday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Geno’s Steaks owner Geno Vento he’s had cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz in Philadelphia before and would have been dripping the orange goo if he ordered his the usual way.

“That’d be your trademark,” Vento, the son of Geno’s founder Joey Vento, joked as Walker signed a book filled with autographs of other dignitaries and celebrities who have indulged in the Philly delicacy.

Walker ordered one each from Geno’s and rival Pat’s King of Steaks, across the street, during a brief campaign swing through the City of Brotherly Love. He’s one of 16 Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination and, true to political form, wouldn’t say which cheesesteak was better.

Despite his cheese change-up, Walker still fared better than John Kerry, the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts and current U.S. secretary of state, who ordered Swiss on his cheesesteak during his unsuccessful 2004 run for president.

Walker supporter Tom DiCampli, who was surprised the candidate joined him and a pair of family friends for lunch, said American on a cheesesteak is “not as bad as Swiss.”

“Swiss cheese you get thrown out of town,” he said.


Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.

No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team owner Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

“The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we’ll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region,” Feigin said in a statement issued by the team.

The bill, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan 21-10 vote earlier this month, now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Walker, a Republican presidential candidate who was campaigning in Philadelphia at the time of the vote, has been working with lawmakers to reach a deal and was expected to sign it.

Walker called it a “good deal all the way around” while speaking with reporters at Pat’s King of Steaks, one of two Philadelphia cheesesteak institutions he visited Tuesday.

“For us, it’s what we’d hoped for,” Walker said. “A good, bipartisan vote. It had strong votes in both the Assembly and the Senate. A lot of hats off.”

Both Republicans and Democrats said the deal was good for Wisconsin because it would keep the Bucks and the income taxes paid by NBA players and staff in the state. Under the plan, taxpayers will be on the hook for $250 million initially, but that commitment will grow to $400 million with interest over 20 years. Current and former Bucks owners are contributing another $250 million.


Some victims identified in 1 of 2 Midwest plane crashes

Two teenagers from Mexico were among the seven people killed when two small planes crashed separately within hours of one another in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota, authorities said Tuesday.

A fixed-wing plane carrying three people crashed in a cornfield in southwestern Minnesota on Monday night, according to the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Department. The pilot, Steven Christensen, 59, of rural Pipestone, and passengers Marcos Favela, 18, of Torreon, Mexico and an unidentified girl, 13, of Guadalajara, Mexico, died when the aircraft went down near Pipestone about 8 p.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Travis Jasper said he and his construction crew were finishing work for the day near the crash site when he heard what sounded like a plane in trouble.

“(I) heard it spitting and sputtering. It fired up a couple times and then I thought I heard a car door slam.” Jasper told KSFY-TV. “A couple minutes later I seen the neighbor at the corner and he’s like, I think a plane just went down, and I said yah, I think the same thing.”

Jasper said he and his crew jumped on top of their vehicle to try to spot the plane in the cornfield.

In Wisconsin, four people died when a single-engine Beechcraft crashed and caught fire in a field near Amery, Wisconsin, about 50 miles northeast of Minneapolis, about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Polk County sheriff’s officials said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which scorched the surrounding field, and found the victims inside.

Karen Olson said the plane crashed on her property about 200 yards from her home.


Victims of SE Wisconsin plane crash ID’ed as Kentucky men

BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Kentucky men found dead in a plane crash in southeast Wisconsin over the weekend.

The Kenosha County sheriff’s office says 69-year-old William Lester Lanman of Louisville, Kentucky, was the pilot. Lanman was a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime pilot.

The passenger was 43-year-old James Dan Arnold of Crestwood, Kentucky. Authorities say Arnold was a friend of Lanman and was studying to be a pilot.

The men were flying to the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh, about 125 miles to the north, when the small, homebuilt plane crashed in a field. The wreckage was found Sunday.

Federal aviation officials are investigating.

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