- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015
5 Kentucky elk brought to Wisconsin die of tick disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says five elk recently transferred to the state from Kentucky have died from a tick-borne disease.

The agency said Monday the elk died last month in a quarantine pen in Jackson County. The dead elk included one adult cow, which carried an unborn calf, and four yearlings.

The DNR says the animals died of a disease caused by parasites spread by ticks, including the deer tick.

State wildlife officials presume the elk were bitten by ticks after their arrival in Wisconsin. The dead animals were part of a shipment of 26 elk brought to Wisconsin in late March as part of a reintroduction effort.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1dXN6xJhttps://bit.ly/1dXN6xJ ) reports the elk are being held until they complete a quarantine, probably in early June.


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Agency cites Wisconsin dairy co-op in grain bin death

GRANTSBURG, Wis. (AP) - A federal worker safety agency is proposing a $193,000 fine against a Wisconsin dairy co-op after a man died in a grain bin in November.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday announced it was citing Burnett Dairy Cooperative for safety violations.

The agency says the 52-year-old worker was trying to unclog a sump at a Grantsburg feed mill when he was engulfed in corn and died in the grain bin.

Inspectors found that Burnett Dairy did not follow safety standards for entering grain bins, failed to deactivate a drag conveyor and allowed the worker to be in the bin while corn was moving.

Burnett Dairy says it plans to challenge the citations. The co-op contends that the worker was trained and was wearing appropriate safety equipment.


Democrats put up billboards demanding Walker return home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Democratic Party has paid for a series of billboards demanding Republican Gov. Scott Walker return to Wisconsin.

Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has been visiting early primary states such as Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire. He’s currently in Israel meeting with Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs and touring strategic and historical sites. He’s due back on Thursday.

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate announced Monday that the party has paid for billboards in Milwaukee and Green Bay that call on Walker to return to Wisconsin, accept federal money to expand Medicaid - a move the governor has steadfastly refused and get back to work for the state.

Asked for a response, Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the governor is in contact with his staff regardless of his location.


Group plans Wednesday protests in wake of shooting decision

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The group that has led protests against Madison police for killing an unarmed biracial man plans to demonstrate on Wednesday, a day after a prosecutor announces whether he’s going to file criminal charges in the incident.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house in March. Police said Robinson attacked Kenny. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne plans to announce Tuesday whether he’ll charge Kenny.

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition has been leading protests against the shooting. The group announced Monday that they’ll rally Wednesday morning in front of the apartment house. They want people to give up whatever they’re doing that day and join them in what they’re calling “Black-Out Wednesday.”

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