- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015
Experts urge cautious approach on Great Lakes fish farming

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Experts have submitted five reports to Michigan agencies that are considering whether commercial fish farming should be allowed in the state’s Great Lakes waters.

The reports deal with scientific, regulatory and economic issues. None takes a position on whether so-called “net-pen aquaculture” should be approved. But the scientific report says if the state lets the industry proceed, it should begin on an experimental basis to allow careful monitoring of how the operations affect the environment.

Another report projects that two Great Lakes fish farming operations producing a combined 2 million pounds of trout a year would employ about 17 people and create perhaps 27 spinoff jobs.

Tammy Newcombe of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a meeting to allow public comments will be held in November.

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Rubio plans Milwaukee-area rally before Nov. 10 debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio plans to hold a rally in Wisconsin the day before the next Republican presidential candidate debate.

Rubio announced Thursday that he will appear in Pewaukee on Nov. 9, the day before the Milwaukee debate.

Rubio also plans to host a fundraiser on Nov. 9 for Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the committee to elect Republicans to the Assembly. Vos and 19 other Assembly Republicans have announced their endorsement of Rubio for president.

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Walker’s office says visitor logs for mansion don’t exist

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said Thursday that Capitol Police did not maintain records of who visited the governor’s mansion prior to the filing of an open records requests by a liberal advocacy group.

One Wisconsin Now asked in April for copies of the visitor log dating back to Nov. 5, the day after Walker won re-election. The group wanted to see who Walker was meeting with as he mulled entering the presidential race, a step he took in July.

Walker’s administration on Wednesday released visitor logs between April 8 and Aug. 26, but not those from Nov. 5 to April 7, as requested.

In an email to One Wisconsin Now sent Thursday, Walker attorney Elisabeth Winterhack said the visitor logs are transitory and not required under the law to be kept beyond the next day. She said Capitol Police happened to have the logs going back to early April so those were provided, but nothing earlier than that exists.

“Their own behavior in retaining months of these records belies their own ridiculous argument,” said One Wisconsin Now director Scot Ross.

Walker’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email asking for details on why the records through Aug. 26 that were turned over to One Wisconsin Now had been kept, or whether such logs are currently being retained.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, said the records fall under a section of state government’s open records retention rules that call for “Calendars, schedules, diaries and/or meeting logs used to document meetings and appointments” to be retained for three years and then archived.

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Walker administration has no records of short-order cook

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has no records to back up an example he and Republicans have cited as necessitating overhauling the state’s civil service hiring process.

Walker has frequently said a short-order cook performed well enough on the state’s civil service exam to be interviewed for a financial examiner job, which he did not get.

But Walker administration spokesman Cullen Werwie says in an email to The Associated Press sent Wednesday there is no resume on file of the short-order cook. He says disclosure of the person’s prior work experience could have been made in a number of ways may not result in a releasable record.

The Assembly passed a bill Tuesday doing away with the exams as part of a more broad overhaul of the state’s civil service system.

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