Lakeshore communities could be marine sanctuaries
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - Lakeshore communities from Two Rivers to Port Washington will able to apply for marine-sanctuary status, which could lead to protections for natural resources and improved research on shipwrecks.
An HTR Media report (http://htrne.ws/1lrd3Ix ) says the 875-square-mile area encompasses 33 known shipwrecks and countless others.
Sanctuaries are established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Agency spokeswoman Ellen Brody says she expects the first applications to begin arriving in the fall.
Manitowoc County officials plan to be among those applying. They say a sanctuary will spur tourism and provide educational benefits.
The only Great Lakes sanctuary to date is Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. Brody says its visitor center attracts more than 80,000 people per year.
Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan from Milwaukee.
With waves 10 feet high, the man was plucked from the water and pulled into a helicopter Monday, two hours after the Coast Guard received a distress signal.
The Coast Guard says the 31-year-old man was suffering from "extreme seasickness" when he was discovered 30 miles from the Muskegon shore in western Michigan. His trip across the lake had started Saturday in Milwaukee.
The Muskegon Chronicle identified the kayaker as Matthew Frymire of Grand Haven Township.
The helicopter pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, says the personal emergency beacon had a "huge role." It made it easier for the Coast Guard to find him.
Minnesota student remains in coma after long fall
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Minnesota State University student remains in a coma in Milwaukee, weeks after he fell from a parking ramp after a night of drinking.
A Mankato Free Press report (http://bit.ly/1B9buTv ) says heartbroken family and friends are still trying to piece together the circumstances of that night.
Giovanni Quiroz of North Mankato, Minnesota, was drinking in Milwaukee on Aug. 16. He became separated from friends and didn't have his phone to contact them.
His friends waited for 30 minutes and then went to a friend's place, figuring Quiroz would join them. Instead they learned he'd fallen off a parking ramp about two blocks away.
Friends say an unknown person has since been using Quiroz's phone to upload video and photos. His family says they just wish they could figure out what happened.
SUSPECTED ROBBER KILLED
Alleged robber killed after victim opens fire
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say an armed robber who accosted a group of victims has died after one of the victims opened fire with a handgun.
Police say the shooting happened Monday about 5:30 a.m.
Authorities say the robber was one of four people who tried to rob the victims. One victim pulled out a handgun and fired, killing the suspect. The other three suspects fled.
Police say several arrests have been made. It wasn't immediately clear whether the shooter was among those arrested. Authorities are still working to identify the person who died.
The police department says the alleged thieves may have been involved in several other recent robberies.
In Milwaukee, Obama speaks of economic opportunity
MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama was back in Milwaukee for Labor Day, where he spoke of economic opportunity at LaborFest 2014.
Obama touched on topics of equal pay for women and a higher minimum wage. He says, "I'm not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for American workers."
Obama arrived at the airport Monday at 1 p.m. He was greeted by Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and others.
Obama recalled visiting LaborFest as a candidate in 2008. He also remembered visiting Wisconsin Dells with his wife and two daughters.
In a 30-minute speech, Obama urged the crowd of about 6,000 not to grow frustrated with Republican obstructionism in Congress. He counseled them to be persistent, saying that's the same strategy he used to get Michelle to marry him.
Obama promoting economic gains as elections near
MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama says he'll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife - never taking no for an answer.
Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, "engines are revving a little louder" in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago.
Now, he says, quote, "America deserves a raise." He promises his administration will keep pushing for one.
He adds that if Republicans gain control of Congress after November's elections, they will hurt the chances for a higher federal minimum wage.
The president cracked that the struggle resembles his hard sell when Michelle agreed to marry him. Obama says, quote, "I just wore her down."
Man charged after girl eats pot-laced chocolate
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) - A Chippewa Falls man whose daughter was sickened after eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar faces three criminal charges.
A Chippewa Herald report (http://bit.ly/1qZmhMx ) says 38-year-old Jason N. Hetke is charged with felony second-degree reckless endangerment. He's also charged with two misdemeanors - child neglect and possession of marijuana.
Prosecutors say the girl seemed intoxicated in school after eating an entire marijuana chocolate bar from Colorado. A school official and police officer were barely able to detect a pulse.
They found a wrapper in her pocket that said the bar contained 22½ doses of marijuana. The wrapper said the product was, "Extremely potent. Do not eat all at once."
She said she found the bar in her father's dresser drawer.
Online court records didn't list an attorney for Hetke on Monday.
Wisconsin governor skirts touchy casino decision
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has made a reputation for his willingness to take on difficult political issues.
But he's delayed a decision on one of the hottest questions for voters in densely populated southeastern Wisconsin: Will he approve the Menominee Nation's plans for a casino in Kenosha?
Walker has pushed the decision deadline back to February, well after the November election. But the issue is heating up - another tribe with a casino has refused to give the state its annual revenue-sharing payment out of concerns a new facility would hurt its business.
Walker's Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, says she'd approve the new casino if it means more jobs. Walker says a decision with such economic importance shouldn't be made on the campaign trail.
GREEN BAY-PUPPY LITTERS
Green Bay measure would crack down on dog brokers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay officials are considering a measure that would only allow dog owners to keep puppy litters if the mother dog lives there too.
A Press-Gazette Media report (http://gbpg.net/W1OPZO ) says the goal is to prevent pet brokers from stockpiling hordes of animals, which can end up confined in unsanitary conditions.
City officials say some brokers buy dozens of dogs online and house them in unhealthy conditions. Current law lets homeowners keep puppy litters for eight weeks, but it doesn't specify that the puppies have to have been born there.
City Alderman Joe Moore says he proposed the measure because brokers were abusing that loophole.
But at least one dog owner worries that the measure would make it harder to find new homes for stray animals.
Man who was fatally shot in Madison is identified
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Madison man who was shot and killed at a party on the city's south side over the weekend has been identified as 25-year-old Darren J. Goodwan.
The Dane County medical examiner's office released his name in a statement late Sunday. Preliminary autopsy results say the death was homicide by gunfire, but the statement doesn't say where he was shot or how many times.
Goodwan was shot in the early morning hours Saturday. Madison police found him lying in the street with gunshot wounds, and a crowd of people at the scene. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Madison Police Lt. Amy Schwartz tells the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1qiXK4Y ) no arrests had been made as of late Sunday.
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