Thanksgiving Day headlines from around Wisconsin

By: AP
By: AP

WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE

No recounts in Wis. legislative races

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — None of the trailing candidates in four tight legislative races will seek a recount.

The last candidate in question, Democrat Justin Pluess, conceded defeat Wednesday to Republican incumbent Scott Krug in the 72nd Assembly District.

Republican challenger Nancy VanderMeer didn't ask for a recount by a Friday deadline in the 70th Assembly District, allowing Democratic incumbent Amy Sue Vruwink to claim victory.

Democrat Jeff Smith also didn't seek a recount by a Friday deadline in the 93rd Assembly District, which means Republican incumbent Warren Petryk will retain his seat.

Democrat Jessica King conceded defeat last week to Republican challenger Rick Gudex in the 18th Senate District.

That leaves Republicans with a 60-39 majority in the Assembly and an 18 to 15 advantage in the Senate.

AREA CODE

Wis. regulators delay new Wisconsin area code

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have again delayed implementing a new area code for northeastern Wisconsin.

The Public Service Commission in 2008 decided to give new telephone customers in the 920 area code a 274 prefix to ensure an adequate supply of numbers for the region.

The PSC had expected to implement the 274 number in 2011 but has held off. The commission says the economic slowdown has curtailed number growth and the agency has reduced new numbers it hands providers, extending 920's longevity.

Now the PSC says the 920 numbers won't be exhausted until 2017.

PALERMO'S STRIKE

Federal labor officials rule in Palermo's dispute

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal labor officials say Milwaukee based-Palermo's Pizza did not manipulate an immigration audit as retaliation for workers' efforts to form a union.

Voces de la Frontera had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The immigrant-rights group has been trying to organize workers there.

Irv Gottschalk (GOT'-chalk), head of the Milwaukee NLRB office, said Wednesday he did find merit to the group's claim that when workers went on strike June 1st they were threatened with losing their jobs. He says Palermo's has expressed interest in working out a settlement for that.

Voces' de la Frontera said they were glad for those NLRB's findings but disappointed about the other complaint. They plan to appeal to the NLRB in Washington, D.C.

Palermo's said it was a major victory that vindicates Palermo's.

FINANCE COMMITTEE-APPOINTMENTS

Wirch, Shilling named to Joint Finance Committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Democrats have appointed Senator Bob Wirch and Senator Jennifer Shilling to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the upcoming legislative session.

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson of Milwaukee made the announcement Wednesday. He says Wirch and Shilling have shown they are committed to working with fellow Democrats, Republican legislators and the governor to move Wisconsin forward.

Larson says he's looking forward to working with Wirch and Shilling to create jobs, increase economic development, and protect schools.

Wirch and Shilling are both Democrats. Wirch is from Somers, and Shilling is from La Crosse.

SISTERS KILLED

Pretrial hearing held in death of 3 Wis. sisters

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man killed his three daughters in River Falls last July in order to hurt his ex-wife.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports it's the first time authorities have revealed Aaron Schaffhausen's motive.

Schaffhausen faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. All three girls were found tucked into their beds with their throats slit.

Prosecutors offered the motive at a pretrial hearing Wednesday. Also Wednesday, a judge told Schaffhausen's attorney he has until December 14th to file a motion to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, and until December 28th to request a change of venue.

Schaffhausen faces mandatory life in prison if convicted. The judge could grant him a chance at parole, however.

NIGHT DEER HUNTING

APNewsBreak: Tribal commission OKs night deer hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A commission that oversees Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes' off-reservation rights has quietly authorized tribal hunters to hunt deer at night across most of the northern third of Wisconsin beginning Monday.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview the commission issued the authorization Wednesday.

She says the state's six Chippewa tribes must sign off but state Department of Natural Resources officials say the commission's authorization is all tribal members need.

The tribes run a deer hunt from September until early January. Erickson said the commission feels night deer hunting is justified since the state allows wolf hunters to hunt at night.

The DNR says night deer hunting is too dangerous and has asked a federal judge to block the authorization.


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