Local News 3/22/18

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WQOW

While the state legislature considers $100 million in school safety grants, one northern Wisconsin school district is taking safety into its own hands -- now.   In his fourth year as School Resource Officer in Hayward, it's Wes Peters' responsibility to respond to calls in all four district buildings, from fights at the middle school, to child custody concerns at the elementary school - though recently, he's had to discuss preparing for much worse.  At Peters', as well as the department's request, the school board gave their approval to have a gun safe installed in his office for quick access to his second firearm, in case of emergency.   According to authorities only Peters and the Sawyer County truancy officer would be able to access the safe and they're working out the details on securing that resource. 

WQOW News 18

The 7th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit in the so-called John Doe investigation.  The conservative John K. MacIver Institute had filed a federal suit against investigators and former state officials who were involved.  The appeals court confirmed that the group's rights were not violated under federal law.  Federal Judge John Conley had originally ruled search warrants for MacIver emails had been properly obtained as a part of the investigation into Governor Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

-Wheeler News Service

Members of the Wisconsin Assembly are scheduled to vote on three major bills today ss the regular legislative session comes to a close.  The Senate gave its approval to the 100-million dollar school safety program, a 100 dollar-a-child tax rebate and an 80-million dollar juvenile justice system overhaul Tuesday.  Senate support was bipartisan.  The Assembly is expected to vote for the measures today after giving them informal approval Wednesday – then they will be forwarded to the governor for his signature.

-Wheeler News Service

A 35-million dollar federal grant will be used to improve hunting and fishing for Wisconsin outdoors enthusiasts.  U-S Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke personally handed over the big check to state D-N-R officials Tuesday in Horicon.  The feds are handing out a series of grants worth more than one-billion dollars.  The Department of Natural Resources says the federal funding will be used to improve boat landings and piers.  It will also pay for stocking Wisconsin lakes with fish.  Plans are already made, and the D-N-R says it will start the projects quickly.

-Wheeler News Service

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