Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Scott Walker calls for special meeting of WEDC board following scathing audit: Gov. Scott Walker has scheduled an emergency meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for Wednesday in the wake of a scathing audit released last week detailing serious problems at the state’s flagship jobs agency.
Madison teachers want to keep union alive with another contract extension: Madison teachers want to bargain another post-Act 10 labor contract to extend the life of their union through at least June 30, 2015. They would do so with a new superintendent across the bargaining table. The Madison Teachers Inc. union filed April 24 for new negotiations as state officials continued to push for a speedy Supreme Court decision closing the door on such contract extensions.
Governor's budget includes possible future Medicaid cuts for children, report says: Proposed state Medicaid cuts that would cause 29,000 children to lose coverage, dropped during negotiations with federal officials last year, are resurrected in Gov. Scott Walker’s pending 2013-2015 budget, a new report says. The state doesn’t plan to make the cuts in 2013-2015, but the changes would be written into the statutes for possible implementation once allowed under federal health reform, according to the report by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
Odd coalition opposes Wisconsin bill limiting junk food purchases for food stamp users: An odd coalition of advocates for the needy, local retailers and big corporations is opposing a fast-moving bill limiting junk food for food stamp recipients. The bill on Wisconsin's FoodShare program comes before the state on Tuesday in the Assembly, where it is expected to pass despite the unusual opposition.
UW-Madison gets $9.9 million to help make dairy industry greener: Researchers from UW-Madison will lead a study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at making the dairy industry greener by finding climate solutions such as the reduction of greenhouse gases. UW is receiving $9.9 million over five years for the climate research study, which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes will help the country sustain its agricultural prowess by keeping up with climate changes.
UW student still in running on Jeopardy!: University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Julia Sprangers finished second out of three contestants on Monday's episode of the Jeopardy! College Championships. Because she did not win her quarterfinal match, she does not get an automatic spot in teh semifinals. But she is still in the running for a at-large spot in the semifinals based on her dollar total, which was $16,400. She is currently an economics and Spanish major at UW-Madison.
State DNR says wolf population still stable after hunt: Wisconsin's first wolf hunt didn't make much of a dent in the overall population, according to estimates state wildlife officials released Monday. The Department of Natural Resources' late-winter count shows the state's wolf population may have slightly declined but remains relatively stable. The numbers could lead to higher kill limits this year as debate stretches on over whether wolves should be hunted at all.
Paul Soglin asks managers to identify cuts for 2014 capital budget: Once again, Mayor Paul Soglin is asking city managers to identify possible cuts to help tame capital spending and borrowing. Soglin, in a message Monday to managers and the City Council, asked agencies to limit borrowing to the sums laid out for 2014 in the city’s six-year Capital Improvement Plan.