Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Bounty hunting, investigative journalism will see veto pen: Matthew DeFour writes in the Wisconsin State Journal: "Republican Gov. Scott Walker planned to sign the $70 billion 2013-15 state budget Sunday in Pleasant Prairie, using his veto pen to remove or partially remove 57 items, up from 50 in the previous budget. Among the vetoes, Walker will eliminate a provision that would have legalized private bail bond agents in five counties. He vetoed a more expansive proposal in the 2011-13 budget. ... He also will delete a clause added by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee that would have booted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW-Madison campus and prohibited faculty from collaborating with it."
Investigative journalism group responds: Andy Hall, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, writes to thank Walker for the veto. "The effort by an unnamed lawmaker or lawmakers to end the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s award-winning relationship with the University of Wisconsin, however, tells us that our reporting is making a difference."
UW System broadband move slammed: Patrick Simonaitis of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "State school officials are raising concerns about the University of Wisconsin System decision to withdraw a contract offer to an Internet provider for state campuses, public schools and libraries, saying the move could result in higher costs and less service for public institutions."
Heavy patrolling of waterways expected: Kathleen Foody writes for Gannett Wisconsin Media: "Expect to see law enforcement stepping up its presence this week along Wisconsin’s busiest waterways. State and local laws are strictly enforced on the state’s most popular lakes and rivers, especially around major holidays such as July 4 when boat traffic can increase dramatically, a Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team review of law enforcement records since 2002 showed."
Plans in place to avoid doctor shortage: Larry Avila of the Appleton Post-Crescent writes: "With a growing elderly population and the impending federal mandate that will create a pool of newly insured people by January, a shortage of doctors is the last thing the state’s health care industry can afford. After the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported in late 2011 that Wisconsin had to attract or retain at least 100 physicians annually for the next 20 years — beginning in 2015 — to avoid a physician shortage in 2030, the state’s medical community and health care systems sought ways to curb the potential shortfall."