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Western Wisconsin Sees Meth Abuse Increase

Western Wisconsin has seen a large increase in meth-amphetamine abuse, as a purer form of the drug rolls in from Minneapolis-Saint Paul.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said the number of meth cases seen by the Wisconsin crime labs tripled over a seven-year period ending in 2014.  Last year, the labs processed 920 meth cases.  Most are concentrated in western areas of the state closest to the Twin Cities.  Several years ago, Wisconsin clamped down on home-made meth by forcing buyers of cold medicines like Sudafed to show photo I-D's to buy the drug -- and to limit their purchases among stores.  Meanwhile, Mexican drug cartels have reportedly shipped in a purer form of meth, in larger supplies. Eau Claire County drug court coordinator Pat Isenberger told the Star Tribune that meth prices appear to have fallen -- and the drug is relatively easy to find. In 2010, just two out of 30 drug court participants were meth users.  It's up to 12 people now.  Eau Claire County has established a committee of law enforcement, human service officials, and drug counselors to study the growing trend. Read more...

UW-System Budget Proposal On "Life Support?"

The Wisconsin Assembly's finance co-chair says the governor's budget proposal to give the U-W System autonomy from state oversight appears to be on life-support.  Assemblyman John Nygren said today he's not convinced that the university Regents would make major changes with the autonomy that's been long-discussed.  G-O-P Governor Scott Walker offered to grant that autonomy, in exchange for a 300-million dollar cut in state funding for the U-W System over the next two years.  U-W Eau Claire has already announced an early-retirement-style system to reduce its employment ranks in the wake of the proposed funding cut.  Other schools said they would have to scale back programs as well.  A top aide to Senator Steve Nass of Whitewater, a long-time critic of the U-W, said the Walker plan is in "great jeopardy."  Mike Mikalsen tells the A-P that Nass will Walker and the U-W "one last chance to make the case" for the changes.  Read more...

Lone Act 10 Legal Challenge In Limbo

One legal challenge remains to Wisconsin's Act-10 public union bargaining limits -- and the plaintiffs' argument is similar to what the State Supreme Court rejected yesterday. Read more...

Speaker Sees Problem With Voter ID Enforcement

If the federal courts restore Wisconsin's voter I-D law, the state Assembly Speaker says there might be a problem with enforcing it. Read more...

WI State Fair Opens Today

The Wisconsin State Fair opens this morning in West Allis. Read more...

Journal Communications Ownership Change

There's a major ownership change involving Wisconsin's largest media company. Read more...

State Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law

The State Supreme Court has upheld Wisconsin's photo I-D law for voting -- but it won't be reinstated unless the federal courts also give their blessing. Read more...

State Supreme Court Upholds Act 10

Wisconsin public school and local government employees were dealt a blow this morning by the State Supreme Court. Read more...

State Supreme Court Upholds Domestic Partner Registry

the Supreme Court upheld the state's domestic partner registry which gives same-sex couples about 40-percent of the legal benefits of married couples. Read more...

Osseo Man Injured In Transmission Line Accident

A western Wisconsin man was injured and a Twin Cities man died in a power line construction accident in south central Minnesota. Read more...