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Wisconsin investment officer gets biggest bonus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Chief Investment Officer David Villa is receiving the largest bonus out of the $13.3 million being awarded the state's pension fund managers as a reward for strong investment returns.

The bonuses approved by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board are 66 percent higher than the $8 million awarded last year. The board announced the overall bonuses on Friday and released the individual amounts Wednesday.

Villa will receive a $660,000 bonus this year. That compares with the nearly $421,000 he got last year.

The board manages more than $104 billion in assets, most of which is in the Wisconsin Retirement System.

The board says over the past five years the staff's investment performance above market returns has added $2.65 billion to the retirement system, which benefits more than 590,000 people.


Sponsors: Governor has signed police probe bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires Wisconsin police departments to use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths.

The measure passed both the Assembly and Senate on voice votes earlier this year. The bill's chief sponsors, Reps. Chris Taylor and Garey Bies, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying the governor has signed the measure.

The bill comes in the wake of several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state in recent years. Supporters say it will alleviate concerns about investigators from the same department covering up their friends' misconduct.

Smaller departments routinely rely on outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths. But the state's two biggest departments, Madison and Milwaukee, investigate their own officers.


WMC: Governor has signed phosphorus bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's largest business group says Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would give wastewater plants, paper mills and food processors up to 20 years to comply with the state's phosphorus limits.

The Department of Natural Resources imposed sweeping restrictions on phosphorus discharge in 2010. Municipalities and manufacturers contend they'll have to spend millions of dollars on upgrades to meet the limits, driving up rates.

The Republican bill calls for asking federal officials to approve a statewide exemption from the rules. That would allow dischargers to ask the state for up to four five-year exemptions. Each exemption would carry a progressively tougher discharge limit.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce released a statement Wednesday saying Walker has signed the bill.


Wisconsin facing $700M transportation shortfall

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017.

The Janesville Gazette reports Walker was in Rock County on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

The Republican governor says a project to widen Interstate 90 from the Illinois border to Madison is still a priority despite the projected shortfall.

But Department of Transportation Secretary Matt Gottlieb says it is possible the $950 million project could be delayed if funding isn't found soon.

Walker called the current method of relying on gas taxes for revenue unsustainable because cars are becoming more fuel efficient. He says his administration is looking at tax reforms to fund the department going forward.


2 killed, 1 injured in Waukesha County crash

WALES, Wis. (AP) - Two people have died in a highway crash in Waukesha County.

Sheriff's authorities say a Waukesha woman and a Milwaukee man, both 23, were killed when their car crossed the center line on Highway 83 near Wales and hit another vehicle about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the other vehicle suffered multiple injuries.


Purdue shooting suspect seeks to drop lawyer

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A judge has turned down a request from the man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student during a classroom attack that he be allowed to fire his defense attorney and represent himself in court.

Defense lawyer Robert Gevers wrote in a motion that 23-year-old Cody Cousins no longer wants his representation but didn't give details.

The Journal & Courier reports Tippecanoe County Judge Thomas Busch on Tuesday denied Gevers' motion to withdraw, ruling it didn't meet the criteria for such action.

Cousins faces a murder charge for the January shooting and stabbing death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

Police and prosecutors haven't indicated a possible motive for the attack.


Waukesha doctor charged in police chase

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Waukesha doctor is charged with attacking her estranged husband and leading police on a chase before she was shocked with a stun gun and arrested.

A criminal complaint says 49-year-old Jan Doenier violated a court order to stay away from the family's Town of Delafield residence Monday night and struck her husband. She denied vandalizing his truck.

The complaint says she drove by a squad car with her lights off and officers gave chase. Authorities say she drove 60 mph toward a police blockage and forced officers to run to safety. Doenier was eventually arrested at the Country Springs Hotel where officers say she refused their commands, so they used a stun gun to take her into custody.

The Waukesha Freeman says Doenier is being held on $50,000 cash bail.


Drug unit says 2 meth operations busted

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - The Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit says it's busted a couple of methamphetamine manufacturing operations with the arrest of two men.

A 33-year-old St. Nazianz man and a 29-year-old Kiel (keel) area man are accused of making meth after buying pseudoephedrine products from area pharmacies.

Drug investigators say waste products from the meth manufacturing were dumped in the St. Nazianz village wastewater system and could be the reason for recent water testing issues.


NCAA puts Wisconsin college on probation over aid

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The NCAA says it is placing a Wisconsin college on probation for one year after determining its head football coach arranged scholarships for players in violation of the organization's rules.

The NCAA said Wednesday that University of Wisconsin-River Falls' probation period would begin immediately.

The Division III school also will undergo a review from the NCAA Committee on Financial Aid and an outside audit of athletic employment and scholarship practices.

The NCAA says an internal review done by the university found NCAA violations in regard to the awarding of seven scholarships over four years. Students received thousands of dollars in impermissible aid.

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