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MILWAUKEE ARCHDIOCESE-BANKRUPTCY

Wisconsin church bankruptcy plan to be put to vote

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of clergy sexual abuse are arguing over what creditors will be told before they vote on the archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization plan.

The plan the archdiocese filed in February would provide about $4 million to compensate nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley told the archdiocese's lawyers during a Thursday hearing to explain why the plan would give money to one group of victims and not others instead of letting the victims decide among themselves how the money would be divided.

That information will be included in documents sent to creditors who will vote on the plan. Kelley will consider the votes in deciding whether to approve the plan.

PROPANE SHORTAGE-WISCONSIN

Governor declares another propane emergency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has declared another propane emergency.

Midwestern states have been grappling with a propane shortage spurred by the cold winter, a temporary pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain last fall.

Walker declared an energy emergency in October that lifted hour restrictions on propane delivery drivers. In January he issued another emergency declaration allowing the state to lift road weight limits for propane trucks. That same month the federal government lifted hour restrictions for propane delivery drivers across the Midwest.

That declaration expired in mid-March. Walker issued a new executive order on Thursday declaring another energy emergency. The order lifts weight limits and hour restrictions through April 26.

The order says propane users are still struggling to fill their tanks as cold weather lingers.

WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT

Wisconsin unemployment drops to 5.9 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's unemployment is down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in March, down from 6.1 percent in February. During that time the state added 6,400 private sector jobs.

The national unemployment rate last month was 6.7 percent.

Gov. Scott Walker has cautioned against putting too much weight on the monthly data, which is subject to significant revisions and based on a survey of just 3.5 percent of Wisconsin employers.

Instead, Walker has said quarterly data based on a census of 96 percent of businesses should be used to gauge employment in the state.

TEACHER-PORN-REINSTATED

DPI won't revoke license of porn-viewing teacher

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will not revoke the license of a teacher who viewed pornographic emails at work, despite Gov. Scott Walker's request that swift action be taken to revoke the license.

Andrew Harris was fired in 2010 from his job as a teacher at a Middleton middle school after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job.

Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he returned to the classroom in January.

WISC-TV reports Thursday that DPI sent a letter this week saying that while Harris's conduct was "highly inappropriate," it does not meet the legal definition of immoral conduct as the law stood at the time.

In 2011 the law was changed to define immoral conduct.

OSHKOSH PHARMACY-DRUG CHARGES

Wisconsin pharmacy owner facing federal charges

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - An Oshkosh pharmacy owner charged with selling muscle relaxants and pain relievers on the Internet has agreed to plead guilty in federal court.

Prosecutors say Charles Schultz signed a contract with a website that distributes the drugs nationwide to customers without prescriptions. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports that Schultz made more than $235,000 from the practice since 2006.

Court documents show Schultz has agreed to plead guilty to charges of distributing controlled substances and defrauding the government. A hearing on the deal is set for April 28.

Drugs were sold through an online retailer called RX Limited, also known as AlphaNet-Trading. Court documents say Schultz received two payments from the site's bank in Hong Kong.

Schultz owned and operated pharmacies in Winnebago and Green counties.

MILWAUKEE ZOO-BABY GORILLA

Baby gorilla dies at the Milwaukee County Zoo

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A baby gorilla born less than a month ago at the Milwaukee County Zoo has died.

The gorilla, named Kassiu (KASH'-yoo), was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius.

In a statement Thursday, the officials said zookeepers reported the baby and mother appeared normal Wednesday morning. But by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother, as newborn gorillas do.

The zoo's medical staff examined the baby and gave her fluids, glucose and antibiotics. A neonatologist and pediatrician were also called in, but Kassiu died Wednesday evening.

Zoo officials say the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will perform a complete necropsy, or animal autopsy. Preliminary results are expected in a few days but a complete report might take several months.

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