JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Emergency management officials expect the northbound lane of Interstate 39/90 to remain closed for most of the day as crews clean up a chemical spill that happened last night during a crash.
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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Six candidates are seeking a seat on the Janesville City Council in the April 7 election. Four seats will be filled.
The candidates are incumbents Sam Liebert and Douglas Marklein and the newcomers are Kay Deupree, Bill McCoy, Carol Tidwell and Paul Williams. Below, the candidates answered questions posed to them by the Janesville Messenger.
JANESVILLE -- The northbound lanes of Interstate 39/90 near Janesville are closed following the crash of a truck carrying hazardous chemicals.
Lanes are closed between Racine Street near St. Mary's Hospital and U.S. Highway 14 near the Holiday Inn Express.
JANESVILLE -- Michael Haakenson and David O’Leary are vying for the position of Branch 5 Rock County Circuit Court judge in the April 7 election. The seat is up for election after Judge Kenneth Forbeck declined to run for re-election.
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Haakenson works as the Rock County Family Court commissioner. Before working as the family court commissioner, Haakenson was a private practice attorney for about 20 years.
O’Leary serves as the Rock County district attorney. O’Leary has been elected district attorney eight times and is the longest serving district attorney in the history of Rock County. He was first elected to the position during the 1997-’98 election.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- At the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Milton Avenue in Janesville, Oliver the cat regularly greets customers from his perch on bags of birdseed, takes the occasional nap and even contributes a column to the store’s newsletter.
“Oliver’s Twist” is the name of the column written from a cat’s perspective, said Marty Wacha, who owns and operates the store with his wife, Mary.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Charles Stevenson probably never thought that a trip to the Grand Canyon would yield an unearthly find.
The Janesville resident purchased a small meteorite from a gift shop located near the national landmark, and then obtained a second meteorite from a professor at the University of Arizona when he went to have the first one authenticated.
It's commonly referred to as the Right-to-Work legislation, but it could just as easily be called a Union Dues Opt-Out bill. Such is the way two opposing sides attempt to use language to sway public opinion.
The Wisconsin Legislature began work last week on the bill that would prevent private-sector unions from entering into contracts that require employees to join a union as a condition of employment.
MESSENGER -- The Affordable Care Act, intended to allow more people to afford health insurance, has been in effect for a year now. But too often, people mistakenly think of the ACA as a universal health insurance plan that makes free clinics unnecessary.
"For many individuals who get insurance and start to pay their premiums, one broken arm and a trip to the hospital can have people incurring expensive medical bills," said Jean Randles, executive director of HealthNet, a free medical clinic serving Rock County. "Under the ACA, we’re seeing more individuals making an attempt to pay their health insurance premium, but then life gets in the way. Their car needs repairs, for example, and the deductibles and co-pays are too expensive, so they have to make decisions about which bills to pay."
Gov. Scott Walker evidently has embarked on the long road to the White House, and like it or not, the state of Wisconsin will bear the effects. Whether he continues to do what is best for Wisconsin or what is best for his presidential aspirations already has been called into question.
Early indications show he is off to a strong start on the campaign trail. He has led polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and currently ranks at or near the top in several recent surveys of GOP voters.
DELAVAN -- Mark and Brett Stinebrink remember many lessons they learned from their father when they first started in the grocery business.
"Keep the store full, keep it clean and do anything for our customers," said Brett as he outlined three things his dad stressed as keys to success. "And he meant anything."