Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #3

Wheeler News Service – Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - Afternoon Summary #3

Editor on Duty: Jonathan Daniels (402) 858-4973
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Here are the headlines:

Crews have contained a Burnett County fire
Governor Walker says more time is needed to weigh options on state employee insurance
Milwaukee teacher receives $25,000 national educator award

Here are the stories:

Fire crews in Burnett County continue working on the aftermath of a blaze that burned about 600 acres. The fire near Grantsburg, where a planned burn area went beyond the allotted 500 acres. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say crews are now working on hot spots and securing fire lines in the area. No one was reportedly injured and no structures were damaged.


Governor Scott Walker says he’s made no decision to shift state employees to a self-insured program. A committee of the state’s insurance board is scheduled to discuss the move on October 11, Governor Walker says more time will be needed to weigh all options. A report from one consultant group shows the state would save 4-to-5-percent a year on a self-insured program,


A Milwaukee teacher has received a prestigious national award for excellence in teaching. Sarah Berndt, a teacher at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, was surprised with one of this year’s Milken Educator Awards. The 35-year-old ninth-grade Spanish teacher received a 25-thousand dollar unrestricted award from the foundation that awards exceptional early to mid-career teachers with promising careers. The foundation has awarded 26-hundred teachers across the U-S since 1985.