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News from around Wisconsin (9:21 p.m. 1/31/10)

UWSP smoking ban on hold

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A proposal to make the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus entirely smoke free is on hold because of enforcement questions.

The resolution calls for “all UWSP buildings, grounds, functions and operations” to be completely smoke free by July 5 — the same day Wisconsin’s indoor smoking ban goes into effect.

University Affairs Committee Gerry Ring said the committee had the same questions surrounding a similar proposal in 2008 before the Faculty Senate. Those questions included issues such as enforcement, penalties and whether such a ban would infringe on students’ rights.

Environmental health and safety officer Dick Bartos tells the Stevens Point Journal the proposal would likely be put on the back burner until summer.

Information from: Stevens Point Journal, http://www.stevenspointjournal.com

Wis. DNR offers youth ice fishing classes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say they can help your kids beat cabin fever. The cure: ice fishing lessons.

The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold its 19th annual children’s ice fishing clinics on park ponds and lagoons around Milwaukee and Waukesha counties on Saturday, Feb. 6. Agency officials said the clinics are a great way to introduce youths to the sport.

The clinics are free. Kids learn about ice safety and fishing techniques. Equipment and snacks will be provided.

Each clinic starts on the hour and lasts about 45 minutes. Classroom instruction will take place regardless of the weather and ice conditions.

Clinic locations are available at http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id(equal sign)1558.

Bill would establish standards for honey in Wis.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Standards for selling honey in Wisconsin would be established under a bill making its way through the Legislature.

The proposal would prohibit labeling a product as honey unless it meets certain standards established by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

The Assembly passed the bill last week and it now heads to the Senate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Peter Barca, a Democrat from Kenosha, says there is a growing problem of products being marketed and sold as honey even though they contain little or no actual honey.

Barca says the idea for the bill came from Tim Fulton, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association. Wisconsin’s bill is part of an initiative by the honey industry to institute national standards.

Judge delays trial in Wis. assisted suicide case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For a second time, a judge has delayed the trial of a Wisconsin prison inmate charged with assisting in the suicide of his cellmate.

Dodge County Judge Andrew Bissonnette canceled a Feb. 10 trial for Joshua Walters and rescheduled the case for June 8.

Walters is accused of helping Adam Peterson hang himself in their cell at the Dodge Correctional Institute last year. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bissonnette this week ordered authorities to turn over Peterson’s mental health treatment records. Walters’ defense lawyer wants them to bolster his argument that Peterson was suicidal and didn’t need help.

The case had been scheduled for trial last October but was delayed at the defense’s request.

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