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Janesville group concerned interstate project may be cut in budget discussion

A Janesville group says it's concerned an expansion of the interstate may get axed this week in the budget.

Lawmakers are still wrestling with how to fund roads, but they have said they are considering cutting back on road projects to cut the total amount the state borrows.

A Janesville business group said any cuts could jeopardize a major road project.

In an email sent Thursday, Forward Janesville asked their members to contact lawmakers saying that the Interstate 39/90 expansion from the state line to Madison could be in jeopardy.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget borrows more than a billion dollars to build roads, which lawmakers do not support.

After a groundbreaking in Portage Thursday, Walker would not say whether he’d support cutting projects.

Janesville opens opportunities to microbreweries downtown

New developments are coming to Janesville's downtown in the form of a favorite Wisconsin beverage. Janesville is about to welcome its first downtown microbrewery.

John Rocco has helped supply people with the tools to make their own brews for years.

"It was a no-brainer in my opinion," said Rocco, owner of Farmhouse Brewing Supply in Janesville.

What started out as a brewing store in his basement has turned into a shop that sends hops all over the world.

"When we opened it I had no idea there was so much of a demand as there is in this area, for this type of shop," Rocco said.

Now Rocco and his three business partners are looking to achieve the same success in a new business venture by opening the Rock County Brewing Company, a microbrewery specializing in small batches of specialty beers.

"When you bring something special and a little different than the norm, I think people will easily come around," business partner Andy Walker said.

Edgewood wins boys golf regional

Ben Gilles shot the low round of the day with 76 to lead the Edgewood boys golf team to the win at the WIAA Division Two boys regional golf tournament at Geneva National  in Lake Geneva Tuesday.

The Crusaders won the team competition with a team total of 320. McFarland was second at 330. The Spartans Jackson Eversoll was second overall with 77.

Edgerton and Monroe also qualified their teams for the sectional by finishing third and fourth.

The Division One regional at Pleasant View in Middleton was postponed until Wednesday because of heavy rains Tuesday morning.

Also in Division One at Krueger-Haskell in Beloit, Badger wom the team title with 332. Beloit Memorial was second with 336. Janesville Parker and Milton also qualfied for sectionals. Parker's Jonathon Milner was the medalist with 76.

Teachers, students size up new civics test requirement

Last week, the state budget committee approved a new test that requires high schoolers to pass a civics exam, in order to graduate. While some students may look at it as just another test, their teachers have other concerns.

Lyman Elliott has been teaching students at Beloit Memorial High School history and government for the last nine years.

"Citizenship education and the civic mission of schools is already happening. I feel that to put just this test into it will reduce, it is kind of a reductionist approach to education. It’s a narrow definition of what it means to be a citizen," said Lyman Elliott, NBCT, social studies teacher at Beloit Memorial.

Under a proposal by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, students' high school diplomas could depend on how well they paid attention in civics class.

Teachers, students size up new civics test requirement

Last week, the state budget committee approved a new test that requires high schoolers to pass a civics exam, in order to graduate. While some students may look at it as just another test, their teachers have other concerns.
Velena Jones reports.

28 years in prison for man who assaulted boy in garage

A Janesville man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 40 years, including extended supervision, for repeated sexual assault of a child.

Judge Richard Werner sentenced Kenneth K. Kimpel, 49, to 28 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision for assaulting a boy beginning in 2013. He sexually assaulted the child in his garage.

A jury found Kimpel guilty of repeated sexual assault of the same child, which includes a modifier of at least three violations of first- or second-degree sexual assault, and child enticement/sexual contact. When Kimpel was found guilty in March, he tried to swallow a bottle of pills in court.

Prosecutors had asked for an additional three years on Kimpel's sentence, which were not granted.

Police said Kimpel knew the juvenile victim for several months before the assault.

8 a.m. traffic stop leads to 4th OWI charge

A Janesville man was charged with fourth-offense drunken driving after a traffic stop at 8 a.m. Monday, officials said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said a sergeant deputy ran a DOT check on the registration plate of a vehicle traveling on Highway 59 and Salisbury Road in Lima Township at about 8 a.m. and the registered owner came back with a revoked driving status.

The sergeant stopped 38-year-old Isidoro Flores-Ramos and detected an odor of intoxicants on Flores-Ramos’s breath as he made contact with him, the sheriff's office said.

Flores-Ramos reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, operating while revoked and no proof of insurance.

Flores-Ramos was taken to the Rock County Jail, where he was held for a court appearance on Tuesday, according to the report.