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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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A total disregard for human life: UPDATE

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On Friday, while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I updated a disturbing story I first discussed one year ago. A woman was stabbed to death inside a Wichita surveillance store in June of 2007. As she lay on the floor bleeding, other shoppers ignored her. One took a cell phone out and snapped a picture of her on the floor.

LaShanda Callaway’s attacker, Cherish McCullough was found guilty last week of first degree murder. Apathy inside the convenience store is a clear example of a disgusting societal trend: a blatant disregard for human life.

The Wichita Eagle gave this story outstanding coverage:

The verdict.

A column on the loss of civility.

The murder caught on video.

Here's raw video of the murder. (Caution: Scenes might be difficult to watch)

If you missed Friday’s broadcast, here‘s the WISN podcast. The 4:00 hour features the convenience store murder. I discuss the city of Franklin’s victory in the Steve Hanke case in the 3:00 hour. The podcast will be available until 6:00 pm Monday.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

Last week in Kevin’s section of the Barking Lot, Dogs in the News, he linked to the story of Rocco, a beagle that was reunited with his family after FIVE YEARS.  This reunion was thanks, in part, to his microchip.

I was fortunate enough in my years of dog ownership that we never lost Sugar or Skippy even for a day.  Once in a while Sugar would manage to break free of her tether but for her that only meant walking around the front yard instead of staying in the back yard.  I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like had we lost either of them.

Almost every time I am at a grocery store or retail store I see a photo of a cat or dog with the desperate plea of “LOST.  Please call 555-8101.  Family misses Roxy very much.  Reward.”  It breaks my heart.

While having a microchip implanted in your dog can’t prevent him or her from running away, it can certainly improve the chances of getting him back.  The adoption fees at the Wisconsin Human Society include microchipping.  

You may have seen commercials for the Home Again brand of microchip, one option for your pet.

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Will you call Governor Doyle?

My friend Brian Fraley continues to push for a special legislative session to repeal Wisconsin’s minimum markup law.

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Another unattended child dies: Someone needs to be charged

A few years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I did what some might consider something unusual on that program: I read part of a press release from a Democrat legislator to praise its content.

State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) was proposing legislation aimed at people who leave children unattended in hot cars. Listeners who have heard me on WISN know this is an issue that makes me very angry, and I have zero sympathy for these individuals.

Cogg’s bill was the result of the death of little Asia Jones who died of hyperthermia after she was left for eight hours in a sweltering vehicle outside the Come and Grow with Me Learning and Arts Center in West Allis in June 2005. Temperatures inside the van may have reached 128 degrees. The driver used a typical excuse….he forgot, and escaped charges because prosecutors said there was no law under which he could be charged. Asia was two years old.

The “Asia Jones Bill” authored by Senator Spencer Coggs and Representative Tamara Grigsby who has appeared with me on Channel 10’s InterCHANGE  was approved by the Legislature and signed into law in March of 2006 by Governor Doyle. The law makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a child care provider to leave a child in a child care vehicle unattended.  Any child care professional who violates the new law can be fined up to $10,000 and imprisoned for up to nine months.  If a child dies, the person responsible is guilty of a Class G felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $25,000.

This week, a child was left in a day care van in Milwaukee for seven hours and died. As of this posting, no one’s been charged. Someone needs to be held accountable.

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