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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.

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.

Take a look.

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.

No-peanut zones at the ballpark

Topics talked about on WISN

Last Monday night, when the Milwaukee Brewers opened a 4-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis, Busch Stadium offered what could be a baseball promotion first……designating an entire section a peanut-free zone. Only fans with peanut allergies and their families were allowed in Section 328 in the outfiled down the first base line, just behind the foul pole.

Peanut-free zones at the ballpark was a topic on my program Friday as I filled in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN. Comments ran the gamut.

Some viewed the promotion as a wonderful, thoughtful idea. Others wondered where you draw the line on special accommodations for fans.

Several callers made the valid argument that parents are taking a serious risk bringing their peanut allergy suffering kids to the stadium because in order to get to their seats, they have to pass many areas where peanuts are still being sold, consumed, and dropped on the ground.

Here are more details.from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Green Bay Packers play the Buccaneers...

In Tampa Bay on Sunday, September 28th.

Hmmmm......

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