Wisconsin News Briefs

Pavement Buckles Rise with Summer Temperatures

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is reminding motorists to be alert of pavement buckles as hot temperatures continue over the next several days. The recent heat wave increases the possibility of pavement buckles.

Pavement buckling occurs when slabs of pavement expand and push against one another. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips. Watch the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) animation on pavement buckles.

While it’s difficult to predict if, or where, buckling may occur, WisDOT offers these tips:

Slow down, buckle up and focus your full attention on the roadway.

Watch for slowing traffic and be ready to move over for all roadside workers, including highway crews as they repair damaged pavement.

Before your trip, check 511wi.gov for the latest information on any incidents or delays. Live video feeds are now available via the 511 Wisconsin traffic cameras.

If necessary, report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.

Wisconsin Department of Justice Announces Mallinckrodt to Pay $230 Million Agreement in Underpayment of Medicaid Drug Rebates Lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Wisconsin has joined with 49 other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC (formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of the Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt plc (collectively Mallinckrodt), which sells and markets pharmaceutical products throughout the nation. The total value of the agreement is $233,707,865.18, plus interest, to be paid over a period of seven years. Of this amount, Wisconsin will receive $1,391,803.20, plus applicable interest.

Ald. Zamarripa introduces Supporting Women’s Reproductive Freedom

Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa has introduced legislation would place the City of Milwaukee in support of women’s reproductive rights. File #220273 directs the Department of Administration – Intergovernmental Relations Division to lobby for repeal of s. 940.04, Wis. Stats., which bans abortion. The file is co-sponsored by Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers earlier this month signed an executive order requiring the state Legislature to meet in special session on June 22 with the intent of overturning the 1849 state law. If the United States Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 173-year-old state law that would take effect would criminalize doctors for providing abortion services.

Wisconsin Center District Names Nila Tuckson Vice President of Human Resources

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) has named Nila Tuckson the new Vice President of Human Resources, effective June 20, 2022. The WCD owns and operates the Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theatre, and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and will open an expansion of the convention center in 2024.

Before joining the WCD, Tuckson served as Vice President of Human Resources at St. Louis/America’s Center Complex. She holds extensive experience working in the hospitality industry. Tuckson has a master’s degree in management and leadership and a master’s degree in HR management from Webster University, as well as a bachelor of business administration degree from Fontbonne University.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to build on what Marty and his team have already started,” said Tuckson. “For me, it wasn’t just about the job. In addition to joining a group with so much exciting opportunity ahead.”