local • 3A, 5A, 8A
Professor to battle firing
A tenured UW-Whitewater professor who was dismissed last week by the UW System Board of Regents plans to seek a judicial review of the decision in Walworth County Court. Chris Henige was hired to teach art history at UW-W in 2001 and received tenure in 2007. The UW regents voted Feb. 8 to uphold a decision by the Personnel Matters Review Committee to dismiss the associate professor. Henige’s case stems from a complaint from Robert Mertens, interim dean of the College of Arts and Communication, who sought Henige’s dismissal “for harassing and bullying behaviors.”
state • 2A
Assembly OKs wetlands bill
Republicans moved closer Thursday to relaxing wetland regulations, passing a contentious bill that would allow builders to fill certain marshes and bogs without a permit through the Assembly. The chamber passed the bill 58-39, sending it on to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday. Passage is all but certain. From there the bill would go to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.
nation/world • 6B
A pivotal battle for Paul Ryan?
Immigration legislation fared poorly in the Senate, and it’s not looking any easier in the more conservative House where it is being framed as another test of the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan and other House GOP leaders are scrambling to find enough GOP votes to pass a measure that’s even more restrictive than a proposal by President Donald Trump that flopped spectacularly in the Senate on Thursday.