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Trump’s ag nominee is farmer’s son

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin congressman says the late nomination of Georgia's former governor as U.S. agriculture secretary could impact local farmers. Democratic Rep. Ron Kind told Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2jfM4AA ) that the late pick could delay work on the next farm ...

Assembly GOP seeks $300M for Wisconsin roads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Assembly Republicans released the framework of a plan Thursday to plug a transportation budget shortfall that would raise taxes and fees by $300 million and cut other taxes by at least that much. The net effect would be no tax increase and hopefully more ...

Islands ice caves inaccessible

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (AP) — The National Park Service said it’s still too dangerous to explore the Apostle Islands ice caves off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior. The park service says it’s not known if or when the ice will be safe enough this season.

Vos: Wisconsin gas taxes ‘probably’ won’t rise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos conceded Wednesday that gas taxes "probably" aren't going to be increased to pay for road improvements, given Gov. Scott Walker's opposition to that approach. Vos is presiding over the largest GOP majority in the state Assembly since ...

Papermaker NCR agrees to complete Fox River cleanup

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A papermaker has agreed to shoulder the financial burden for completing cleanup work on the Fox River in a settlement, federal environmental officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced NCR Corporation has ...

Senators introduce bill to lift wolf protections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senators from three states have introduced legislation to lift federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and return responsibility for managing those populations to the states. The bill introduced Tuesday comes from senators Ron ...

Shipyard workers test positive for lead exposure

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Health officials say the majority of more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards ...

Position cuts, mission shift lead to scaled-back Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker promised to transform the state Department of Natural Resources. And he has, cutting scientists, shrinking its budget and pushing the agency to be more receptive to industry. And even more changes could be in store. Walker and Republican lawmakers, who ...

Federal agencies budget $42M to fight Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say they’ll continue efforts to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite uncertainty about what Donald Trump might propose. The Obama administration has spent over $388 million since 2010 to shield the lakes from the invasive ...

Lottery winner avoids prison in Wisconsin stalking case

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who became an instant millionaire with a winning lottery ticket has been sentenced for stalking and other charges related to his obsession with a young woman who rejected his advances. Douglas P. Miron, 50, was sentenced on Tuesday to a year in jail ...

Walker proposes cutting tuition for UW undergraduates

MADISON, Wis. (AP)  — Gov. Scott Walker promised in his State of the State address to cut tuition for all in-state University of Wisconsin undergraduates, even after the head of the multi-campus system called for him to end a four-year freeze. Walker’s surprise, new promise to cut ...

Wildlife center draws complaints

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental protection organization is alleging deficiencies at a federal wildlife center in Madison and calling for increased oversight. A spokeswoman from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said public records obtained by the Maryland-based ...

Ex-DNR leaders urge Walker not to split agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretaries are urging Gov. Scott Walker and legislators to reject a proposal to divide the agency and scatter its responsibilities across state government. Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow has proposed placing wildlife ...

Walker emphasizes workforce development in State of the State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker declared in his seventh State of the State address Tuesday that workforce development will be his top priority going forward, a shift that comes after he failed to fulfill his signature job-creation promise and as he considers seeking a third ...

Bumblebee declared as endangered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — For the first time, federal regulators are designating a bee species in the continental United States as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the rusty patched bumblebee is on the verge of extinction. The FWS said it would develop a recovery plan ...

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Bill seeks to delist Midwest wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of Congress are making another run at taking gray wolves in the upper Midwest and Wyoming off the endangered list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had tried to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the list, saying those ...

Walker shifts to workforce development after jobs promise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker declared in his seventh State of the State address Tuesday that workforce development will be his top priority going forward, a shift that comes after he failed to fulfill his signature job-creation promise and as he considers seeking a third ...

Write-in candidate seeks to shake up superintendent race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Racine high school teacher who said Monday he has nothing to lose is mounting a longshot, write-in candidacy for Wisconsin state superintendent, positioning himself as the most liberal of the four candidates in the race. Rick Melcher said he's fed up with how Gov. ...

In Wisconsin, signs of GOP softening on medical marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As a marijuana extract used to treat seizures becomes more widely embraced, even by former Republican opponents, the conversation in Wisconsin is shifting to whether the time is right to approve medical marijuana. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters last week he ...

Snowmobiler goes through ice

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 42-year-old man is dead after his snowmobile went through the ice in western Wisconsin. The Barron County Sheriff's Department says crews pulled the body of Todd Kane of Rice Lake from the water Saturday. Deputies went to Kane's home after ...