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Midwest timber industry welcomes tariffs on Canadian lumber

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The upper Midwest timber industry is welcoming the Trump administration's announcement that it's imposing tariffs averaging 20 percent on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. The industry has been struggling in Minnesota and Wisconsin in recent years. ...

Proposal would allow homemade baked goods sales in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The sale of homemade baked goods in Wisconsin would be legalized under a bill being circulated in the state Senate. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. There is a pending lawsuit filed by ...

Prevailing wage bill draws fire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers out of state and further erode the middle ...

Wisconsin GOP Legislature calls redistricting ruling dangerous

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold GOP-drawn legislative boundaries, saying a ruling that found them to be unconstitutional was "dangerously" wrong. The filing comes in support of separate and ...

Tribes clash over casino expansion

BOWLER, Wis. (AP) — At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' northern Wisconsin reservation thanks to tribal assistants who do everything from shovel her snow to change her lightbulbs. But maybe ...

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This photo shows Charles Fernandez using a half of a gel capsule to collect pollen from a male plant and dips the stigma of the female flower into the capsule to complete the pollination.

Sturgeon Bay facility holds seeds for the world

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — If a repeat of the Great Potato Famine was to strike or climate change so altered the Earth that water became scarce, potato seeds from the U.S. Genebank on the outskirts of Sturgeon Bay could provide the solution to a looming food crisis. While that seems ...

Crandon man accused of crude abortion

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is accused of impregnating an underage girl and performing a crude abortion in her. The criminal complaint alleges 33-year-old Matthew J. Christianson, of Crandon, sexually assaulted five different children in Forest County of northeastern Wisconsin ...

Lawyers for man charged in killing accuse victim’s boyfriend

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of killing a Ledgeview woman say there's evidence her boyfriend was the killer. Lawyers for 39-year-old George Burch contend in a motion Friday the boyfriend had motive and opportunity to kill 31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden last May. The ...

Woodchuck hunting eyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are bringing back a bill that would establish a Wisconsin woodchuck hunting season. State Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Tom Tiffany began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Thursday. The measure would remove woodchucks from the state’s protected ...

Study forecasts spread of chronic wasting disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A study has shed light on how chronic wasting disease is spreading through Wisconsin. The student from the U.S. Geological Survey studied chronic wasting disease data from 2002 to 2014 and developed a more accurate system to predict how the fatal brain disease found in ...

Wisconsin pipeline closes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says the owner of a fuel pipeline that had served northeastern Wisconsin until it shut down in March 2016 will not be reopened. The Department of Administration said Friday that the West Shore Pipeline Company has notified the state ...

Wisconsin prepares education performance plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin education department is about to release a far-reaching school performance plan under increasing scrutiny from the Republican-controlled Legislature and threat of a lawsuit over how the plan is being created. The first draft of the plan, which is required ...

Tribe asks judge to halt Ho-Chunk casino expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes' gambling compacts with the state. The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds ...

Greenville residents concerned about unauthorized dredging

GREENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Residents of an eastern Wisconsin town are concerned they might have to pay for what county and state officials are calling unauthorized dredging. Greenville officials were aware that the town’s supervisor, Mike Woods, was going to do work on his farm to resolve ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP gives a thumbs-up Tuesday after signing an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S. while visiting Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. (AP photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Trump targets visa program he says hurts US workers

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday he said should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants. At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer ...

President Donald Trump is heading today to Kenosha, Wis.

Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to the politically important state of Wisconsin Tuesday to sign an order aimed at curbing abuses in a visa program used by technology companies that rely on high-skilled foreign workers. The order, dubbed "Buy American, Hire American," marks a ...

Walker plans to limit Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is forging ahead with plans to move more people off state BadgerCare Medicaid that include capping benefits for childless adults who aren't working, charging premiums and subjecting some to drug tests. A summary of his proposals — which require ...

Trump plans visit to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional district in Wisconsin facing low approval ratings and in the wake of his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the federal health care law. Trump is scheduled to give ...

In this photo provided by The Nature Conservancy, a male sharp-tailed grouse is shown in a courting ritual on a lake at Cross Ranch Preserve, located in central North Dakota. Wildlife biologists plan to release sharptails from Minnesota into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin in hopes of sustaining the flock.
Richard Hamilton Smith Photo

Majestic dancers: Wisconsin conducts sharp-tailed grouse transplant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The entertaining springtime ritual of male sharp-tailed grouse twirling, nodding and strutting their stuff on the prairie to impress the ladies isn't as common a sight in Wisconsin as it used to be. So biologists are bringing in new blood from Minnesota to provide an ...

Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo of the FBI's Milwaukee office speaks to reporters Friday about the capture of Joseph Jakubowski.
(Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

Manifesto-writing fugitive appears in federal court

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin fugitive accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House was arrested Friday after a retired school counselor found him camping on his property and calmly talked to the man before calling authorities. The ...