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Evers signs Wisconsin budget with 78 partial vetoes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made 78 partial vetoes to the state budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature before signing it Wednesday, ignoring pleas from some liberals who wanted the new Democratic governor to reject the entire two-year spending plan. In a ...

Man convicted in 1992 mill death released

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) — One of six men convicted in the death of a co-worker at a Green Bay paper mill in 1992 has been released from prison. Seventy-two-year-old Rey Moore was released on parole Tuesday. Another defendant, Michael Johnson, has told family members he was granted parole that ...

Window closing to claim $6M in lottery winnings

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Lottery said the owner of a winning Megabucks ticket has just two weeks to claim the nearly $6 million prize. The ticket was sold at a Kwik Trip in Sheboygan on Jan. 16. The 180-day window to claim the $5.9 million closes July 15. It’s the largest ...

Evers facing pressure to sign Wisconsin budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers faced pressure Monday to sign the state budget as passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, even though it doesn’t include many of his priorities and GOP lawmakers made it difficult for him to reshape it with partial vetoes. Republicans have ...

Eau Claire, Duluth continue debate over historic locomotive

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Over the course of more than three decades, the Soo Line Locomotive No. 2719 traveled about 4 million miles on the Soo Line, hauling passengers across the Upper Midwest. But now, that train is at the center of a complicated tug of war between the city of Eau Claire and ...

Plans move forward on $4.9M Great Lakes Museum

DETROIT (AP) — Plans are moving forward on $4.9 million in improvements at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Detroit’s Belle Isle. The Detroit Historical Society will have a groundbreaking today on the first $1.5 million part of the four-phase outdoor enhancement project. The first phase ...

Wisconsin to consider medical marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to work on legalizing medical marijuana this fall. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget would have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Republicans, however, stripped those provisions along with dozens ...

Legal battle over Wisconsin redistricting expected to end

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that federal courts have no place in policing political district boundaries means a challenge to Republican-drawn legislative boundaries in Wisconsin is likely over, leaving Democrats with little hope of gaining ground heading ...

Wisconsin high court backs Enbridge in pipeline case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn’t need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government’s insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill. Dane County officials ...

High court upholds state redistrictings

WASHINGTON (AP) — In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. On the court's ...

Federal agency hears testimony on gray wolf status

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government’s latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list. The proposal ...

Budget goes to Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans passed a state budget Wednesday after winning a key legislator's support with a provision to allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who sells rebuilt Tesla vehicles and parts. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a ...

Investigators probe cause of Wisconsin fire that killed six

ICKEREL, Wis. (AP) — State and local investigators are trying to determine the cause of a house fire that killed six people, including four children, in a small northern Wisconsin town. Authorities say the fire early Tuesday in a multifamily home in the unincorporated community of Pickerel ...

Evers vetoes Wisconsin abortion bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, following through with his promise to stop the measures from becoming law. One bill Evers vetoed would have imposed criminal penalties on ...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs drunken driving bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved two bills that would stiffen drunken driving penalties. The first measure would require anyone arrested for a first offense to appear in court. Currently a first offense is a civil violation, not a criminal one, and people can skip their ...

State high court upholds lame-duck laws in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s conservative-controlled Supreme Court on Friday upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, handing Republican lawmakers a resounding victory. The win was on procedural grounds only and the ruling ...

Reward in fatal shooting of Racine officer grows to $42,000

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the man who shot and killed a Racine police officer is growing. Culver’s has added $5,000 to the fund, bringing the total to $42,000. Officer John Hetland was fatally shot Monday night when he tried to ...

Beetles starting to munch through spring landscapes

PESHTIGO, Wis. — The annual late-spring invasion of mid-sized, metallic tan beetles has begun. Seemingly overnight, they will appear and begin heavy feeding on peonies, roses, raspberries, grapes, apple trees and many other flowering perennials, trees and shrubs. The beetle that pulls ...

Two killed when semitrailers explode on I-94 in Wisconsin

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Two semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said one trailer was southbound on Interstate 94 ...

Amberg Historical Society Museum seeks volunteers

AMBERG, Wis. —  The Amberg Historical Society Museum is off to a good start for the 2019 summer season, but they’re extremely short of people to keep the buildings open and walk visitors through the displays and artifacts. Because of this, the museum is only open from 10 a.m. to 4 ...