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Wisconsin marks progress on river pollution cleanup

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin’s most polluted sites on the Great Lakes are marking cleanup milestones, after the state Department of Natural Resources declared both waterways to be no longer impaired. The Lower Menominee River and the St. Louis River are among five areas in the ...

Painting of children comes back to Wisconsin governor’s mansion

MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. (AP) — A painting showing three children blowing bubbles and playing together on the streets of Milwaukee was back on display Friday at the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, eight years after former Gov. Scott Walker had it removed. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers welcomed the ...

Trump likes Wisconsin result

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating Brian Hagedorn on what the president calls a “big surprise win” in this week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Hagedorn has about 6,000 more votes than liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer. Hagedorn declared victory, but Neubauer ...

Green Bay removes Sept. 11 memorial that had deteriorated

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is being torn down in Wisconsin after a failed fundraising effort to repair it. The memorial was donated to Green Bay in 2005 and featured a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York. The Green ...

Hagedorn has tight lead for Wisconsin court seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court race that liberals needed to win to have a shot at taking majority control of the court next year appeared headed for a recount, with the conservative candidate declaring victory while holding a narrow lead following Tuesday’s election. A ...

Hagedorn declares victory in Wisconsin court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court race that liberals needed to win to have a shot at taking majority control of the court next year appeared headed for a recount, with the conservative candidate declaring victory while holding a narrow lead following Tuesday's election. A ...

Wisconsin voters to elect Supreme Court justice

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court race to be decided Tuesday won’t have an immediate impact on majority control of the state’s highest court, but it could put liberals in position to take control in 2020 by a court that has long been marked by partisan leanings. Lisa ...

Agency and university work to save rare plant

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are working together to find a way to save one of the state’s rarest plants. For the past few years, the university has been working on growing seedlings of Fassett’s ...

Goodman-AC seeks more school funding

The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District will ask voters Tuesday to allow levying up to $200,000 more a year to cover increased costs. The district needs to catch up after having a roughly $140,000 annual deficit, said Allison Space, superintendent and administrator for the district for ...

Niagara schools to seek interpreter

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara School District will aim to reduce higher-than-expected costs for its 2019-20 Cooperative Education Service Agency 8 contract by trying to independently secure some of those services. CESA 8 provides shared services to its districts for students, some with ...

Powerball $768M winner bought in Milwaukee suburb

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — A single ticket that matched all six Powerball numbers to win the estimated $768.4 million jackpot — the third-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history — was sold in a Milwaukee suburb, Wisconsin Lottery officials said early Thursday. The ticket, worth a cash ...

Guilty plea in Wisconsin double murder, kidnapping

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial. Jake Patterson, 21, sniffled ...

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parents

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months, in a move that spares the girl and her family from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial. Jake ...

High court questions courts’ role in partisan redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority sounded wary Tuesday of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan, despite strong evidence that the political parties drew districts to guarantee congressional election outcomes. The decisions in ...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans’ contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care ...

Report: Lakes show effects of rapid climate warming

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported Thursday. The annual mean air ...

AP: GOP redistricting had effect on Democrats’ 2018 gains

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for ...

Lawsuits filed over legislative districts

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a ...

Wisconsin man accused of killing woman’s dog with hammer

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — A southern Wisconsin man is accused of killing a woman's dog because he was upset the animal was urinating and defecating in the house. Columbia County sheriff's deputies were called Saturday to a mobile home park in Lewiston Township. The caller said 31-year-old ...

Foxconn says Wisconsin factory will be operational in 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Monday that its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin will be producing flat-screen panels by the end of 2020, with construction starting later this year. The news came after the worldwide electronics manufacturing leader sent mixed ...