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Wisconsin Republicans OK reduced building budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee approved money Tuesday to begin building a new prison in Green Bay but eliminated funding to construct new state facilities to house juvenile offenders after Wisconsin's troubled youth prison closes, shifting those ...

Wisconsin Republicans plan $400M income tax cut for 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans are working on a roughly $400 million middle class tax cut to be unveiled as soon as Tuesday, a third attempt to find an income tax cut that both the GOP and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers can agree to. Evers vetoed a Republican-passed income tax cut bill ...

Johnson Controls accused of not reporting Marinette pollution

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin company failed to report the release of hazardous materials at a property in Marinette that resulted in some residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water for years, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR has referred the matter to the state ...

Wisconsin committee OKs GOP road funding proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans scrapped Gov. Tony Evers’ transportation budget Thursday and replaced it with a plan that would fund road work through a combination of title and registration fee increases, an infusion of general tax dollars and new borrowing. The proposal also ...

Great Lakes mayors’ group endorses Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group representing mayors of cities in the Great Lakes region wants to fortify an Illinois waterway to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative has endorsed a $778 million plan developed by the ...

Antigo closing 3 schools

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — A small, rural district in northern Wisconsin is the latest to close schools as many grapple with declining enrollment. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Unified School District of Antigo is closing Pleasant View Elementary School and two other elementary schools ...

Wisconsin Republicans searching for deal on road funding

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are eyeing a $10 increase on the $75 vehicle registration fee as part of a mix of funding to pay for roads in the state without raising the gas tax as Gov. Tony Evers proposed, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said ...

Record water levels for Lakes Erie, Superior

DETROIT (AP) — Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie’s water level to its highest point ever recorded. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the shallowest of the Great Lakes hit the milestone in May, surpassing the previous peak set in 1986. Lake Superior also reached its ...

Evers contemplates budget options

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday wouldn't rule out the possibility of paying for roads without a gas tax increase as he proposed but that Republicans who control the Legislature plan to reject. The Democratic Evers called for an 8-cent per-gallon increase as the ...

Arrest in 43-year-old murders stuns town

LAKEWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Word of the arrest — via a friend’s text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt. “I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,’” Sankey recalled. “And then I told the wife and she couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no way,’ she said. ‘Ray down the ...

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers rule out gas tax increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s top Republicans say they’ll scrap Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to raise the gas tax to help pay for roads but may consider raising registration fees. Evers’ budget would raise the gas tax by 8 cents per gallon initially ...

Judge denies Shopko bankruptcy plan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Shopko’s bankruptcy plan. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Saladino applauded the efforts of Shopko officials, creditors, attorneys and consultants to bring the matter to a close. But, Saladino refused to approve the plan this week ...

Wisconsin hemp bill draws opposition from law enforcement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal designed to help Wisconsin’s fledgling hemp industry as it enters its second year faces opposition from law enforcement agencies concerned about a provision that would allow drivers to have THC in their blood. The bill, heard by a Senate committee ...

Youth training center slated to close in Laona

LAONA, Wis. (AP) — A job training center that has served hundreds of disadvantaged youths is closing in northern Wisconsin. The closure of the Blackwell Job Corps Center in Laona comes as part of a Trump administration plan to cut 1,100 jobs in the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian ...

Vassar awarded Nsight scholarship

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence High School senior Savannah Vassar has been chosen to receive the $1,200 Nsight Telservices scholarship for 2019. Vassar has served her school and community through National Honor Society, Student Council, and TORPEDOS. She maintained a high level of academic ...

Tattoo establishments must meet licensing requirements in Wisconsin

FLORENCE, Wis. — Individuals wanting to provide tattoo and/or body piercing services are required to undergo an inspection and meet licensing requirements on an annual basis in Wisconsin. The inspections are regulated by Department of Safety and Professional Services and conducted by local ...

Panel votes to continue UW tuition freeze

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee voted Tuesday to continue a University of Wisconsin tuition freeze for another two years and give the system about $58 million in additional state money, less than half as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted ...

Wisconsin tourism is being transformed by its grape growers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin might be best known for its beer offerings, but the state’s wineries are drawing tourists from across the Upper Midwest. The state’s winery tasting rooms welcomed an estimated 1.78 million visits in 2015, bringing in nearly $50 million in wine tourism, ...

Great Lakes colder than normal for May

DETROIT (AP) — It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend. National Weather Service officials say water temperatures this week range from the 30s in Lake Superior to the 50s in southern Lake ...

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts ...