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Republicans move to restructure Walker's job creation agency

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MADISON — Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's finance committee moved Thursday to restructure Gov. Scott Walker's struggling job creation agency, approving a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency's reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.
Braves take advantage of 
Smith's ejection to beat Brewers

ATLANTA — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't regret calling out Milwaukee reliever Will Smith for breaking a rule that some pitchers might break every night. "It was about as plain as it could be," Gonzalez said. "It's pretty blatant. Really. It's glistening through the lights. You could see it in the dugout."

 

Kenseth wins pole 
for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. — Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600. Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season Thursday night for NASCAR's longest race. He turned in a dominating lap of 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format.

 

Construction zones will 
slow holiday travel
What’s in a name?

MADISON — Highway construction work will be halted during the busy Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin, but motorists will likely encounter delays on some major roadways, transportation officials said. Work on state highway projects will end at noon Friday and resume at 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation projects communication manager Mark Kantola.

 

OCONOMOWOC - With a lot of homes selling right after they go on the market, Lake Country Flat Fee President Paul Liebe said the indication is it doesn’t matter what company has the home listed. Many homeowners, he said, opt to go with a real estate company that offers a flat fee and a smaller commission because they know their home will sell quickly, especially if it is on the MLS listing.
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Finance committee leaves
 SeniorCare program alone
Grand jury indicts 6 officers
 in death of Freddie Gray

MADISON — The Legislature's finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker's cuts to Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal calls for cutting $97 million from the senior citizen prescription drug discount program. It also would require participants to first sign up for the federal Medicare Part D drug program and use SeniorCare as backup coverage.

 

BALTIMORE — A grand jury's decision to indict all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody, allows the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."


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Bird flu crisis slows in Minnesota, focus now on recovery
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota notched six straight days without a new case of bird flu on Thursday, and though state officials aren't ready to say the outbreak is over, they're beginning to stand down.

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Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped
NEW YORK — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month.

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The Waukesha Farmers’ Market is an open-air, producer-only public market that operates every Saturday, May 2nd through October 31st, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine.

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Milwaukee alderman killed in motorcycle crash
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say a motorcyclist killed in an overnight crash is a city alderman.

Budget panel OKs seeking to raise Medicaid premiums for some
MADISON — Low-income childless adults on Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program may have to pay higher premiums if they engage in risky behavior.

Wisconsin soldier killed in Korean War buried in Arlington
ARLINGTON — A Wisconsin soldier reported missing during the Korean War has been buried at Arlington National Cemetery after his remains went unidentified for years.

Feingold-founded PAC suspends activity
MADISON — A political action committee founded by Democrat Russ Feingold has suspended its fundraising to avoid the appearance of a conflict with his run for the U.S. Senate.

Fatal island house fire in Racine County
WATERFORD — Racine County sheriff's officials say an 88-year-old man has died in a house fire on a Fox River island in Waterford.

Court: DNA surcharge was too high for felony convictions
MADISON — A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled that a DNA surcharge applied to a convicted felon was too high because it was based on a law that was not in effect at the time he committed his crimes.

Finance committee to mull changes to SeniorCare budget
MADISON — The Legislature's finance committee is set to make changes to Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program.

Family of man killed at Ford Hood to get his Purple Heart
MILWAUKEE — The family of a nurse practitioner from Wisconsin killed in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting is set to receive his Purple Heart.

Roggensack has not talked to Abrahamson since switch
MADISON — Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says "there's no chaos" on the state's highest court, and she has not spoken with former longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson since she succeeded her.

Governor signs bill to keep Badger Exam off school reports
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican-authored bill that would ensure scores on the statewide Badger Exam public school children are taking this spring aren't used against teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.

Lawmakers hope to expedite 20-week abortion ban bill
MADISON — Republican state lawmakers say they hope to pass a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation before the budget is debated in June.

Surprise special needs voucher elicit mixed responses
MADISON — The impromptu creation of a special needs voucher program early Wednesday morning caught disability rights advocates off guard, while those who supported the measure hailed the program as giving parents another option for educating their kids.

Green Bay police shooting under district attorney review
GREEN BAY — A district attorney says he's reviewing a report from the Wisconsin Department of Justice on the shooting of a man who Green Bay police say stabbed an officer.

Appeals court invalidates portion of DNA surcharge
MADISON — An appeals court invalidated a section of state law Wednesday that requires judges to impose a a DNA surcharge on misdemeanor convictions without submitting an actual sample, a ruling that could affect potentially thousands of criminals caught up in a wrinkle of budgetary timing.

Fitzgerald says prevailing wage repeal is unlikely
MADISON — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he doesn't have the votes to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, but he hopes to reform the statutes through the state budget.

Store destroyed by fire in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — Fire officials estimate the loss of a Milwaukee food and liquor store at $1 million. Firefighters responded to a massive blaze that destroyed Mother's Food & Liquor Tuesday about 10:30 p.m.

Forget grades: Wisconsin report cards may have stars
MADISON — Forget grades. The Legislature's budget-writing committee early Wednesday morning voted to rate Wisconsin schools on a five-star system. Gov. Scott Walker had wanted to assign letter grades. 

Budget panel approves takeover for some Milwaukee schools
MADISON — The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a Republican-backed plan that would place the worst-performing Milwaukee Public Schools under control of a commissioner appointed by the county executive who could convert them into private voucher schools or independent charter schools.

Committee approves alternatives for teacher licenses
MADISON — Wisconsin schools would be able to hire people who don't have a bachelor's degree to teach subjects like math, science, technology and engineering under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

Drug screening for public beneficiaries approved
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

Budget committee approves more spending for prison beds
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved spending an additional $5 million above previous estimates to pay for housing inmates in the state prison system.

Proposal opens public school sports to private students
MADISON — Home-schooled students and those attending private, virtual or charter schools would have to be allowed to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school under a proposal backed by Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Committee votes to cut 60 Wisconsin prison guard positions
MADISON — Sixty tower guard positions in 10 Wisconsin prisons would be eliminated under a vote by the Legislature's budget committee.

Group files lawsuit against Walker over records
MADISON — A liberal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker, saying he is illegally withholding records related to his proposal to rewrite the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin known as the "Wisconsin Idea."

Drug screening for public beneficiaries approved
MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

 

 
 
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