August 20, 2018

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Analysis: Bills moved faster 
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MADISON - The length of time bills were deliberated dropped significantly soon after Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators took control in 2011, diminishing the public's opportunities to influence lawmaking, according to an analysis of records and interviews by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The Center's analysis of all bills enacted into state law over the past two decades shows an overall decline in deliberation time — with the most dramatic drop happening just after Walker took office.
Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory. Busch won for the first time this season - first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 - but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated.
Chacin pitches 6 scoreless, Brewers beat Cardinals 2-1
ST. LOUIS — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double, Jhoulys Chacin beat St. Louis for the first time in his career and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday. Milwaukee (69-57) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back ahead of St. Louis (68-57) for the second National League wild card. The Cardinals lost for just the second time in their last 12 games.
Wisconsin AG race ready to heat up, but will anyone watch? Condo project could bring new pier to Pewaukee Lake
MADISON - Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democratic challenger Josh Kaul spent the summer quietly sniping at each other as Wisconsin's crowded gubernatorial primary dominated headlines. That's over now. Schimel and Kaul are poised to clash for real as they sprint toward the Nov. 6 general election. A Kaul victory would add to the ranks of Democratic attorney generals across the country and strengthen the legal pushback against President Donald Trump's policies.  PEWAUKEE — Pewaukee Lake’s fishing pier may be on the line as village officials consider approving a developer’s request to pay for a boating pier that would serve the public and tenants living in the proposed $6 million lakefront condominium development. Joe Grasch, owner of Beachscape Pewaukee LLC, has proposed a five-unit condo complex with commercial elements on vacant land located between existing buildings at 161 and 125 W. Wisconsin Ave. in the village.
>>Peck and Bushel orchard observes seventh season
Foxconn Training Center is open
Imperfect Produce expands to Waukesha
Wisconsin Hmong community support, therapy program to close Wisconsin woman raises, 
releases monarch butterflies
MADISON - After Xao Her's husband died in 2004, the Kajsiab House was her refuge. She healed in the community support and therapy program at Journey Mental Health Center created specifically for Hmong individuals like her. Her husband's death wasn't her first hardship. Her husband and sons were recruited to fight for the U.S. in the Vietnam War and the family was forced to flee its home. ALTOONA - What started as a joke has become a 10-year hobby for an Eau Claire woman. "I made fun of a friend for doing this. Ironically, I am now doing it," Kris Gessert said of raising monarchs, as she released a butterfly out of the cage it was raised in and into the wider world. About a decade ago, a friend of Gessert's had plucked a milkweed leaf off the plant Gessert had just planted at her home, and on the bottom was a monarch butterfly egg. 


Museum collects immigrant stories from Wisconsin's past
EAGLE - Civil discourse has returned to Harmony Town Hall. The wood-framed structure with a pot-bellied stove, six windows, hardwood floors and stone foundation is where residents between Janesville and Milton gathered more than 140 years ago to vote, hold meetings and debate the issues of the day. The simple building was constructed in 1876, moved to Old World Wisconsin 100 years later and has served as an example of rural government at the state-owned outdoor museum in this southwestern corner of Waukesha County.

Jets' Darnold one 
of most impressive rookies McCown has seen
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown has seen many rookies step into the white-hot spotlight of the NFL and struggle. The veteran New York Jets quarterback has also watched some youngsters thrive in the pressure, so he could be considered a bit of an expert on the topic. That's why it says a lot when McCown raves about Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick who's considered the future of the franchise.


Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Don't miss enjoying art in all forms at the annual Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Explore creative pieces from more than 130 juried fine artists and try great food.Check out the children's art area and three stages of entertainment. Events will be held rain or shine. Admission is free and shuttles will be provided from the parking area. 


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Wisconsin confirms first human West Nile case of the year
MADISON - Wisconsin has recorded its first human cases of West Nile virus this year.

Groups ask UW-Madison to require meningitis B vaccine
MADISON - Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to require the meningitis B vaccine.

Lightning strike sends Wisconsin radio host to hospital
EAU CLAIRE - A Wisconsin sports talk radio host had a good reason when listeners heard dead air this week: He'd just been struck by lightning.

Wisconsin buildings destroyed by explosion to be removed
MADISON - Buildings destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Wisconsin will be removed at the end of the month.

Heavy rains swamp section of I-43, strand several motorists
MILWAUKEE - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded.

Milwaukee city leaders taking steps after rash of homicides
MILWAUKEE - City leaders in Milwaukee are taking steps to try to reduce violence after a rash of homicides in the past couple of weeks.

Bus driver comforts child who had wandered off from home
MILWAUKEE — A bus driver took action when she saw a little girl standing in the street in a T-shirt and underwear.

Judge denies deadbeat dad's estate claim
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge says a man who abandoned his child at age 5 is not entitled to collect any money from a settlement in his son's wrongful death 20 years later.

Funding awarded to help control Great Lakes nutrient runoff
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants.

Biden endorses Kaul in Wisconsin attorney general race
MADISON — Former Vice President Joe Biden is endorsing Democrat Josh Kaul in Wisconsin's attorney general race.

Man accused of sex trafficking in 9 states
APPLETON — A man accused of sex trafficking in nine states is jailed in eastern Wisconsin. Investigators say they have evidence 39-year-old Glenwood Brown was prostituting women across the country for years, including two in the Fox Valley.  

Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor
MADISON — A week after accusing a billionaire donor of attempting to buy a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Leah Vukmir is now hoping to persuade the same Illinois businessman to open his wallet for her campaign against Democratic Sen. 

Conservative Hagedorn joins Wisconsin Supreme Court race
MADISON — Conservative state appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn, the former chief legal counsel for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, launched his candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday, setting up a contest with liberal-backed chief Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer.  

Trump team predicts an economic boom, defying most analysts
WASHINGTON — Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say?  

Trane union members ratify new deal, end strike in La Crosse
LA CROSSE — Union members at Trane Co. have approved a new deal that ends a four-day strike against the company in La Crosse.

Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom
DULUTH, Minn. — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic.

3 businesses damaged in downtown Waukesha fire
WAUKESHA -  Fire that may have started with a discarded cigarette damaged three downtown Waukesha businesses.

2 found guilty in Wisconsin pipeline protest case
SUPERIOR — Jurors have convicted two people of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer following a protest at Enbridge Energy's Line 3 construction site in Wisconsin last summer.

Black schoolteacher beats longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker
MADISON— A black woman who campaigned on improving education defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in Tuesday's primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County.

US parents of missing man back from Slovenia with no clues
MADISON — A Wisconsin father says he cannot give up hope that his missing son will be found alive after disappearing seven weeks ago while vacationing in Slovenia.

Organizers: Madison police won't participate in Pride Parade
MADISON — Madison law enforcement groups won't be marching in the upcoming Pride Parade after receiving pushback from the LGBT community, according to the event's organizers.

Milwaukee police shoot, kill man on city's south side
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police have shot and killed a 48-year-old man on the city's south side.

Greenfield officer hurt in squad car rollover during chase
GREENFIELD — A Greenfield police officer is recovering after his squad car rolled over as he tried to stop a vehicle during a chase.

Man found fatally shot in Milwaukee yard
MILWAUKEE  — Milwaukee police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in a yard.

Shooting victim is Milwaukee's ninth in as many days
MILWAUKEE — Three people were shot at a Milwaukee gas station, including one man who died, making his death the city's ninth homicide in as many days.

Tornado does some damage in Deerfield, no injuries
DEERFIELD — Three employees of a machinery business in Deerfield escaped injury when a tornado ripped the roof off their building.

Ex-Milwaukee TV reporter reaches deal in ballpark punch
MILWAUKEE — A former Milwaukee television reporter has reached a plea deal for punching a reporter from another station at a Brewers baseball game.

2 new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes
BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers.

Roofer charged in circular saw killing said he was teased
ELLSWORTH — A roofer accused of killing a co-worker with a circular saw in western Wisconsin said he was being teased and thought he was being drugged, according to a criminal complaint.

DNR board signs off on enhanced deer farm fencing
MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources' board has unanimously approved an emergency rule that requires deer farms to upgrade fences in an effort to slow chronic wasting disease.

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project file appeal
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement are asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to declare that the environmental review for the controversial project fails to meet the legal requirements and needs to be redone.

Walker wants new Fox Valley interchange named for Ellis
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker plans to ask the state Legislature to name a newly expanded interchange in the Fox Valley in honor of former state Sen. Mike Ellis.

Parents of missing Wisconsin man head to Slovenia to search
MADISON — The parents of a Wisconsin man who went missing while vacationing in Slovenia have left for Europe to aid in the search.

Milwaukee police investigate shootings that left 3 dead
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating overnight shootings that left three people dead.

Police look for suspect in radio station shooting
MADISON — A shooting that wounded a disc jockey at a Wisconsin radio station appears to have been a targeted attack against a specific individual, police said Monday.

Containers to help Wisconsin law officers with meth cleanup
GREEN BAY — A federal agency is providing special containers to help law enforcement across Wisconsin clean up meth labs.

EEOC lawsuit accuses UW System of age discrimination
MADISON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges the University of Wisconsin System refused to hire a former longtime employee because of her age.

Woman survives crash that kills horse in southeast Wisconsin
MOUNT PLEASANT — A woman was hurt when her car struck and killed a horse in southeastern Wisconsin.

Police: Shooting inside Madison radio station not random
MADISON — A shooting inside a community radio station in Wisconsin injured a disc jockey and sent station volunteers running for cover early Sunday, and police said it didn't appear to be a random attack.

Soglin portrays Gov. Walker as puppet in 1st campaign ad
MADISON — Madison Mayor Paul Soglin portrays Republican Gov. Scott Walker as a cartoon puppet in Soglin's first TV ad of the campaign.

Wisconsin students help build 'Nature Passport' boxes
MADISON - Students in the Madison School District have built wooden boxes that will hold activity booklets and be placed in parks and nature centers.

Group pushes back against Wisconsin 'Cocaine Mom' law
MADISON - A group opposed to a Wisconsin law that is designed to protect a developing fetus from a mother's alcohol or drug use is taking the fight outside the courtroom in hopes of gaining ground in the court of public opinion.

Body of a 55-year-old man found in Sheboygan fire
SHEBOYGAN - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was found dead after a fire in a home in Sheboygan County.

Alliance Energy plans to eliminate coal for energy by 2050
MADISON - A Madison-based utility says it plans to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2050 and will reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by then.

Wisconsin man goes missing while vacationing in Slovenia
MADISON - A Wisconsin man has gone missing while vacationing in Slovenia.

Investigator: Pilot hit power lines, canyon before crash
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says a California pilot hit power lines and smashed his aircraft into a canyon before he came crashing down into the Colorado River.

Man convicted in attempted homicide of unborn child
APPLETON - A Wisconsin man accused of spiking his pregnant girlfriend's drink with an abortion-inducing drug has been convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child.

United Airlines carrier adding 150 jobs in South Carolina
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - A regional carrier for United Airlines is adding about 150 jobs in South Carolina.

Wisconsin Democrat governor hopefuls criticize Foxconn deal
MILWAUKEE - The eight Democrats running for governor of Wisconsin expressed support for giving more control to local governments and criticized the deal struck by the state to bring a huge Foxconn Technology Group plant to Wisconsin. 

Cabrera-Zepnick rematch tops legislative primaries
MADISON - Immigration attorney Marisabel Cabrera wasn't looking for more motivation to challenge Democratic state Rep. Josh Zepnick in next week's legislative primaries, but she got it six months ago. 

Fox Crossing officer cleared in fatal shooting
FOX CROSSING — A Fox Crossing officer is expected to return to work soon after being cleared in a fatal shooting.

Agency: Refinery fire caused by blast debris hitting tank
SUPERIOR — A raging refinery fire that forced the temporary evacuation of homes in the coastal Wisconsin city of Superior in April was caused by an explosion that sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank, a federal agency said Thursday.

Wisconsin Ethics Commission picks new administrator
MADISON — The state Ethics Commission has selected a Florida attorney as its new leader.  

Mitchell turns camera on Walker tracker
MADISON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell is trying to turn the tables on a Republican tracker.  








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