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Assembly leaders spar over transportation funding
2:31 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — The state Assembly’s Republican and Democrat leaders are quarreling 
over how to fund Wisconsin’s roads.
Gov. Scott Walker has proposed delaying projects and borrowing rather than raise the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has balked at that, saying it’s not a long-term solution.
Vos and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca sparred over road funding during a question-and-answer session at a Madison luncheon Thursday. Vos said Walker’s plan would ensure southeastern Wisconsin’s freeways wouldn’t be rebuilt before he dies. Barca called Walker’s plan ‘‘disgraceful’’ and ripped Republicans for rejecting a Democratic plan to raise the gas tax. He says he doesn’t have any faith Republicans will reach a solution.
Vos shot back that Barca is constantly critical and it’s hard to work with Democrats who believe Vos ‘‘sucks.’’


Johnson’s bill for terminally ill patients blocked
10:59 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to provide terminally ill patients expanded access to experimental medicine and treatments was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday.
Johnson, R-Oshkosh, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, attempted to gain unanimous support for the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016, which he introduced in May and for which he had 42 cosponsors in the Senate.
A mom of three, Trickett Wendler died in 2015. Wendler was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. It affects nerve cells in the brain and progressively degenerates the body’s ability to function. Her children are predisposed for the ALS gene.
The bill ensures that terminally ill patients, their doctors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers are allowed to try investigational treatments when no alternatives exist.
Johnson previously said the bill is not a panacea, nor does it promise a cure. He said the bill should have been called Right to Hope because that is what it provides.


Milwaukee man charged after high-speed chase
10:58 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A Milwaukee man is free after posting $500 cash bail following his being charged after a police chase in New Berlin reportedly reached speeds of 122 mph on Monday.
Jezreel Jones, 29, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count each of eluding police and obstructing police and posted bond Wednesday.
A criminal complaint said police officers did a traffic stop on Jones’ vehicle shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, and learned he was wanted on a warrant in Milwaukee County regarding a sex registry violation. But Jones refused to exit his car to be arrested, telling officers “I can’t,” the complaint said.
Officers prepared to break a window to drag him out of his car. Jones then away from the stop while officers were within a foot of his car, and he entered northbound Interstate 43 from Racine Avenue, the complaint said.
Jones led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 122 mph before encountering construction in the Hale Interchange, at which time police terminated pursuit, the complaint said.



Anti-Trump protesters gather for Waukesha rally
11:22 p.m.

WAUKESHA — Large and small signs bobbed up and down along Northview Road on Wednesday. Protesters lined the entrance to the Waukesha County Expo Center for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally.  Despite the thumbs-down and middle-finger gestures from people driving by, protesters remained steadfast in their mission to make their voices heard.
For the full story, see Thursday’s Freeman.


Trump rallies support in Waukesha    
11:18 p.m.

WAUKESHA — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump made his case to about 1,500 people at the Waukesha County Expo Center Wednesday evening with 40 days until election day.
Two days after facing off with Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, Trump hit familiar talking points — including vows to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, restore “law and order” to the country, take down ISIS and promote business.
He also took plenty of jabs at Clinton, including calling her a “globalist” who’s “failed at everything,” “unleashed ISIS unto the world by leaving a vacuum” and failed to bring jobs back to New York when she was senator for that state.
For the full story, see Thursday’s Freeman and Daily News.


Texans place Pewaukee native JJ Watt on injured reserve
2:41 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve and his return this season is in doubt.
Coach Bill O’Brien announced Wednesday that Watt had re-injured his back and that putting him on IR was the best thing for his long-term health.
The team was still exploring the injury and it’s unclear if it will require surgery. He is not expected back before December, if at all.
Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston’s four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team’s three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots. The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.