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Assembly leaders spar over transportation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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