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Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote to leave EU
2:25 a.m.


LONDON (AP) — Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute.   
 The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom.   
 Britons absorbed the overwhelming realization that their anti-establishment vote has pushed the British economy into treacherous and uncertain territory and sparked a profound crisis for a bloc founded to unify Europe after the devastation of World War II.   
 ‘‘Leave’’ campaigners hailed the result as a victory for British democracy against the bureaucratic behemoth of the EU.   
 For more on this story, see Saturday’s Freeman.

 

Buca restaurant operator arrested for OWI, drug charges  
11:32 p.m.


WAUKESHA — An Oconomowoc man who operated Buca Eatery and Grill was arrested for his fourth operating while intoxicated offense in five years and for possession of amphetamine and cocaine on Tuesday.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman. 

 

 

DA’s office seeks homicide charge against alleged Sussex shooter
11:28 p.m.


WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County District Attorney’s office filed a motion in Circuit Court Friday to amend charges against a man accused of murdering a teenager in Sussex.
District Attorney Susan Opper filed a motion seeking to file amended charges against 22-year-old London White, upgrading the charge from attempted first-degree intentional homicide to first-degree intentional homicide with use of dangerous weapon following the death of 16-year-old George Erickson last week.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman.
 

 

Man fires gun outside home in Waukesha Friday night
Updated, 11:55  p.m.


WAUKESHA — A man reportedly fired a handgun outside his home on Newhall Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday night, then fled toward South and Grand avenues.
Details as yet are not entirely clear. But witnesses at the seen, and later Waukesha Police dispatchers, told Freeman staff that the man, who has mental health issues, was apparently upset about the fireworks being launched at St. Mary's Parish as part of its Fun Fest. He responded by firing a “large-caliber handgun,” although it wasn't clear if he was aiming at a specific target or simply discharging the weapon. No one, however, was injured.
Waukesha Police responded massively, closing Grand Avenue at Wisconsin Avenue and West Avenue at Newhall Avenue as the search for the suspect ensued. Scanner traffic indicated police had the suspect in custody at approximately 11:02 p.m.
Further details will be posted as they become available.

 


House Speaker Ryan proposes simpler tax code
10:25 a.m.


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.
Ryan and other Republicans announced the plan at a news conference Friday morning. The proposal would lower tax rates for both families and businesses, although it falls short of the 25 percent top rate for individuals that Ryan promised not long ago.
Instead, the tax reform plan proposes a 33 percent top tax bracket instead of the current top rate of 39.6 percent restored by President Barack Obama in a 2013 victory over Republicans in the wake of his re-election.
The Ryan plan also lacks the detail required to measure whether it maintains the current distribution of the tax burden by income range.
The plan won’t face a vote this year but, like other elements of Ryan’s agenda, provides a template for potential action next year.
‘‘For families and individuals, the new tax system will simplify and lower tax rates. It also will provide for reduced but progressive tax rates on capital gains, dividends and interest income,’ the proposal reads. ‘‘The approach reflected in this blueprint will be simple enough to fit on a postcard for most Americans.’’
Individual filers would retain tax breaks for mortgage interest, charitable giving and retirement savings in a decision that reflects the sweeping popularity of such measures.

 

 

Wisconsin state workers face new hiring procedure, rules
10:24 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin state employees will face a new world when they show up for work July 1.
An overhaul of the state’s 111-year-old civil service system takes effect take that day. It will leave 30,000 state workers and an untold number of job applicants to face new hiring and firing protocols.
Mandatory pre-hiring examinations will be a thing of the past. So will bumping rights, which protect senior employees from layoffs.
Probation periods will be longer, just cause for disciplinary actions will be clearly defined and layoff decisions will be based on performance rather than seniority.
Supporters insist the changes enable state agencies to fill retirees’ positions quickly and impose proper discipline. Democrats and other critics say Republicans are trading a clean, fair employment system for political patronage and cronyism.