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Trump moves to pull U.S. out of Asia trade deal 
1:38 a.m.  


 WASHINGTON (AP) — Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.   
 For Trump, the move was a fulfillment of a central campaign promise. He has repeatedly cast the 12-nation trade pact — which was eagerly sought by U.S. allies in Asia — as detrimental to American businesses   
 ‘‘Great thing for the American worker that we just did,’’ Trump said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.   
 The Obama administration spent years negotiating the Pacific Rim pact, though the mood in Washington on trade soured over time. Obama never sent the accord to Congress for ratification, making Trump’s actions Monday largely symbolic.    
 In addition to his executive action on TPP, Trump signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring — though he noted an exception for the military — and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.
 For more on this story, see today’s Freeman.
 

 

Walker proposes new welfare work requirements     
8:33 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker released plans for welfare reform with increased work requirements on Monday.
 Walker’s proposal would also require adults with children between age 6 and 18 to attend job training and search for work five days a week. It was part of a package of welfare reforms called ‘‘Wisconsin Works for Everyone’’ that Walker released during a series of news conferences across the state.    
 Under current state law, only childless adults in the FoodShare program have to meet the work requirement. They lose all food stamp benefits after three months of non-compliance. Benefits would be cut, but not eliminated, for families that could be affected by the new proposal. Details on how much benefits could be reduced, and how long parents would have to comply, will come in the governor’s budget released next month.   
 Walker is also calling for a similar work requirement for people receiving housing vouchers from the federal government.    
 Democrats and child advocates said the change it was counterproductive and would hurt more families than it would help. But Republican legislative leaders and the state chamber of commerce praised the idea as giving incentives to put more people back to work.   

For more details, see today's Freeman.
 

 

Bill would limit influence of unions on public project bids
8:30 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers are proposing that Wisconsin limit union influence on bids for public projects.   
 The proposal from Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Rob Hutton would prohibit state and local governments from requiring contractors bidding on their projects to use unionized workers or enter into project labor agreements — collective bargaining agreements that establish rules controlling work on a project upfront, such as setting work hours or requiring workers to join a union. Few places in Wisconsin require them.   
 Public hearings on the measure are set for Tuesday and Wednesday. Hutton said the legislation would yield more competitive bids and allow a wider range of companies to bid for public projects.    
 ‘‘There are terrific firms out there that are both union and anti-union,’’ Hutton said. ‘‘We don’t want to be in the business of government determining which firm receives projects.’’   
 Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt said the proposal would put lawmakers in exactly that position.   

For more details, see today's Freeman. 
 

 

State agency highlights climate change, 2 others ignore 
10:28 a.m.  


MADISON (AP) — While two Wisconsin state agencies have scrubbed references to climate change from their web sites, the Division of Emergency Management has released new information on global warming and its effects on the state.

Wisconsin emergency management officials, in an online post, describe how climate change could generate flooding, drought and forest fires.

The information is a departure from how the Department of Natural Resources and state Public Service Commission have handled climate change on their websites. The two agencies, which regulate coal-fired power plants, removed references to global warming and human-generated greenhouse cases.
   

 

$1 million lottery ticket expiring in 11 days
10:23 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin lottery officials say a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million is days away from expiring.

The ticket was purchased Aug. 6 at Aberg Avenue Mobil on Madison’s east side. The location is also known as Kelley’s Market. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball.

Winning ticket holders have 180 days to claim their prize. The person who bought the winning ticket has 11 days left to claim the prize at Wisconsin Lottery headquarters in Madison. If not, the winnings are used for property tax relief.

The retailer who sold the ticket still receives 2 percent of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.