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Senate leader says prevailing wage picture looks fuzzy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s leader says he’s talking to his colleagues to gauge support for repealing or revising Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law but a committee’s moves this week is making the picture fuzzier. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters Wednesday that he’s having one-on-one conversations with his caucus about what they would More >

University of Wisconsin fraternity kicked off campus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fraternity chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been kicked off campus after breaking the terms of its suspension. Eric Knueve, a spokesman for the university, in a press release Wednesday said the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity chapter was terminated for hosting events while the organization was suspended for previous More >

Vos: Voucher expansion can’t be done as Walker wants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says expanding the private school voucher program probably can’t be done as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed. Vos commented on the issue Wednesday after a new revenue forecast predicted no growth in the next two years above previous projections. Walker proposed lifting the 1,000-student enrollment cap More >

Senate vote on bill legalizing motorcycle lights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Motorcycle owners would be able to attached colored lights to their bikes under a bill the state Senate has approved. Current Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle with lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. The bill’s main sponsor, Republican Rep. John Jagler of More >

Wisconsin Senate approves 70 mph speed limit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some roads to 70 mph. The bill would permit the Department of Transportation officials to raise the limit to 70 mph on roads they deem fit. The proposal would prohibit DOT from More >

Wisconsin Senate adjusts election recount costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill adjusting election recount fees. Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections. Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in smaller elections or More >

Wisconsin Senate OKs ending school SAGE program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that would phase out Wisconsin’s SAGE program. The Student Achievement Guarantee Program provides aid to schools if they maintain an 18-to-1 or 30-to-2 teacher-student ratio for low-income students in kindergarten through third grade. Schools enter into five-year contracts under the program. The bill would More >

With no new revenue, Democrats seek budget compromise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats say Republicans will have to compromise to fill holes in the state’s budget. Democratic members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee commented Wednesday after it was announced that there would be no additional state revenue. Democrats say Republicans should prioritize funding for K-12 education, the University of Wisconsin System More >

Vos mum on whether UW cut will be reduced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos isn’t saying whether Gov. Scott Walker’s $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System can be reduced given new revenue forecasts. Vos said Wednesday that Walker’s $127 million cut to K-12 public schools will be closed, and his second priority is reducing borrowing to pay for More >

Arrest Made in Fire Investigation in New Lisbon

An arrest has been made in several recent residential fires in the City of New Lisbon. According to the New Lisbon Police Department, 32-year-old Arthur E. Sagel was arrested on a probation hold and will be referred to the Juneau County District Attorney’s Office for three counts of arson and three counts of burglary in More >