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Vets warn eliminating prevailing wage will cost jobs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The American Legion is warning Republicans that eliminating the prevailing wage on state projects could cost hundreds of veterans their jobs in the construction industry. The prevailing wage law sets minimum salaries for construction workers on public projects. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed wiping out the prevailing wage for state More >

Juneau County Board Approves Initial Resolution for New County Building Funding

The Juneau County Board of Supervisors took another step towards a new county building. At its meeting Tuesday morning, the board approved a resolution authorizing the county to borrow in an amount not to exceed $13,250,000 in general obligation bonds or promissory notes for the project. Carol Ann Wirth from the Wisconsin Public Finance Professionals, More >

State Milk Output Grows For 33rd Month In A Row

Wisconsin milk production keeps growing, though not as quickly as the 23 major US dairy states. According to the state Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin farmers made 2.54 billion pounds of milk in January. That’s one percent more than the same month in 2016, while the national output rose 2.7 percent to almost 17 billion pounds. More >

Flood Warning for the Yellow River in Necedah

Rainfall and melting snow have resulted in rises on area rivers. A flood warning has been issued for the Yellow River in Necedah from Wednesday evening to Tuesday February 28. According to the National Weather Service, at 3:30 AM Wednesday morning, the stage was 11.7 feet and the flood stage is 15.0 feet. The forecast More >

State’s Largest Bonding Referendum Defeated

(Undated)  —  Wisconsin’s largest school bonding referendum on Tuesday has been defeated. The vote was 55 to 45 percent against a new field house, fitness center, and high school remodeling in the Waterford district in Racine and Waukesha counties. Also, a $4.2 million bonding plan was rejected 54 to 46 percent in the Dover district More >

Walker Judicial Appointee Fails To Win Election

(Undated)  —  A circuit judge who was appointed by Governor Scott Walker last summer has been defeated in his first bid for election. Trempealeau County Judge Charles Feltes got 29 percent of about 3,100 votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Rian Radtke and Rick Schaumberg each advanced to the April election with 35-percent of the vote. More >

Former State Trooper Charged With Child Porn Possession

(Jefferson, WI)  —  Former state trooper Frank Torrez is free on bond, after making a court appearance on ten Jefferson County charges of possessing child pornography. The 53-year-old Cambridge man appeared by phone Tuesday from the jail in neighboring Rock County, where he was held due to his extensive law enforcement experience in Jefferson. Officials More >

Weather Apparently Caused Bridge Collapse

(Cochrane, WI)  —  Highway officials in western Wisconsin say wet weather apparently caused a bridge to collapse before two traffic accidents occurred. Buffalo County sheriff’s deputies say 54-year-old Karen Pronschinske could not stop in time to avoid the collapsed bridge on County Trunk U near Cochrane Monday night, and her car went airborne as she More >

Marshfield Man Cited For Soliciting Sex Online In Arizona

(Lake Havasu City, AZ)  —  A central Wisconsin man faces misdemeanor charges of prostitution and solicitation, for allegedly trying to arrange sex online in Arizona. 68-year-old Ken Schultz was ticketed and released on January 30th. Police in Lake Havasu City, Arizona say they found an ad on Craigslist in which was a man was soliciting More >

UW Reviews Impact On Governor’s Plan To Monitor Faculty Class Time

(Madison, WI)  —  The UW System says it’s reviewing Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan to monitor faculty workloads and reward those who spend more time teaching. Conservatives have long criticized some professors for not spending enough time in the classroom, and Walker says his plan would “hold faculty accountable.” It would make the Board of More >