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Wisconsin budget committee plans regional hearings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s finance committee will hold four regional public hearings for later this month to take comments on Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal. The panel will meet March 18 at Brillion High School; March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee; March 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County; and March 26 More >

Lake Superior ice caves to reopen after temporary closure

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – The popular ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are set to reopen after a temporary closure. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker says the ice caves will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday after being closed due to high winds. The National Park Service closed the caves temporarily at 6 p.m. Tuesday because of More >

Democrat: WEDC, WHEDA board under Walker plan unaccountable

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker on the Legislature’s finance committee isn’t happy with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plans for a new economic development agency. Walker’s state budget calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority into the new Forward Wisconsin Development Authority. The governor’s budget calls More >

Charges: Woman was on social media before fatal crash

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) – A western Wisconsin woman is accused of chatting on Facebook before a crash that killed three children, including her daughter, in December 2013. Thirty-four-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria faces three felony counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Pierce County investigators say cellphone More >

Democrats to push Republicans to change right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Republicans will reject Democratic attempts to make changes to the right-to-work bill. Democratic lawmakers plan to propose four amendments at a Wednesday meeting of the Assembly Labor Committee. But Vos says all will be rejected because adding them would delay passage of the bill. If the Assembly makes More >

Lawmakers propose waiving 1 day rest in 7 rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A pair of Republican state lawmakers is working to allow factory and mercantile workers to voluntarily work seven consecutive days without a 24-hour rest period. Wisconsin law requires employers in factory and mercantile establishments to grant workers 24 consecutive hours off in every seven-day cycle. The Republicans pushing for workers’ ability to More >

New Lisbon Man Charged With An OWI Offense For The Third Time

A New Lisbon man has been charged for a third time with an OWI offense. According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle was stopped by law enforcement officials in the town of Lemonweir on the night of January 22nd for speeding. After making contact with the driver, 39-year old Paul Carter, the officer noticed Carter More >

Walker says he will sign right-to-work bill Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he plans to sign a right-to-work bill into law on Monday, not by the end of this week as he had previously said. Walker made the comment Wednesday during a speech at the annual business day event organized by the state chamber of commerce. The bill is More >

Veteran pollster says Walker ‘just what doctor ordered’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A veteran Republican pollster and top adviser to Gov. Scott Walker says it is “very likely” Walker will get into the presidential race, but he has yet to make a decision. Ed Goeas made the comments Wednesday after a speech at the annual business day event organized by the state chamber of More >

Democrat questions paying Walker guards on political trips

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic state senator says taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s State Patrol bodyguards on trips to address national conservative donors and powerbrokers. Walker is a likely 2016 president candidate and has been appearing at conservative gatherings around the country. Sen. Jon Erpenbach told state Department of More >