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Wisconsin Assembly committee takes up right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin’s right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The state Assembly labor committee’s hearing is set to last 10 hours, and the gallery in the hearing room was full when the meeting began Monday morning. Committee Chairman Andre Jacque, a More >

Minnesota, Wisconsin try to reboot income tax reciprocity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State tax officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they’re working to reinstate a system that allowed 80,000 people who work across their shared border to file one state income tax return. Under the reciprocity system that began in 1968, Wisconsin made payments to Minnesota to make up for what border-crossing Wisconsin More >

Prosecutors deciding charges in Wausau stabbing death

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Central Wisconsin prosecutors are deciding whether to charge a 15-year-old as an adult in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy. Wausau police say Isaiah Powell was stabbed twice in the back during a fight involving a group of teen boys that started with an argument that had played out on Facebook. More >

Man dies after being found inside Clark County garage fire

CHILI, Wis. (AP) – The Clark County sheriff’s department is investigating the death of a 61-year-old man found inside a garage fire. According to the sheriff’s department, someone called authorities reporting a village of Chili garage was on fire with someone inside at about 5 p.m. Sunday. The Chili Fire Department later pulled Robert Eckrich More >

Committee to start budget revision process with briefings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s finance committee is about to kick off a months-long push to revise Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 state budget proposal. The committee is set to begin Monday with briefings from a number of state agencies on how the budget would affect them. First up are the Administration, Justice and Corrections departments. More >

Lake Superior ice caves prove popular again

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – The ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are proving very popular again this year. According to the National Park Service, the caves on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands opened Saturday and attracted more than 7,000 people. By 10 a.m. there was a mile’s worth of cars parked on nearby Highway 13 and More >

Man facing 2 felony charges in Milwaukee gas station beating

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 21-year-old man is facing felony charges in the beating of two clerks at a Milwaukee gas station. Dominick Smith was charged Friday with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He’s accused of attacking two convenience store employees on Feb. 21 after they accused him of shoplifting. A video recorded by a witness More >

Teen seriously injured in Sheboygan Falls farm accident

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a teenager was seriously injured after he got caught in a piece of farm machinery in Sheboygan Falls. According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, the 17-year-old male was working on an auger in a silo late Sunday afternoon when he got caught in the equipment. Department officials arrived More >

Police identify 13-year-old killed in suspected gang fight

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Police have identified a Wausau boy who died after being stabbed twice in the back during an apparent gang fight as 13-year-old Isaiah Powell. The Wausau Police Department said the stabbing happened Friday evening after several juveniles who said they are gang members argued on social media. One of the youth fired More >

Madison diocese seeks $30M to fund priest training

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Madison Catholic Diocese is turning to its parishioners to help fund the training of priests. The diocese has seen a surge in the number of priests-in-training, from six in 2003 to the current 33. To educate current and future seminarians, the Madison diocese needs $30 million. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) More >