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Wisconsin set to finish fiscal year in $283 million hole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New nonpartisan projections show Wisconsin is on track to finish the current fiscal year with a larger shortfall than Gov. Scott Walker’s administration anticipated. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a report Friday that shows the state is expected to finish the year that ends June 30 with a $283.4 million shortfall. Walker’s More >

UW-Madison quietly closes controversial cat lab

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has closed a controversial cat research lab. University spokesman Chris Barncard confirmed Friday the lab quietly closed months ago. He says the professor who ran the lab is on the path to retirement. He said the retirement was not spurred by pressure from outside organizations. A representative from the More >

La Crosse County goes without heroin overdose death in 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – There were no deaths from heroin overdoses in La Crosse County last year and officials are crediting naloxone, a drug that counteracts overdoses. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) reports more emergency responders are carrying naloxone, which is commonly known by the brand name Narcan. Two people died in La Crosse More >

Big weekend ahead for Walker with Iowa, California trips

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is fine-tuning his message heading into a busy weekend where he will rub shoulders with other potential 2016 presidential candidates speaking to conservatives in Iowa and at a Koch brothers event in California. Walker has been crafting his image on the national political stage as a fresh-faced reformer and More >

Walker says casino rejection not based on politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says his decision to reject a proposal to build a new $800 million casino in Kenosha is not based on politics or impact on his potential presidential run, but what is best for taxpayers in the state. Walker announced Friday that he was rejecting a Menominee Tribe proposal to build More >

Hard Rock says decision against casino ‘sad news’

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The developer of the Menominee Nation’s proposed Kenosha casino says they’ve met every challenge confronting the project – and then some. Hard Rock International chairman Jim Allen says Gov. Scott Walker’s decision against the casino is “terribly sad news” for the nearly 9,000 Menominee tribal members. Hard Rock would have financed More >

Walker touts new alternative teacher licensing plan

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he’s just trying to give schools more opportunities to find teachers in high-demand areas with his new proposal to create an alternative track for people with real-life experience to get licensed to teach. Walker told public school district administrators and school board members at an annual education convention Friday More >

Walker tells school leaders he’s against sanctions

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is telling Wisconsin public school district administrators that he does not support sanctions included in a Republican proposal targeting failing schools. Walker reiterated his position against sanctions during a speech Friday in Milwaukee at an annual education convention that draws superintendents, principals and other school officials. Assembly Republicans have proposed forcing More >

Menominee expresses disappointment in casino decision

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) – The Menominee Indian Tribe is expressing disappointment over Gov. Scott Walker’s decision against a proposed casino in Kenosha. Tribal chairwoman Laurie Boivin said in a statement Friday that the project would have improved the lives of the nearly 9,000 tribal members. The chairwoman says that instead, one tribe – the Forest More >

Police: Father suspected of killing his baby, another man

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police say a father fatally stabbed his 5-month-old daughter and another man, and wounded two other people at a Milwaukee house. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the baby’s injured mother and her boyfriend were rushed to a hospital after the Friday morning attack. Flynn says the suspect was arrested at the house and that More >