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Republicans plan to keep judicial panels unchanged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican leaders of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee say they plan to reject Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals eliminating a judicial advisory panel and putting a judicial investigatory commission under control of the state Supreme Court. The panel started taking votes on Walker’s budget on Wednesday. The co-chairs say they plan to More >

Proposal making DATCP board advisory removed from budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal reducing the power of a citizen board that sets policy for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has been taken out of his budget. Making the DATCP board advisory only was one of 14 policy items taken out of Walker’s budget on Wednesday by More >

Walker proposed change for assessors removed from budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal changing who does property assessments in Wisconsin has been removed from his budget. Co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee said Wednesday that Walker’s proposal putting counties, rather than municipalities, in charge of doing assessments had been removed. The idea had run into widespread opposition, including from More >

14 of 49 policy items removed from Walker budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee have removed 14 of 49 policy items from Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal. The Joint Finance Committee co-chairs released the list on Wednesday. It includes removal of Walker’s proposal to make the Department of Natural Resources Board advisory only, and a proposal to More >

Converting DNR board to advisory council removed from budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to make the Department of Natural Resources Board advisory only has been removed from his budget, signaling that that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal is unlikely to pass the Legislature this year. The Republican co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday announced that they were removing the More >

Proposal shielding UW research records removed from budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal that would have hid University of Wisconsin research from public view has been removed from Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, making it more difficult to pass the Legislature this session. The Republican co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday announced that the item was being taken out of Walker’s More >

Hundreds of dogs sickened by a flu strain in Midwest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Animal health experts say a canine influenza virus has sickened hundreds of dogs in several Midwestern states, including one in Wisconsin. The University of Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has affected at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Recent tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic More >

Judge denies voters’ attempt to intervene in Abrahamson case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has denied an attempt by voters to intervene and stop a lawsuit brought by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson challenging the timing of a recently approved constitutional amendment. The amendment approved by voters April 7 allows justices on the Supreme Court to choose who will be More >

Man pulled from Little Lake Butte des Morts

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man is in critical condition after officers pulled him from Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County. Sheriff’s officials say the rescue happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday in the Neenah area. The man was heard yelling for help before he went under water. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1IKS65p ) says officers More >

Girl, 4, injured after bullet enters Milwaukee home

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 4-year-old girl was struck by a bullet while playing on a couch inside a Milwaukee residence. The Milwaukee Police Department says an unknown shooter fired 13 rounds at the residence, striking the girl late Tuesday night. The girl was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren’t More >