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Wisconsin retirees to see annuity payment increases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Retirees in the Wisconsin Retirement System will receive annuity increases of between 1.3 percent and 1.9 percent starting in May. The Department of Employee Trust Funds released the estimate Wednesday. It comes after the State of Wisconsin Investment Board reported that investments in the “Core Fund” rose by 8.5 percent last More >

Lawmaker seek tax break for Minnesotans working in Wisconsin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker has proposed a bill to help residents who may pay higher taxes due to working in Wisconsin. The bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Greg Davids would offset the higher taxes in Wisconsin and give Minnesota residents a tax credit, the Post Bulletin ( reported. The measure, which More >

Assembly speaker says his job is harder than governor’s

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Who has the harder job, Gov. Scott Walker or Assembly Speaker Robin Vos? To hear Vos tell it, presiding over the largest Assembly Republican majority since 1957 is a lot tougher than being governor. Vos said Wednesday that while Walker “has the power” being Assembly speaker is “a more difficult job.” More >

Plea deal reached in killing of 13-year-old girl in 1982

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lawyers have worked out a plea deal in the case of a Milwaukee man charged with killing a 13-year-old girl in 1982. Fifty-one-year-old Jose E. Ferreira Jr. pleaded not guilty in 2015 to second-degree homicide in the death of Carrie Ann Jopek after confessing to a crisis line counselor, a TV station More >

Papermaker agrees to complete Fox River cleanup

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A papermaker has agreed to shoulder the financial burden for completing cleanup work on the Fox River in a settlement, federal environmental officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that NCR Corporation has entered into a consent decree to finish the final phase More >

Republican senator circulates marijuana extract bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Sen. Van Wanggaard is circulating a bill that would make possessing a marijuana extract used to prevent seizures legal in Wisconsin with a doctor’s certification. Parents of children who suffer from seizures have been pushing for legislation that would allow them to use CBD oil to ease the symptoms. A More >

Bill to lift protections for wolves introduced in US Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senators from three states have introduced legislation to lift federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and return responsibility for managing those populations to the states. The bill introduced Tuesday comes from senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, John Barrasso and Enzi of Wyoming, and More >

Icy roads blamed for massive pileup southwest of Madison

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities are blaming icy roads for a massive pileup southwest of Madison. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says an estimated 30 to 40 vehicles were involved in the pileup on Highway G in the Town of Primrose. The calls stated coming into the county’s 911 center around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when drivers More >

Evers has big financial advantage in superintendent race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers has a huge financial advantage over his opponents in his re-election bid. Evers reported Tuesday that he had $117,000 cash on hand at the end of December. That’s nearly seven times as much as challenger John Humphries and 53-times as much as opponent Lowell Holtz. Humphries More >

Wisconsin State Senate passes bill to help cheese plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill extending tax incentives to help a cheese distributor. The Senate unanimously passed the bill Tuesday that is designed to assist with Plymouth-based Masters Gallery Foods building of a $30 million cheese packaging and distribution plant in the village of Oostburg. The bill would More >