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Walker announces support for various rural projects

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he will propose spending more money to help rural schools, expand broadband in underserved areas of Wisconsin and do more to train workers and invest in rural parts of the state. Walker outlined some of his plans Wednesday in a speech to those from the Chippewa Valley area More >

Walker refuses to take position on renewable fuel standards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is refusing to take a position on the federal renewable fuel standards law, saying that’s not an issue he has been actively engaged in. Walker was asked Wednesday whether he had a position on the law that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum More >

Man dies in Milwaukee garage fire

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Fire Department says a man has died in a garage fire. The fire broke out about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. Deputy Fire Chief Terry Lintonen says firefighters found the man dead. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( reports damage to the building and its contents is estimated at $14,000. Milwaukee fire and police departments are More >

Walker unmoved by Indiana decision to take Medicaid money

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he isn’t changing his mind about turning down federal money to expand Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, even though Republican Gov. Mike Pence did just that. Walker said Wednesday that he still believes his decision not to take the money, but instead limit More >

Walker plans to keep K-12 funding ‘largely intact’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he plans to keep funding for Wisconsin’s public schools “largely intact” in the state budget he releases on Tuesday. Walker has released some details of what will be in his budget, but he’s said almost nothing about what’s in store for public schools. Aid to K-12 schools is More >

Walker says he won’t reconsider rejection of Kenosha casino

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he is not going to reconsider his decision to reject a new casino in Kenosha. Walker commented Wednesday after a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, urged Walker to change his mind. Walker reiterates that he believed approving the $800 million casino would put the More >

Stack Bros. accused of age discrimination

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a large heating and plumbing contractor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota. The EEOC alleges Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, of Superior, violated federal law by firing two employees when they reached age 62 and retaliating against one of them More >

Walker says trips to South Carolina, Florida, Nevada coming

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he’s planning trips soon to important 2016 presidential primary states of South Carolina, Nevada and Florida. Walker told reporters in Racine on Wednesday that he wants to see if his message is resonating with voters around the country before he decides on whether to run for president. Walker on More >

Bipartisan lawmakers ask Walker to reconsider casino

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging Republican Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his decision to reject a Menominee Tribe casino in Kenosha. Ten lawmakers, including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, sent Walker the letter Wednesday. Walker said Friday he was not going to approve the $800 million casino, citing concerns over More >

Court revokes license of lawyer charged with 34 counts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Supreme Court has decided a Wausau lawyer charged with multiple counts of misconduct can no longer practice law in Wisconsin. The high court on Wednesday agreed with a referee’s recommendation to revoke Ryan Lister’s license. Lister faced 34 charges of misconduct including maintaining a sexual relationship with a client and More >