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Ryan campaign ends first half of 2017 with $11.15 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s campaign finished the first half of 2017 with $11.15 million on hand. The campaign announced the figure Wednesday evening. The statement said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, raised $3.4 million during the first six months of the year. The deadline for filing congressional campaign fundraising reports for More >

Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin right-to-work law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers to pay union dues. Unions maintain the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation. Two chapters of the International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit last More >

Republicans show few signs of progress on Wisconsin budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders showed no signs of progress on reaching a state budget deal following a closed-door meeting with Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos left the hour-long meeting saying he’s “accepted the reality of the world” that Walker and Senate Republicans won’t go for any gas More >

Wisconsin grocery store chain to close

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials of a grocery store chain with Wisconsin roots say the company will close its five stores later this year because it can no longer compete in today’s market. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2u8QhOV ) reports the closure of Brennan’s Market will end the Monroe-based company’s 75-year run and leave 150 people More >

Lawmaker: ’99 percent’ sure craft brewery changes dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal that would require breweries and wineries to stop selling their products on-site and instead work through distributors is probably going nowhere, a key Republican lawmaker said Wednesday. Craft brewers and wineries were outraged last month when a mysterious memo emerged detailing a plan that would require them to work More >

Democratic AG candidate raises $174K

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic attorney general hopeful Josh Kaul has raised more than $170,000. Kaul announced in April he would challenge Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul’s campaign said Wednesday that he raised slightly more than $174,000 in two-and-a-half months and had a little more than $135,000 on hand at the end of June. More >

Police: Death of toddler investigated as a homicide

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Racine police say they’re investigating the death of a 3-year-old child. Authorities say the toddler’s death is an apparent homicide. Officers were called to a house about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday where the child was found in an upper unit. Police say they were summoned to the house on a report of More >

Minnesota man dies of injuries in La Crosse creek crash

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse police say a man who crashed a car into creek following a weekend chase has died of his injuries. Authorities say 19-year-old DeShawn Huff, of Winona, Minnesota, was driving a stolen vehicle last Sunday when police tried to stop him. He sped away with police in pursuit. Police More >

Wisconsin officers fatally shoot naked suspect who had gun

JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in Wisconsin fatally shot a naked carjacking suspect Tuesday after authorities say the gun-wielding man tried to enter a restaurant following a chase. The incident began around 12:45 p.m. when a witness said the man took off his clothes at a park and ride near Pewaukee and More >

Report: Illinois’ Budget Pickle To Cost Wisconsin $51 Million

(Madison, WI)  —  Illinois’ budget problems will cost Wisconsin an extra $51 million in the next two years. Illinois is raising an extra five billion dollars in taxes to catch up on its pension obligations to government retirees and the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the Badger State will have to give an extra 51 More >