WRJC Radio - Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin 2015-01-28T22:52:16Z http://www.wrjc.com/feed/atom/ WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker to attend Southern Republican Leadership Conference]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103436 2015-01-28T22:52:16Z 2015-01-28T22:52:16Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headed to Oklahoma to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in May. The Oklahoma Republican Party announced Wednesday that Walker planned to attend to conference that runs May 21 to May 23. Other potential 2016 presidential candidates who are slated to appear include former Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson. Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston calls Walker a “rising star in the Republican Party and has demonstrated more than most how to win against the toughest Democrat competition.” Walker’s travel schedule is picking up as he looks seriously at a White House bid. He was in Iowa last week, he’s scheduled to give a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday and he’s going to New Hampshire in March.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Department of Natural Resources to offer eagle license plate]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103434 2015-01-28T22:51:51Z 2015-01-28T22:51:51Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official says she hopes a new set of bald eagle license plates will take flight across the state. Erin Crain, director for the department’s Natural Heritage Bureau, said Wednesday that the agency is accepting bald eagle photo submissions. A winning photo could be featured on the new endangered resources license plate, she said. Crain said the bald eagle plates will replace currently available badger plates. She said the department will continue to offer wolf license plates along with the new bald eagle license plates. Crain said the bureau chooses animals from a list of endangered and rare species in Wisconsin. She said bald eagles are recovering from their endangered listing. Those interested can visit the DNR Facebook page for additional contest details.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Parents charged with 2006 kidnapping arrested in Illinois]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103432 2015-01-28T22:51:22Z 2015-01-28T22:51:22Z More >]]> LAKE COUNTY, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say a man and a woman have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly kidnapping their children from Las Vegas nine years ago. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year old Marie Rosaline Malagon-Castillo and 39-year old Manuel Ruiz-Garcia fled Nevada to avoid an investigation of Malagon-Castillo’s alleged drug use during pregnancy. They did not have custody of the children. They were arrested late Tuesday when a sheriff’s deputy spotted suspicious activity at a truck stop near the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Authorities say the children were found at a home in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The sheriff’s office says that the children have been handed over to a family member while the case is reviewed by the Clark County, Nevada Department of Family Services. Malagon-Castillo and Ruiz-Garcia are being held without bond in the Lake County jail while they await extradition.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker announces support for various rural projects]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103430 2015-01-28T22:50:45Z 2015-01-28T22:50:45Z More >]]> 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 who were in Madison to lobby lawmakers. Walker says he will increase state aid that goes to rural schools and put in $5 million more to pay for transportation costs for rural schools. He also plans to propose spending $55 million on revolving loans to benefit regional economic development organizations and $24 million to reduce water pollution. Walker also promised $15 million in matching state money to help pay for the proposed Confluence Arts Center in Eau Claire.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker refuses to take position on renewable fuel standards]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103428 2015-01-28T22:50:15Z 2015-01-28T22:50:15Z More >]]> 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 amount of renewable fuel like ethanol. The issue is particularly big in Iowa, a big corn producing state. Walker says since he has not officially declared as a candidate for president, he has not “gotten into that.” Walker says should he run for president, “I probably would have to take a stand on it but I’m not right now.”

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Man dies in Milwaukee garage fire]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103426 2015-01-28T22:49:50Z 2015-01-28T22:49:50Z More >]]> 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 (http://bit.ly/1zcY7Br) reports damage to the building and its contents is estimated at $14,000. Milwaukee fire and police departments are investigating. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker unmoved by Indiana decision to take Medicaid money]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103424 2015-01-28T22:49:03Z 2015-01-28T22:49:03Z More >]]> 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 income qualifications for Medicaid while expanding coverage to childless adults who were on a waiting list was the best approach. Indiana this week became the 28th state to expand Medicaid under Obama’s health care law, and the 10th state to do so with a Republican governor. Health care advocates in Wisconsin have urged Walker to take the money, particularly in light of a projected $2 billion state budget shortfall.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker plans to keep K-12 funding ‘largely intact’]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103422 2015-01-28T20:14:41Z 2015-01-28T20:14:41Z More >]]> 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 the largest single part of the budget, accounting for about 33 percent of all state spending. Walker told reporters Wednesday that he thinks he “can have a positive impact on helping our schools” with assistance in the budget. Public school advocates have feared they could be in for deep cuts given that the state faces a projected $2 billion shortfall.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Walker says he won’t reconsider rejection of Kenosha casino]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103420 2015-01-28T20:14:02Z 2015-01-28T20:14:02Z More >]]> 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 state on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses due to terms of a compact with the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe. The lawmakers say in their letter that Walker is ignoring terms of the state’s compact with the Menominee requiring the tribe to make up any Potawatomi losses. The lawmakers say the potential benefit to the state in jobs and economic development offered by the Kenosha casino is too great to pass up.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Stack Bros. accused of age discrimination]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=103409 2015-01-28T18:42:47Z 2015-01-28T18:34:30Z More >]]> 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 when she resisted the company’s plans to let her go. The complaint accuses Stack Bros. of discriminating against Randy Virta and Karen Kolodzeske by firing them when they turned 62 in February and September of 2014. The EEOC says the company also retaliated against Kolodzeske by denying her a raise and cutting her hours and pay while waiting for her to turn 62. Virta and Kolodzeske had worked for Stack Bros. for 16 and 25 years, respectively. President Bill Stack referred any comment to his attorney who did not immediately return a call.

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