State News

4 Tribes Sue Wis., Governor, and 11 Townships

Four northern Wisconsin tribes have filed a federallawsuit against Governor Scott Walker, the state of Wisconsin and townofficials over the taxation of reservation lands.  The tribes argue the state and towns don’t have the right to tax reservation lands. The complaint was filed on November 30th, in the US District Court for the Western District of…

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Most UW Regents Get Big Raises

The University of Wisconsin System regents approvedraises for ten of the system’s 13 four-year school chancellors.  UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank saw the largest raise, going from $509,949 to $582,617. UW-Milwaukee’s Mark Mone got the next largest raise, going from $346,800to $396,219.  The regents approved the increases during a closed meeting Thursday at UW-La Crosse.  System spokeswoman…

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WEDC Lures Door Manufacturer To Wis. With Tax Credits

A door manufacturer based in Illinois is relocating its operations to southern Wisconsin.  Seal-Rite Door said it will open a new $16-million facility in Beloit that will employ about 80 people.  The company is a subsidiary of Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is providing Seal-Rite with up to $250,000 in state tax…

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Car-Buggy Crash Kills Child, Injures Three Others

One child is dead after the buggy they were riding in was involved in a crash on County Highway H west of Township of Fremont in Clark County.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call of the crash at about 8:48am, on Wednesday, December fifth.  Initial investigation indicated that a car being driven by…

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UW Regents To Consider 3% Raises For Each Of Two Years

The University of Wisconsin System is seeking three percent pay hikes for its employees each of the next two fiscal years.  System officials said Monday they would ask regents to consider the plan when they meet Thursday.  The UW System has about 39,000 employees statewide.  The employees have not had pay plan increases in five…

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Wis. Joint Finance Committee Advances Bills Limiting Governor & Attorney General

The Wisconsin legislature’s Joint Finance Committee passed a bill package late yesterday on party-line votes to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.  The Committee voted after a nine-hour public hearing where all but one person spoke against the measures.  It did not pass a controversial measure to move the date…

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Outside Groups Spent $61-Million On Wis. Fall Election

The Wisconsin Democracy Group released a report Thursday that found outside groups spent $61.4-million on Wisconsin’s 2018 fall election, a record for mid-term elections.  The previous record for outside spending in a mid-term election in Wisconsin was $36.6-million, set in 2014.  Republican-leaning organizations spent nearly $31.2-million; Democratic-leaning groups spent $30.1-million. The Democratic Governors Association spent…

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Stranger Who Crashed Into Woman Was On Way To Kill His Parents

A Minneapolis man was on his way to kill his parents when he encountered a Somerset motorist who became the target of his aggression until police intervened, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Saint Croix County Circuit Court.  The November 21st episode left a Somerset woman and a Saint Croix County Deputy…

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UW System President Repremanded UW-LaCrosse Chancellor

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross reprimanded UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow for inviting a porn star to speak at the UW-LaCrosse campus.  Gow paid 59-year-old porn actress Nina Hartley $5,000 out of his discretionary fund to speak on campus November first.  Two weeks later Gow said he was sorry for the media attention…

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This Gun Deer Hunting Season Was Safest Ever

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said this year’s gun deer season set a record for hunter safety.  Three hunters suffered non-fatal shooting injuries during the hunt that began November 17th and ended Sunday.  DNR conservation warden Jon King said that it was the state’s safest gun deer season ever.  Prior to this year, the…

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