State News

Natural Gas Prices Down, Oil & Propane Up Over Last Year

Xcel Energy has forecasted that residential customers will be paying about four percent less than they did last year.  If we have a normal winter, and with the cost of natural gas this year, Xcel anticipates its customers will see a decrease in their bills this winter compared to last year.  Xcel said it estimates…

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Gov.-Elect Evers Will Face $1.1-Billion Shortfall

Incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers will need to find about $1.1-billion to give state agencies all they have requested to pay for schools, prisons, Medicaid and other government operations over the next two years.  That’s according to a new report from Republican Governor Scott Walker’s administration.  The report, released Tuesday, analyzes state agency budget requests…

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Many More Deer Killed In First Weekend

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported that hunters killed many more deer on the opening weekend of this year’s nine-day gun-hunt than in 2017.  Hunters killed 118,670 deer over the weekend, up nearly 13-percent from 105,216 deer last year.  They killed 65,388 bucks, up 8.3-percent from last year, and 53,282 does, up nearly 19-percent…

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Walker Appopinted Schimel As County Circuit Judge

Outgoing Governor Scott Walker is giving outgoing Attorney General Brad Schimel a job as a judge.  Walker announced Tuesday that he appointed Schimel as a Waukesha County circuit judge.  Walker said Schimel has shown a commitment to the rule of law and will faithfully serve the state as a judge.  Schimel is a former Waukesha…

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Prison Job Center Helps Prepare For Life After Incarceration

A prison near Madison is giving inmates access to a Wisconsin Job Center to help them prepare for life after their release.  Oakhill Correctional Institution inmates can use the center’s computers with limited internet access to build resumes, search and apply for jobs, and set up interviews via email.  Jennifer Brikowski is an employment and…

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Milwaukee Man In Serious Condition After Stabbing And Being Run-over

A 20-year-old man is in serious condition in Milwaukee after authorities said he was stabbed multiple times and then run over with a vehicle.  Police said the victim and another man got into a fight Sunday night, and when the victim fell in the street after being repeatedly stabbed, the other man intentionally ran him…

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Timber Sales Up Again In Chequamegon-Nicolet Nat’l Forest

Timber sales on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have increased for a sixth consecutive year.  The forest sold 128.7-million board feet of timber this past fiscal year.  Forest Supervisor Paul Strong said that’s the most timber sold on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest since the early 1990s.  The forest has been able to sell more stands of…

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Schwan’s Co. Sold To South Korean CJCJ

Schwan’s Company, the Minnesota food distributor known for the home deliveries made by its distinctive gold trucks, is being sold to South Korea’s largest food company.  CJCJ as it is known, will pay $1.8-billion for an 80-percent stake in Schwan’s and gain control of Schwan’s businesses that serve restaurants, groceries and other retailers.  The Schwan…

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Deer Hunt Begins Saturday, State License Revenue Down

Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer hunt begins a half-hour before sunrise Saturday and the season runs through November 25th.  Last year hunters killed 197,733 deer. A new report, which notes that Wisconsin relies heavily on state and federal revenues generated by hunters and anglers to pay for maintaining  its  natural  resources, points to a decline in…

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Gov.-Elect Evers Named His Transition Team

Tony Evers’ transition team has asked the Republican-controlled Legislature for $94,600 to hire staff and pay for office expenditures as he prepares to take over the governorship of Wisconsin.  The Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to meet today to vote on approving the spending. Governor-elect Tony Evers named his campaign manager as his chief of…

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