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The Latest: GOP looks to bump up prison worker salaries

May. 21, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Legislature's finance committee's state budget deliberations (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee are planning to give prison workers bigger raises than Gov. Tony Evers is calling for in his state budget. Evers'...

Wisconsin Democrat Pocan calls for Trump impeachment

May. 21, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is calling for impeachment proceedings to move forward against President Donald Trump. Pocan on Tuesday tweeted that "Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report" enhances the appearance of guilt and "has pushed...

Wisconsin Supreme Court suspends Racine County judge

May. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended a Racine County judge for five days without pay, citing "concerning" and "obviously unethical" behavior. The unanimous court in an unsigned order Tuesday said that Racine County Judge Michael Piontek's judicial misconduct in two cases from 2014...

Fallen firefighter remembered as selfless public servant

May. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin firefighter killed by gunfire after responding to a medical call has been remembered as a proud father, loving husband, loyal friend and selfless public servant. The funeral service for Mitchell Lundgaard Monday evening at Appleton Alliance Church included eulogies from...

Republicans to consider Evers' prison budget

May. 21, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee are set to consider portions of Gov. Tony Evers' budget that would create new prison barracks and set aside millions for prison worker overtime and raises. Evers' budget calls for borrowing $15 million to build three new...

Wisconsin firefighter's family says support is 'astonishing'

May. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Residents of a Wisconsin city have paid their final respects to a firefighter who was killed after a shootout occurred between police and a suspect. Hundreds lined a procession route for Mitch Lundgaard, 36, that wound through Appleton on Monday, starting at a funeral home and ending...

GOP considering splitting budget into 2 bills

May. 20, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are thinking about splitting the state budget into two bills. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald tell Wispoltiics.com that the GOP is considering splitting the budget into one bill that deals with spending and another...

Republicans plan to intervene in new union lawsuit

May. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators plan to intervene in a new lawsuit challenging restrictions on public workers' unions. GOP lawmakers passed a law known as Act 10 in 2011 that stripped almost all public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Two chapters of the International Union of...

After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home

May. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire's governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state's Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three...

Evers: 'Connect the dots' to see if GOP leaders are sexist

May. 20, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had this to say on whether Republican legislative leaders are sexist: "You connect the dots." Evers released a statement Monday, after earlier refusing to answer questions, about whether he agreed with his spokeswoman's claims that Republicans won't negotiate...