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Evers calls for smoother approval of stewardship projects

Feb. 08, 2023 17:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers wants to make it harder for Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature to stop conservationists and the state from buying land, proposing Wednesday to increase the thresholds for stopping stewardship projects. Evers said his executive budget...

Biden rallies workers in Wisconsin after big speech

Feb. 08, 2023 15:29 PM EST

DeFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Fresh from his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden rallied supporters in Wisconsin on Wednesday, preparing for an expected reelection announcement this spring and trying to shore up the backing of working-class voters who have edged away from Democrats in recent...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Feb. 08, 2023 14:42 PM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. February 2, 2023. Editorial: Mixed results from student speech survey There’s reason to be concerned about some of the responses in the UW System’s survey of student views on free speech, but we’re not convinced the results are as...

Evers unveils plan to fund local governments with sales tax

Feb. 07, 2023 16:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday proposed that counties and more than two dozen large cities in Wisconsin be allowed to ask voters to raise the sales tax to pay for local services such as police and fire protection and road repairs. He first unveiled a proposal to...

Wisconsin Republicans order audit of licensing backlog

Feb. 07, 2023 15:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers ordered an audit Tuesday of a Wisconsin agency that has taken weeks to issue professional licenses, causing lengthy delays for thousands of workers across the state. The Department of Safety and Professional Services oversees licensing for...

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices pick sides in race

Feb. 07, 2023 12:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A majority of the current members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have picked a favorite candidate in the race that will decide the ideological balance of the court with several major decisions looming. Republicans, Democrats and their allies are expected to...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Feb. 06, 2023 23:04 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Feb. 1 The Washington Post on police reform The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in 2021 but stalled in the Senate, would not have prevented the fatal beating of...

Roads blocked in land spat involving American Indian tribe

Feb. 06, 2023 20:46 PM EST

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (AP) — Roads have been blocked in northern Wisconsin in a dispute involving homeowners and an American Indian tribe. Leaders of the Lac du Flambeau tribe set up barricades on Jan. 30 after negotiations with property title companies broke down, the Green Bay...

Wisconsin mom sent to prison for role in teen son's death

Feb. 06, 2023 19:28 PM EST

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for her role in the fatal shooting of her 18-year-old son during a dispute with a man over stolen reptiles. Tiffany Powell was also ordered to discuss the incident with authorities on each anniversary...

Evers appoints former Milwaukee health leader to head DHS

Feb. 06, 2023 13:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday appointed the former public health leader in Milwaukee as secretary of the state Department of Health Services. Kirsten Johnson, who formerly served as Milwaukee's health commissioner for two years until resigning in January, will...