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All public schools in a Milwaukee suburb are closed after officials say a high school student wrote a hit list and was found in possession of a loaded magazine of ammunition.

Shorewood School District officials said because of “ongoing safety concerns,” classes and activities are canceled Wednesday.

No. 1 Milk Company Declares Bankruptcy Amid Drop In Demand

Nov 12, 2019
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Got milk? Increasingly, Americans don't, and that led the nation's biggest milk producer to file for bankruptcy Tuesday.

Dean Foods blamed a decadeslong drop in milk consumption that has seen people turn to alternatives like soda, juice and almond milk.

The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers.

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Leaders of a rural county in Wisconsin are not pleased with how the quality of its ground water is being reflected by local reporters.

Lafayette County seems like an idyllic rural spot in Wisconsin, but a local committee made waves Tuesday when it announced its board and any other officials need permission before talking about local water quality.

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Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap between black and white students of any state based on results of a test known as the nation's report card.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released Wednesday show no significant change from statewide results a decade ago. However, declining scores for the lowest performing students resulted in Wisconsin having the widest achievement gap of any state.

Wisconsin superintendent of schools Carolyn Stanford Taylor says the achievement gap is a crisis and closing the gaps is "imperative for our state."

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Republicans tried to persuade the state Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss a union lawsuit challenging their contentious lame-duck laws, insisting during oral arguments that the measures don't violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

Fitzgerald Says Senate Will Quickly End Gun Special Session

Oct 21, 2019
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Updated on Oct. 22 at 12:40 p.m. CT

The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate said Tuesday he plans to convene and then immediately adjourn a special session Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called on a pair of gun control measures, without debating or voting on the proposals.

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The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved accommodations for a disabled Democratic lawmaker, despite his objections that Republicans had tied the changes to unrelated provisions aimed at expanding GOP power.

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A Milwaukee man and woman are accused in an alleged counterfeit THC vape operation.

Police searched a home on Milwaukee's south side last week and uncovered nearly $1 million in cash and more than 10,000 THC vaping cartridges.

According to the complaint, police also found 18 pounds of marijuana in addition to the cartridges filled with THC oil.

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will issue Wisconsin's first pardons in nine years, invoking his constitutional power to grant clemency to four people.

Evers plans to issue the pardons Monday, the first he's making as governor after he re-started the pardons board in June. Evers' predecessor, Republican Scott Walker, never issued a single pardon over his eight years as governor.

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A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series Making a Murderer is asking Wisconsin's governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence, attorneys said Wednesday.

Brendan Dassey was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities that he had joined his uncle, Steve Avery, in the 2015 rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, before burning her body in a bonfire.

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President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn't know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters following an appearance at the World Dairy Expo in Madison that it's getting harder for farmers to get by on milking smaller herds.

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A legislative task force that studied ways to prevent suicides in Wisconsin is recommending creation of a statewide suicide prevention program with a director who would oversee the effort, according to a copy of its recommendations that The Associated Press obtained on Tuesday.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the bipartisan task force in March. It was to officially release its findings at a Capitol news conference on Wednesday.

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Republican Scott Fitzgerald, a 25-year veteran of the Wisconsin state Senate, announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in a strongly conservative district to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

Fitzgerald, the first Republican to enter the race, was an early supporter of President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and his campaign website prominently features of picture of Fitzgerald standing next to a smiling Trump who is giving a thumbs up.

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Wisconsin's former Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that his 25-year-old son is considering running for an open congressional seat in a suburban Milwaukee district.

Walker told WISN-TV in an interview that his son, Matt, is interested in the traditionally conservative seat that includes the city of Wauwatosa, where he was born and grew up. Matt Walker, a 2016 Marquette University graduate, has never run for public office.

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Nearly nine out of 10 cases where vaping led to people developing a severe lung disease in Wisconsin involved the use of THC products, such as waxes or oils, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services said Thursday.

Health officials said that 89% of the 27 people they interviewed who became sick reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

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A panel of federal judges ruled that Democrats do not have to pay attorneys' fees and costs incurred by the GOP in a Wisconsin gerrymandering lawsuit. Republican legislators and state officials had requested to be reimbursed for the costs of defending the redrawn maps.

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he won't run for office again in 2022 because he has accepted a new full-time job running a group based in Washington, D.C., that promotes conservative ideas among young people.

The Republican had been openly considering running for his old job as governor or for U.S. Senate in 2022. But Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Monday that his job as president of the Young America's Foundation, which is based in the Washington area, will make it impossible for him to run for office in 2022.

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President Donald Trump unloaded via Twitter on Republican former House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan's comments critical of Trump appeared in excerpts from a new book.

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Updated on July 12 at 3:45 p.m. CT

A Wisconsin man has been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner. The 17-year police veteran died by gunfire as he executed a no-knock search warrant in February.

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It looks like Wisconsin's largest landfill is putting off retirement. The owners of Orchard Ridge are asking the Department of Natural Resources to allow them to dig up some 1.3 million cubic yards of contaminated waste and move it elsewhere on the 725-acre property.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn't need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government's insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill.

Dane County officials made a $25 million environmental liability policy a requirement for Enbridge's permit for a project to triple the flow of crude oil from its Line 61 pipeline to 1.2 million barrels per day. The pipeline runs from northern Wisconsin to Illinois.

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Updated on July 3 at 10:48 a.m. CT

A three-judge panel has dismissed a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative boundaries in the wake of a key U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 27 that federal courts have no place in policing political district boundaries.

READ: Supreme Court Rules Partisan Gerrymandering Is Beyond The Reach Of Federal Courts

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A county coroner official says two people are dead after a semi crashed on Interstate 94 Wednesday, exploding and setting fire to other vehicles. The interstate has been closed since.

I-94 may be closed past rush hour — 7 p.m., 8 p.m. — says Scott Stiff, a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. Although the incident happened in Racine County, his department is serving a supporting role.

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Gov. Tony Evers re-created Wisconsin's pardons board on Thursday, fulfilling a campaign promise to again consider granting pardons after his Republican predecessor, Scott Walker, halted the process eight years ago.

Evers, a Democrat, is putting his own mark on the process, declining to consider commutation of prison sentences as previous governors did and instituting a new restriction making people on the sex offender registry ineligible.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated most of the legislation passed by majority Republicans during a lame-duck legislative session aimed at capping the powers of their Democratic rivals.

The high court also blocked a trial that had been scheduled to start Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging one of the laws passed during the session, which came after a midterm election in which Republicans lost the governor and attorney general races.

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Milwaukee County and the company formerly in charge of jail health services have paid $6.75 million to settle a lawsuit from the family of Terrill Thomas. He died of dehydration in the Milwaukee County Jail in 2016.

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Many pro football fans are mourning the death of one of the sport's icons of the 1960s. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr passed away Sunday at the age of 85.

Starr thrived under the guidance of Packers coach Vince Lombardi, and the team won five NFL titles in the '60s, plus the first two Super Bowls. Perhaps Starr's most famous play was scoring the winning touchdown in the 1967 NFL Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, a contest known as the Ice Bowl.

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Milwaukee police searching for a homicide suspect fatally shot an armed man, but the man they were seeking remains at large. It happened Tuesday morning near 7th and Maple Streets on the near south side. 

Police say officers dressed in plainclothes were surveying a car based on a tip they received about Victor Cintron, the homicide suspect. Officers in their car were approached by two men, including an armed man wearing a mask, according to police. They say officers shot the masked man and the other ran away. No officers were hurt.

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The city of Milwaukee has reached a tentative $2 million settlement with the family of a 22-year-old man who died in the back of a police squad car in 2011. Attorneys for the family say the money would go to Derek Williams' three children and the city would be held accountable for his death.

READ: No Federal Charges Against Offficers In Derek Williams Death

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A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday restored 82 appointees of then-Gov. Scott Walker who were confirmed during a lame-duck legislative session, handing a victory to Republicans and defeat to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

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