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3 Democrats look to make history in Wisconsin governor raceSubmitted: 06/18/2018
MADISON - Only white men have served as governor in Wisconsin. It's a track record that three Democrats are looking to shatter this year.

Two women, Kelda Roys and Kathleen Vinehout, and one black man, Mahlon Mitchell, could make history if they win the primary and defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The other seven Democratic candidates are white men, just like every other governor in Wisconsin history.

Wisconsin is one of 28 states where at least one woman is expected to run for governor. Mitchell is one of at least eight black candidates running for governor nationwide.


Also, if Leah Vukmir wins the Republican primary, she would face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, marking the first time two women from the major parties have squared off for U.S. Senate.

Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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GRAND RAPIDS - Saturday afternoon a boat crash in Wood County caused multiple injuries according to DNR Conservation Warden Korey Trowbridge.

The single boat crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on Lake Wazeecha in Grand Rapids. Five people were on board when the boat collided with the shore line.

Multiple people were transported to a hospital for their injuries. The extent of those injuries is unknown.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the DNR are all investigating the crash. 

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MADISON (AP) - Madison is ending its compost collection program because residents were putting too many non-compostable items in their carts and the city can't afford its own biodigester.

Bryan Johnson is the city's recycling coordinator. He tells The Wisconsin State Journal that ending the program will give officials time to study other options for collecting food scraps and other compostable materials.

The program currently has about 1,100 households and 40 businesses involved.

Johnson says separating non-compostable materials is a labor-intensive and slow process that requires additional water. The digester's operator, GL Dairy Biogas, charges a $200-per-ton fee to separate debris from compostable material.

Mayor Paul Soglin says he hopes the city can find ways to work with larger producers before integrating the process into the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.

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MILWAUKEE - Foxconn Technology Group and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are launching an internship program that will send engineering students to the company's headquarters in Taiwan for a semester.

The program announced Thursday is designed to develop local talent for the company's planned manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin. Foxconn plans to make advanced liquid crystal display panels at the complex being built in Mount Pleasant.

The university says five students from its College of Engineering and Applied Science will be selected this fall. They will spend time in Mount Pleasant before going to Taiwan in February and will work on projects at one of the company's facilities there through June.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate remained at a record-low for a second straight month in May.

The state Department of Workforce Development released data Thursday that shows the unemployment rate held at 2.8 percent last month.

The labor force participation rate increased to 68.9 percent in May, up from 68.8 percent in April. DWD estimated 3,090,200 people were employed in May while 89,200 were unemployed.

The state added 600 government jobs between May and April but lost 5,300 private sector jobs overall.

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GREEN BAY - The car that Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr won for his "Super Bowl One" MVP performance made its way back to Wisconsin.

The 1967 green Corvette was revealed at the automobile gallery Thursday.

A Connecticut Packers fan bought the car last May and offered it to the Packers.

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TRENTON, WISCONSIN - A West Bend area man died after becoming trapped under a weed-cutting boat on a Washington County lake.

Deputies were called to Wallace Lake about noon Wednesday after a someone saw the capsized boat about 50 yards off shore.

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AUBURN, NEBRASKA - Outdoor power equipment company Ariens will be closing a plant in Nebraska, and moving the work to Wisconsin.

Ariens announced Thursday that nearly 200 employees at its Auburn, Nebraska plant will be affected.

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