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Walker: 'I'm going to keep my campaign promises' Submitted: 06/01/2015
DELAVAN - Gov. Scott Walker says he intends to keep his campaign promise not to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees to pay for transportation projects in Wisconsin.

Walker said Monday that despite his position, he still believes a deal can be reached with the Legislature's budget-writing committee this week on how to pay for highways and other roads projects.

The transportation budget is one of the last pending issues before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. Lawmakers have been unable to reach a deal with Walker.

Many Republicans don't want to borrow the $1.3 billion that Walker has called for to pay for the projects. They are also looking at ways to delay work that's either scheduled or ongoing, but they haven't been able to come up with a deal.

Story By: Associated Press

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TOWN OF EDGEWATER - Sheriff's officials say the adult son of a couple in Sawyer County killed his parents and took his own life outside their rural home.

Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke says 41-year-old Eric Werachowski shot his father in the abdomen Saturday at the Town of Edgewater home he shared with his parents, then set fire to the house.

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NECEDAH - Wildlife experts say it could be a record year for efforts to reintroduce a critically endangered bird in Wisconsin.

An aerial survey has counted 37 whooping crane nests, with 13 chicks hatched so far this year.  Nine of the young birds were still living as of late last week, and another eight pairs still were brooding eggs.

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MADISON - A liberal group and a voting rights organization have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a host of changes Republicans have made in Wisconsin election law.

One Wisconsin Institute, Inc., Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund and a half-dozen voters filed the lawsuit in Madison on Friday against the Government Accountability Board, which oversees state elections.

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MILWAUKEE - The holder of a Megabucks ticket sold in Milwaukee is the winner of a record $22.5 million jackpot.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1FVAOAv) it's the first time the jackpot has been won in more than three years.

The Megabucks ticket for Saturday's drawing was sold by A&I Services convenience store on Howard Avenue.

The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize and can choose $22.5 million in 25 annual installments or a one-time cash payment of about $15.7 million.

Megabucks is a lottery jackpot game played only in Wisconsin.

A Madison man was the last jackpot winner: winning $14.3 million on Jan. 14, 2012. The previous record jackpot was $20.3 million, won Aug. 25, 2001.

Saturday's winning numbers were: 21, 22, 34, 36, 40 and 43.

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PORT WASHINGTON - A Wisconsin jury has convicted TV actor Dustin Diamond of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge.

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MADISON - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to cut the University of Wisconsin System budget by $250 million, eliminate tenure in state law, limit shared governance provisions and give UW more flexibility to save money.

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MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee has adopted Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate 80 positions within the state Department of Natural Resources, including more than half of the researchers in the agency's science bureau.

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