MADISON - The question over whether a vacancy should be filled this year on the U.S. Supreme Court is becoming an issue in the nonpartisan race for Wisconsin's Supreme Court.
Democrats want President Obama to nominate someone now, while Republicans say it should wait until the next president.
Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley says the president has the prerogative to take action, and the Senate can vote on it or not. But Bradley also says she is not taking a position on "political issues like that."
Her challenger state Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg says the Constitution "is clear about the process for filling vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court."
A Marquette University Law School poll released Thursday showed the race between Bradley and Kloppenburg to be a dead heat.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
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