Wisconsin Senate passes state budget on to Evers Submitted: 06/26/2019

MADISON - Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget.

The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law, veto it in its entirety or use his partial veto powers to revise it.

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Federal agency hears testimony on fate of gray wolves Submitted: 06/26/2019

BRAINERD, MN - Federal officials are weighing testimony from the only public hearing in the country on the government's latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.

The proposal would return management of the predators to the states, potentially subjecting them to hunting and trapping. It most states it's illegal to kill a wolf unless it's threatening a human.

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Johnson asks for congressional action following photo at border Submitted: 06/26/2019

WASHINGTON - A recent photo showing a migrant father and young daughter found drowned in the Rio Grande River got the attention of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.

The father and daughter drowned Sunday as they crossed from Mexico into Texas.

Senator Johnson says he hopes to not see another picture like that "at the U.S. border."

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Illinois 11th to legalize recreational marijuana Submitted: 06/25/2019

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

The Democrat signed legislation Tuesday in Chicago allowing residents to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents could have up to 15 grams.

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Reward in fatal shooting of Racine officer pases $75,000 Submitted: 06/25/2019

RACINE - Wisconsin authorities searching for the suspect who killed a Racine officer who was trying to stop an armed robbery are getting more help from businesses to increase the reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Authorities were offering more than $75,000 as of Monday for any tips leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect who killed officer John Hetland. The Journal Times reports the reward was $42,000 Friday.

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Hundreds protest deportation threats Submitted: 06/25/2019

MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of people protested the Trump administration's plans to deport illegal immigrants in Milwaukee Monday afternoon.

The sweeps were supposed to begin on Sunday, but President Trump said he postponed them for two weeks quote "at the request of Democrats."

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Man who risks life in I-94 crash speaks out Submitted: 06/24/2019

RACINE - We heard today from a man who risked his life to help a victim in last week's crash on I-94 in Racine County.

Paul Sullivan and his wife were driving down the highway Wednesday. In front of them, a semi-truck exploded in the chain reaction crash. Sullivan jumped out of his RV and helped a driver out of a burning car.

He says he's not a hero - instead, crediting other men.

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Florida man on trial in wife's 1979 killing in Wisconsin Submitted: 06/24/2019

WAUKESHA - A jury trial is starting for a Florida man accused in the death of his wife, whose body has never been found since her disappearance 40 years ago in Wisconsin.

Authorities arrested 79-year-old John Bayerl in Fort Myers, Florida, in February and he was extradited to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to stand trial in the death of 38-year-old Dona Mae Bayerl.

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Milwaukee man charged in death of 5-year-old who found gun Submitted: 06/24/2019

MILWAUKEE - Authorities say a Milwaukee man has been charged in the death a 5-year-old boy who found a gun and killed himself.

Court documents released Sunday by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office show 25-year-old Michael Moore is charged with neglecting a child resulting in death. Moore faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Authorities identify Mount Pleasant officer who killed teen Submitted: 06/23/2019

MOUNT PLEASANT - Authorities have identified the Mount Pleasant police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old man earlier this month.

The state Department of Justice says in a release that Sgt. Eric Giese, a 12-year-veteran of the force, fatally shot Tyrese West, of Racine, on June 15. Giese has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in a fatal officer-involved shooting.

The Racine Police Department, which is handling the investigation, said earlier that the officer attempted to make contact with West when West fled on a bicycle. Following a short pursuit, Giese saw that West was armed. Less-lethal force was unsuccessful and West ignored the officer's commands before Giese fired.

Lifesaving measures failed. A handgun was recovered from the scene, which is just a few blocks south of Racine.

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