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Sen. Ron Johnson makes stop at Kwik Trip headquarters in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says the current presidential administration is to blame for inflation and the worker shortage. The Republican toured Kwik Trip’s headquarters in La Crosse on Tuesday, part of his trip to visit businesses in several counties. While in La Crosse, Johnson said he supports a reduction in unemployment benefits to reduce the…

Evers visits broadband grant recipients

REEDSBURG, Wis. -- Gov. Tony Evers is visiting more recipients of the Broadband Access Grant. On Tuesday, Evers and commissioner Tyler Huebner of the state's Public Service Commission visited the Reedsburg…

Assembly OKs tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting

The state Assembly has passed a Republican-authored bill that would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting. The measure comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores in California. There's been no reports of similar smash-and-grabs in Wisconsin, but the bill's chief Senate sponsor, Duey Stroebel, said in written remarks to the Senate judiciary committee that the state must send a strong message that organized theft rings will be punished. Under the bill, the severity of penalties for committing thefts as a group would be determined by the total value of the all the stolen items. The Assembly approved the bill Tuesday on a 59-33 vote. It goes next to the Senate. 

Wisconsin Senate sends critical race theory ban to Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate sent to Gov. Tony Evers.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Maple Bluff pier access

MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. -- A Dane County judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that would have limited some Maple Bluff residents' access to Lake Mendota, saying a decades-old easement included in deeds for area properties gives residents the right to…

Wisconsin Senate approves calling constitutional convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin on Tuesday became the 16th state to call for a convention of the states to consider making a variety of changes to the U.S. Constitution, a move that drew bipartisan opposition in the state Senate but not enough to block its approval.

Wisconsin budget forecast improves by $2.9 billion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's budget picture improved by nearly $2.9 billion with a revised forecast released driven by higher-than-expected tax collections that will force the Republican-controlled Legislature to decide whether to spend the surplus, save it or put it…