7:57 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Walker Seeks Tuition Freeze

Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut an increase in UW Systemfunding by more than half.

Gov. Scott Walker wants to freeze tuition at UW system schools for the next two years.  The change is part of an amended budget request the Walker administration has submitted to the Joint Finance Committee.   The Governor also wants to cut an increase in UW system funding from $181 million to about $87 million. The changes come after news surfaced that the UW system had a $650 million surplus. Changes in the new budget proposal would lower the UW system reserve fund by $136 million.

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10:14 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Cuts Back Stewardship Funding

Parcel of land preserved in Door County.

A party-line vote cut funding to Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program by $63.5 million dollars over the next seven years.

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5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Wisconsin Ripe For Wildfire

Area filled with dry tinder, some from 2011 windstorm. Charred landscape will stun visitors, foster new growth.
Credit DNR

Wildfire risks in Wisconsin

The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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3:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Police Officer who was Injured in Sikh Temple Shooting Plans to Retire

Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to respond to the temple shooting

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy says he will retire from the force on June 12.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Actions Wednesday

Among items the Legislature's budget committee approved Wednesday:

-- Adding 61 positions to Dept. of Revenue to collect delinquent taxes (estimated at $1 billion)

-- Spending $2 million federal to set up private deer hunts

-- Reducing wolf hunting license fees from $100 to $47 (residents) and $500 to $249 (non-residents)

-- Relaxing Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease testing protocols and allowing elk importation

-- Assigning the Dept. of Revenue to manage unclaimed funds, removing that duty from state Treasurer