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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 10-19-17

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  There’s a report that Michigan offered more than Wisconsin to lure Foxconn, but the firm chose the Badger State because it offered more in cash. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said it obtained records that compared what both Michigan and Wisconsin offered to get the nation’s first plant that makes screens for smartphones. The report said the Michigan offer waived property and operational taxes, and offered tax breaks that all manufacturers get — and once the Legislature dropped some proposed items, the Michigan offer fell to two-point-three billion with only small cash incentives. Wisconsin, on the other hand, offered hundreds of millions in refundable tax credits that pays Foxconn in cash. Mark Hogan of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said the state looked solely at its potential return — not what other states were offering.

A traffic stop turned into a vehicle pursuit for Rusk County authorities Wednesday. According to the Rusk County Police Log, Wednesday afternoon at 4:10 PM, a traffic stop on Highway 8 near Edming Road, Glen Flora became a vehicle chase. The suspect vehicle went East bound on Old 14 Road, and entered Glen Flora at 74 miles per hour. The vehicle then went South bound on Highway 73 towards Taylor County. Speeds reportedly reached 110 miles per hour during the pursuit. The vehicle then went South bound on Town line and turned onto Cutoff Road North bound. The suspect was West bound and road spikes were missed by the vehicle and then went North bound on Rangeline Road. The vehicle than was East bound on Highway 8 entering Glen Flora at 106 miles per hour. The suspect then went South bound on Edming Road and approached a school bus at Edming and Town line road. The school bus appeared to get out of the way. The suspect then went South bound on Circle Road and spikes were set up at County Highway B and Circle Road. The vehicle reportedly went around the spikes and was traveling on County Highway P West Bound. The vehicle was East bound on Town line from Range line Road approaching Rock Rally. Stop strips were hit by the vehicle and had a flat tire. A Rusk County deputy reported the driver was a young individual and the vehicle had significant tire deflation. A Rusk County squad car was rammed by the suspect and was North bound on Edming Road. After about a 25 minute pursuit the suspect vehicle was stopped in a driveway at a location on Voldberg Road. Rusk County deputies were reportedly out at gunpoint. The subject was then taken into custody. The suspect vehicle caught on fire and was next to a camper. A Rusk County deputy tried to push the vehicle away from the property but the fire was starting to spread. The Hawkins Fire Department was called to the scene. A Rusk County squad car had severe damage after the suspect vehicle rammed his vehicle. During the pursuit, the Ladysmith, Hawkins and Sheldon Ambulances were put on standby. The male juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. The Department of Health and Human Services was notified for Juvenile charges.

(Madison, WI)  —  U-W officials say no new illegal payments have turned up between the 26 public campuses and their private foundations. The university took a fresh look at two-thousand payments between campuses and foundations since 2010, after the U-W sued two former Oshkosh campus officials in January for illegally guaranteeing public funds to back up five privately financed building projects. The review turned up some questionable transactions — including 183-thousand dollars from U-W La Crosse to its foundation after a fundraising effort for a stadium Hall of Honor fell short. The reviewers said the payment was not the best practice, but it was okay because there’s a risk involving fundraisers. U-W President Ray Cross said the review displayed the integrity of private foundations.

(New York, NY)  —  Six “Dreamers” from Wisconsin plan to join others in a protest in New York tonight (Thursday) against House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for Catholic charities, hosted by New York Cardinal and former Milwaukee Archbishop Tim Dolan. The young “Dreamers” go to work and school as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump wants to end. The “DACA” (dack uh) recipients want Ryan to get the G-O-P Congress to pass a revised program to protect U-S born children of illegal immigrants before a six month grace period for DACA runs out. The Wisconsin Dreamers are part of a student group headed by Milwaukee’s Voces de la Frontera immigrant rights’ organization.

(Madison, WI)  —  Industrial hemp is one step closer to being grown in Wisconsin. The state Senate’s agriculture committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill to let Wisconsin adopt rules for growing industrial hemp, which has low levels of the main ingredient in marijuana. Stevens Point Republican Patrick Testin is the chief sponsor of the Senate measure — and he says that with more education and discussion, supporters could alleviate concerns about things like law enforcement. Testin says he’d like to see Wisconsin reintroduce a crop for which the state was a national leader several decades ago, before the federal government banned industrial hemp in 1970. He expects the full Senate to vote on the bill by late October or early November — and a similar measure in the Assembly would require state permits.

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