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(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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Tuesday afternoon at about 1:20, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Schmidt Road near the Railroad tracks. According to the report, after an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody. A County deputy advised there will also be drug charges and the subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police at about 12 Noon Tuesday, reportedly located Thomas D. Gilson, 46 at a residence on East 8th Street South Ladysmith. According to the report, Gilson was found to have an active Chippewa County Warrant. A City Officer took Gilson into custody without incident and transported to the Rusk County Chippewa County line. He was turned over to the Chippewa County deputy.

In a Press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, at 7:38 AM Tuesday, two semi units were involved in a crash on Northbound USH 53 near 27th avenue, South of the Village of Haugen. The crash occurred when the first semi unit, which was parked on the right-hand shoulder of Hwy 53 Northbound, decided to turn across both Northbound lanes to utilize the median cross-over and access the South bound lanes of Hwy 53. This semi unit turned into the path of another North bound semi. The collision caused both semi units to travel into the median. No one was injured, but traffic was limited to just one lane in each direction for 3 hours while the semi units were removed. The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Democratic Party is slamming Gov. Scott Walker’s new video leading up to the launch of his re-election bid as a “revisionist campaign stunt.”

In the minute-long video released Wednesday, Walker touts his record on creating jobs, lowering taxes, investing in schools and increasing health care accessibility.

Democratic Party spokeswoman Melanie Conklin says in a statement that if Walker were honest the video would show his refusal to accept federal Medicaid expansion money, cuts in funding to public schools and tax giveaways to the rich.

Walker rides his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the ad. Conklin says a more accurate video would have shown him “being jostled around on Wisconsin’s crumbling roads.”

TOWN OF ETTRICK, Wis. (WEAU) One man is hurt after rear-ending a tractor pulling a manure spreader.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department says crews were called to the scene of the crash on Highway 53 and Twinde Lane in the Town of Ettrick around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies say the tractor was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Twinde Lane, when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Isaac Siegel, of Augusta. Siegel was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor was not hurt. Deputies say inattentive driving was the main cause of the crash.

The death toll from Northern California’s destructive wildfires is at 42 after Sonoma County found the remains of another person.

Misti Harris, a spokeswoman for Sonoma County, says the department is working on identifying the person. Sonoma County now has 23 dead.

About 60 people remain unaccounted for in Sonoma and Napa counties as of Tuesday. Authorities say they are conducting targeted searches for victims and the work is slow-going.

The wind-whipped fires that started Oct. 8 swept through parts of seven counties, becoming the deadliest and most destructive series of blazes in California history.

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Authorities say fire crews made overnight progress battling blazes in Northern California’s wine country, helped by moderate weather and lack of wind.

Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says crews did controlled burns to wipe out fuel needed by wildfires to spread.

Tens of thousands of evacuees are returning to their homes, although more than 30,000 were evacuated as of Tuesday morning. That number is down considerably from Saturday when an estimated 100,000 people had been forced out of their homes.

(New York, NY)  —  John Menard, Junior of Eau Claire is still the wealthiest person in Wisconsin. The annual Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans has Menard 47th, one spot lower than last year as the head of the Menards’ home improvement chain has a net worth of nine-point-nine-billion dollars. Herb Kohler, who chairs the Kohler Company of Sheboygan County, is 52nd, same as last year with a net worth of eight-point-five-billion. Diane Hendricks of A-B-C Supply in Beloit rose 28 places from last year to Number 122. James Cargill the Second of Birchwood, an heir to the Cargill food company, is 161st — four members of the S-C Johnson family of Racine are 186th — and Judy Faulkner of the Epic Systems medical record software firm in Verona, jumped more than 100 places to 219th.

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(Undated)  —  Wisconsin’s dairy industry is against the idea of removing “America’s Dairyland” from the state’s license plates. Kurt Bauer, who heads the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, put out the idea Monday at a luncheon his group held in Madison. Amy Eckelberg of the state’s Farm Bureau Federation says “no other single product has more of an economic impact in Wisconsin than milk — and it has earned the right to be the state’s slogan on its license plate. Mike North of the Dairy Business Association says the move would be “disheartening,” considering that the dairy industry has a 43-billion dollar annual impact on the state’s economy. Bauer later told the Wisconsin State Journal he only wanted to start the conversation — he said other exciting things are happening with the state’s economy like Foxconn’s new L-C-D screen plant — and he thinks the word “Forward” would be more appropriate.

Late Monday afternoon at about 5;30, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office requested Rusk County deputies to meet at the Ringer Excavating to arrest Kevin Barrett on two Felony Warrants out of Minnesota. According to the report, the subject has felony warrants out of Minnesota for dangerous drugs. He is known to be armed, dangerous and possibly armed. Taylor County had his ride on a traffic stop in their county and they are available to assist. At about 6:20 PM, a Rusk County deputy advised they are in custody and Taylor County will be taking custody of Kevin Barrett.

Ladysmith Police and Rusk County deputies responded at 2:45 AM this (Tuesday) morning, to a location on a report that Brett D. Alexander, 50, had hit a 49 year old female and pulled out some of her hair. According to the report, Alexander had been known to get physical with Law Enforcement and run from Law Enforcement. City Police located Alexander on the West end of his home outside. It was believed that he may have been attempting to evade Police. A City Officer handcuffed Alexander to detain him. He was under arrest and was transported to the Rusk County jail.

As a community, we want our youth to be safe, healthy, and informed. Over the past weeks the Rusk County Youth Council has been presenting our listeners with facts about marijuana use. In this seventh and final week, RCYC wants to help you learn how to talk to youth about marijuana. Where do You start? What do you say? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is here to help. Between legalization, increased normalization in pop culture and new ways of using, it’s becoming more and more complicated to know how to address marijuana use with your kids.

First, the Partnership recommends gaining a better understanding of marijuana and the teen brain. The parts of the adolescent brain that develop first are those responsible for physical coordination, emotion and motivation. However, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses – known as the prefrontal cortex – does not fully mature until the age of 25. During the teen and young adult years, your child is especially susceptible to the negative effects of any drug use, including marijuana. Evidence has shown that marijuana use during the teen years could potentially lower a person’s IQ and interfere with other aspects of functioning and well-being. Even the occasional use of pot can cause teens to engage in risky behavior, find themselves in vulnerable situations and make bad choices while under the influence. The bottom line is the drug landscape will continue to change with the times, but the one thing that will remain constant is the need for support and information when raising a child. You’re the most important and most powerful influence in your Child’s life.

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin’s job creation agency is expected to give final approval today (Tuesday) to the state’s three-billion dollars of incentives for Foxconn. The board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation held a closed meeting September 28th where they reviewed the various tax breaks and environmental law exceptions that Foxconn will get to build its ten-billion dollar L-C-D screen plant in Mount Pleasant. The panel did not take action at that time, but a bill signed last month by Governor Scott Walker gives the W-E-D-C the final say on the project. There’s also a local incentive package of infrastructure improvements and land transfers totaling 764-million dollars. A final local development agreement still has to be written and approved by the village and Racine County.

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for spiking her supervisor’s coffee with anti-anxiety medication, eye drops and other substances.

Fifty-six-year-old Karen Zenner, of Spencer, told investigators she spiked the coffee in hopes her boss would forget about the $2,000 he loaned her. Zenner pleaded guilty to a felony count of putting foreign objects in edibles. WAOW-TV says the supervisor, a diabetic, noticed high spikes in his blood sugar and a slimy substance in his coffee.

Court records say Zenner told investigators she placed the substances in the coffee for two to three weeks in January, trying to make her boss sick so he would forget about the loan.

Zenner was also sentenced to three years of probation Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court.


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Over this past weekend in Rusk County news, Friday morning a Rusk County deputy did a follow up at a residence on County Highway E, Bruce. According to the police log, after an investigation, a subject was taken into custody for bail jumping and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Friday evening at about 7:30 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a subject advising that Dylan M. Howard, 20, was breaking windows and doors trying to get into the residence on Lake Avenue Ladysmith. Ladysmith Police and Rusk County deputies searched for Howard and received information that he was a friends house on West 3rd Street North. According to the report, Officers made contact with Dylan Howard and arrested him for Domestic Disorderly Conduct and Domestic Criminal Damage to Property.

Early Saturday morning at about 12;25 AM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Townline Road, Glen Flora. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody for OWI and the subject had a PBT of .087. The subject was taken to the Rusk County jail.

Also early Saturday morning at about 2:15 AM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Sawdust Road, Bruce. A field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation, the driver was taken into custody for OWI and taken to the Rusk County jail.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant late Saturday morning at a residence on North 1st Street, Bruce. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy made contact with Charles Brown who was wanted out of Rusk County. Brown was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday morning at about 10:15 AM, a theft complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, a female subject reported that someone stole a radio out of a car on her property on Van Wey Lane, Ladysmith. She advised that the vehicle belongs to a subject who is currently in the Rusk County jail. Authorities spoke to the subject in jail and he advised that he did not give anyone permission to take the stereo.

As required by state statute on or by Oct. 15th of each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has provided the certified amount each public school district will receive from the $4.584 billion appropriated for general state aid for the 2017-18 school year. This is the same amount of general state aid as the prior year’s budget appropriation. Overall, 55 percent of the state’s public school districts will receive less general state aid this school year than they did in 2016-17. General aid is made up of equalization aid also known as the school aid formula, integration aid also known as Chapter 220 aid, and special adjustment aid also known as hold harmless aid. Fifty-Five districts met the aid formula’s hold harmless provision, meaning their reduction is generally limited to 15 percent of the prior year’s amount. Aid payments are based on 2016-17 audited numbers that include membership, property value, and eligible expenditures.

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