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    A factory farm has agreed to pay the Wisconsin Department of Justice $215,000 to settle pollution allegations. The Legislature's finance committee is slated to approve the deal during a meeting Tuesday. According to an analysis of the deal by the Legislature's attorneys, the deal will settle allegations that Kinnard Farms improperly spread manure in Kewaunee and Door counties between 2018 and 2022, failed to timely submit an engineering evaluation for a feed storage area and failed to timely submit annual nutrient management plan updates. The settlement also calls for Kinnard Farms to upgrade two waste storage facilities and a feed storage area.

    A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Milwaukee police officer and stealing his squad car last year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 23-year-old Jetrin Rodthong on Thursday for shooting Officer Herbert Davis III as the officer was investigating reports about a sick or injured motorist. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Rodthong pleaded guilty in January to five felonies, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He shot Davis and stole his squad car in January 2022 as the officer was investigating a reported person in a vehicle who was sick or injured.

    As reported by, for a third straight cycle, the state Building Commission deadlocked on Gov. Tony Evers' capital budget, sending the $3.8 billion document to the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee without a recommendation on an projects. There was no discussion ahead of t…

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ $3.8 billion proposed spending on state building projects got the thumbs down from Republicans, sending the final decision on funding to the GOP-controlled Legislature’s budget committee. Republicans on the state building commission voted Thursday against Evers’ proposal, just as they have for his prior two budgets. That means it will be up to the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to make the final call. That committee begins taking testimony from state agencies about the Evers budget on Tuesday. The Legislature is expected to pass its plan sometime in June, sending it to Evers who can make changes with his line-item veto power.


    Wisconsin's new secretary of state says she had no idea that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was going to appoint her to the job. The governor announced Friday that Secretary of State Doug La Follette had abruptly resigned and that he had appointed former state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to the position rather than call a special election. Republicans accused Evers of handing Godlweski the job as payback for her dropping out of a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate last year and helping Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes win the nomination. Godlewski told The Associated Press on Thursday that she was floored when Evers called her to his office on March 15 and asked her to take over for La Follette.

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