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  • Images taken by magazine photojournalist Bruce W. Smith the day and days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississipi Gulf Coast putting Wavelnad, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Long Beach under 28 feet of tidal surge. The huricane flattened or washed away tens of thousands of homes and businesses on the Mississippi coast. Smith lived in Long Beach at the time.

    President Obama returns to New Orleans to mark 10 years since Hurricane Katrina

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned Thursday to an outwardly thriving New Orleans to mark strides 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the city. But underneath the visible recovery lie persistent racial and economic inequities that haven’t receded since the storm — figures Obama said prevent New Orleans from declaring itself fully recovered a decade after Katrina. “Our work here won’t be done when almost 40% of children still live in poverty in this city. That’s not a finished job. […]

  • Hernandez Auto and Tire (PHOTO: WLUK)

    Two people found dead inside vehicle that crashed into tire shop that was destroyed by fire

    GREEN BAY — Two people have been found dead inside a vehicle that apparently crashed into a Green Bay tire shop, which was destroyed by fire. Green Bay police say the fire happened about 2 a.m. Thursday, August 27th. Firefighters arrived to find Hernandez Auto and Tire engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, authorities found a destroyed vehicle, with two people inside. Police said it appears the vehicle crashed into the building. Fire investigators are still trying to determine […]

  • Tomah VA Medical Center

    Changes coming to troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center to address staffing shortages

    TOMAH — The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center says it will make several changes to address staffing shortages. The VA announced Wednesday, August 26th that the hospital’s 11-bed inpatient psychiatric unit had stopped admitting new patients and will temporarily close next week. VA spokesman Matthew Gowan said the two patients who are currently in the unit likely will be discharged before the September 4th closure. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fI0Mgz ) reports that any local veteran requiring psychiatric treatment will […]

  • U.S. Bank Stadium

    Records: Company in Vikings stadium fatality had nine safety violations at its worksites

    MINNEAPOLIS — Records show a subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium (U.S. Bank Stadium) construction site has received numerous citations for safety violations at its worksites. A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed and another was injured at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site in Minneapolis Wednesday, August 26th. Public records show Berwald has received nine citations for serious violations in the past five years — many for workers failing to use safety harnesses. One owner, Eugene […]

  • Scott Walker

    Governor Walker renews call for President Obama to cancel official state visit with president of China

    DENISON, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is renewing his call for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit with the president of China in response to slumping U.S. stock markets. Governor Walker said Wednesday, August 26th following a campaign stop in Denison, Iowa, that such a move would not hurt trade with states like Iowa or Wisconsin. Walker first called for the state visit to be canceled Monday. He defended it on Wednesday when asked about possible […]

  • Wisconsin State Capitol

    Report: State collected $71 million more in taxes than anticipated during last fiscal year

    MADISON — A new report shows the state collected about $71 million more in taxes during the last fiscal year than anticipated. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released figures Wednesday, August 26th showing the state took in about $14.54 billion during the year that ended June 30th. The final estimate for 2014-15 collections in January projected the state would take in about $14.47 billion. The report shows much of that increase was attributable to a bump in corporate income and franchise […]

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    Officials: Oshkosh Corp. $6.7B military contract will have ripple effect across the state

    OSHKOSH — Leaders in Oshkosh say a lucrative military contract will have a ripple effect across Wisconsin. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports executives with Oshkosh Corp. along with state and local officials Wednesday, August 26th hailed a $6.7 billion Army contract awarded to build the Humvee’s replacement. The award means Wisconsin-based Oshkosh will produce about 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the Army and Marines. Options for further contracts could push the total value to around $30 billion. Oshkosh Corporation CEO […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers

    Milwaukee Brewers fall 6-2 to Cleveland Indians

    CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis homered and drove in three runs, and the Cleveland Indians used six pitchers in a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Kipnis, who leads the American League with a .325 batting average, gave Cleveland the lead with a two-run double with the bases loaded in the second inning. He added a solo homer in the eighth. Rookie right-hander Cody Anderson, starting in place of the injured Carlos Carrasco, allowed two runs in 4 1/3 […]

  • Wisconsin State Capitol

    Gov. Walker administration assigns armed guards to DOJ offices

    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration plans to post armed security guards at the entrances to the state Department of Justice’s Madison headquarters. The guards will go on duty beginning Sept. 1. A guard has been stationed at a desk at the main lobby entrance but doesn’t carry a weapon. State Department of Administration spokesman Cullen Werwie says the move is part of what he called a “security upgrade” for the facility and isn’t part of a response to any […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers

    Tomlin shakes off homers, Indians outslug Brewers 11-6

    CLEVELAND — Josh Tomlin shook off three home runs and lasted six innings to win his season debut at home and Michael Brantley homered twice, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 11-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Tomlin (2-1) allowed solo homers in the first and second innings before retiring 12 straight until the sixth, when Ryan Braun hit a two-run shot. The right-hander was making his third start since being activated from the disabled list following shoulder […]

  • Donald Trump

    “Go back to Univision:” Donald Trump has Hispanic TV anchor escorted from news conference in Iowa

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had an extended argument with the news anchor from a Hispanic television network, after he initially had the anchor escorted from a news conference Tuesday, August 25th. Trump had a member of his security detail remove Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Univision, from the conference room after Ramos stood up and began asking pointed questions about the billionaire’s immigration proposal. Trump has proposed ending birthright citizenship, a constitutionally protected right that […]

  • oshkosh-defense

    Oshkosh Defense awarded $6.7 billion contract to build new combat vehicle for U.S. Army

    OSHKOSH — Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. has won a major contract to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the military’s Humvee troop carriers. The Department of Defense on Tuesday awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract to Oshkosh Defense. The $6.7 billion contract is expected to support thousands of jobs. The JLTV would replace about 55,000 Humvees by 2040. Around 49,000 would be built for the Army with the rest going to the Marines. It’s designed to provide […]

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