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    Giant sinkhole opens up on Missouri golf course

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Geologists say a giant sinkhole near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is fairly common because of the region’s karst topography. The sinkhole consists of two adjacent sinkholes that appeared Friday morning near a pond at the entrance of the Top of the Rock Golf course near the resort town of Branson. The course is part of the Bass Pro Shops-owned Big Cedar Lodge complex and hosted a PGA Champions Tour event last […]

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    Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in park swing

    LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — A woman was found in a Maryland park pushing her dead toddler in a swing, and authorities say she may have been there all night. Charles County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that police found the unidentified woman in a park with her dead 3-year-old son in the town of La Plata after receiving a call early Friday morning. The release said officers saw right away that the toddler was dead, and […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers’ reliever Will Smith suspended 8 games for rosin, sunscreen on arm

    ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith has been suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta. Major League Baseball says Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Smith will be available for Friday night’s game at the Braves. Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 10-1 loss. He said after the game he […]

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    Lawmakers approve host of changes to Walker’s job creation agency, including removing him as chairman

    MADISON (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee has approved a host of changes to Gov. Scott Walker’s floundering job creation agency, including removing the governor as chairman, dramatically reducing its reserves and eliminating a proposed $55 million in grants to fund regional loans. The governor has called on legislators to reform the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s operations after years of problems at the agency. Issues have ranged from failing to track past-due loans to businesses to failing to demand proof […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers

    Atlanta Braves take advantage of Brewers reliever Will Smith’s ejection for pine tar, win 10-1

    ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Milwaukee reliever Will Smith’s seventh-inning ejection for allegedly using pine tar in a 10-1 victory Thursday night. Play was stopped briefly with Atlanta leading 2-1 and the bases loaded with one out in the seventh when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez successfully argued to umpires that Smith had pine tar on his right forearm. Crew chief Jim Joyce walked over to the mound, touched a […]

  • bicycling

    Republicans mull imposing tax on new bike sales; cycling community not happy: “I was shocked!”

    MADISON (WITI/AP) — One of the leaders of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee says his colleagues are pondering imposing a new tax on new bike sales. It’s just a proposal right now, but it’s something those in the cycling community aren’t happy about. Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, is co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee. He told reporters Thursday, May 21st that Republicans on the panel are looking into inserting language in Governor Scott Walker’s two-year budget plan that would […]

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    “Progressives United,” PAC founded by Democrat Russ Feingold suspends fundraising

    MADISON (AP) — “Progressives United,” a political action committee founded by Democrat Russ Feingold has suspended its fundraising to avoid the appearance of a conflict with his run for the U.S. Senate. The PAC’s attorney Mike Wittenwyler said Thursday that the PAC was officially suspended on Wednesday, May 20th. Feingold announced last week that he was running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. The race would be a rematch of the 2010 election when Johnson defeated Feingold, an […]

  • Wisconsin State Capitol

    Finance committee will leave SeniorCare program alone

    MADISON (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s finance committee say they’re going to reject Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts to Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for cutting $97 million from the senior citizen prescription drug discount program. It also would require participants to first sign up for the federal Medicare Part D drug program and use SeniorCare for any additional coverage. The finance committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to reject, tweak or […]

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    Wisconsin unemployment drops to 4.4 percent in April

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in April, down from 4.6 percent in March. The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures Thursday. The department also reported that for the 12-month period ending in December, Wisconsin added 35,736 private-sector jobs, for a growth of 1.5 percent over that period. Walker’s administration releases the state figures before the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts them out June 17. Only then can Wisconsin’s job growth be […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers

    Nick Castellanos hits bases-loaded triple to lift Tigers to 5-2 victory over Brewers

    DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple with two out in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat. With two out, nobody on and the score tied at 2, Jonathan Broxton (1-1) allowed consecutive singles by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes and a walk to Tyler Collins. Castellanos’ line drive […]

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    Joint Finance Committee approves plan to give County Executive a say in what happens to struggling schools

    MADISON/MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It was a late night at the Capitol Tuesday, May 19th as lawmakers stayed past midnight for a Joint Committee on Finance session. Lawmakers covered a large collection of education proposals, including a controversial plan to give the Milwaukee County Executive a say in what happens to struggling schools in Milwaukee. As midnight approached in Madison, lawmakers to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance, the state’s budget-writing committee discussed a plan Republican supporters say would improve […]

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    Gov. Walker signs 70 mph speed limit bill, but drivers need to wait for the signs

    MADISON  (AP/WITI) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill on Wednesday, May 20th that allows state transportation officials to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on some Wisconsin roads. Under the law, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) can raise the speed limit to 70 mph only on four-lane roads that have entrance and exit ramps. They can’t raise the limit on roads with at-grade access. WisDOT will oversee installation of about 470 new speed limit and related signs along 726 […]

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