Friday, November 16th


Reporting from Wisconsin(Photo: Staff)

TOWN OF WHEATLAND - Two suspects, wounded by gunfire, have been arrested for a fatal shooting in Kenosha County that left a fourth person with gunshot injuries.

Sheriff David Beth said Friday the two male suspects, ages 17 and 20, went to a home in Salem Lakes Thursday about 10:30 p.m., kicked in the door and one opened fire. The man who rented the home, 23-year-old Joseph Riley, was killed and a woman was seriously injured. Beth says one of the four people in the house fled.

The sheriff says the two suspects, who were also shot, were driven to a McDonald’s in Paddock Lake and left there. Deputies are looking for the driver and possibly another person who was in the car. Beth did not immediately say who shot the suspects.

Authorities believe the shooting was drug related.

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Gray wolf.(Photo: file photo)

WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the wolf's status and is expected to declare they've recovered sufficiently to be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The House bill would enshrine that policy in law and restrict judicial review of listing decisions. The measure was approved, 196-180, and now goes to the Senate, where prospects are murkier.

The bill's chief sponsor, Rep.

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point campus.(Photo: Megan McCormick/USA TODAY NETWORK)

Greg Summers may go down as the history professor who ended the history major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

He might also, potentially, become the guy who helped save history at the central Wisconsin university by finding its sweet spot.

The UW-Stevens Point provost is both a historian and the chief architect of a sweeping proposal that attempts to transform the school with 7,725 students into "a new kind of regional university." A regional university without a history major. Or majors in German, French, geography, geology and two tracks within art (two-dimensional and three-dimensional). It would be a school of interdisciplinary "career-focused" majors.

A few other universities have tried something similar, but so far there are no proven success stories. The truth is, no one knows for sure whether the idea will work. But UW-Stevens Point has its back against the wall, facing a nearly $8 million structural deficit and enrollment that has dipped to a 45-year low. Its leaders needed to think outside the box.


Incoming House members of the 116th Congress came together outside the US Capitol for their class photo. The freshman class includes a record number of women who drove the most powerful Democratic sweep of the House since 1974. (Nov. 14) AP

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher.(Photo: Sarah Kloepping, Associated Press)

Congress is a toothless, dysfunctional body that has evolved into a “theater used by both parties to stoke the outrage of their base.”  

That damning verdict doesn’t come from a pundit or political scientist, but a sitting member of the Republican majority in the U.S. House, freshman Mike Gallagher of Green Bay.         

In a colorful and scathing critique for The Atlantic magazine, Gallagher argues that the House, which will be led by Democrats next year, is ripe for reform.

“If you are among the 11 percent of Americans who believe that everything in Congress is going swimmingly, then save some time and stop reading right now.

Reporting from Wisconsin(Photo: Staff)

TOWN OF WHEATLAND - One person is dead and three others were wounded in an overnight shooting in Kenosha County.

Sheriff’s officials say the shooting happened in a home in the Town of Wheatland about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Deputies found two people with gunshot wounds. One person died at the scene. A short time later, deputies were called to the BP gas station in Paddock Lake where two additional victims were found. Surviving victims were rushed to area hospitals.

Detectives are looking for a black, four-door car that was seen at the gas station. No one is in custody.

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