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Tyco Fire Product operates a fire technology center in Marinette where chemicals used in fire-fighting foam have been found in groundwater.(Photo: Johnson Controls)

A Wisconsin company that makes fire suppression foam says it has found more evidence of toxic compounds polluting water in ditches near one of its operations in Marinette — the latest indication that some of its chemicals could be flowing into Lake Michigan.

Tyco Fire Products — a unit of Glendale-based Johnson Controls — said it is “moving immediately” on the matter and conferring with the Department of Natural Resources on plans to remove the compounds from the ditches and investigate how the chemicals reached the ditches. 

A DNR spokesman said staff was not available to discuss the latest findings by the company. 

This week, in its latest online update on contaminants migrating from its operations in northeastern Wisconsin, Tyco said two ditches leading to Green Bay contained chemical compounds known as perfluorinated chemicals. 

One of those ditches flows into Green Bay at Runnoe Park near the University of Wisconsin-Marinette; the other flows to Little River, south of the city.

Kelda Roys, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Governor. (Photo: handout from campaign)

Former state Rep. Kelda Roys apparently is betting her house — or at least some of the equity in it — on winning the Democratic gubernatorial contest.

Records show Roys, one of eight Democrats vying to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker, took out a $235,000 home equity loan on her Madison house on June 25. Roys reported donating a total of $255,000 to her campaign five days later, helping to boost her fundraising totals. 

But Roys declined to say whether the money from the home equity line of credit went into her campaign fund. 

"The campaign isn't going to discuss personal finances beyond what's available in public record and the statement of economic interests," Roys said in an email. 

Roys had about $668,000 on hand as of June 30 — or about $264,000 more than her closest rival, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

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Democratic candidates for governor (fom left) Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Josh Pade, Kelda Helen Roys, Paul R. Soglin and Kathleen Vinehout prepare to debate Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the UW-Milwaukee MainStage Theatre..(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Less than a month before an election to decide which candidates will take on incumbents Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November, Wisconsin voters still haven't tuned in. 

The most recent Marquette University Law School poll revealed voters either aren't paying attention or don't know who they'll support in the U.S. Senate and Democratic gubernatorial primary elections. 

The indecision comes for Democrats at a time when none of the Democratic candidates for governor have ads running on television. But it also affects Republican voters mulling whether to choose state Sen. Leah Vukmir or businessman Kevin Nicholson despite millions being spent on behalf of both.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson spar over Nicholson's record at their first public debate. WisconsinEye

Kevin Nicholson (left), Tammy Baldwin (center) and Leah Vukmir (right)(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

With less than a month to go before the primary, the Republican race for U.S. Senate is in a dead heat, according to Wednesday's Marquette University Law School poll.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield had 34% support and Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson had 32%, well within the survey's 7% margin of error.

"I think it would certainly be fair to call it a toss-up race at this point," said poll director Charles Franklin.

Campaigning is expected to step up ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, with millions of dollars in TV ads set to blanket the airwaves.

The candidates still remain relatively unknown among GOP primary voters.

"Neither of them have become substantially any better known than they were, so there is still lots of uncertainty and 30% of Republican primary voters said they hadn't made up their mind," Franklin said.

Gov. Scott Walker is pictured in 2015 with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina. Butina was charged in July 2018 with attempting to help Russia interfere with U.S. politics.(Photo: Our American Revival)

APPLETON - Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he talked only briefly with a woman now accused of being a Russian spy, saying he had his photo taken with her just as he does with others who say they are supporters. 

"As we go to events, we meet people, they introduce themselves, often they ask for a picture," Walker told reporters during a stop in Appleton. "And that's not a meeting. A meeting is where you sit down in a room and have a discussion."

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Walker was referring to his interaction with Maria Butina, who was indicted this week for conspiring to interfere with U.S.