Tuesday Wisconsin News Roundup: Some Wisconsin Trump delegates don't support him
Six Wisconsin delegates to the Republican National Convention must vote for Donald Trump, but at least some won't like it.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Trump did not do much to get his own supporters chosen as convention delegates so those from the third and seventh congressional districts that Trump carried in the primary will be longtime GOP volunteers and regulars.
Third District party Chairman Brian Westrate said none of his three delegates and three alternates appear to have voted for Trump.
That could be a problem for Trump if more than one ballot is needed to elect a nominee. Wisconsin delegates must stick with their candidates until they're either released by those hopefuls or they get less than one third of the vote on any ballot.
AAA: Wisconsin gas prices up eight cents in one week
Wisconsin gasoline prices are about eight cents higher per gallon than last Monday.
AAA reports a statewide average of $2.10 per gallon of regular unleaded. That's almost 12 cents more than one month ago but still 29 cents cheaper than the middle of April last year.
Patrick DeHaan of gasbuddy.com blames a sudden increase in the price of crude oil. That increase is connected to reports of a possible freeze in foreign oil production.
Madison bans city government travel to North Carolina
Wisconsin's capital city has joined the backlash against North Carolina's “bathroom law.”
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin ordered city employees to stop traveling to North Carolina for official business -- except for contracted obligations and travel that was already arranged.
North Carolina says people must use public restrooms that correspond to the genders on their birth certificates. Transgender people say that discriminates against them.
Dane County, which includes Madison, has adopted a similar travel ban by its employees. County Executive Joe Parisi said Wisconsin should welcome businesses that have decried North Carolina's new law.
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin tried passing a similar bathroom law for public schools a few months ago. But they ended up softening the measure and later dropped it altogether.
State farmers begin to make headway with crop planting
Wisconsin farmers are making more progress as they get ready to plant their crops for the year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says almost four days were suitable for field work last week, much more than the one day available for work the previous week.
Sixteen percent of the state's oat crop is in the ground, one percent below the average for the past five years. One percent of the Wisconsin corn is in the ground, which is about average for this time of year.
In the 18 top corn states, eight percent has been planted.
Air quality alert expires
The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted an air quality alert for Monday night in parts of the Milwaukee area and Columbia County north of Madison.
Officials say ozone levels were high enough to affect the elderly and those with heart and respiratory problems, but this morning, the DNR reported good air quality throughout Wisconsin with only moderate ozone in Milwaukee County.
The air quality alerts are not unusual during the summer, but they're rare in the spring. Officials say a warm day caused the problem. It was 78 in Milwaukee Monday, 23 degrees warmer than the city's normal high for the date.
Clouds and rain are moving into Wisconsin today (Tuesday) with cooler readings of around 60 until another gradual warmup Wednesday and Thursday.
Attorney general seeks to restore right-to-work law
MADISON -- Wisconsin's attorney general has asked judges to restore the state's right to work law and to put it back in place while he appeals it.
Republican Brad Schimel chose the Third District Appellate Court in Wausau to try to overturn this month's ruling from Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust that threw out right to work.
The one-year-old law prohibits the payment of union dues as a condition of employment in new labor contracts.
Foust says the Republican measure violates the state constitution because it illegally takes property -- namely union revenues -- without compensation.
Schimel has asked Foust to put his decision on hold so the law is in place while it goes through the appeal process.
UWM chancellor: Tuition hike needed
MILWAUKEE -- A member of the UW’s tuition task force said his group hopes to work with the governor and the Legislature for what he calls a “modest” tuition increase next year.
Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone admitted the current tuition freeze for state resident undergraduate students is “politically popular.” But, he said, “The question going forward is will we see any relief?”
This is the third year of the four-year freeze, adopted after Republicans were upset that the UW raised tuition while building up millions in campus reserves, which the GOP saw as an unnecessary squeeze on students and their families.
Mone told a Milwaukee campus forum Monday that the 26 UW schools kept their payrolls steady last year with 763 fewer positions. He blamed it on rising health, technology and utility costs plus maintenance delays.
Federal jury awards $940 million in trade secrets suit
MADISON -- A company from India says it will appeal a federal jury's finding that it stole trade secrets from a Madison area software giant.
The Madison jury ruled last Friday in favor of Epic Systems of Verona, which filed suit against Tata Consultant Services of Mumbai. The jury awarded $940 million to Epic System, including $700 million in punitive damages.
Epic accused Tata of stealing its documents and confidential data while serving as a consultant for a California health system that uses products from Epic, one of the nation's largest software providers for computerized health records.
Tata contends the judge in the case made it virtually clear he would reduce the damage award.
Bayfield County deaths were murder-suicide
MASON -- Bayfield County authorities say a man killed his wife, called 9-1-1 to report the shooting and then killed himself.
The victims were identified Monday as Randy Loppnow, 59, and his wife Shelly Johanik, 44, both of rural Mason.
Officials say Loppnow called authorities from his cellphone about 7 a.m. Sunday, but he did not say where he was. Deputies traced the phone to the couple's house in the town of Kelly, where they found Johanik dead and Loppnow wounded. He was flown to a Duluth, Minn., hospital where he died a short time later.
Johnson: I am doing my job
MILWAUKEE – U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson denied claims by Democrats that he's not doing his job by refusing to act on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court.
On the weekly TV show “Up Front with Mike Gousha,” Johnson said his job is to advise and consent.
“Withholding consent is part of the equation,” he said.
Johnson said Garland, a federal appeals judge, would legislate from the bench, and, said Johnson, “I didn't get elected to confirm super legislators.”
Johnson is in a tight race with former Senate Democrat Russ Feingold.
The latest Marquette Law School poll has Feingold leading by Johnson by five points. Johnson calls it a “dead-even race.”
Weekend shootings kill two, injure nine in Milwaukee
Two people have died and nine others were injured in an abnormally large number of shootings in Milwaukee during the weekend.
Police say a 46-year-old man was killed and a 45-year-old woman was wounded around nine Sunday night in a north side neighborhood.
Also, a 23-year-old man was killed in a gun battle about 10 p.m. Sunday on the north side. Details of the incidents and the victims' names were not immediately released.
Three others were injured when two people fired shots across a north side residential street Sunday afternoon. Three others were hurt in a Saturday night incident.