Monday morning statewide news roundup
GREEN BAY -- About four of every five state Republican convention delegates plan to vote for presidential finalist Donald Trump in November.
That's according to a straw poll by WisPolitics.com at the weekend GOP gathering in Green Bay, taken more than five weeks after Wisconsin Republicans resoundingly rejected Trump in the state's primary.
About 300 of the 1,200 Republicans at the convention took part in the poll -- and only 12 percent said they would pick a third party candidate while four percent said they would not vote in the presidential candidate.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose wife is from western Wisconsin, was the top choice for Trump's running mate with 23 percent in the straw poll. John Kasich was second, followed by Ben Carson.
UW president to faculty: Don't 'disengage'
MILWAUKEE -- The president of the University of Wisconsin System is telling faculty not to "disengage."
Faculty at five larger UW campuses have delivered votes no confidence against Cross, after he endorsed the Board of Regents' decision to reduce tenure protections as called for by Republicans at the State Capitol.
Cross, appearing on the statewide TV show "Up Front With Mike Gousha," says he's trying to assure Wisconsinites that the university is "working hard to retain faculty," and the future is brighter. Cross is telling everyone to work their way through the changes, and he says the no confidence votes are largely a matter of misunderstandings.
Several other no confidence votes are planned at UW campuses this week after they were passed by faculty at Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse, and River Falls.
Wisconsin 1 of 2 states with more manufacturing jobs than public sector jobs
MADISON -- Wisconsin is one of just two states with more people punching the time clock in manufacturing than they have holding positions in the public sector -- in local, state or federal government.
The other state is Indiana. The number may be surprising because of reports that the Badger State lost 121,000 manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2014.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports 483,000 Wisconsin workers were employed in manufacturing in the most recent year measured. That compared to 433,000 government workers.
First administrator named for new elections commission
MADISON -- An administrator has been named to head Wisconsin's new Elections Commission.
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) announced the hiring of Michael Haas of Marshall Friday. Haas now runs the elections' division of the GAB. The nonpartisan body will disband in late June and be replaced by separate elections and ethics panels with political appointees.
The state Senate must confirm the Haas' appointment before it becomes official. Haas is scheduled to begin June 30, when the new agency goes into existence.
At least 5 dead in weekend state crashes
At least five people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes during the weekend.
Authorities say two of those deaths took place when a car overturned and fell into a ditch Saturday on a Richland County road west of Richland Center. In Shawano County, sheriff's deputies say one person died and three others were hurt late Sunday afternoon, when two vehicles collided head on west of Shawano on a county road.
In the Fox Valley, the State Patrol says 21-year-old Travis Berndt of Appleton died and three others were injured Saturday when Berndt sped off Interstate 41 and overturned on an off ramp -- and in Waupaca County, 22-year-old Alexander Severin of Waupaca was killed after his vehicle rolled over early Saturday. All the crashes remain under investigation.
Rising Lake Michigan solves some problems, creates others
MILWAUKEE -- Water levels on Lake Michigan have recovered from their all-time lows of more than three years ago.
The Army Corps of Engineers says lakes Michigan and Huron are 13 inches above their average water levels for May, and they're 9 inches higher than this time the previous year. As a result, we're no longer hearing about debris turning up on dry beaches, and boats running aground because the harbors don't have enough water.
Instead, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says officials are watching possible bluff erosion, and property near the city's Bradford Beach has caved into the rising waters. Also, some Ozaukee County residents want permission to put rocks along the shore so their beaches don't vanish.
Autopsy planned on boater's body
STURGEON BAY -- Door County authorities say an autopsy is planned to determine how a boater died in the Bay of Green Bay. Authorities say a Sturgeon Bay area man went sailing by himself on Friday afternoon, and an empty sailboat washed ashore Friday night.
A Coast Guard helicopter pilot spotted a body Saturday morning, and officials say they fought through high waves to recover the victim -- whose name was not immediately released.
The Coast Guard says the man was wearing both a dry suit and a life jacket when he was found.
Frost possible in far north the next 2 nights
Another taste of winter may be ahead the next two nights in far northern Wisconsin, where forecasters say frost is possible each night with lows around freezing.
The state is getting a reprieve from the cold Monday morning, with temperatures mainly in the 40s by 6 a.m. Madison tied a record low for Saturday at 32 degrees, while Green Bay reported a trace of snow for the first time on May 14 since 2005.
Sarona in the far northwest dropped down to 22 degrees Sunday. Forecasters say we'll have a chance of rain Monday with highs in the 50s and 60s -- and by Wednesday, it will get back into the 70s with overnight lows in the 40s.
Second body found in house explosion, third possible
BURLINGTON -- A second body has been found in a house that exploded near Burlington on Saturday.
Racine County sheriff's officials said Sunday night that the cause was "suspicious in nature," and they're trying to confirm whether a third person was in the home at the time.
The victims were not positively identified at last word. Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne says dental records might have to confirm the first person's identity because the body was so badly damaged.
Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says the house was leveled by the explosion, deputies are "treating it as a crime scene until the evidence dictates otherwise."
Waukesha mayor: Great Lakes water plan freezes city borders
WAUKESHA -- The mayor of Waukesha says he has no choice but to accept a recommendation to limit the use of Lake Michigan water to the current city limits.
Shawn Reilly says it's the only way to get rid of Waukesha's current wells, which are running dry while placing excess radium in the city's water supply. Reilly notes that it would limit Waukesha's future development to within its current borders, thus wiping out possible future annexations.
Leaders of eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces will vote on Waukesha's request in a few weeks -- and they would all have to approve it under the Great Lakes water protection agreement of 2008, since the city lies outside Lake Michigan's natural basin.
Regional representatives say Waukesha should be allowed to tap in, but not surrounding towns that currently use the city's water -- and Waukesha would only be able to use about 80 percent of what it requested.
Speaker Ryan says GOP is in 'process' of unifying
GREEN BAY -- Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says members of his party are working on the process of unifying while Democrats are still "ripping each other apart."
Ryan was in Green Bay Saturday for his party's annual state convention. He told reporters he doesn't have a timeline for getting the party unified behind presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The Wisconsin party leader says there are still questions about Republicans who won't back Trump, but he says party members are really in the "never-Hillary" camp.
Gov. Scott Walker was a featured speaker Sunday night, but the doors were closed to the media.
All activities at the KI Convention Center kicked off Friday afternoon.
Green Bay man sentenced to 53 years for his role in deaths
GREEN BAY -- A Brown County judge has sent a Green Bay man to prison for 53 years for shooting one man to death and selling drugs to another who died of an overdose.
Matthew Moore pleaded no contest to two charges of reckless homicide. Thomas Wick was shot four times in the basement of his home in 2012 during an argument with Moore and Moore's girlfriend when they were about to back out of a deal to buy Wick's home.
Moore was also responsible for the death of Spencer Patz in 2013 when that man died of an overdose of painkillers Moore had sold to him.
EHV-1 detected in West Bend
MADISON -- Wisconsin's state veterinarian says a horse has tested positive for equine herpes virus-one (EHV-1).
Dr. Paul McGraw with the Department of Agriculture confirms the horse was kept at a stable in West Bend in southeastern Wisconsin. The virus is highly contagious and causes respiratory disease and intermittent neurological disease in horses.
Humans cannot acquire EHV-1, but they can help spread it from their hands and clothes so hand washing and a change of clothes is advised before coming in contact with healthy horses.
Madison-area authorities look for accused killer
MADISON -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and police officials will hold a noon news conference Monday to talk about recent gun violence in the city.
All law enforcement agencies in the Madison area are on the lookout for 28-year-old Kortney Moore, the main suspect in the third of three related homicides in less than a month's time. Police accuse Moore of shooting Elijah J. Washington III to death Wednesday outside a convenience store in the town of Madison. Police say they think all three killings involved two rival factions retaliating against each other.
Walker proposes new measure to fight CWD
MANITOWOC – Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a number of steps to fight chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's deer herd.
Walker told the annual meeting of the state's Conservation Congress in Manitowoc he wants to do everything possible to contain the fatal brain disease. The Republican Walker is not proposing a widespread effort to slim down the deer population in the most infected areas -- something that's been tried in the past.
Instead, Walker suggests an overall study of the mechanics of the deer herd -- a review of the best practices for captive deer farms -- more frequent inspections of fencing at those deer farms -- faster test results for hunters who submit deer heads to the DNR -- and input from a host of interests through the new county Deer Advisory Councils.
Walker's plan comes after two Democratic lawmakers criticized a large percentage increase in infections from animals the DNR tested in 2015.
Homeless man accused of attacking UW-Madison student
MADISON -- Madison police report the man who attacked a University of Wisconsin student early Friday was homeless.
An officer was watching the two when he saw the 19-year-old victim get sucker-punched after he had accidentally bumped 30-year-old James M. Triggs.
Police say the officer intervened when it looked like Triggs was going to hit the student again. Triggs was arrested. The student's name wasn't released.
Prison sentence in death of dog that kept coming coming
MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man will spend almost two-and-a-half years in prison for killing his cocker spaniel that he tried getting rid of, but kept coming home.
Thirty-eight-year-old Zachary Senner was sentenced Friday. According to police, Senner tried abandoning the dog named Brandy because two relatives wanted him to get rid of it.
When the dog returned, Senner slit its throat and crushed its windpipe, but the pet managed to return. Senner then stabbed the dog and left it in a bag in a wooded area.
Senner was also sentenced to two years of extended supervision and fined $1,000. He will be eligible for a substance abuse program to deal with a cocaine addiction.