Wisconsin roundup: Clouds, rain expected to hide eclipse in state; Evers to announce gubernatorial run; 7 more state news stories
SULLIVAN — If you didn't get those special eclipse glasses, don't feel bad — you might not be able to see it anyway.
The National Weather Service says most of Wisconsin will be cloudy Monday, thus hiding the nation's first total solar eclipse since 1979 — and in northwest areas, there's a 50 percent chance of rain during the peak viewing time of around 1 p.m. Check out the Weather Service’s forecast site for the likelihood of cloudiness anywhere in the country during the event.
The Weather Service says Ashland and Bayfield will have the best chance of seeing the eclipse in the Badger State, with only a 28 percent chance that clouds will hide the peak of it.
In other parts of Wisconsin, the probability of cloudy skies ranges from 42 percent in La Crosse to 68 percent in Madison — and if you do get to see the eclipse, it won't totally darken the skies because the moon will only hide about 80 percent of the sun. Of course, you can get the full view on TV, plus a number of media and NASA websites.
Report: Evers to announce run for governor Wednesday
MILWAUKEE — Tony Evers is about to become the first statewide figure to run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cites an email to Evers' supporters, saying the state public school superintendent will announce his Democratic bid Wednesday at a children's park in Fitchburg. Evers will become the fourth Democrat to officially join the race, while several others have filed paperwork for potential candidacies.
Evers has won three statewide superintendent elections since 2009, while Democrat Dana Wachs is best known in his Assembly district in the Eau Claire area. Of the other candidates, Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik has not gotten much statewide publicity outside his region — and former California congressional candidate Bob Harlow is a relative unknown in the Badger State.
Walker to meet in Eau Claire with potential Foxconn suppliers
EAU CLAIRE — Gov. Scott Walker will tell western Wisconsin businesses how they could become potential suppliers to the Foxconn LCD screen plant in Racine or Kenosha counties.
Walker and officials from the state's job creation agency will hold the session Monday at Chippewa Valley Technical College to help interested firms learn more about Foxconn and what the process is for becoming a supplier. A report commissioned by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation showed there would be fewer jobs for suppliers than originally thought — but there would also be more construction jobs.
The Wisconsin Senate has yet to act on a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn, which was approved late last week by the Assembly.
Poll: Most Wisconsinites embarrassed by Trump
NEW YORK — Sixty-four percent of Wisconsin adults say they're embarrassed by President Donald Trump's actions and the same percentage has little or no confidence that Trump can lead the nation in times of global tensions.
That's according to an NBC News/Marist poll in Rust Belt states that helped the Republican Trump get elected last November — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Seventy-seven percent of Wisconsinites who voted for Trump still approve of his job performance and four of every five Tea Party Republicans in the Badger State are still with him.
But only 33 percent of Wisconsinites in the NBC News/Marist poll approve of the job Trump is doing, and his approval rating is also 33 percent in Pennsylvania and 36-percent in Michigan. The poll surveyed 910 Wisconsin adults Aug. 13-17 with an error margin of 3.2 percent.
Joint Finance Committee getting back to budget work this week
MADISON — The co-chairmen of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee have called a meeting for this week at the Capitol.
Committee members will return from a two-month break in the action. The state's two-year spending plan is now six weeks overdue, meaning business is being conducted under the previous budget. The agenda for Thursday's meeting does not include a vote on transportation funding. The Republican-controlled Legislature hasn't been able to reach agreement with Republican Gov. Scott Walker on that sizeable question.
Prosecutors: UW grad, second suspect fulfilled sex fantasy in killing
CHICAGO — Prosecutors say UW-Madison graduate Wyndham Lathem and another man killed Lathem's boyfriend in Chicago to fulfill a violent sexual fantasy.
The 43-year-old Lathem and former Oxford employee Andrew Warren appeared in court Sunday for the July 27 slaying of Trenton Cornell Duranleau — and both defendants are jailed without bond. The State's Attorney's office in Chicago released a criminal complaint Sunday, saying that Lathem and Warren chatted for months online about a fantasy to kill other people and themselves — and they decided that Cornell Duranleau would be their first victim.
Lathem, who earned a doctorate degree from the UW in 2003, was reportedly going to choose other victims but no one else was hurt. Also, prosecutors say the Lake Geneva Public Library was not the only place where the two men gave a donation in the victim's name while on the lam for eight days, as they also gave $5,600 to the Howard Brown health center for gays.
Electrical problem may have caused large Door County fire
EGG HARBOR — Staffers and customers escape injury after a fire heavily damaged a restaurant and small hotel in the Door County tourist village of Egg Harbor.
It started about 11 a.m. Sunday as the Shipwrecked Brew Pub was opening for the day, and paramedics helped a number of firefighters who got dehydrated. Restaurant marketing director Beth Levendusky tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that an electrical problem may have caused the fire, although officials gave no word — and she saw the roof collapse with heavy damage to the second and third floors but light damage to the first floor where some historic items could be saved.
Shipwrecked is in Egg Harbor's tourist center — the building dates back to 1882 — and it had tunnels that were reportedly hiding spots for Chicago gangster Al Capone. Those tunnels were later closed.
Mount Pleasant readies for Foxconn with new hire
MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant city officials are working to create the position of project director to handle business related to the arrival of a major Foxconn facility.
An incentive-laden package from the state has lured the company to locate in southeastern Wisconsin, bringing thousands of new jobs to the region. The Mount Pleasant Village Board will meet behind closed doors Monday to come up with a legal definition for the job and determine an appropriate salary. An open session will follow.
The community feels it needs a person to handle the increased development expected as the Far East manufacturing and technology company begins operations.
Accidental gun discharge delays commuter bus
MADISON — Madison police say a 21-year-old passenger on a commuter bus headed to Chicago was wounded when he accidentally shot himself last week.
The man's name hasn't been released. The incident happened early Wednesday morning when the gun the man was carrying in his waistband went off, hitting him in the groin. He went into the bus' bathroom, then got off.
Madison emergency responders took the victim to the hospital and police say they found the weapon in that bathroom. No one else was injured. No announcement concerning criminal charges has been made.
Man charged with fatally striking mother, daughter with vehicle
LAWRENCE — A man accused of driving a vehicle that struck and killed a mother and daughter as they walked along a road in Lawrence has been charged in the case.
Police say 46-year-old David Meyer of De Pere is charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Police say the incident happened at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Forty-four-year-old Rebecca Pennenberg and her 18-year-old daughter, Raelia, died at the scene. Investigators say Meyer's preliminary alcohol breath test registered over the legal limit.