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Wisconsin roundup: Marquette poll finds Walker leading potential election opponents; more state news stories

Gov. Scott Walker, shown here in a 2017 visit to Willow River State Park, leads Democratic contenders in his re-election bid, according to recent polling. File photo

A poll conducted by the Marquette University Law School finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading all of his potential Democratic opponents in the fall election.

One-third of Democratic voters say they aren't sure which candidate will get their vote in the August 14th primary yet. State Superintendent Tony Evers leads the long list of Democratic hopefuls. The poll finds the governor's job approval rating tops his disapproval rating for the first time since 2014.


Twin Ports shut down during presidential visit

Shipping and boating traffic at the Twin Ports came to a stop Wednesday while President Donald Trump was visiting Wednesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard worked with the Secret Service to secure the Port of Duluth-Superior while Trump attended a meeting on mining and trade, then visited a rally Wednesday night. A security zone was enforced from 4-8 p.m., blocking maritime traffic at one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Although the main entry point in Duluth was completely shut down, ships could still access the less-busy Superior entry point.


Eau Claire flooding closes trails, delays city construction

Flooding in Eau Claire has resulted in the closing of trails and delaying city construction.

City officials say work on the Haymarket Plaza and Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge has come to a halt as weekend storms have the waters of the Chippewa River quickly rising. Parks and trails have been inundated by flooding, causing some to be closed to visitors. Once the water recedes, work will also continue on a wall between the river and plaza to prevent future flooding.


E-cigs banned in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Common Council has banned the use of E-cigarettes in all locations where smoking is prohibited in Wisconsin's largest city.

The resolution was passed Wednesday. It is part of a three-pronged effort to improve public health and reduce tobacco use. The decision will ban the use of e-cigs on city property and in all locations where Wisconsin state law currently bans smoking — like bars and restaurants. Fines for selling tobacco to minors were increased and a new prohibition on the sale of e-cigs to minors was added.


Gang that couldn’t shoot straight missed every shot

Sun Prairie police are looking for one or more gunmen who fired a lot of shots Wednesday night but didn't hit anything.

The incident happened at the Hamilton Place Apartments where officers responded to reports of gunshots being fired. The investigation confirmed the shooting and that a specific individual was targeted. Police say the intended victim wasn't hit and no arrests have been made in the incident.


Milwaukee still standing among DNC convention finalists

Milwaukee is one of three remaining finalists among cities wanting to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The party's national committee named four finalists Tuesday, but Denver withdrew after pointing to scheduling conflicts. Emerging victorious over Houston and Miami Beach could mean 50,000 visitors to the city and an economic impact of $200 million or more. The DNC will send a group of officials to Milwaukee in August for a site visit. The final decision will be made in January. The brand new downtown arena is the centerpiece of Milwaukee's presentation.


Brothers charged in Shawano County crime spree

They say they couldn't find work, so they committed burglaries to find items they could sell.

Two Shawano County brothers face dozens of charges in a crime spree last year. Twenty-six-year-old Sanome Wheelock and his 20-year-old brother Wyatt are accused of a series of burglaries, thefts, and vandalism. The Wheelock brothers targeted cabins, campers, garages, and homes. Each is charged with 56 counts in the crimes committed in the Town of Aniwa, the Town of Hutchins, the Town of Seneca and the Town of Westcott. DNA on a cigarette butt was traced back to Wyatt Wheelock.