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ELECTION 2018-ATTORNEY GENERAL-WISCONSIN

AG launches first ad, features sheriff under FBI probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is touting support from sheriffs in his first television ad, spotlighting an endorsement from a sheriff who came under FBI scrutiny.

The ad shows Schimel standing with a group of sheriffs and a list of sheriffs who have endorsed him. Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels, a Democrat, says he’s glad Schimel is attorney general because he keeps his promises.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reported in April that the FBI was investigating Daniels after he locked a sergeant out of his personal Dropbox account because the sergeant shared case files with the TV program “Cold Justice.”

An FBI spokesman didn’t immediately reply to an email Wednesday inquiring about the status of the investigation. A message left at Daniels’ office wasn’t immediately returned.

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This story has been updated to correct the day an email was sent to the FBI to Wednesday.

KIMBERLY-CLARK INCENTIVES-THE LATEST

The Latest: Walker: We’re working ‘hard’ on Kimberly-Clark

(Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says it would be easier to call the state Senate back to vote on an incentive package for Kimberly-Clark after the November election, but the company says it wants action by the end of the month.

Walker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s working “hard” on reaching a deal that can get the necessary votes to pass the Senate. But he says it’s going to need bipartisan support.

Republicans have an 18-15 majority, but Republicans don’t have enough votes for an incentive package designed to save one of two Kimberly-Clark plants in the Fox Valley.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that incentives could save a Fox Crossing plant that employs about 500 people.

JOHNSONVILLE SCULPTURE

Wisconsin sculpture credited to ‘LOVE’ artist is big ‘BRAT’

(Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

JOHNSONVILLE, Wis. (AP) — One of the last pieces attributed to the late Robert Indiana has taken its place outside Johnsonville sausage company’s headquarters in Wisconsin.

The 20-foot-tall (6.1-meter) stacked red letters spell “BRAT,” short for “bratwurst.” The sculpture is a take on Indiana’s enduring pop art “LOVE” series, with its “LO” stacked on top of the “VE.” Indiana died earlier this year at age 89.

The Journal Sentinel reports that despite questions raised about artwork attributed to Indiana near the end of his life, Johnsonville’s owners are confident in the sculpture’s authenticity. A federal lawsuit alleges that a caregiver and art publisher took advantage of Indiana, created forgeries under his name and sold them to unsuspecting collectors.

The Johnsonville sculpture bears a copyright mark and the artist’s name.

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14TH OWI-SENTENCE

Wisconsin man sentenced to 6 years in prison for 14th OWI

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of his 14th drunken driving offense.

Sixty-five-year-old Daniel Nordell, of Waupaca, also was placed on extended supervision for five years Monday.

In May, Nordell was arrested after authorities say he hit a mailbox, a speed limit sign and a utility pole in Farmington.

WLUK- TV reports a preliminary breath test — which is not admissible in court — found his blood alcohol content at 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive, and well above the 0.02 percent level allowed because of his past drunken driving convictions.

Nordell’s last conviction was in 2006 in Waupaca County, when he was sentenced to three years in prison.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-WISCONSIN

Walker says Evers would put ‘everyone at risk’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker says in a new campaign attack ad that his Democratic opponent Tony Evers would put “everyone at risk” with his plan for reducing prison populations.

Walker unleashed the new ad Wednesday. He calls Evers’ support for cutting the prison population in half “dangerous,” saying it would result in the release of “felons who’ve committed rape, assault robbery, and even kidnapping.”

Evers supports a goal to halve Wisconsin’s prison population, but experts say to do that he would need to release some violent offenders early because they account for over half of the total prison population.

Evers’ spokesman Sam Lau accuses Walker of resorting to “disgusting scare tactics” and is hiding from his own mismanagement of the state’s prisons.

Evers supports a variety of criminal justice reforms, but does not back releasing violent offenders early.

He has not yet released an exact plan.

MCDONALD’S-SEX HARASSMENT STRIKE

Some McDonald’s workers vote to strike over sex harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s workers are going on strike next week.

Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities. They want to pressure management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment.

The cities include Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Milwaukee.

Organizers said they could not predict with precision how many workers would join the strike, but noted that hundreds of workers had participated in the committee meetings at which the strike was planned.

McDonald’s defended its anti-harassment efforts and said it has specific policies designed to prevent sexual misconduct at its restaurants.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-WISCONSIN

Wisconsin GOP Senate hopes rely on underdog Leah Vukmir

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican trying to knock off Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is used to being the underdog.

Leah Vukmir wasn’t given much of a chance in last month’s primary before she beat a better-funded opponent. The victory echoed the success she had winning elections when she was breaking into the Wisconsin Legislature.

Now Vukmir has to do it again. This time she faces a Democratic opponent with more money in a year setting up to favor Democrats.

Vukmir is tying herself closely to President Donald Trump and to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. She’s been a reliable ally for Walker as he pursued a conservative overhaul of Wisconsin.

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