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Wisconsin roundup: Evers says budget ‘pretty close’ to promise not to raise taxes; more state news stories

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says there might be some small tax increases, but he feels the budget he is backing is "pretty close" to his campaign promise not to raise taxes.

The plan includes $1.3 billion in new taxes and higher fees. The Democrat says he believes Republicans can work with him to find a consensus. Evers' budget includes $688 million in tax increases based on eliminating a capital gains exemption and $600 million that would come from a higher gas tax and fees charged for vehicle registrations.


Nope — polar vortex won’t wipe out emerald ash borer

There were hopes that the bitter cold temperatures this winter would wipe out the invasive Emerald Ash Borer and save thousands of Wisconsin trees.

Scientists with the Department of Natural Resources have some bad news — that's not going to happen. A forest health specialist says living and healthy larvae in large numbers have been found in the Brookfield area. The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the Upper Midwest. Scientists had hoped temperatures reaching 30 degrees below zero would stop the march of the invasive pest.


Johnson, Baldwin split votes on resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration

Wisconsin's U.S. senators split the vote on a resolution today blocking President Trump's national emergency declaration to fund a border wall.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin voted in the favor of the measure that passed the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate while Republican Ron Johnson opposed it. Johnson said that he will always choose to support border and homeland security and added "we will deal with the issue of reclaiming congressional authority under the National Emergencies Act in my committee in the very near future." Baldwin says she voted with Republicans and Democrats "because President Trump's unlawful power grab is an attack on our Constitution's separation of powers." The president is expected to veto the resolution.


Salmonella outbreak linked to Butterball turkey sickens 4 in Wis.

State health and agriculture officials and local health departments are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened four people in Wisconsin.

The four residents are infected with the same strain that is linked to Butterball raw ground turkey products. A Minnesota resident with the same strain of salmonella also reported eating ground turkey. Testing of leftover turkey received by the Wisconsin patients was also positive. Butterball is now recalling more than 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products.


Darlington flooding expected to be worst since 1993

Several roads in downtown Darlington are already under water.

Local officials say they expected the flooding in the community of about 2,500 people to be the worst in that part of southwestern Wisconsin since 1993. The Pecatonica River has topped the 16-foot major flood stage. This is the third time Darlington has had to deal with high water damage in the last year alone. City officials say they don't expect the river to top the 18.2 foot record level set 26 years ago.


Michelle Obama surprises kids at Wisconsin school

Students at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy say they had no idea they would get a visit from former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama and television host Conan O'Brien were visiting Thursday as a stop on her sold-out book tour. Fourteen juniors from several area high schools got a pep talk and a candid conversation about college. She told them not to define themselves by other people's limit expectations.