Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes says he attended Alabama A&M University, but he didn't graduate.

The Democrat is apologizing for a mistaken entry on a candidate questionnaire that said he had a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Barnes says a member of his campaign staff submitted the incorrect information. He had twice said he "finished" college during newspaper interviews.

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. RiverTown Multimedia file photo
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. RiverTown Multimedia file photo



State health officials confirmed lung disease cases in older vapers

Initially, lung disease cases among people who have been vaping had young victims, but now the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says it has additional cases in older age groups.

The state has 12 confirmed cases and another 13 that are being investigated in a seven-county area. The lung problems haven't been directly tied to vaping or dabbing, but each victim had that kind of activity in common with the others. The DHS says it is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plus health officials in other states.



Senate committee OKs Thompson appointment as transportation secretary

Gov. Tony Evers' pick to lead the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is headed to the full Senate.

A Senate committee unanimously approved the appointment of Secretary Craig Thompson Thursday. Senator Jerry Petrowski of Marathon called Thompson a "class act" and said he will do a great job for the state of Wisconsin. But some of his Republican colleagues expressed concern over Thompson's past work as a transportation lobbyist. Senator Duey Stroebel of Cedarburg said in a statement, "taxpayers deserve a transportation secretary who will put their interests before the road builders and Craig Thompson has failed that simple litmus test." The Senate is not expected to return to the Capitol for votes until October.



Feds send $3M to Wis. for opioid crisis

A $3 million grant from the federal government will help Wisconsin community health centers, rural organizations and schools in the battle with substance abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grant this week. Local agencies are expected to use the funding to deal with the ongoing opioid crisis. Federal officials say the number of patients seen at treatment centers increased by more than 140 percent between 2016 and 2018.



Speaker Vos named president of National Conference of State Legislatures

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he will work to allow states to "innovate and find solutions for the issues facing our country today."

Vos became the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures during a meeting Thursday. The bipartisan group offers resources for all lawmakers. Vos has been a member of the Wisconsin Assembly for 15 years, serving as its speaker since 2013.