Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been following up on damage from storms in July in Barron and Polk counties.
FEMA was checking to see if the damage was bad enough to qualify for federal aid. Federal investigators took closer looks at areas hit hard by severe storms and flooding July 18-20. No indication has been given whether money from Washington will soon be on the way.
Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes were among state leaders attending the assessment.
The amount of storm damage NW Wisconsin has experienced seems overwhelming, but I know that with the support and generosity present in our area, they will be able to rebuild. In the wake of this storm we have seen our area's strength and resiliency in action. pic.twitter.com/jVl3RFEwSP— Patty Schachtner (@SenSchachtner) August 14, 2019
Election Commission: Only 5 county clerks need new computers for voting
The problem with aging computers for local election managers in Wisconsin isn't as bad as state officials had feared.
The Election Commission says it is scaling back its purchase of new computers. It was worried that hundreds of new computers would be needed, but commissioners say it will only be necessary to buy five. The commission was concerned that outdated machines were vulnerable to hackers, but the situation turned out to be better than anticipated.
Man accused of making meth in Kwik Trip restroom
A Delafield man faces several felony charges after allegedly using a portable meth lab at a convenience store last week.
Gregory Hardin was taken into custody when the remnants of what is called a "shake and bake" meth lab were found. Hardin had just left the restroom of a Kwik Trip store in Delafield. He was stopped after workers reported a strong chemical smell to police.
Western Wis. man facing 12th OWI
An Elk Mound man is being charged with his 12th operating while intoxicated charge.
Reports say emergency medical service personnel told police they found Keith Bondie passed out in his car at the Kwik Trip on North Town Hall Road last weekend. Police reportedly tested Bondie's blood-alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit. Blondie's driving privileges were also revoked in 2016. He's being held on $10,000 bond.
Wis. AG joins multistate suit over restriction on coal-fired power plants
Wisconsin will join 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the EPA decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
The federal Clean Power Plan was eliminated in June and replaced with new rules giving states more leeway to decide on upgrades for those plants. Attorney General Josh Kaul says that rule change prolongs the country's reliance on coal for power. The suit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Positive news for Wis. parents
Wisconsin is in the top half of the country when it comes to the cost of childcare.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, Wisconsin is the 20th cheapest state for childcare, but it's also one of 33 states where child-related costs average more than most four-year college degrees. The U.S. Department of Human Services considers a state affordable if it costs seven percent or less of a family's income to have a child. In Wisconsin it costs more than 18 percent on average.