Republicans are opposed, but Gov. Tony Evers and his fellow Democrats are pushing an expansion of background checks for Wisconsin gun sales.

The governor says the public supports the idea after two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month. There are some exemptions to the background check requirement. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says it's "very unlikely" the Legislature would take up a universal background check proposal.



Investigators forced to switch gears in murder case

A promising lead in a quadruple murder case in Chippewa County turned out to be a bust.

Ritchie German Jr. is accused of killing four people in Lake Hallie and Lafayette in July before taking his own life. The lead centered around the hunt for a car that once belonged to German, but investigators announced yesterday the car was junked recently. Investigators are now shifting focus into German's cell phone records.



UW-Milwaukee student vows to fight citation for tearing up swastika sign

A junior student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee says she will continue to fight the citation she got at a weekend campus protest.

Grae Hosmanek says she doesn't regret grabbing the swastika sign and ripping it apart. Another student brought the sign to an event celebrating Jewish culture. Police say her actions were illegal and even though the sign may have been offensive, she violated the other student's right of free speech. Hosmanek was arrested for obstruction, vandalism and theft.



Eau Claire tired of getting stuck with charges for political events

Eau Claire city officials are tired of getting stuck with thousands of dollars in expenses for security when high-profile politicians visit.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump still owe the city $50,000 for visits during the 2016 presidential race. The Eau Claire City Council discussed tightening the rules to get those bills paid during Wednesday's meeting. They want to get the change in place before next year's presidential campaign.



Report shows growing impact of ag in Wis.

On the same day a report named Wisconsin the top producing cranberry state for the 25th straight year, a research group at the University of Wisconsin found the impact of agriculture on the state's economy continues to grow.

A study, conducted every five years, found agriculture contributed about $104 billion to the state's economy in 2017. That number was up 16 percent from 2012. Most of that growth was attributed to the food processing industry.



Assembly committee takes steps to address Lyme disease fears

You can't fully enjoy nature's beauty if you spend your time outside worried about ticks and Lyme disease.

Members of an Assembly committee are considering a bipartisan bill to require insect repellent to be sold at all Wisconsin state parks. Cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled in the state over the last 10 years. Other legislation would require the Department of Natural Sources to post signs warning about Lyme disease and create a committee to study ailments carried by ticks.



Wis. woman finds human remains buried in backyard

Forensic experts have been working with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to investigate human remains found in a Harmony Grove backyard.

The woman who lives there says she was looking through a bin when she kicked a box out of the way. That's when she spotted the bone with human teeth still attached. A police dog was brought to the scene, but no additional human remains were found. The woman's name hasn't been released.