U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Congress has deferred to the executive branch on trade policy for decades.

The Wisconsin Democrat, whose district includes Ellsworth and River Falls, says he wants Congress to take back its authority — especially during what he calls the failure of President Donald Trump's trade wars. Kind says there is bipartisan support for restricting the president's powers to set trade policy and enact tariffs. China announced earlier this week that a new round of trade talks will begin next month.



Current, former Wis. lawmakers considering congressional seat

Less than 24 hours after Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced his pending retirement, the line of potential replacements is growing.

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, issued a Thursday statement saying he is considering a campaign for the 5th District seat Sensenbrenner held for more than four decades. Fitzgerald says President Donald Trump needs strong allies in Washington and he will be talking with his family and his team about the idea. Former state Sen. Leah Vukmir, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, says she is "strongly considering" running.



Evers appoints Organic Valley’s Hughes as WEDC leader

Gov. Tony Evers is appointing Missy Hughes as the new secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Hughes comes to the state after serving as chief mission officer and general counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative since 2003. Hughes will begin her new job on Oct. 1. Former WEDC Secretary/CEO Mark Hogan stepped down effective this week. A provision passed as part of the lame-duck legislative session following Evers’ election prohibits him from immediately appointing this position.



Money keeps showing up in story; nobody knows where it comes from

At least six times workers at a grocery in Allouez have found an unexplained bundle of cash on the floor of the business.

The puzzling development started in early July. Austin's Grocery Store owner Steve Austin says the total so far has been about $400-$500 in cash. Surveillance video seems to suggest more than one person is involved, but they haven't been able to identify anyone. Austin says they just want to get the money back to its rightful owners.



Marquette University cuts staff by 2.5%

Marquette University President Michael Lovell says the school is reducing its staff size by 2.5%.

Two dozen staff members have been laid off this week. Lovell says the university is getting ready for demographic changes which could mean a decline of 15-25% among college-age students. Midwestern birth rates are down. President Lovell says Marquette is currently on a solid financial footing, but it has to be prepared for the future.



UW-Madison student’s attacker goes to prison for 7 years

The crime was caught on surveillance video and the man who admits he beat a UW-Madison student will go to prison for seven years.

Twenty-two-year-old Jerome Winslow was sentenced in Dane County Circuit Court Wednesday. The video played in court showed Winslow dragging the 19-year-old victim off the sidewalk. The attack happened last February.