APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A police officer and a firefighter have been injured in a shooting in Appleton, Wisconsin, and several others have been taken to a hospital. Appleton police Officer Megan Cash says that first responders went to a downtown location following a call that someone needed medical assistance about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jayme Closs is being honored by the Wisconsin Assembly as a “hometown hero.” The 13-year-old girl appeared with family members and friends to receive her honor in the Assembly chamber on Wednesday. It was a rare public appearance for the girl who escaped her kidnapper in January after being held in a remote northwestern Wisconsin cabin for three months. Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Jayme’s bravery and spirit are inspiring. Jayme stood behind her aunt but did not speak.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a so-called “born alive” anti-abortion bill that would require physicians care for babies who survive abortion attempts or face prison. The chamber passed the Republican-authored measure 62-35, sending it on to the state Senate. GOP leaders in that house expect to vote on the bill next month. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has already promised to veto the proposal.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state budget will have $753 million more than originally expected, thanks largely to a one-time spike in tax collections due to federal tax law changes. The money now becomes available for the Legislature as it’s working on the two-year spending plan. But Republican leaders don’t appear to be on the same page Wednesday about what to do. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the money should go to tax cuts, reserves and paying down debt.