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(AP) Wisconsin exported a record $2.8 billion in agricultural goods last year. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that's an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The state's top agricultural exports include wheat, corn and barley. Its top markets are Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan. Wisconsin ranks 16th among states in agricultural exports.
(AP) Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet President Barack Obama in Milwaukee on Wednesday and accompany him on a visit to Master Lock. Walker's spokesman Chris Schrimpf confirmed Tuesday that Walker will meet the president at the tarmac and join him on the company visit. Walker has been attempting to tie the effort to recall him from office with Obama's re-election plans and hopes of winning Wisconsin like he did in 2008. Walker has been telling supporters that a victory for him in a recall would be a ``devastating blow'' for Obama's chances at re-election. In a speech to conservatives Friday in Washington, Walker also criticized Obama for comments the president made last year during the uproar over Walker's proposal limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.
(AP) Three Republican legislators say they won't seek re-election to the state Assembly this fall. Reps. Dan Meyer of Eagle River, Richard Spanbauer of Oshkosh and Michelle Litjens of Vinland say they're done. Meyer has served in the Assembly since 2000. He says 12 years is a good term limit to impose on himself. Spanbauer has served since 2008. He told the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper he's tired of lawmakers who care more about politics than people. Litjens was elected in 2010. She says she has helped turn the state around and now wants to spend more time with her family. The current legislative session has been one of the ugliest in recent history. Protesters angry over Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law have spent the past year harassing GOP lawmakers.
The investigation into a police officer related shooting in Sparta January 19th, is almost complete. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a report should be done sometime next week and the findings will be forwarded to Monroe County D.A. Dan Cary. Sparta police have been tight lipped on the shooting that involved 19 year old Jacob Olson and officer, Booker Ferguson. Police were responding to a 911 hang up call when they were greeted by a rifle toting Olson on the front porch. After being told to put the gun down, Olson allegedly pointed the rifle at Ferguson at which time he was shot. He was taken to a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries and was still there at last check. Ferguson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting....which is customary in this circumstance.
You can understand the concern of those who witnessed the three teens out late at night pushing a baby stroller in LaCrosse. A 19 year-old and a couple of middle schoolers near the Walgreen's around midnight on a Friday looked drunk. And they were, say police, once they tracked the trio down. They were also suspected of shoplifting from the all night drug store. Police found a purse full of stolen make-up. In the stroller, under a blanket, not a baby. But three packs of frozen chicken.