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Wisconsin roundup: Gunfire detection system installed at Wis. school; more state news stories

A number of Wisconsin schools will be using gunshot-detection sensors when classes resume this fall to try to get police to respond more quickly to a mass shooting.

The sensors are among various security upgrades schools are rolling out with grant money state lawmakers approved this year after the shootings in Parkland, Florida. Officials say the Kenosha Unified School District plans to use $384,000 of its nearly $900,000 award to install sensors from New Mexico-based EAGL Technology at its 43 schools.

The system is designed to alert police within seconds of shots being fired and activate surveillance cameras near their location to livestream the scene to authorities. The sensors can also lock doors after gunshots.


Johnson: Trump administration not responsible for immigration crisis

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson doesn't think the Trump administration is responsible for the nation's immigration crisis.

On CNN's "State of the Union," the Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says the nation's current policy and legal precedent incentivizes illegal immigration. Johnson says he is considering sponsoring legislation to address the immigration crisis that would be in addition to existing policies that have not been voted on yet. He said his committee is in contact with homeland security officials and continues to provide oversight.


Aircraft catches fire at Rice Lake Air Center

No one was injured when an aircraft caught fire at the Rice Lake Air Center.

Fire and emergency crews responded to the fire in a twin- engine-fixed-wing aircraft Sunday afternoon on a runway. Both occupants escaped the plane safely. The pilot reported that something smelled "hot" on take-off and he made an emergency landing. No word yet on what caused the fire.


Window smashed out at gay-friendly bar in Madison

A popular LGBTQ-friendly bar in Madison is putting out a positive message after it was hit by vandalism.

The owner of Plan B on Williamson Street says the front window of the club was smashed out with a cinder block early Sunday morning. The business has replaced the window with board spray-painted with a rainbow and the words "LOVE Trumps HATE." Madison police are investigating.


Walker orders flags at half-staff in honor of fallen soldier

Flags flew at half-staff Saturday across Wisconsin in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn of Milwaukee.

Clayborn died unexpectedly June 1 in Caserma Ederle, Italy. Gov. Scott Walker said in his proclamation, "Tonette and I are praying for the family of Staff Sergeant Clayborn. He was a patriot who served his country in both the U-S Navy and the U-S Army. He will be greatly missed." Clayborn joined the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 2016 and served as a paratrooper and career counselor. A memorial service for Clayborn was held Saturday in Milwaukee.


Citizen action of Wisconsin hosts Democratic gubernatorial forum

The field of Democratic candidates for Wisconsin governor is now down to eight.

Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire announced he is dropping out of the race a day after businessman Andy Gronik suspended his campaign. Citizen Action of Wisconsin hosted public forum Saturday with the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in De Pere. Tony Evers, Kelda Roys, Paul Soglin, Kathleen Vinehout, Mike McCabe and Mahlon Mitchell participated. Gronik threw his support behind Roys on Friday. The candidates face off in the Aug. 14 primary with the winner taking on Gov. Scott Walker in November.


Foxconn intends to hire 3,000 veterans in Wis.

Foxconn is setting a goal to hire 3,000 veterans by the time the company is fully operational in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker's Office says the first three employees in the state are veterans of the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps. Foxconn officials say the company is committed to hiring graduates of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing which plans to train a thousand veterans a year by 2020. Foxconn currently has about 100 employees in the state working in the Milwaukee headquarters and experimental production facility in Mount Pleasant. President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Foxconn groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday.


WisDOT secretary tours Superior Harbor project

Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Dave Ross checked out the progress on a Superior Harbor project that was awarded state funding.  

Ross and other state officials toured the project Friday at the Cenex Harvest States terminal. WisDOT awarded the city of Superior a $1.7 million Harbor Assistance Program grant for repairs on a 590-foot dock wall to allow ships to load safely and extend the life of the grain elevator. CHS provided the remaining funds for the$2.3 million project. Ross said the CHS operation is the largest grain terminal on Lake Superior and is critical to the transportation of grain from the Midwest to international markets.


CVS Pharmacy installs first in-store drug disposal collection boxes

The CVS Pharmacy in Green Bay is the first in Wisconsin to install a permanent in-store drug disposal collection box.

Attorney General Brad Schimel took part in the announcement Friday as part of the state's efforts to prevent prescription opioid abuse. CVS Pharmacy locations in Appleton, Barraon, Eau Claire and Milwaukee also have drug disposal boxes. CVS has donated 41 drug drop boxes to law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin. The state's last Drug Take Back Day led to the collection of more than 63,000 pounds of unused medications.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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