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Wisconsin roundup: Pence visiting Eau Claire, Green Bay next week; more state news stories

Vice President Mike Pence will host fundraisers in Green Bay and Eau Claire in a week.

Pence will be raising money Oct. 10 for Gov. Scott Walker's re-election campaign. Walker is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Tony Evers a month before the general election. Polling shows Evers with a slight lead. Pence was in Wisconsin Aug. 30 for a fundraiser supporting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir.


Vos on Medicaid: ‘Not going to happen. No way. Never.’

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is emphatic about refusing the accept Medicaid expansion funding from the federal government.

The Republican legislative leader had been asked if he would consider taking the expansion money, then cutting a deal for items on his agenda if Democrat Tony Evers is elected governor. He says Medicaid falls short of covering patient costs already. Vos says expanding the number of people covered would force taxpayers to subsidize even more users, making the private system less stable.


OSHA proposes $83K fine for hazardous chemical release at refinery

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing more than $83,000 in fines for the owner of a Wisconsin oil refinery.

OSHA backs the fines for Superior Refining because it failed to control the release of hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire last April. Several employees were injured at the Husky Energy refinery. The company has two weeks to decide whether to contest the penalties.


Property values along Milwaukee streetcar route up 28%

The value of Milwaukee properties within a quarter-mile of the new streetcar route have skyrocketed by 28 percent since the project was approved three years ago.

That's more than double the increase for other Milwaukee properties. The Hop starts serving passengers next month. City officials say there has been new construction and a lot of investment made near the stations where passengers will get on and off The Hop. It will run seven days a week, stopping for passengers every 10-15 minutes.


Milwaukee school changes name

The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was a northern Democrat who felt the abolitionist movement was a threat to the nation's unity.

That's why Franklin Pierce Elementary School has changed its name to Riverwest Elementary. Parents and staff had pushed for the change. The Milwaukee school serves predominately African-American and Latino students. There were some parents who felt their history and childhood were being erased by the change.


Former police officer pleads guilty to OWI

A former officer with the Madison Police Department is scheduled to be sentenced for operating while intoxicated at a December hearing.

Kelly A. Hoeft entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 16. A 911 call was made last summer after a witness saw her car knock down some road signs. When checked, her blood alcohol content reading was more than three times the legal limit. A child was in the back seat of her car.