The Ashland School District is reinstating a teacher who was suspended after making controversial social media posts about the shooting of 14-year-old Jason Pero last month, according to an announcement Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. The Bad River teen was shot and killed by an Ashland County sheriff's deputy on Nov. 8. The shooting is still under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Wisconsin is seeing a growing income gap between its top-earners and the average worker, according to a report released earlier this month from the Wisconsin Budget Project and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy in Madison. The richest 1 percent in Wisconsin made — on average — 19 times as much as everyone else in 2014, said Laura Dresser, associate director for the strategy center. Most people in Wisconsin made less than $50,000 a year on average, while the top 1 percent brought in around $933,000 each year.
Districts are improvising while lawmakers continue to hammer out the next two-year state budget.
Some sports fishermen on Lake Superior won't be able to hook another lake trout this summer. The season is ending early around the Apostle Islands region because anglers have already reached their quota of 9,800 fish. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has limited anglers' catch there in recent years to help the population rebound. Lake trout numbers have been declining for roughly the last decade, said Brad Ray, senior fisheries biologist for Lake Superior.
Demand for the wood is high to satisfy buyers looking to spruce up their home décor.
Northern Wisconsin leaders asked the state once again to increase payments for county forestlands at Superior Days in Madison. Counties say their towns aren't getting enough back to support emergency services and road maintenance.
The University of Wisconsin System provided roughly $3 million to UWS to offset budget cuts, tuition freezes and fewer students, but that assistance ended this year.
Some northern Wisconsin loggers are putting off timber harvests. The prices for timber products they deliver have fallen over the past eight months. Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association executive director, Henry Schienebeck, said some loggers are holding off on harvesting wood they bought under contract. He said an oversupply of raw material on the market is leading some to consider their options. "The guys are still able to produce the wood. Now, they're trying to adjust their production levels to what the mill requirements are right now," Schienebeck said.
A table provided by the University of Wisconsin System lists the chancellor raises. Each of them will now be making $220,000 per year.
Supporters say it will benefit the forest products industry. Yet, some fear the change may upset the balance between industry and wildlife.