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Electronics giant Foxconn reversed course and announced Wednesday that the huge Wisconsin plant that was supposed to bring a bounty of blue-collar factory jobs back to the Midwest — and was lured with billions in tax incentives — will instead be primarily a research and development center staffed by scientists and engineers.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday due to severe winter weather.

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A group of defendants from northern Wisconsin is suing over funding and staffing problems in the state Public Defender's Office, arguing the rights of indigent defendants in Wisconsin to competent attorneys and speedy trials have been violated.

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A Wisconsin diocese has released the names of more than 40 clergy members with substantiated allegations they sexually abused a minor.

The Green Bay Diocese posted the names of 46 clergy on its website Thursday.

Bishop David Ricken apologized at a news conference to the 98 known victims of sexual abuse by the clergy in the diocese since 1906. Ricken called for any other victims to come forward.

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A federal judge on Thursday struck down early-voting restrictions Wisconsin Republicans adopted in a December lame-duck legislative session, saying the limits are clearly similar to restrictions he blocked two years ago.

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Gov. Scott Walker told the Associated Press he would be interested in running for office again, possibly even governor of Wisconsin in four years. He also said he’s moving from the governor’s mansion in Madison to downtown Milwaukee.

Walker is going to be replaced by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers on Monday, Jan. 7. Walker plans to hit the speaking circuit and be President Donald Trump’s chief advocate in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of lame-duck legislation that weakens the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Walker signed the bills without issuing any partial vetoes.

The bills prohibit Evers from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. The measures limit Evers’ control over the state’s job creation agency until September and restricts his ability to change Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

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The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills that weaken the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

The state Assembly approved the measures Wednesday morning. The state Senate did the same, less than three hours earlier, after lawmakers worked through most of the night. Now, the bills go to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support.

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Republican state Rep. Rob Brooks has resigned his position as assistant majority leader in the Wisconsin Assembly amid a call from Gov. Scott Walker that he resign from office.

GOP assembly leaders issued a statement, saying Brooks decided to leave his leadership position and it will remain vacant until after the November election. No word on whether he will resign his seat in the assembly, as Walker has requested. Brooks is running for reelection in November. 

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Update 1:57 p.m.: The man who allegedly entered a Middleton, Wis., office building Wednesday morning and opened fire has died after being shot by police. The suspect injured three people who are being treated at area hospitals. 

Officials have lifted the lockdown at the office building where the shooting occurred around 10 a.m.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Russians, who wanted to hack into the state voter registration database, appear to have mistakenly tried to get into state Department of Workforce Development records.

Last Friday, state elections officials said they were told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the hackers targeted Wisconsin's election system, as well as systems in 20 other states. DHS said the hacking attempt was not successful.

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The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.

Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

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