• By Laurel White / Wisconsin Public Radio

A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the state’s right-to-work law.On Tuesday, the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by a Dane County judge last year that found the law was unconstitutional.Wisconsin's right-to-work law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2015, bans manda…

  • By DANIELLE KAEDING/Wisconsin Public Radio

Xcel Energy is proposing a new 22-mile, 34.5-kilovolt transmission line on the tip of northern Wisconsin. The roughly $26 million project is necessary to strengthen power in the area, according to the company.Xcel Energy has one transmission line providing power to the Bayfield Peninsula, wh…

  • By Shawn Johnson/Wisconsin Public Radio

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca has announced he's stepping down from his leadership position at the end of this month.The move will put someone else in charge of Assembly Democrats for the first time in nearly seven years.Barca announced his resignation in a statement Thursd…

  • By DANIELLE KAEDING / Wisconsin Public Radio

Wild rice beds are looking pretty thin on northern Wisconsin lakes this year, and in some cases, they’re completely missing.Experts say the wet summer is mostly to blame as heavy rains have caused high waters on northern Wisconsin lakes.Peter David, wildlife biologist with the Great Lakes In…

  • By PATTY MURRAY/Wisconsin Public Radio

A report from the Wisconsin Budget Project and COWS shows the state's income gap continues to grow.Wisconsin's richest residents are getting richer while others are seeing little or no income growth, according to the report. Wisconsin's top 1 percent of earners had an income of $335,000 a ye…

  • By DANIELLE KAEDING / Wisconsin Public Radio

Around 20 protesters disrupted construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border on Monday. Construction of the line was shut down for about two hours.Jennifer Smith, spokeswoman for Enbridge, said some protesters wore masks as they climbed onto…

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