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Walker says 'right to work' not on agenda

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says making Wisconsin a "right to work" state is not a part of his agenda, but he refused to say if he would veto such a bill.

In "right to work" states, private-sector workers can't be required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment.

Walker has repeatedly been cool to the idea, saying it wasn't a priority and would be a distraction from his agenda, but he hasn't definitely ruled it out.

When asked about it again Tuesday, Walker says he's not pushing for "right to work" and would not support it next session in the Legislature. But he didn't promise to veto it should it pass.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he would not pursue it next year.


Ryan: Purported beheading reflects Obama weakness

MILWAUKEE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says the circumstances that led to the purported beheading of a second U.S. journalist by the Islamic State group reflect a weakness of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Ryan heard the news Tuesday while taking questions at a luncheon at the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. An organizer told him of news reports saying an Internet video had just been posted purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

Ryan said a prayer might be in order and he called for a moment of silence. Then he said one reason groups like the Islamic State have risen so quickly is because of the power vacuum created by the Obama administration's "bad decisions."

He says the U.S. needs a decisive campaign to "finish off" the Islamic State.


Walker says he won't make another jobs promise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he won't make another job-creation promise like he did four years ago.

Walker said Tuesday that his economic development plan to be unveiled in coming weeks will be a detailed proposal about how to grow jobs, but it won't include a specific promise of how many jobs would be created.

Walker promised during his first campaign for governor in 2010 that if elected he would make sure the state added 250,000 private-sector jobs over his first term. Based on the latest figures, only about 103,000 jobs have been added.

Walker says he doesn't regret making the promise, saying he wanted to aim high after the state lost about 133,000 jobs under his Democratic-predecessor Gov. Jim Doyle.

Walker faces Democrat Mary Burke on Nov. 4.


Insider trading case dismissed in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - An insider trading case against a former Heartland Advisors executive has been dismissed.

A federal judge has thrown out the case brought against Jilaine Bauer. Civil charges were filed in 2003 against Bauer by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bauer was accused of redeeming shares of a Heartland municipal bond fund shortly before the price plummeted avoiding a loss of about $20,000. U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert in 2011 said Bauer engaged in insider trading.

The Journal Sentinel reports that a federal appeals court in Chicago reversed that ruling last year and sent the case back to Clevert, who recently dismissed it.


Wisconsin looks to past resolution for Northwoods

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Environmental activists say they plan to work with pro-business factions to resolve a longtime dispute over timber management in Wisconsin's Northwoods.

Post-Crescent Media reports that northern Wisconsin activists hope to borrow a strategy used by Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark Corporation to reach a collaborative agreement on a material the company used that came from Canadian forests. The Northeast Wisconsin Forest Improvement Collaborative is seeking to broker a compromise regarding 1.5 million acres of forest that will please both logging advocates and environmental groups.

Forest County Potawatomi Forester Al Murray facilitates the group and says its goal is to bring together industry, local officials and environmental advocates and find common ground.

The collaborative is aiming to attract investors to subsidize federal funding, highlight the benefits of forest management and coordinate restoration projects.


Pittsburgh announces hiring of new police chief

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh officials have announced the hiring of a new police chief.

He is Cameron McLay, a former Madison, Wisconsin, police captain who has been working as a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

McLay is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement.

The 56-year-old's hiring is subject to approval by the Pittsburgh City Council.

McLay will succeed acting Chief Regina McDonald. She replaced former Chief Nate Harper, who is serving a federal prision sentence for conspiring to divert money into a slush fund for his personal use.


Annual fence slogan nod to Ha-Ha

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - One of the traditions connecting the Green Bay Packers and their fans is an annual slogan painted on a fence across from Lambeau Field.

The slogan goes up on Fred Harrsch's fence just before the Packers start the regular season. The fence is even on Green Bay's historical sites list. It's been around since 1984.

Packers President Mark Murphy shows up with a paintbrush when it's time for another slogan - as it was on Monday. He says the fence is part of the cultural of the Packers organization.

This year, the slogan is a nod to a rookie who grew up in the South, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. WLUK-TV reports that when the paint dried, the fence read "Welcome to the Frozen Tundra Ha-Ha, Ho-Ho, He-He."

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