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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced a special election win by a Democrat in a state Senate district that Donald Trump won in 2016 by 17 points. Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a "wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin. He did not blame Trump by name, but says there is "frustration overall" with Washington.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee officials are terminating two contracts with a construction company whose employees were photographed displaying a Ku Klux Klan sticker and openly brandishing firearms in a majority black neighborhood. The Milwaukee Common Council passed a resolution Wednesday that ends the contracts worth $80,000 with Wisconsin-based American Sewer Services.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The primary investment fund for most Wisconsin public employees and retirees grew more than 16 percent last year, roughly double its performance in 2016. The State of Wisconsin Investment Board reported Wednesday that based on preliminary numbers the $100 billion "Core Fund" grew 16.2 percent for the year. The five-year return is 8.6 percent. Both are above the performance benchmarks.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's state budget is now projected to end with $138 million more than previously thought when it cleared the Legislature last year. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on Wednesday said the current two-year budget that ends on June 30, 2019, will end with a $385 million balance. Republican co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren heralded the news as signs the state is on "great fiscal standing."

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