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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promises he isn’t going to “retreat” after losing re-election last week, signaling potential support for a variety of Republican-backed efforts to limit the power of his Democratic successor, including moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary. Walker, in his first comments to reporters since losing to Democrat Tony Evers, said Thursday he was open to a number of changes to gubernatorial power being discussed by Republicans who control the state Legislature.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says it’s time Republicans “got serious” about working with the incoming Democratic governor on the state’s issues. Evers’ spokeswoman reacted Thursday after GOP Gov. Scott Walker said he’s open to Republican proposals for a lame-duck legislative session that would limit the governor’s powers before Evers takes office. Evers narrowly defeated Walker last week. Walker says the proposals being discussed seem “pretty reasonable.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at or below 3 percent for a record ninth month in a row. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 3 percent in October, the same as in August and September. The state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs between September and October but was up 32,000 from the previous year. Prior to last year, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate never dropped below 3 percent.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say a white-tailed deer harvested from a hunt ranch in Portage County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the hunt ranch had purchased the 3-year-old buck from a Portage County breeding farm. The department has quarantined both the breeding farm and the hunt ranch. That means no animals may move in or out of the farm. CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk and moose.

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