MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature have agreed on a $500 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years, including $100 million more for special education. Budget committee member Sen. Luther Olsen tells The Associated Press that Senate and Assembly Republicans reached a deal that will be voted on Thursday. The deal is the same total funding that Assembly Republicans announced on Wednesday, but the amount going toward special education is twice as much.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) – Authorities have identified the Minnesota man who died while rock climbing in Colorado. Twenty-two-year-old Mitchel Halberg of Winona died of a head injury after falling while climbing in Poudre Canyon near Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday. The death was ruled an accident. Halberg was a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Racine police are investigating a homicide. Officers responded to a report of shots fired about 8 p.m. Wednesday and found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. A man was handcuffed and taken from the scene. But, police have not confirmed if a suspect is in custody.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Illegal killings and political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves despite more than $80 million in government spending. Wildlife officials warn the red wolf of North Carolina could be gone from the wild within a decade. Fewer than three dozen now remain. In the Southwest, Mexican gray wolves continue to struggle despite recent gains bumping their population to 131 animals. Poaching has been a persistent drag on government recovery efforts for both species.