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Wisconsin is struggling with an epidemic of opioid abuse.(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Monday that it will receive a $3 million federal grant to improve treatment for adolescents and young people battling mental health and substance abuse disorders.

The grant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will provide $760,000 in annual funding for four years beginning in the fall.

"This grant supports our efforts in the fight against heroin and prescription drug abuse, as well as the persistent meth problem and other substance abuse disorders that we know are affecting young people in many of our communities," DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer said in a statement.

The money will be used to create the Wisconsin Youth Treatment Initiative, which will provide people ages 16 to 25 with family-based therapy programs.

 

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MADISON – Wisconsin's attorney general on Monday asked the nation's high court to block a ruling that would force lawmakers to draw new legislative maps by November.

A panel of three federal judges ruled 2-1 last fall that lawmakers had drawn maps for the state Assembly that were so heavily skewed for Republicans as to violate the voting rights of Democrats. The judges ordered the state to develop new maps by November. 

GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in February and the state is waiting to hear if the justices will hold arguments in the case. 

On Monday, Schimel asked the high court to block the requirement to develop new maps by Nov. 1, contending legislators should not have to draw new lines unless the Supreme Court agrees with the three-judge panel that the existing maps are unconstitutional.

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TOWN OF WHITESTOWN - Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has died after he was accidentally shot by a friend while hunting in Vernon County.

Sheriff’s officials say the boy and his 15-year-old friend were going turkey hunting on private land in the Town of Whitestown Sunday. When the two got out of a vehicle, a pistol held by the younger boy discharged, striking the older boy in the side and chest area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff John Spears said both teens are from the Ontario area.

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MADISON - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was going nowhere fast when his elevator got stuck in a Wisconsin hotel.

Stewart was in Madison over the weekend to race at Angell Park Speedway on Sunday. It was shortly after midnight when the elevator carrying him and six others stopped at the second floor of the Staybridge Suites.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that city firefighters quickly got the doors open to free Stewart and the others.

Stewart took to Twitter to thank the firefighters. (That's Stewart in the lower, right corner, taking the selfie.)

Awesome birthday yesterday with an exciting finish. Stuck in the hotel elevator for 20min until the fire dep saved us. #freakedoutpic.twitter.com/ySZ0gG0zWW

— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) May 21, 2017

 

It was 30 years ago that a small-town lawmaker named Tommy Thompson became the 42nd governor of Wisconsin, beginning the most dominant political run in the history of that office.

If it feels like ancient history, it’s because Thompson won elections in Wisconsin in a fashion no one in his party has come close to replicating since.

Republican Tommy Thompson greets his supporters on election night after claiming victory in the gubernatorial race in 1986.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files)

Thompson exploded the limits of what now seems possible in an ultra-polarized state in an ultra-polarized age.

His political achievement goes far beyond his record tenure as governor (14 years). It goes to the way he won.

Thompson made vast inroads into constituencies that today resist the GOP like the plague, including blacks, white liberals and Democrats in general.

Thompson won Dane County in his second re-election race, something no other Republican has done in a campaign for governor, senator or president since the 1970s.