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Work continues near the Foxconn Technology Group complex under construction in Mount Pleasant on Thursday.(Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday he wants to renegotiate the state's contract with Foxconn Technology Group because the Taiwanese company won't be creating 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin as originally envisioned.  

"Clearly the deal that was struck is no longer in play and so we will be working with individuals at Foxconn and of course with (the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.) to figure out how a new set of parameters should be negotiated," Evers told reporters in his Capitol office. 

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He said it was premature to say what specific changes he would be seeking. Under existing deals, the state and local governments could provide the company up to $4 billion to establish a massive facility in Racine County employing as many as 13,000 people.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson toured the southwest border around El Paso, Texas, for two days this week to get a first-hand look at the surge of migrants crossing from Mexico to the United States.

"This flow is out of control and we have to get it under control," Johnson said Wednesday during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Johnson chairs the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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He said the "real beneficiaries" of the border surge are "human trafficking cartels," that are making "hundreds of millions of dollars" and using the border patrol system to their advantage.

"They're using our law enforcement, turning them into processors for their business model," Johnson said.

During his tour Monday and Tuesday, Johnson met with U.S.

Community whistleblower Christa Reinert ran successfully for the Mercer School Board but was defeated for re-election in April 2019.(Photo: For the Journal Sentinel)

Five current and former board members of a tiny Northwoods school district are facing felony charges for allegedly falsifying a letter to the state Department of Public Instruction and, in one case, destroying a video of a heated board meeting.

The charges are the latest development for the Mercer School District, which drew national attention in 2016 after two of its girls volleyball coaches — one is among those charged — allowed some players to watch the sexploitation flick "50 Shades of Grey" en route to a tournament.

The charges stem from an investigation by DPI in response to a complaint by board member Christa Reinert, an angry-volleyball-parent-turned-whistleblower who ran for office in part because of the "50 Shades" debacle.

The charges, filed in Iron County Circuit Court, accuse board members Deanna Pierpont, Michele Holmstrom and Noel Brandt of misconduct in office; and former members Denise Thompson and Colleen "Kelly" Kohegyi of falsely exercising a function of public office.

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Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez (center) examines a pen while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (right) signs a convention contract along with Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry (left) following the official announcement that Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention at Fiserv Forum on Monday. Milwaukee snagged the event over Houston and Miami.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and other top party officials will be in Milwaukee next week for planning meetings for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The meetings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday and amount to a logistical kickoff to prepare for the convention that will be held in Milwaukee, July 13-16, 2020.

Perez will also appear at a fundraiser for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

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Top party officials, local organizers of the convention as well as representatives of the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County will attend.

Comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher plays Milwaukee's Riverside Theater, May 5.(Photo: Janet Van Ham)

You get 15 minutes on the phone with comedian Bill Maher, you take it.

Why? Because you never know what you'll learn about the TV talk-show host who is bound for Milwaukee's Riverside Theater on May 5.

For instance, he's still a limited partner of the New York Mets and says: "You'd have to pry that from my cold dead hands."

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As a limited partner, there's no role in how the team is run, Maher said, but you can get swell seats, good parking and "I can definitely get Mr. Met to come over and take a picture."

"It's mostly an investment, an amazing investment," Maher said. "And an investment that everyone told me not to do back in 2011.