Wednesday, August 23rd


During the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, the traveling WonderWheel will offer 10-minute rides with potential visibility of 10 miles to people at the top of the ride.(Photo: Wisconsin State Fair)

The Wisconsin State Fair has removed a ride from its lineup following an accident on a similar ride in Ohio that killed one and injured seven.

On Wednesday, the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus malfunctioned and threw riders into the air, authorities at the scene said. The ride's manufacturer has since asked fairs around the world to stop running the ride.

Although the Fire Ball was not scheduled for the Wisconsin State Fair, a similar ride called the Freak Out had been planned for the amusement area, fair officials said in a news release Friday.

The Freak Out will no longer be at the fair.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and families affected by the recent tragedy at the Ohio State Fair," the release stated.

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Foxconn wants to build a massive plant in Wisconsin … and taxpayers are being asked for massive incentives to bring it here. We take a look at what the announcement means from an economic and political perspective.

Foxconn Technology Group's planned $10 billion southeastern Wisconsin investment would include paying around $50 million for a 1,000-acre development site.(Photo: Getty Images)

Foxconn Technology Group’s plans for a sprawling manufacturing plant will trigger a massive and complex review by state regulators at a time when Wisconsin’s environmental agency is grappling with a depleted workforce.

The Taiwanese company will require an array of air and water pollution permits, ranging from prescribed limits on smokestacks to the construction of green infrastructure to keeping rain from washing off a 1,000-acre campus and flooding neighboring areas.

“This is going to require all hands on deck,” former Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank said.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in the East Room accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Foxconn CEO and founder Terry Gou and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at the White House in Washington, Wednesday.(Photo: Associated Press)

Top facts from Foxconn's announcement of Wisconn Valley investment in Wisconsin:

1. 10,000 construction jobs needed to build over each of next four years.

2. First liquid crystal display — LCD — manufacturing facility in North America.

3. Eventually could employ 13,000 workers.

4. Workers will be paid average $53,875 a year, plus benefits.

5. Foxconn complex will cover nearly 1.6 square miles — about same size as Shorewood.

6. Floor area of 20 million square feet, or 11 Lambeau Fields or three Pentagons.

7. Development will generate estimated $181 million in state and local tax revenue annually, including $60 million in local property taxes.

8. $3 billion in state incentives over 15 years.

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Terry Gou, chairman of Taiwan's Foxconn, founded Foxconn in 1974 as a garage startup.(Photo: Getty Images)

MADISON - Foxconn executives have met with staff of the Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison — a sign of how far the economic ripples of a deal with the company might eventually extend.

Cancer research is a major priority of Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, who lost his first wife and younger brother to the disease. He has reportedly donated hundreds of millions of dollars to cancer research and treatment through the National Taiwan University, which already has a strong connection to Wisconsin.

Ann-Lii Cheng, director of Taiwan National Taiwan University’s cancer center, is a former fellow at the UW cancer center.

Multiple sources confirmed that Foxconn executives and Carbone center officials have met to get acquainted and discuss potential areas of collaboration — another possible benefit of having the Taiwanese giant invest in Wisconsin.

“I know that there were discussions,” said one of the sources.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in the East Room accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Foxconn CEO and founder Terry Gou, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Trump said that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to create 3,000 jobs.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ORG XMIT: DCCK201(Photo: Associated Press)

When Gov. Scott Walker says, as he did on Twitter on Wednesday, that Foxconn is "bringing" 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin, what exactly does that mean?

Even the Taiwan-based company itself hasn't stated its plans that directly.

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds it means something more than a promise but less than actual hiring.