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DNR Secretary Preston Cole addressed questions from the media on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the agency's headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.(Photo: Paul A. Smith)

MADISON – The state's top environmental official pledged Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources will play a more aggressive role in water quality issues, echoing calls by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that more needs to be done to ensure Wisconsin residents have access to clean drinking water. 

DNR Secretary Preston Cole said clean water was the agency's top issue, followed by chronic wasting disease in the state's deer population. 

The agency has struggled with the deadly deer disease for nearly two decades. Cole promised no quick fixes and said the department is studying effective strategies in other states before it would propose implementing any new strategies. 

Separately, Cole said the DNR is planning to replace language on its website written by the previous administration that said climate change was a matter of scientific debate.

Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks to reporters Tuesday in the Wisconsin State Capitol about legislation he is proposing with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to put in state law a process to collect and analyze sexual assault evidence kits.(Photo: Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Attorney General Josh Kaul and a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that aims to put in state law a process to collect and test evidence from sexual assaults. 

The proposal answers a key issue debated during the 2018 race for attorney general, during which Kaul defeated his predecessor Brad Schimel in part by hammering him over the state Department of Justice's response to thousands of evidence kits going untested for years. 

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"Under current Wisconsin law, there's no comprehensive statutory framework for the collection and processing of sexual assault kits — this legislation will change that," Kaul told reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday.

President Donald Trump appearing last fall at a rally at the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.(Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

President Donald Trump will once again skip the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.

And this time, he's headed to Green Bay.

He'll appear at Resch Center for a rally, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and the event scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Those who want to attend the event can register through the president's campaign website.

Wisconsin has emerged as a top target for both parties heading into the 2020 presidential campaign.

Democrats will hold their national convention in Milwaukee July 13-16, 2020 and four presidential contenders have already campaigned in the state — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is also expected to campaign here in the next few weeks.

Wisconsin state Capitol.(Photo: Scott Bauer, Associated Press)

MADISON - The state Supreme Court agreed Monday to quickly take up a lawsuit challenging lame-duck laws aimed at curbing the power of the state's top Democrats.

The high court unanimously accepted the case before an appeals court finishes its work on the lawsuit, speeding up its final resolution. 

The justices put the case on a fast track, agreeing to hear arguments May 15. 

Other lawsuits are pending — one in state court and one in federal court — so the Supreme Court's ruling in this case likely won't be the last word on whether the lame-duck laws are valid.

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Because of rulings in the cases, some of the lame-duck laws are in effect and some are not. 

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A Chicago-based vendor will take over key concessions at Milwaukee's Bradford Beach.

CCH Management LLC, which operates The Dock restaurant at Montrose Beach in Chicago, will oversee food and beverages at the beach bar, tiki hut rentals and special events at Bradford Beach.

The lease deal was announced Monday by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Parks and must be approved by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Previously, SURG Restaurant Group ran the concessions for six years.

"Milwaukee County Parks will enter into a five-year contract agreement with The Dock, with three options to extend the term for an additional year," a news release said.

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Bradford Beach in the summertime.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

According to the Request for Proposal, The Dock has agreed to pay the county $100,000 over the first five years and $20,000 for each year of the extension. There is also a profit-sharing agreement if "gross receipts exceed established amounts.