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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) speaks with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, at a debate sponsored by Fox News in Detroit in March 2016.(Photo: Getty Images)

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Wisconsinite Reince Priebus quickly pivoted.

"It's an absolute fact" that China and North Korea "have consistently over many, many years" meddled in U.S. elections, the White House chief of staff said, repeating a claim made by President Donald Trump.

China and North Korea?

Experts told PolitiFact Wisconsin that evidence is absolutely lacking for any such consistent interference over many years, and certainly nothing on the order of what the Russians are accused of doing.

 

DNCE performs at Summerfest's Miller Lite Oasis July 8.(Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston Photography, Courtsey of Summerfest )

Despite a rainstorm that swept through Milwaukee on opening day, Summerfest attendance hit 831,769 people this year, according to results released Thursday by Milwaukee World Festival Inc.

The attendance figure represented a 3.4% boost from 2016.

Nearly 14% of this year's spectators — 115,935 people — entered the grounds through free daily admission promotion offers.

There were 98,180 trips on the Skyglider and 19,170 swings taken at a hole-in-one contest. But nobody was able to record an ace.

Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. President and CEO, thanked fans, sponsors, volunteers and staff and said: “Looking ahead, we will continue to make significant improvements ensuring a world-class fan experience for all visiting Summerfest, the ethnic festivals, and all events at Henry Maier Festival Park."

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Student driver Kenaya Tennione, 16, prepares to drive with instructor Fred Taylor of Arcade Drivers School. Fellow student Daquon Peterson, 17, sits in the back seat.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Devon Davis will be a junior at Rufus King High School this fall, but for now she's working at the Burger King on N. 124th St. and W. Capitol Drive.

The best part for Davis? The 16-year-old drives herself to and from work in her mom's 2000 Envoy, thanks to driver's education training she took last fall at King — for free.

"If you have a license, you can take care of your own business," Davis said.

The best part for the community? The training was part of a new district initiative to eliminate one of the biggest hurdles to post-high school success for many students: the lack of a driver's license.

"Short of prison, it's the biggest barrier to employment," said Lois Quinn, a retired senior scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Employment & Training Institute.

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A flooded Beaumont Field in Burlington.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Miliwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Gov. Scott Walker has called up the National Guard to assist residents in parts of Racine and Kenosha County deal with flooding after yesterday's historic rains.

Guard members are expected to start arriving in the area early this morning. Walker said he is also planning on visiting the area Thursday.

Burlington Police Chief Mark Anderson said in a press conference early Thursday morning that the damage left behind by the flooding would be "unprecedented."

The good news from overnight is that the Fox River in Burlington may have crested and started to recede, according to a National Weather Service monitoring station on the river.

The river appears to have crested at 16.15 feet, more than 5 feet over flood stage. The previous record crest was 13.81 feet. As of 5:45 a.m., the level was at 15.98 feet.

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A flooded Beaumont Field in Burlington.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Miliwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Authorities late Wednesday urged residents along the surging Fox River in Racine County to evacuate their homes overnight, WITI-TV in Milwaukee reported.

Residents of parts of Racine and Kenosha counties were recovering from extensive flooding Wednesday while bracing for more rain overnight into Thursday.

Torrential rains flooded areas of southeastern Wisconsin with nearly 8 inches of rain overnight Wednesday, causing flooding, closing roads and knocking out power to thousands.

A second round of storms developed over south-central Wisconsin on Wednesday evening, threatening areas to the southeast, including Milwaukee, with more heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes.

A state of emergency was declared in Racine County, where the Fox River at Burlington surpassed its record crest of 13.81 feet Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

At 2:45 p.m., the river had reached a stage of 14.6 feet, more than 3½ feet above the 11-foot flood stage and almost a foot above the record crest set in April 2008, according to the weather service.