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The 120,000-square-foot multipurpose building on the Foxconn Technology Group complex, which is under construction.(Photo: Mike De Sisti and Jim Nelson/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos attacked Gov. Tony Evers as naive Thursday and said he wouldn't be able to win approval of changes to Wisconsin's job-creation deal with electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group. 

In an appearance on WISN-AM (1130), the Rochester Republican told host Jay Weber any changes to the agreement would be worse for taxpayers and claimed the company was committed to creating 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin despite saying it would build a smaller plant than originally envisioned.

Company officials continue to say they plan to create as many jobs as they have long touted, but two industry experts estimated Foxconn's planned manufacturing plant would employ a few thousand at best. 

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Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee.(Photo: Google street view)

Milwaukee County has an aging problem.

It's five county-owned senior centers — which range in age from 35 to 61 years — face substantial repair needs and by 2022 it might be more economical to fully replace them instead of putting more money into repairs.

The total replacement bill would run $24 million.

Those sobering facts underline a report released Thursday by the non-partisan Wisconsin Policy Forum. 

"While the facility challenges pose a huge problem, they also offer an opportunity for Milwaukee County officials and the broader community to reassess the role of senior centers," the report says.

In effect, the report — which identified best practices in older adult programming nationally — will serve as a conversation-starter on the future of the senior centers and perhaps new programming models.

"We do have a dwindling tax levy, aging facilities," said Holly Davis, director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, which commissioned the study.


U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., sings during a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa. Tony Leys, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is set to become the fifth Democratic presidential contender to campaign in Wisconsin.

According to his campaign website, Booker is scheduled to hold a discussion on gun violence prevention Tuesday in Milwaukee.

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He'll be at Coffee Makes You Black, 2803 N. Teutonia Ave. Doors open at noon and those interested in attending can register at the campaign website.

Even though Wisconsin's 2020 presidential primary is more than 11 months away, four Democratic contenders have already been in the state.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press)

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MADISON - Teen inmates at the state's long-troubled youth prison are still being strip searched and doused in pepper spray by correctional officers despite a longstanding federal court order to curtail such practices.

New findings by a court-ordered monitor of the juvenile prison also show guards continue to work 16-hour shifts many days in a row and are not swiftly responding to inmates' calls for help — a delay that for one former inmate in 2015 resulted in severe and permanent brain damage as she hanged herself while waiting.

In another sign prison officials aren't doing enough to prevent suicide attempts, rooms at the facility continue to include items inmates can use to harm themselves, the report found.   

The report came five days after federal prosecutors announced they had closed a four-year-old investigation of the facility without charging anyone and the same day Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said he would not re-open the review.

MADISON - Wisconsin can keep its SeniorCare prescription drug program for at least another decade under a deal with federal regulators that Gov. Tony Evers touted Wednesday. 

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week authorized the program through the end of 2028, a longer-term extension of the program than the state has gotten in the past. 

About 93,000 Wisconsinites age 65 or older are enrolled in SeniorCare. The program, created in 2002, is an alternative to Medicare Part D prescription drug program that supporters tout as more comprehensive and less expensive. Benefits are based on income. 

"It was a bipartisan solution to a Wisconsin problem," Evers said Wednesday. 

The state runs the program in conjunction with the federal government and needs its permission to run it. Past approvals have come in increments of three or four years, but the latest one is for much longer. 

“A 10-year approval from the federal government is rare and, I'll tell you this, I am so thankful, because it speaks highly of the quality work of our staff who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents," Evers said.