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Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Jacque, Plumer win GOP primaries, advance to June 12 special elections: Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "In an election they didn't want, Republicans ended up with a candidate who has long clashed with party leadership. State Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) won a Republican Party primary for Senate District 1 on Tuesday night. Jacque garnered 52% of the vote and defeated businessman Alex Renard in a tight race to advance to the June 12 special election. He'll face Democrat Caleb Frostman, the former executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corp. The district includes all of Door and Kewaunee counties, and parts of Manitowoc, Brown, Outagamie and Calumet counties. In Assembly District 42, karate school owner and Lodi Town Board member Jon Plumer easily won a four-way primary. Plumer defeated Colleen Locke-Murphy of Poynette, Columbus Town Chairman Darren Schroeder and self-described 'Trump conservative' Spencer Zimmerman of Janesville. In the special election, Plumer will face Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd, a Lodi alderwoman and University of Wisconsin-Madison academic adviser, and independent Gene Rubenstein of Pardeeville. The district includes most of Columbia County and covers parts of Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties." Read more.


Parkland parents who lost kids are running for school board: Kelli Kennedy of the Associated Press writes: "Two parents who lost children in February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School announced their candidacies for county school board seats Tuesday, saying they want to improve safety and increase accountability. Ryan Petty, a telecom and technology entrepreneur, said he wants to help restore the Broward County School Board to its proper function as an oversight body for the administration, saying he thinks that has been lost. He is running for an at-large seat on the board, while Lori Alhadeff is running in the district that includes the city of Parkland, where Stoneman Douglas is located. 'We've dedicated ourselves to change a system that would allow somebody like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks,' said Petty, referring to the 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student whom police have identified as the shooter. Petty's daughter Alaina and Alhadeff's daughter Alyssa were two of 14 students and three school officials killed. Petty said he and Alhadeff helped pass state laws strengthening gun control in the months after the shooting, but said 'there's a lot more to do.' Alhadeff, a former teacher with a master's degree in education, said she supports giving kids second chances. But she thinks changes should be made to a mentoring program aimed at steering children away from the criminal justice system." Read more.


In Wisconsin, businesses find success in keeping it local and made in America: Enjoli Francis and Eric Noll of ABC News write: "In Madison, Wisconsin recently, the line was out the door at Mickies Dairy Bar, as college graduates and regulars tried to squeeze in a meal before the day's festivities. The diner was built in 1946 and its menu still hails from the 1950s with burgers going for just 30 cents, but it's the ice cream shakes that make the eatery famous. Whether they're vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, the shakes share the same special ingredient: Schoep's ice cream, which is produced in Madison and has been around since the 1930s. Mickies owner, Janet Thongnuam, told ABC News that she'd been working at Mickies since 1991 with husband Payow. As ABC News traveled around Madison, Wisconsin, the theme of the visit was locally made products sold in the state's capital. Across town, dozens of small-business owners, from around the state, gathered for the Madison Mini Maker Faire last weekend at Monona Terrace. Vendors sold soaps, candles and even handsewn stuffed animals and toys from PlushZilla and Inkies. 'I have over 60 different kinds now so -- and I'm still designing,' said Laura McGarvey, the owner of Inkies. 'All original designs.'" Read more.


North Carolina teachers to rally in Raleigh for raises, funding: Corky Siemaszko of NBC News writes: "This is the basic math in the life of North Carolina kindergarten teacher Kristin Beller: one master’s degree, plus 14 years of experience, plus 10-hour workdays, plus a sometimes six-day workweek equals $51,000 in annual salary. That does not include the money she makes on the side as a tutor. But nor does it take into account the hundreds of dollars of her own money Beller said she has shelled out to make sure her students at the Joyner Elementary School in Raleigh have new books to read. On Wednesday, Beller and thousands of other teachers from across the Tar Heel State are skipping school and heading to North Carolina's capital to demand a raise — along with more state funding for education — from lawmakers who they say have been shortchanging public schools for years. Dozens of school districts across the state have said they will close schools on Wednesday since so many teachers will be gone. 'We have suffered through a decade of cuts,' Beller said, 'so this will be a sign of strength, a sign of power, a sign that North Carolina fully believes in public schools.' Beller and her fellow teachers are part of a wave that has crashed through red states in recent months demanding more money from Republican-led legislatures." Read more.

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Poll: Confidence in Trump’s ability to handle North Korea rising: Max Greenwood of The Hill writes: "Voters are increasingly confident in President Trump's ability to negotiate with North Korea, according to Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. A combined 50 percent of voters said they had either "some" or 'a lot' of confidence in Trump's ability to handle Pyongyang ahead of a planned summit between the U.S. president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. The poll was conducted before the North threatened on Tuesday to pull out of the planned talks if the U.S. demanded 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Still, the number of voters who expressed confidence in Trump on the matter has risen. A similar poll conducted last month pegged confidence in the president's ability to handle North Korea at 47 percent. According to the latest Politico/Morning Consult survey, the number of voters who said they have 'no confidence' in Trump's ability to negotiate with Pyongyang dropped slightly, from 34 percent last month to 30 percent. Just under a third of voters – 32 percent – said that Trump should only meet with Kim if North Korea makes concessions on its nuclear program before the June 12 meeting. Nearly half of voters – 47 percent – said that the meeting should happen regardless." Read more.


Ikea puts Oak Creek on map as a regional retail destination: Paul Gores of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "The hundreds of shoppers who will stream into the Ikea store in Oak Creek for its grand opening Wednesday — and the estimated 1 million who’ll visit each year — serve as strong evidence that in an age when some large retailers are struggling, Ikea has figured out how to give many consumers the kind of shopping experience they want, industry experts say. At the same time, Oak Creek city officials say the coming waves of Ikea shoppers to West Drexel Avenue just off of I-94 also are likely to serve as a boon to existing restaurants and other businesses nearby, as well as an impetus for further development of 150 acres in Ikea’s neighborhood. As Ikea opens its mammoth 293,000-square-foot blue-and-yellow building at 9 a.m. Wednesday, this much is certain: South suburban Oak Creek officially is on the map as a statewide retail destination, and Ikea and city leaders couldn’t be happier about it. 'We’re ready to rock and roll,' said store manager Samantha Gravina. The Swedish-themed, assemble-it-yourself retailer, which has no shortage of Wisconsin devotees even though this is the state’s first store, is known for providing shopping that, in addition to offering an enormous array of merchandise to solve home furnishing, decorating and kitchen issues, also can be flat-out enjoyable." Read more.