Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Democrats pick up long-held GOP seat, Republicans hold on to another in special elections: Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Wisconsin Democrats came one step closer to gaining control of the state Senate by picking up a seat held by Republicans for more than 40 years, while the GOP held on to an Assembly seat in a pair of special elections Tuesday. Caleb Frostman topped Rep. Andre Jacque in the 1st Senate District and Jon Plumer defeated Ann Groves Lloyd in the 42nd Assembly District. Frostman will be the first Democrat to represent the northeast Wisconsin district since the 1970s — a win Democrats are hailing as more evidence of a so-called blue wave ready to flip more Republican-held seats in elections later this year. But Plumer’s victory over Lloyd helps Republicans counter the narrative that Democrats are primed to sweep elections in Wisconsin and around the nation this fall. While the winners of the contests will hold their seats for only a few months before they must run again in November for a full term, their performance Tuesday will be heavily scrutinized by politicos and voters trying to predict the outcome of the fall elections. Voters in both districts supported President Donald Trump by double-digit margins in 2016." Read more.
Another Trump critic falls and 5 other things we learned from Tuesday's primaries: Eric Bradner and Dan Merica of CNN write: "Republican Rep. Mark Sanford became the latest proof point that fealty to Trump -- much more than purity on the issues -- matters most in GOP politics. The South Carolina congressman's loss in Tuesday's primary was the most stunning outcome on a day that voters in Virginia, Maine, Nevada and North Dakota also went to the polls. In Democratic primaries -- particularly three key House races in Virginia -- the theme of this spring's primaries continued: Female candidates are winning at unprecedented rates and often by large margins. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was driven into retirement. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker couldn't win the White House's support to run for re-election. Alabama Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff. And on Tuesday, Sanford became the latest Republican punished by voters for criticizing Trump, losing narrowly to state Rep. Katie Arrington. Arrington's campaign was based on the premise that Sanford -- who has criticized Trump's style and questioned his knowledge -- is insufficiently supportive of the President. It's the same reason Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, who blasted Trump after the 'Access Hollywood' tape became public in 2016, is headed to a runoff to defend her seat." Read more.
Report: Wisconsin’s bioscience industry employment growth outpaces nation: Lauren Anderson of the BizTimes writes: "Employment growth in Wisconsin’s bioscience industry has outpaced the national average in recent years, according to a new study from a national biotechnology trade organization. According to the report from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Wisconsin saw 5.8 percent growth in employment in the bioscience industry from 2014-16, compared to the national average of 4.4 percent. During the same period, the number of bioscience establishments grew 13.4 percent in Wisconsin, compared to 7.7 percent nationally. Wages grew at a more sluggish pace, however. According to the report, the average annual wage in Wisconsin’s bioscience industry grew by 1.5 percent from 2014-16. That was about half the rate of the national average of 3.1 percent. The average annual wage in Wisconsin’s bioscience industry was $77,957 in 2016. Nationally, the average annual wage was $98,961. Wisconsin saw the largest growth in the research, testing and medical laboratories sector. The number of establishments in that sector grew by 25 percent from 2014-16 (compared to 13 percent nationally) and employment grew by 12 percent (compared to 8 percent nationally). That sector posted an average annual wage of $91,985 in Wisconsin in 2016, compared to $84,746 nationally." Read more.
Report: Trump admin considers tent cities for unaccompanied migrant children: Franco Ordonez of McClatchy writes: "The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention. The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans. HHS officials confirmed that they’re looking at the Fort Bliss site along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo for potential use as temporary shelters. 'HHS will make the determination if any of the three sites assessed are suitable,' said an HHS official. The aggressive plan comes at the same time that child shelters are filling up with more children who have been separated from their parents. The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has increased more than 20 percent as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rolled out the administration's new policy zero tolerance policy that separates children from their parents who now face prosecution." Read more.
Wisconsin reeling from tariffs coming from Mexico, Canada, Europe: Rick Barrett and Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel write: "At a recent town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner in Hartford, a local manufacturer complained vehemently about the new steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump. 'I do recognize this is probably a negotiating tactic … the administration is using, but in the meantime real families are being crushed by these tariffs right now,' said Doug Reigle of Regal Ware, a company with 200 employees in West Bend that makes cookware and small kitchen appliances. 'We ship our products all over the world — 65 percent of our revenue comes from outside the United States … and the tariffs are hitting us especially hard,' said Reigle, who said his firm has already spent about $150,000 this year to cover the tariffs. Since June 1, companies that buy steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union have felt the sting of a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The tariffs also have triggered countermeasures from U.S. trading partners on a plethora of Wisconsin goods, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, cheese, yogurt, pork, cranberries, sweetcorn, ginseng, wood, boats, paper and shoes." Read more.
Dancing FBI agent charged with second-degree assault, booked into jail over back flip gunfire: CBS News reports: "An FBI agent whose gun appeared to accidentally fire in a video showing him dancing at a Denver nightclub and doing a back flip before dropping the weapon has been booked into jail. Chase Bishop, who is based in the bureau's Washington Field Office, was charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree assault, the Denver District Attorney's office said. Bishop turned himself in to the Denver Sheriff Department on Tuesday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Denver police. Denver Police had previously said they were awaiting the results of alcohol and drug tests before making an arrest. The district attorney's office said in a statement investigators are still awaiting the tests to determine Bishop's blood alcohol content at the time of the incident, and additional charges may be pending. 'We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the [blood alcohol content] report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it,' Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in the statement. 'If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.'" Read more.