Tuesday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2012 --- 7:10 a.m.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats will take control of the Wisconsin state Senate today, thanks to their new one-vote majority that will last through the end of the year. John Lehman of Racine was sworn yesterday after winning June's recall election. But redistricting means it'll be difficult for Democrats to stay in control of the chamber after the November election.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former aide to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will be sentenced today to two misdemeanor charges. Combined, the charges of working on a political campaign while on county time carry a one-year penalty and a $2,000 fine. But prosecutors say they don't plan to recommend any prison time for 61-year-old Darlene Wink.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Far fewer Wisconsin students earned what amounts to a passing score under a new, tougher grading system for standardized math and reading tests. Less than 36 percent of students were rated proficient or advanced in reading in the recently completed school year, instead of almost 82 percent. In math, the percentage dropped from 78 percent to 48 percent.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's state Natural Resources Board is poised to vote on rules for the state's new wolf hunt today. Officials plan to give out about 2,000 permits and set a harvest limit of 201 wolves.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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