Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted Saturday, April 21, 2012 ---- 5:45 a.m.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending his department, saying his best employees deserve merit bonuses and raises. Union leaders have criticized the system implemented by Governor Scott Walker's administration this year, questioning how agencies can afford merit pay in such tight budget times. But Van Hollen said yesterday he's a firm believer that not all workers deserve the same pay.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says his office is moving forward with appeals of lawsuits that have temporarily blocked the state's voter identification law. Hollen made the remarks in response to a question yesterday about whether he's concerned about voter fraud as six recall elections near, including one targeting Governor Scott Walker.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says demand for concealed weapons permits have been strong. Van Hollen spoke yesterday inside the Department of Justice room where the permits are printed. He said he doesn't know whether Wisconsin is any more or less safe now that 100,000 permits have been issued allowing people to carry concealed weapons.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a commercial fisherman caught a 30-pound Asian carp at the mouth of the St. Croix River near Prescott, Wisconsin on Thursday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports about a dozen bighead and silver carp have been caught in the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers along Minnesota's eastern border since 1996.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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