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9 August 2017 News


The Wisconsin Herd names Jordan Brady as the team’s first head coach. The Herd is the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Oshkosh-based team announced Brady’s hiring Monday. Herd general manager Dave Dean says Brady “has the right experience and tools to develop young talent and build the foundation” for a successful G League team. Brady spent last season as an assistant coach for the Salt Lake City Stars, the G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz. He previously served as an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede, where he was retained by the organization to help relocate the team to Salt Lake City in 2016. He also has been an assistant with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Bakersfield Jam and the Iowa Energy.

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Police are investigating an exchange of gunfire between occupants of at least two vehicles in the parking lot of a Shopko store in Neenah. The shooting happened about 6 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say shots were exchanged between at least two vehicles that fled from the parking lot before officers arrived. Officials say they don’t know if anyone was hurt. Police provided no other details. Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call the Neenah police at 920-886-6000

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Fiscal estimates show Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives package for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn would cost the state and local governments nearly $50 million in lost sales taxes. Walker has introduced a bill that would give Foxconn up to $3 billion in incentives to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. According to state agencies’ fiscal estimates, provisions blocking sales taxes on construction materials and equipment would cost the state about $139 million. Local governments would lose about $10.7 million. Payroll and capital expenditure tax credits would cost the state about $2.85 billion. The bill also calls for borrowing $252.4 million to rebuild Interstate 94. The interest on that borrowing from 2019 through 2042 would total $408.3 million. Foxconn has said the $10 billion Wisconsin plant could bring up to 13,000 jobs.

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A Democratic legislator from northwestern Wisconsin says he’ll challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year. Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire announced Monday that he’ll enter the race. Two other Democrats — Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow — have already announced their candidacies. Other Democrats who have registered campaign committees but not yet committed to running include state Superintendent Tony Evers, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and political activist Mike McCabe. The 59-year-old Wachs holds a law degree from Valparaiso University and served three years on the Eau Claire City Council. He was elected to the Assembly in 2012 and currently sits on the chamber’s university, judiciary and transportation committees.

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