Local • 3A, 6A

UChicago cutting Yerkes ties

Activities at the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay will “wind down” over the next six months and effectively halt by Oct. 1, University of Chicago officials announced Wednesday. University spokesman Jeremy Manier said the long-term use for the observatory “has not yet been determined” and that the university hopes to engage with Yerkes staff and Williams Bay officials to consider the observatory’s future.

GM work could start in April

It appears work to tear down Janesville’s defunct General Motors plant could begin April 1. According to an online hiring advertisement posted this week, the company that bought the shuttered south-side plant last year is hiring heavy-machinery operators to handle demolition at the site.

State • 2A

Walker confident in bills

Gov. Scott Walker emerged from a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Wednesday confident that his $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan and other priorities such as a $100 child tax rebate can pass, even as the more skeptical Republican leader of the Senate said changes were coming.

Study: More ER visits after ODs

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, according to federal health officials. The state had the largest spike of the 16 states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed.

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