Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Study: Wisconsin is 10th most moved-from state in 2017: Megan Pospychala of Fox 6 writes: "Wisconsin has been named one of the most moved from states in 2017, according to a new study. The 2017 National Movers Study by United Van Lines says more people moved out of Wisconsin than into it in the last year — with 55 percent of moves being outbound. United Van Lines — the nation’s largest household goods mover — says the Midwest continues to see more residents leaving than moving in. According to the study, the top-10 outbound states of 2017 were: Illinois; New Jersey; New York; Connecticut; Kansas; Massachusetts; Ohio; Kentucky; Utah; Wisconsin. The Mountain West region continues to increase in popularity with 54 percent of moves being inbound, the study says. The West was represented on the high-inbound list by Oregon with 65 percent, Idaho with 63 percent, Nevada at 61 percent, Washington at 59 percent and Colorado at 56 percent. The study found Vermont had the highest percentage of people moving into the state, with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound." Read more.
North Korea my-button-is-bigger brinkmanship again spotlights Trump’s fixation on size: James Hohmann of the Washington Post writes: "Following President Trump’s tweets can feel like watching a short man drive a Hummer. His fragile ego is always looking to overcompensate. The latest manifestation of that is downright Napoleonic. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States is 'within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.' Twelve minutes after Fox News highlighted that quote last night, Trump tweeted: 'Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!' This isn’t the first time Trump has made a thinly veiled allusion to his manhood. During the Republicans primaries, he gave Marco Rubio the nickname 'Little Marco' and the Florida senator eagerly joined him in the gutter. 'He's like 6'2", which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2’,' Rubio said during a rally. 'Have you seen his hands? And you know what they say about men with small hands!'” Read more.
8 potential candidates for Packers' general manager job: Ryan Wood of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin writes: "A list of potential candidates for the Packers' general manager position: Russ Ball: Russ Ball represents a different angle the Packers could use to approach their GM opening. While Ball played small-college football, his expertise lies in the business side of the NFL. The Packers' chief negotiator and salary-cap manager, Ball has been Thompson’s right-hand man as vice president of football/player finance. His tentacles spread to nearly every aspect of the Packers' operation, including supervising athletic training, equipment, video, corporate travel, player development, family programs and public relations. His versatility would be ideal for a top managerial position, though lack of football scouting pedigree would be a departure from the Packers' long-held structure for GM. Eliot Wolf: The son of Ron Wolf, the former Packers GM who traded for Brett Favre and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Eliot Wolf is a born football scout. Wolf wrote his first player scouting report at age 14, and has scouted football players ever since." Read more.
County Clerk extends deadline for candidates in one county board seat: Dylan Brogan of Isthmus writes: "Supv. Ronn Ferrell declared on Dec. 19 that he was running for another term on the Dane County Board. The supervisor would have been one of just two incumbents with a challenger this spring. Brent Renteria, who has serves on the Town of Middleton Board of Supervisors, filed his paperwork to run against Ferrell on Dec. 28. But breaking protocol, Ferrell delivered a notification of non-candidacy to Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell on Jan. 2 — the filing deadline for candidates in the spring election. McDonell calls it the 'ol’ switcheroo.' 'It seems that [Ferrell] faked that he was running to clear the way for his friend Brent,' McDonell tells Isthmus. 'It’s a lame, old, sleazy trick.' Ferrell did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Renteria says he 'heard rumors' that Ferrell might not be running for reelection but nothing specific. Renteria denied being friends with Ferrell, calling him a mere acquaintance. 'If he had filed, I would have challenged him,' Renteria says. 'It’s not that I dislike Ronn. I just want the town of Middleton to have a voice on the county board.'” Read more.
Senate transforms with arrival of 2 new Democrats: Jessica Taylor of NPR writes: "There will be two new faces and a slimmer GOP Senate majority when the chamber returns to kick off 2018 on Wednesday. Alabama Democrat Doug Jones will take the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after his December victory over controversial GOP nominee Roy Moore, who was accused by several women of sexual assault and misconduct against them when they were teens and he was in his 30s. The upset victory by Jones narrowed Republicans' hold on the Senate to only one seat, 51-49. That's noteworthy going into a midterm election year, making Democrats' impossible path to a Senate majority now just improbable. They're still largely on defense, with 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states that President Trump won. But if they can flip the GOP-held Arizona and Nevada seats — which are highly competitive — and defend all their incumbents, there's a way. Democrats also have a new seat to defend with the swearing-in of Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith. The state's former lieutenant governor is set to take the place of former Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct." Read more.
Climate change might kill off chocolate by 2050, so scientists turn to CRISPR gene-editing technology: The Associated Press reports: "Evidence that the not-too-distant future will be a hellscape reached the tipping point back in 2016. That was when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded that, 'under a ‘business as usual’ scenario,' climate change by 2050 will cause 'a marked reduction in [the] suitable cultivation area' for cacao trees. The chocolate supply would dwindle to almost nothing. There would be no more luxuriant bars to get office drones over the mid-afternoon hump on a busy Wednesday work day. No more cups of hot chocolate to brighten up dreary winter days. Cacao trees thrive only in specific conditions, NOAA pointed out. These include high and relatively stable high temperatures, high humidity, lots of rain and nitrogen-rich soil. Thus, the world’s cocoa comes almost exclusively from regions 10 to 20 degrees north and south of the equator, most notably in West Africa -- areas that are expected to continue getting hotter and drier over the next few decades.” Read more.