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DOT says memorial can stay until June

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – State transportation officials say a memorial to a woman killed by a drunken driver can stay in place along a Dane County highway until June. Last month, the Department of Transportation ordered the family of Maureen Mengelt to remove the plaque along Highway 19 because of a single complaint, citing More >

Hunters kill 98 Wisconsin wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – It looks like Wisconsin’s third wolf season could be over soon. The season began on Oct. 15. It’s slated to run until Feb. 28 or until hunters reach the 150-animal statewide kill limit. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters had bagged 98 wolves as of Wednesday, leaving them 52 shy of More >

Fired officer cites Ferguson protests as stressor

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee police officer fired after shooting a man in a downtown park says he has debilitating mental health issues tied to the incident and later protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where another officer shot a man. In both cases, the officers were white and the men who died were black. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward More >

Judge extends blocking Wisconsin campaign law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has extended until Nov. 12 his order blocking a Wisconsin law election law that’s at the center of an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Wednesday extended his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement More >

Walker hasn’t applied for preschool grant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has not applied for $60 million in preschool development grants from the federal government, a move decried as irresponsible by Democrats. The deadline for states to apply for the $250 million in grants from the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services is Friday. Gov. Scott Walker’s More >

Former drug task force supervisor sentenced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor to eight months in jail for stealing from the team’s undercover buy fund. A jury found Timothy Madson guilty of misconduct in office in July. According to the criminal complaint and a state Department of Justice news release, Madson wrote More >

Unemployment down in Wisconsin cities, counties

MADIOSN, Wis. (AP) – The unemployment rate fell in almost every Wisconsin city and county in September. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment dropped in 31 of the 32 largest cities in September. Greenfield’s 5 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from August. Racine again had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, More >

Homicide charge dropped in 2007 Greenville killing

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prosecutors have agreed to drop a homicide charge against a woman accused in a 2007 slaying if she testifies against her two co-defendants. Rosie Campbell of Minnesota was originally charged as a party to the killing of Lara Plamann following her confession last year. The 40-year-old woman pleaded no contest to More >

Appeals court reinstates Neenah teachers’ lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court judge has reinstated a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 250 Neenah teachers seeking to recover more than $61 million in post-retirement benefits. The Second District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Winnebago County judge wrongly dismissed the lawsuit last year. That judge had said only More >

Vice chancellor, registrar struck by car

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse administrators are recovering from injuries suffered when they were struck by a car. Chancellor Joe Gow says the university’s vice chancellor of administration and finance, Bob Hetzel, and registrar Christine Bakkum were walking to work Tuesday when they were hit. They were taken to a More >