Couple sues county officials for putting down donkey

BUTTERNUT, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin couple is suing Ashland County officials for putting down their mammoth donkey named Jethro. The Daily Press of Ashland ( reports Patricia and Dwight Westmore have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the county unfairly seized Jethro and four horses from their property last year after a report More >

Van Hollen says foreign land ownership OK

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Wisconsin state law permits foreign ownership of land in some cases. The Republican Van Hollen issued his opinion on Friday in response to a request from state lawmakers nearly a year ago. Van Hollen leaves office in a little over two weeks. The opinion says state law More >

Wisconsin budget faces $824 million hole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s state budget would be $824 million short just to continue the current level of services. That is according to a new analysis released Friday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It looked only at what it would cost the state to continue funding levels over the next two years at their current More >

Flood waters recede from Highway 47 in Keshena

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) – Officials say floodwaters have receded from Wisconsin Highway 47 in Keshena but the road must still pass an inspection before it reopens. Flooding started in Keshena last week as ice jams started holding back the Wolf River in northeastern Wisconsin. On Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation closed Highway 47 because of More >

Milwaukee kickboxer finally receives medal, money

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man with intellectual disabilities has received donations from well-wishers hoping to right a wrong after he was stiffed of promised medals and money in an unregulated kickboxing bout. Jessie Roach was told he would be given $50 and a medal for participating in the match against a more seasoned fighter last More >

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is More >

Wisconsin fraud hotline got 201 tips over 2 years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A hotline for reporting waste, fraud and abuse in Wisconsin state government has received 201 tips over the past two years. The Legislative Audit Bureau reported Friday that the hotline also received another 35 tips not related to state agencies or programs. Since its inception in 2008, more than 700 reports have More >

New Wisconsin AG names executive staff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General-elect Brad Schimel has named more members of his state Justice Department executive staff. Schimel announced Friday that he has hired former federal prosecutor Paul Connell as senior attorney; state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection chief attorney David Meany as administrator of the DOJ’s Division of Legal Services; More >

Dog shot as SWAT team raids Madison house

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police say officers shot an aggressive dog as a SWAT team raised a house as part of a drug investigation. Several people were arrested as they ran from the house during the search around midday Thursday. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the SWAT team was executing a “high-risk” search warrant as More >

300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The oldest tree on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus is coming down. The 300-year-old bur oak is known as “The President’s Tree” because it stands on Observatory Hill next to the former home of university presidents, which is now the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Daniel Einstein, the university’s historic and More >