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State health care leaders say Medicaid expansion not dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health care leaders say taking federal money to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage in the state is not dead yet, even though Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature have repeatedly refused to accept the funding. Health care leaders addressed that issue and others during a forum Tuesday More >

Juneau County Highly Visible Enforcement Saturation Patrols Results

The Juneau County Sheriff Office, Mauston Police Department and the New Lisbon Police Department have released the results of their highly visible enforcement saturation patrols that took place on July 31 from 7 PM to 3 AM.  While there were no drunken driving arrests, there were three operating after revocation violations or no valid license, More >

OSHA proposes hefty fines against Kapco

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors allege Kapco Metal Stamping has failed to implement safety procedures it agreed to after a worker lost part of her right index finger on a welding machine in Osceola last year. OSHA says another employee suffered a similar injury on More >

Vos creates task forces on Alzheimer’s, urban education

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has created three bipartisan task forces to issue recommendations for law changes in the coming months. The groups announced Tuesday will study Alzheimer’s and dementia, urban education and youth workforce readiness. The Republican-led committees will begin their work this summer with the goal of completing it More >

Wisconsin’s unclaimed lottery winnings exceed $57M

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lottery officials say more than $2 million was left on the table by people who had winning tickets but failed to collect their cash in fiscal year 2015. Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1E6caJE ) reports that more than $57 million has gone unclaimed since 1997. Each year, the amount typically fell between More >

14-year-old arrested following western Wisconsin crime spree

STAR PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — A nearly 15-hour search for an armed 14-year-old boy wanted in Wisconsin has come to an end in eastern Minnesota. The teen is a suspect in the theft of two cars, a home burglary and high-speed chase in western Wisconsin Monday. Authorities say the boy was armed with a handgun More >

Audio contradicts Walker aide’s description of raid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly unsealed audio made by law enforcement officers as they raided the home of a former longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker contradicts her description of how the search warrant was executed. The audio file was submitted to federal court in response to a lawsuit Walker’s former aide Cindy Archer filed More >

Badger named to lead merged union council

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A veteran Wisconsin union leader will head the newly merged councils of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Rick Badger has been named executive director of Council 32, which was formed when three Wisconsin AFSCME councils representing state and local government leaders voted to merge earlier this year. The More >

Schimel says Wisconsin still mulling power plant options

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says he is still considering what steps to take next in reaction to new Obama administration rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at power plants. Schimel told WTMJ-AM on Tuesday that Wisconsin will join a multi-state lawsuit likely led by West Virginia trying to block More >

Sauk County Authorities Name Victim; Seek Potential Witness

Sauk County authorities have identified the victim of Friday’s fatal crash on County Highway H and are now looking for a potential witness to assist with the crash investigation. Sheriff Chip Meister said the victim was 76-year-old Gary Tyler of Reedsburg.  Authorities say at first it was believed that a white SUV had struck one More >