UW students blast plan to lift out-of-state student limit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison students are blasting a plan to eliminate the school’s limit on out-of-state undergraduates. UW System rules currently cap the number of out-of-state students to 27.5 percent of the undergraduate population at each campus. UW-Madison officials plan to ask the Board of Regents this week to lift that school’s cap, More >

Civil service bill supporters say it will strengthen system

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Supporters of a Republican-backed bill that would make it easier to hire or fire Wisconsin state employees are defending it against claims it will lead to political patronage and cronyism. Opponents including Democrats and state employee union leaders said at a Senate hearing Tuesday that it will erode protections workers have under More >

AG, Republicans introduce child abuse legislation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a group of Republican legislators have proposed a package of bills designed to crack down on child abusers. Schimel and the Republicans introduced four bills during a news conference Tuesday. One bill would give victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse the right to More >

Lakeshore cities expect marine sanctuary to have huge impact

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Four communities along the shores of Lake Michigan say a national marine sanctuary would have a large economic impact on the region’s tourism. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday it would begin the designation process for the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary off the shores of Two Rivers, Manitowoc, More >

Two Injured in Two Vehicle Crash in Town of Lisbon

Two people were injured after a two vehicle accident in the Town of Lisbon September 30. Officials say 73-year-old Jacquelyn Puent of New Lisbon stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of County Road B and Highway 80, when she pulled out in front of a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Daniel Nachtigal of Hillsboro. More >

Necedah Man Charged with Second Degree Sexual Assault

A Necedah man has been charged with second degree sexual assault of a child under 16. A criminal complaint filed in Juneau County charges 39-year-old Roberto Hernandez with two felonies, with one being child enticement. The complaint alleges that in April of this year in the Township of Necedah, Hernandez had sexual contact with the More >

One Person Injured in Vehicle Accident in Monroe County

One person was injured in a vehicle crash on Highway 131 at the intersection of 71 Monday night in the Township of Wilton. Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins said a truck driven by 77-year-old Sharon Neitzel of Kendall was south bound on Highway 131, when she fell asleep and failed to stop at the stop More >

Nursing assistant charged with assaulting resident

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — A De Pere nursing home caregiver is charged with sexually assaulting an elderly patient. A criminal complaint filed in Brown County charges 33-year-old Theodore Schartner, of Howard, with two felonies. A judge on Monday ordered Schartner held on $50,000 bond. Prosecutors say Schartner assaulted a 76-year-old patient at Rennes Health and Rehab More >

Court says Caterpillar must grant union investigator access

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — An appeals court says Caterpillar must allow a union investigator access to its South Milwaukee plant to look into a fatal accident four years ago. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the union’s right to represent its employees outweighs Caterpillar’s interest in protecting its property. A crane operator was killed More >

Wisconsin Senate committee holds hearing on state workers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state Senate committee is holding a public hearing on a Republican bill that overhauls the state’s 110-year-old civil service system affecting about 30,000 state employees. Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee was scheduled to last until 6 p.m., with a two-hour break over the noon hour More >