Sodexo notifies state about nearly 300 layoffs

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A company that provides dining services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has informed the state it will lay off nearly 300 employees in June. That’s when Sodexo’s contract with the university ends. The school will return to its previous food service, Chartwells. A university spokesman, Larry Ringgenberg, says Sodexo More >

Man dies after falling from moving vehicle

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a man has died after falling from a moving vehicle in Jackson County. Authorities say the man was riding on the bumper of a vehicle when he fell off near Pettibone Pass and Morrison Rd. Monday about 5 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating.

Assembly to vote on approving 2 union contracts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Public workers covered under two unions would get a 1 percent raise under a pair of collective bargaining agreements scheduled for approval in the state Assembly. The contracts up for approval Tuesday were negotiated by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and unions covering members of the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association and the More >

Milwaukee man, 45, arrested in fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a suspect is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man on the city’s far northwest side. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports police announced Monday that a 45-year-old Milwaukee man has been arrested in the Sunday night shooting. Capt. Timothy Heier of the Milwaukee More >

Teen killed in triple shooting on Milwaukee’s north side

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old girl was killed and two men were wounded in a shooting on the north side of Milwaukee. Milwaukee police say the triple shooting was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. It took place seven blocks away from where a van struck and killed a 2-year-old boy and two More >

Wisconsin lawmakers set to take up ban on microbeads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would ban microbeads, the plastic exfoliant in soap, toothpaste and other personal care products. The state Assembly is scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday. The Senate passed the measure last month. Assembly approval would send the bill on to Gov. More >

Assembly to consider legalizing colored motorcycle lights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Colored lights on motorcycles would be legal under a bill the state Assembly is set to take up. Current Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle that displays lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. The bill’s chief Assembly sponsor, Republican John Jagler of Watertown, More >

Wisconsin lawmakers to debate online driving courses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Students at private driving schools would be able to learn the rules of the road online rather than in the classroom under a bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature. The state Assembly is set to take up the measure Tuesday afternoon. The bill passed an Assembly committee unanimously last week. Current More >

Assembly to consider penalties for false military service

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is poised to take up a bill that would make lying about serving in the military a crime. The Republican-authored bill would make falsely claiming military service or an award related to military service a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. More >

Wisconsin woman, 103, finally receives high school diploma

SPRING GREEN, Wis. (AP) — A 103-year-old southern Wisconsin woman finally has received her high school diploma about 90 years after she was forced to discontinue her education. A special graduation ceremony was held at an assisted living facility Friday for lifelong Spring Green resident Marie Hunt. Her family members and friends worked with the More >