Milwaukee lawyer gets house arrest for role in arson fraud

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee lawyer has been sentenced to house arrest for helping a client collect $325,000 in an arson fraud. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports 62-year-old Harvey Goldstein will spend six months of home confinement as part of a one-year probation sentence. He also must pay more than $44,000 in restitution. Goldstein initially More >

St. Francis middle schoolers create prosthetic hand for girl

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) – Middle school students in St. Francis have created a prosthetic hand for a 6-year-old California girl using a 3-D printer. Eighth-grade robotics lab students at Deer Creek Middle School worked with a nonprofit company called E-Nable to help the girl, who was born without most of her right hand. The classroom More >

Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin would join Michigan and Indiana as the third Midwestern state in as many years to enact a right-to-work law under a proposal the Assembly is set to begin debating. The Wisconsin Assembly scheduled 24 hours of debate on the measure, ending no later than 9 a.m. Friday. Democrats don’t have More >

3 escape Racine house fire that caused extensive damage

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Three people escaped safely from a fire in Racine that caused extensive damage to a multi-family home. Eighteen-year-old Jenacy Reyes told the Racine Journal Times ( ) that she was babysitting a 3-year-old Wednesday afternoon when she noticed the room she was in getting warm. The newspaper reports Reyes grabbed the More >

Wisconsin budget committee plans regional hearings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s finance committee will hold four regional public hearings for later this month to take comments on Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal. The panel will meet March 18 at Brillion High School; March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee; March 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County; and March 26 More >

Lake Superior ice caves to reopen after temporary closure

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – The popular ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are set to reopen after a temporary closure. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker says the ice caves will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday after being closed due to high winds. The National Park Service closed the caves temporarily at 6 p.m. Tuesday because of More >

Democrat: WEDC, WHEDA board under Walker plan unaccountable

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker on the Legislature’s finance committee isn’t happy with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plans for a new economic development agency. Walker’s state budget calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority into the new Forward Wisconsin Development Authority. The governor’s budget calls More >

Charges: Woman was on social media before fatal crash

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) – A western Wisconsin woman is accused of chatting on Facebook before a crash that killed three children, including her daughter, in December 2013. Thirty-four-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria faces three felony counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Pierce County investigators say cellphone More >

Democrats to push Republicans to change right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Republicans will reject Democratic attempts to make changes to the right-to-work bill. Democratic lawmakers plan to propose four amendments at a Wednesday meeting of the Assembly Labor Committee. But Vos says all will be rejected because adding them would delay passage of the bill. If the Assembly makes More >

Lawmakers propose waiving 1 day rest in 7 rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A pair of Republican state lawmakers is working to allow factory and mercantile workers to voluntarily work seven consecutive days without a 24-hour rest period. Wisconsin law requires employers in factory and mercantile establishments to grant workers 24 consecutive hours off in every seven-day cycle. The Republicans pushing for workers’ ability to More >