Budget committee approves long-term care changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to expand the state’s Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it. The governor’s budget calls for seeking a federal waiver to allow expanding Family Care, helps people stay out of nursing homes, statewide by Jan. 1, 2017. The budget also More >

Judge delays edict on moving stabbing case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge will issue a ruling in August on whether two Wisconsin girls should be moved to juvenile court in the stabbing of a friend they allegedly tried to kill to please a mythical horror character. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren heard testimony Wednesday in the case of one of More >

Committee approves prevailing wage repeal bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law. The committee voted Wednesday 5-4 with Republicans in favor advancing the bill. Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the measure. Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday said he would sign a repeal More >

Abrahamson appeals order allowing her to be replaced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice. Abrahamson on Wednesday filed an appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a decision earlier this month that allowed Justice Patience Roggensack to remain as chief justice More >

Unemployment drops in all Wisconsin counties, big cities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in all Wisconsin counties and the 32 largest cities in April. The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures Wednesday. Racine had the highest unemployment rate last month at 6.9 percent, which was down from 8 percent in March. The second highest was Beloit at 6.4 More >

Rep. Ron Kind Receives Presidential Citation Award from Wisconsin Medical Society

Recently, U.S. Representative Ron Kind received the Presidential Citation award from Wisconsin Medical Society President Doctor Richard Dart. The award recognizes Wisconsinites who have made significant contributions to improving overall public health. Kind said it was an honor to receive the award. He went on to say that Wisconsin families deserve to have access to More >

Camp Douglas Man Charges with Sexual Assault

A Camp Douglas man is being charged with sexual assault. According to the criminal complaint, 40-year-old Kevin Kroener, who is the owner of Superior Driving of Tomah, allegedly took a 16-year-old driving student to a secluded location in the City of New Lisbon Monday, May 25, and forced acts of a sexual nature. At a More >

No deal yet on arena for Milwaukee Bucks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A key Wisconsin lawmaker negotiating a financing plan to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks says there’s no deal yet, but he’s still optimistic to reach an agreement by the end of the week. Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday that there’s general agreement on a financing deal for More >

Panel plans stiffer penalties for unemployment fraud

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget committee plan to impose stiffer civil penalties for unemployment fraud but scrap plans to create harsher criminal penalties. Right now penalties can include losing eligibility, a surcharge equal to 15 percent of the benefits erroneously paid, criminal fines ranging from $100 to $500 and up More >

Committee plans to reject new emergency government office

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s finance committee are planning to reject Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster. Walker’s budget calls for creating the Office of Government Continuity within the Department of Administration. The office would develop a continuity plan for More >