Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a fast-tracked right-to-work bill with no Democratic support. The measure now heads to the state Assembly, which plans to take it up next week. Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign it into law. The 17-15 vote Wednesday came after nearly eight hours of debate. Democrats More >

Apostle Islands ice caves set to open Saturday

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials say the popular ice caves are set to open to the public Saturday if conditions don’t change. The National Park Service made the announcement Wednesday. But officials urge caution for people who make the trek on Lake Superior ice. Minnesota Public Radio News ( reports lakeshore planning chief More >

Woman sentenced for stealing cats from animal shelter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A La Crosse woman will spend 18 months on probation for breaking into an Onalaska animal shelter to steal her cats back last year. Forty-seven-year-old Lee Ann Shore was sentenced Wednesday. The complaint alleges Shore shattered a window at the Coulee Region Humane Society in late May to steal 15 cats, More >

Farrow introduces bill to delay reporting school tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Results of tests given to Wisconsin public school students this year would not be used on the state’s report cards and teacher evaluations would be delayed a year under a bill that’s been put forward in the Senate. Republican Sen. Paul Farrow is circulating the proposal with a Thursday deadline for co-sponsors. More >

Wisconsin DNR board approves county deer population goals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has approved county advisory councils’ local deer population goals. Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “deer czar” Dr. James Kroll recommended the DNR form the councils as a way of improving deer management in Wisconsin. The DNR complied and asked the councils to recommend whether to increase, More >

Tomah Police Investigating Death of a Toddler

The Tomah Police Department is investigating the death of a 2-year-old who was found outside an apartment. On Tuesday, February 17, officers responded to an apartment on 1000 block of Oak Avenue for a medical call. Upon arrival, the officers immediately began life saving efforts on Raelyn Sheetz, who had been found outside the residence More >

New Lisbon Man Arrested on Warrant

A New Lisbon man was arrested on a felony warrant. On Tuesday, law enforcement responded to a residence on County Road B in an attempt to locate 38-year-old Benji L. Parpart. The warrant was issued for a violation of the terms of his supervision of his probation. Parpart was arrested and transported to the Juneau More >

Man fatally shot after stabbing Green Bay officer

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by Green Bay police after he stabbed an officer in the arm. The Green Bay Police Department says officers were performing a well-being check on 30-year-old Joseph Biegert when the incident happened Tuesday night on the city’s west More >

People escorted from gallery during right-to-work debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two protesters who spoke out during the beginning of debate in the state Senate over a right-to-work bill have been removed by police. The disruptions came Wednesday during the opening comments on the bill by its lead sponsor Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The first person yelled that the measure was turning More >

Protests over right-to-work similarly sized

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Capitol Police say about the same number of people are protesting a right-to-work bill at the Capitol who gathered the previous day. Police estimated Wednesday’s crowd for the noontime rally at between 1,800 and 2,000 people. That is the same number as Tuesday. Union members and other opponents were speaking out against the More >