Republicans reach deal to end budget impasse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that removes the Milwaukee Bucks and prevailing wage changes to be taken up later as separate bills. Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal also includes agreement on how to More >

DNR to do full environmental study on proposed hog megafarm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says it will require a full environmental impact study of a proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin. The agency made the announcement Tuesday. The operation would house about 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs and 100 boars in three barns in Bayfield County. Environmentalists are concerned that the More >

Four Injured In Amish Buggy/Vehicle Crash in Sauk County

Four people were injured in an Amish horse buggy and a motor home vehicle crash on State Highway 54 north of Hillpoint in the Town of Washington. Eric R. Leis, age 51 of North Freedom was east bound on STH 154  operating his 1992 Chevrolet motor home,  pulling a horse trailer, when after cresting a More >

Accidental Death in Juneau County

A man was pronounced dead after falling off a train trestle in the City of New Lisbon. Juneau County authorities said on Saturday, June 27, at about 6:30pm, they had received a report that a man was fishing off the trestle and accidently fell in to the water. Rescue attempts were unsuccessful and the man More >

Democrats, public school advocates call for budget changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and public education advocates say they want to remove budget provisions that would provide special education vouchers and additional private school vouchers. Dozens of people gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to blast education funding plans approved in a late-night budget committee meeting last month. School board members, parents and lawmakers More >

Obama’s Wisconsin visit comes as Walker prepares campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama brings his push to raise salaries for low-income workers to Wisconsin, the state where Gov. Scott Walker built his expected run for the White House around curtailing collective bargaining powers and enacting a right-to-work law. Obama is scheduled to appear Thursday in La Crosse. Walker’s office has yet More >

Sanders says 9,500 expected at Madison rally

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says 9,500 people have said they plan to attend his rally on Wednesday night in Madison. The Vermont senator said during a conference call Tuesday that he will draw on Wisconsin’s long progressive political history during the event. Sanders says he believes the progressive movement that More >

Republican senators discussing Bucks arena, prevailing wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state senators are meeting behind closed doors to talk about the three main issues that have held up passage of a Wisconsin state budget for the past month. State Sen. Paul Farrow said Tuesday that senators planned to talk about roads funding, changes to the prevailing wage and the $500 More >

Whistleblowers call for removal of Veterans Affairs watchdog

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A man who helped expose over prescription of opiates at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah wants to personally deliver a letter calling for the removal of the VA’s chief watchdog to President Barack Obama in Wisconsin. The letter from a group of whistleblowers across the country, called VA Truth More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state’s wind turbine construction rules, saying they’re valid though regulators didn’t develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry. The court affirmed an appeals court’s decision Tuesday. The Public Service Commission in 2012 implemented the rules establishing uniform limits on More >