State News

Boats Collide In Mississippi River Side Channel — 1 Person Dead

A boater who refused medical treatment after a weekend boat crash has died.  The accident happened Saturday in a side-channel of the Mississippi River near La Crosse.  The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office reports 41-year-old Scott Halvorson said his injuries were only minor the day of the accident, but he was admitted to a hospital More >

Man Accused In Disappearance Of Wisconsin Brothers Now Charged In Kansas

The Missouri man accused of tampering with the pickup rented by two missing Wisconsin brothers has some new legal challenges.  Garland Nelson is accused of not having the proper health papers when he transported nearly three dozen calves to a farm in Fort Scott, Kansas.  The Bourbon County, Kansas charge is endangering the food supply.  More >

Wisconsin Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is looking to Washington for help after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding left millions of dollars in damages last month.  Evers sent a letter to President Trump requesting a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties and two tribes Monday.  Damage assessments have put the losses at more than 19-and-a-half million dollars.  More >

Wisconsin Congressman Hopes To Find Common Ground On Drug Prices

Congressman Ron Kind says he hopes to find common ground with the president and Republicans on lowering the cost of prescription drugs.  During a stop in Eau Claire Monday, the Wisconsin Democrat was promoting his four-step plan.  He wants to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, promote price transparency, stop patient abuse and lower out-of-pocket More >

Aircraft Crashes in Vernon County

On August 19, 2019 at approximately 6:34 pm, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 phone call indicating an aircraft crashed near the Viroqua Municipal Airport in a private field. Emergency crews were able to quickly locate the downed aircraft in a field off of Miller Road, in the Town of Jefferson. The More >

Elections Commission Will Spend $30K On Computer Upgrades

The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to spend up to 30-thousand dollars on new computers in an effort to keep the state’s voting process secure.  The commission was concerned about aging systems which could affect the security of the entire Wisconsin infrastructure.  Some computers were using the X-P operating system, which hasn’t been updated in more More >

Governor Evers Backs Lieutenant Governor Barnes’ Truthfulness

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says he believes his lieutenant governor didn’t lie to anyone about his education.  Evers has told reporters he thinks Mandela Barnes provided what Evers calls “responsible responses” about the way he left Alabama A&M.  Barnes told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he “finished” school, but a check found that he hadn’t graduated.  More >

Evers Signs Executive Order to Achieve Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050

Governor Tony Evers wants to the state of Wisconsin to eliminate the use of carbon-based fuel by 2050.  The executive order signed Friday also creates the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to help promote the development of renewable energy and achieve the goal of carbon-free electricity.  The Republican-controlled legislature has already rejected a similar More >

Assembly Committee Takes Steps To Address Lyme Disease Fears

You can’t fully enjoy nature’s beauty if you spend your time outside worried about ticks and Lyme disease.  Members of an Assembly committee are considering a bipartisan bill to require insect repellent to be sold at all Wisconsin state parks.  Cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled in the state over the last 10 More >

Evers Urges President To End Trade War, Saying It’s Hurting Wisconsin Farmers

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tells the president farmers in this state are suffering what he calls a “triple whammy” of trade uncertainty, low commodity prices and bad weather.  Evers has written a letter to President Trump asking him to end his trade wars with other countries.  The Wisconsin Democratic Party held a Monday news conference More >