State News

Governor appoints son of foundation president to regents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports conservative causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Walker announced Friday that he has appointed Mike M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, to the board. More >

Emails show disputes continue on Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Even with a new chief justice, the disputes continue behind the scenes inside the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Backers of a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to decide who will be their leader argued it would lead to more harmony on the Supreme Court. But emails released Friday show that the tenure More >

Former deputy committed in slaying of wife, sister-in-law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has committed a former Dane County sheriff’s deputy with Lou Gehrig’s disease to a mental health institution after a jury earlier found he was not legally responsible for killing his wife and sister-in-law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas McNamara ruled Friday Andrew Steele is a danger to himself More >

Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves limbs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report says a 46-year-old man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but started moving his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue. The report says the man’s girlfriend called police Tuesday because she had not heard from him recently. A More >

Lawmakers nix Walker plan to eliminate higher ed board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee have killed Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate a small state agency that approves and regulates for-profit colleges. The Joint Finance Committee nixed the idea without debate on Thursday. David Dies, director of the Educational Approval Board, told the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday ( More >

Legislator preparing to unveil bill legalizing blaze pink

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Real men could wear pink in the woods under a bill legislators are preparing to unveil next week that would legalize blaze pink for hunters. Rep. Nick Milroy, a Democrat from South Range in northwestern Wisconsin, plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to announce the measure. A Milroy aide said More >

Milwaukee alderman killed in motorcycle crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a motorcyclist killed in an overnight crash is a city alderman. Authorities say 56-year-old Joseph Dudzik died after his Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit some construction barricades on the city’s southwest side about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Dudzik was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Dudzik was More >

Zoo owners believe stolen baby kangaroo, goats won’t survive

GREENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The owners of a northeastern Wisconsin zoo say they do not believe a 5-month-old kangaroo and four baby goats that were taken will be found alive. The animals from Special Memories Zoo in Outagamie County were reported stolen May 7. Dona Wheeler, who owns the zoo with her husband, tells Post-Crescent More >

Budget panel OKs seeking to raise Medicaid premiums for some

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Low-income childless adults on Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program may have to pay higher premiums if they engage in risky behavior. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that could lead to the change as part of a wide-ranging Medicaid motion Thursday. Walker is requesting federal approval to More >

Finance committee leaves SeniorCare program alone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts to Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for cutting $97 million from the senior citizen prescription drug discount program. It also would require participants to first sign up for the federal Medicare Part D drug program and More >