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Wisconsin private school voucher spending outpaces public

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Spending on Wisconsin’s private school voucher program has increased about seven times as fast as aid to public schools since Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans took control of the Statehouse. A memo by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released Tuesday shows the spending increase on private voucher schools between the 2011-2012 More >

Board sends lobbyist contribution question to Legislature

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials are asking lawmakers to address whether lobbyists can make contributions to presidential candidates. The Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin election and ethics laws, has been getting inquiries from lobbyists about whether they can contribute to Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign and, if so, when they can start More >

Wisconsin officer who killed biracial man back on duty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison police officer who killed an unarmed biracial man has returned to duty. Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson in an apartment house in March. Kenny said Robinson started punching him after he entered the building to investigate sounds of a disturbance. Witnesses said Robinson, who was high on mushrooms, had More >

OSHA seeks $42K in fines against Waukesha scrap yard

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A federal safety agency is proposing $42,000 in fines against a Waukesha scrap yard where an employee was killed when he was struck by a forklift truck. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Waukesha Iron & Metal Inc. with several violations in the March 4 death of Kenneth LaChance. LaChance More >

Wisconsin State Patrol rescinding raises for Walker security

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol is rescinding pay raises for officers who provide security to Gov. Scott Walker after federal regulators said they are due overtime pay dating back to May 2013. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Peg Schmitt said Tuesday that in light of the determination by the U.S. Department of Labor More >

Elections head: Staff has opinions but don’t make decisions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The director of the state elections board says it’s unrealistic to think his staffers don’t have personal political views but they don’t make decisions. Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy told reporters Tuesday that his employees are human and vote. But he and board members make the decisions and he works More >

Report: More cities decriminalizing marijuana in Wisconsin

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin, but cities across the state slowly have been relaxing penalties against people caught with small amounts of the drug. A Gannett Central Wisconsin Media review ( ) found that nine of the state’s 10 largest cities have decriminalized simple possession. Madison and Milwaukee were More >

Police identify 2 men killed in vehicle crash at tire shop

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police have identified two men who were found dead in a vehicle after it crashed into a Green Bay tire shop. Green Bay police said Monday that 40-year-old Rick Latour and 27-year-old Shawn Schley, both of Green Bay, were found dead in the vehicle Thursday. According to police, Latour was More >

16-year-old girl shot, injured in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 16-year-old girl was shot and injured while sitting in a vehicle in Milwaukee. The girl’s injuries are not life-threatening. Milwaukee police say the shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday during a fight. The girl was shot by another female. There have been no arrests and authorities are still investigating.

Madison-based group gets $20M to study nanotech, environment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A center hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is getting $20 million in National Science Foundation funding as it studies the effects of nanotechnology on the environment. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the five-year funding for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology was announced Monday. Nanotechnology deals with the manipulation More >