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State News

GOP Or Governor:  Property Taxes The Same Under Both Budget Plans

The Legislative Audit Bureau reports property taxes would be the same under the budget plan approved by lawmakers as they would under the governor’s proposal.  The Tuesday report shows the average tax bill would go up two percent in the first year and one-point-six percent in the second — under both budgets.  The report only More >

Vernon County Vehicle Bursts into Flames Before Being Extinguished  

On June 17th, 2019 at 1:27pm, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a car fire on US Highway 14, east of Readstown near Sugar Grove Rd. in the town of Kickapoo.   Samantha M. Goodwin, age 27 of Readstown was driving west on US 14 when she noted her car More >

“Badgers United” Push For More State Funding, End Of Tuition Freeze

A new group calling itself “Badgers United” will push for more state funding for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an end to the tuition freeze.  The effort was launched Monday.  Lawmakers have kept tuition rates for in-state students frozen for the past six years.  The current budget plan would extend the freeze for two more More >

Democrats Complain They Weren’t Consulted About Security Study

Democratic lawmakers say they weren’t given advance notice before the Joint Finance Committee gave its approval to a security study at the state Capitol.  They say Madison police weren’t notified either.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, wondered how they can oppose looking at ways to improve safety in a building which sees so More >

Joint Finance Committee Budget Includes $322-Million Tax Cut

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines today (Thursday) to approve a two-year budget that includes a 322-million-dollar tax cut.  The G-O-P plan would cut taxes on the average taxpayer by about 75 dollars per year.  The proposal is less than the half size of Governor Evers’ 833-million-dollar tax cut and the More >

Wood County Deputy Shot By Colleague While Trying To Help Suicidal Man

The Department of Justice has determined a Wood County deputy who was shot this week while trying to help a suicidal man was hit by a colleague.  The 32-year-old man grabbed a knife while he was talking to a crisis interventionist and a struggle commenced.  One of the responding deputies fired shots which hit the More >

Rockets For Next Generation Of Spacecraft Are Being Built In Wisconsin

It might not be too long until the next generation of spacecraft is powered by the “Vortex” rocket engines built in central Wisconsin.  The Vortex will be used to push the S-N-C Dream Chaser, a spacecraft which is set to begin servicing the International Space Station for NASA (NASS uh) in 2021.  Sierra Nevada Corporation More >

Avery Urges Supporters Not To Give Up On Him

Convicted killer Steven Avery is asking his supporters not to give up on him.  Avery’s lawyer has shared a letter from the infamous prison inmate serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.  Avery writes he has thought about giving up several times, but he says he’s fighting for his life.  More >

La Crosse Fire Department Has To Rescue Person After Fall From Grandad Bluff

Emergency responders had to rescue a person who fell from Grandad Bluff in La Crosse Monday night.  It’s believed the victim fell between 20 and 80 feet.  Firefighters used a specialized piece of equipment to perform the slope evacuation and get the person to safety.  The name, age and gender of the person who fell More >

Wood County Deputy Wounded While Making Welfare Check

A Wood County deputy was wounded Tuesday night while making a welfare check in Arpin.  The incident happened at about 8:00 P-M.  Deputies were responding to a call about a suicidal person.  The deputy who was shot in the arm has not been identified, but he was airlifted to Marshfield Medical Hospital for treatment.  The More >