State News

Richland Center Will Try To Set New World Pumpkin Record

(Richland Center, WI)  —  Folks in Richland Center will try to set a new Guinness World Record this week for the most pumpkins carved in a line or a chain. Organizers hope to have 3,200 pumpkins carved, breaking the current mark of 2,015 pumpkins set about this time last year in Hokkaido, Japan. School students, More >

Probe Continues Into Teen’s Traffic Death

(Hudson, WI)  —  An investigation continues into a Friday traffic crash that killed a 16-year-old girl. Saint Croix County sheriff’s deputies say Kyra Hayes of Beldenville died after the SUV she was driving rolled several times on Highway 35 near Hudson in the town of Troy. Officials say Hayes was thrown from her vehicle, and More >

Milwaukee County Reports Year’s Fourth Toddler Death From Meds

(Greenfield, WI)  —  Four toddlers have died from taking excessive prescription drugs this year in Milwaukee County. The medical examiner’s office says the latest death was a 17-month-old boy in Greenfield in September, but it’s not releasing any more details because Greenfield Police have been investigating. Three others who were younger than three died from More >

State Public Schools Lose $2.4 Million For Special Needs Vouchers

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Wisconsin public schools will lose $2.4 million in state funds this year, as more than 200 students with special needs use tax vouchers to go to private schools. The Journal Sentinel says Milwaukee is among 22 districts in the state that are being affected. Some observers say there was more interest in More >

Boy inside car stolen from Milwaukee gas station found safe

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A toddler who was inside a vehicle stolen in Milwaukee has been found safe. Authorities say 15-month-old Taratino Carter was inside a car that was stolen at a gas station shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday after the mother left the vehicle running and went inside the store. The boy was found safe More >

Three Killed In Downtown Milwaukee Crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police in Milwaukee say three women are dead following a crash early Sunday that involved an Uber car. Police say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle ran a red light and struck the Uber car. The 41-year-old Uber driver, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a More >

Racine 17-year-old charged with firing gun at teens at Kenosha home

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy accused of shooting at a group of teens on a Kenosha porch has been charged. The Kenosha News ( ) reports the Racine boy has been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent. He is More >

Wisconsin State Patrol has new leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol has hired a new leader. Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb announced Friday that JD Lind will take over as patrol superintendent on Oct. 31. Lind has worked for the State Patrol since 1994, serving in a variety of roles in the patrol’s northwest, north-central and southwest More >

Milwaukee Officer Who Fatally Shot Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a black man in August, sparking several nights of unrest in the city, has been taken into custody on a sexual assault charge in an unrelated case. Police officials said Thursday that Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was arrested Wednesday after the Milwaukee County prosecutor filed a More >

Madison, Marshfield Students Get National Scholar Recognition

(Madison, WI)  —  Students from Madison and Marshfield have received national honors for their scores on Advanced Placement exams. Diana Li of Madison Memorial High School had the top scores among Wisconsin female students on her AP exams, and Michael Gui of Marshfield High had the top performances for the males. The College Board’s Advanced Placement awards More >