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Amtrak lets passengers bring bicycles on Milwaukee-Chicago trains

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Passengers are now allowed by Amtrak to take bicycles aboard Hiawatha trains running between Milwaukee and Chicago. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reported Tuesday that the service permitting bikes on Hiawatha trains has a cost of $5. The service requires reservations, and there can be as many as 15 bicycles on each train. Dave More >

UW student to enter alternative court for political graffiti, avoiding criminal charges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Dane County district attorney says a University of Wisconsin-Madison student won’t be charged for a series of political graffiti messages spray-painted on campus buildings. Instead, the 21-year-old senior will enter a restorative court in Madison. The court allows young, low-level offenders to avoid criminal charges if they take steps such as More >

Madison man accused of child-abuse death of 2-year-old girl pleads not guilty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Madison man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter under his care last month. Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Gehde was silent Tuesday as the plea to first-degree reckless homicide was entered on his behalf by a Dane County judge. A Madison police detective testified More >

Wisconsin health officials defending investigation of a blood infection

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials are defending their investigation of a blood infection discovered in the state. The Division of Public Health responded Tuesday to Assembly Democrats who questioned last week why state health officials delayed telling people that Elizabethkingia was spreading in the state. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services began investigating the outbreak More >

Wausau Police Identify Those In Officer’s Shooting

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Wausau police officer who fatally shot a suspect in a domestic disturbance last weekend. The Wausau Police Department identifies the officer who shot the suspect as James Martin. Martin became a police officer in January 2015 after working as a Wausau community service officer. Police also More >

Berlin Man Dies In Waukesha County Crash

(Delafield, WI)  —  Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a two vehicle accident that killed a 77-year-old man from Berlin. Deputies say a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old Waukesha man veered out of control, and then hit the Berlin man’s pickup truck. It happened Monday afternoon on the Highway 16 expressway in Delafield, and the More >

Milwaukee officer accused of child enticement

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer has been suspended without pay after he was accused of enticing a child. The 45-year-old officer has been booked into the Milwaukee County Jail and is being held on $10,000 bail. Milwaukee police investigators are expected to refer the case to the county district attorney in the coming days.

Shawano parents face fine if their children bully

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) – Shawano is the latest Wisconsin community to adopt a policy that fines parents whose children repeatedly bully classmates. Police will first issue a warning to parents if their child is involved in demeaning behavior. If the bullying continues after 90 days, parents can be fined $366. Another offense in one year would cost the More >

UW Madison Faculty Approve No Confidence Vote

(Madison, WI)  —  The UW Madison Faculty Senate has overwhelmingly approved a vote of no confidence in University President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents. Monday’s vote came about one week after members began discussing the measure as a a protest to the new limits on tenure protections, which include evaluations of faculty and More >

Baumgartners turn over Paper Machinery to surprised employees

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A family has decided to hand over a 65-year-old Milwaukee company to employees through a stock ownership plan. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Paper Machinery Corp. was turned over Monday to employees by the families of Donald Baumgartner and his son John, the company’s owners. The announcement came at an employee meeting More >