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State Closer To Requiring Work/Drug Screens To Get Medicaid

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin is one step closer to being the first in the nation to make lower income, able bodied adults seek jobs and pass drug screenings to get Medicaid. The state Legislature’s finance panel voted 12-4 Thursday to go along with Governor Scott Walker’s plans, but to review them further before they take More >

Johnson Whistleblower Protection Bill Passes On Second Try

(Washington, DC)  —  Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson has finally succeeded in getting the US Senate to pass his bill to stop retaliating against federal employees who expose wrongdoing. Last year, former Democratic leader Harry Reid blocked Johnson’s effort to pass the measure with unanimous consent. Now that Republicans are in control, the chamber took the More >

Finance Leaders: UW Tuition Will Stay Frozen, Not Cut

(Madison, WI)  —  It appears that tuition for in-state residents at the University of Wisconsin will stay frozen for two more years, instead of being cut by five-percent in that second year. The Republican chairs of the Joint Finance Committee said Thursday the panel would reject Governor Scott Walker’s proposed tuition cut and $35 million More >

18-year-old suspect in custody in Appleton bank robbery

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Appleton police investigating a bank robbery have arrested an 18-year-old man. WBAY-TV reports http://bit.ly/2rFZIEv that Huntington Bank was robbed late Thursday afternoon, with the suspect apparently fleeing on a bicycle. Officers tracked down the suspect Thursday evening and took him into custody. He wasn’t immediately identified. — Information from: WBAY-TV, http://www.wbay.com

Teen pilot killed, passenger hurt in Wisconsin plane crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A teenage pilot was killed and his passenger was seriously injured when a single-engine plane crashed into a river near a small northwestern Wisconsin community still recovering from last week’s deadly and destructive tornado. Owen Knutson, 17, died at the scene of the crash Wednesday evening, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris More >

West Milwaukee man dies in police custody

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say a West Milwaukee man died after he was taken into custody by officers who used stun guns during the arrest. Police said they were called to the man’s apartment about 5 a.m. Thursday on initial reports of a person naked, speaking incoherently and flooding the apartment. West Allis and West More >

Walker to rattle cage on roads, panel to vote on tuition

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker was to urge lawmakers to reach a deal on road funding, while the Legislature’s budget committee was likely to reject Walker’s proposed tuition cut for the University of Wisconsin. The Joint Finance Committee was also slated to vote Thursday on Walker’s welfare reform package that includes making Wisconsin More >

Fiserv CEO Top Paid Executive in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A new survey shows the top paid executive in Wisconsin is in the financial services industry. Calculations by The Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show Fiserv CEO Jeffery Yabuki tops the compensation list in Wisconsin, earning $21.2 million in 2016. Fiserv is based in Brookfield. The survey includes only More >

Attorneys ask for higher pay rate for defending indigent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Private attorneys who accept indigent defense appointments in Wisconsin say it’s about time the state raise the hourly rate for taking on such cases. At $40 an hour, Wisconsin ranks lowest in the country for paying private lawyers who agree to represent clients who can’t afford an attorney. On Thursday, a More >

DNR board OKs reducing fall buck-only zones

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has signed off on a fall deer hunt structure that scales back the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks for a fourth straight year. The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire More >