State News

Sargento Foods planning to expand in NE Wisconsin

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) — Sargento Foods is planning to invest $30 million in its facilities in northeastern Wisconsin and add 140 jobs. Sargento says it will build additional space for production, storage and employees at the Kiel plant. It will also double the size of its technical center in Elkhart Lake. The new jobs will More >

University students urge transit bus drivers to return

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Student government leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University are urging Milwaukee County bus drivers and the transit system to come to terms on a labor agreement. The student leaders say a 2-day strike by bus drivers has impacted tens of thousands of students who need the bus to get More >

Budget committee set to approve road funding cuts, tax plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans hope to kick-start the stalled state budget by voting on a transportation plan that cuts $500 million for road projects and reduces taxes for married couples. The Joint Finance Committee planned to finish its work on the budget Thursday. It was passing on trying to reach agreement on what to More >

Man accused of holding woman captive dies following shootout

RIO, Wis. (AP) — Columbia County sheriff’s officials say a man who held a woman captive took his own life after a shootout with deputies who were pursuing him. Sheriff Dennis Richards says the woman was held against her will for two days by her boyfriend and was beaten. The woman says the man threatened More >

Police: ATV driver dies in rollover crash in Dodge County

TOWNSHIP OF HERMAN, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of an all-terrain vehicle has died in a rollover accident in Dodge County. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it took a 911 call about an ATV crash around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in the Township of Herman. The sheriff’s office More >

Madison-based AnchorBank to cut 101 jobs in next 3 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison-based AnchorBank is cutting 14 percent of its workforce as part of an effort to save money. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports AnchorBank is eliminating 101 jobs over the next three months. The company says 78 employees will leave by Sept. 30 after they took a voluntary separation package. More >

Sanders attracts 10,000 boisterous supporters in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attracted about 10,000 boisterous supporters at a rally in Madison to show that his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t a longshot after all. Sanders told the crowd they made history by being part of the largest audience to see a More >

Governor OKs bill ending SAGE program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill to end Wisconsin’s classroom SAGE program. The Student Achievement Guarantee Program provides aid to schools that maintain an 18-to-1 or 30-to-2 teacher-student ratio for poor students in kindergarten through third grade. Schools enter into five-year contracts under the program. The bill prohibits new SAGE More >

Governor signs GPS anti-tracking bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people. The measure makes placing a GPS device on another person’s vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents More >

Walker approves changes to recount fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that revamps Wisconsin’s election recount fee structure. Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections. Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in More >