State News

Medical center closes while DEA investigates

CADOTT, Wis. (AP) — A medical center in northwestern Wisconsin is closed indefinitely as federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration investigate. The DEA and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed an administrative inspection warrant at Cadott Medical Center this week. A DOJ representative tells WQOW (http://bit.ly/2jwpm82 ) an inspection warrant can include criminal drug More >

Wisconsin legislators propose new gun crimes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing a bill that would create a number of new gun crimes. The bill would make it a felony for people to possess a gun if they’ve had three misdemeanor convictions in five years. The measure also would make it a felony to buy a More >

Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 4 percent in December

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 4 percent, the lowest it’s been since January 2001. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the rate was 4 percent in December, down slightly from 4.1 percent in November. The national unemployment rate in December was 4.7 percent, up from 4.6 percent in November. More >

Pocan compliments Trump before skipping inauguration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has good things to say about President-elect Donald Trump as a businessman and negotiator, but he still plans to boycott his inauguration. Pocan told reporters at a news conference Thursday that he’d support Trump’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices, renegotiate trade agreements and rebuild the More >

UWM instructor hopes students can push for change

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee instructor hopes his students can help find a solution for Milwaukee’s lead water pipes. William Kort told WUWM-FM (http://bit.ly/2iWxiAX ) he put together a course on the topic after speaking to the Center for Water Policy. Approximately 70,000 lead service lines need to be replaced in Milwaukee. Lead More >

Superintendent candidate Humphries proposes new report card

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State superintendent candidate John Humphries says current report cards showing how well Wisconsin students and school districts are performing are a “disaster” and should be overhauled. But incumbent state Superintendent Tony Evers says Humphries’ proposed changes amount to a “top-down dictate” that won’t work. Humphries wants to change the measurement for More >

Assembly Speaker: Gas tax hike is now unlikely

(Madison, WI)  —  State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos now says a gas tax increase to pay for new and improved highways is unlikely to happen. Speaking at a WisPolitics.com luncheon in Madison Wednesday, the Republican Vos says he’s not giving up hope of passing a tax or fee hike if necessary, and he remains confident that More >

State revenues higher, spending lower than projected

(Madison, WI)  —  The state government is taking in more money than expected, while spending less. The non partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says tax collections will be $455 million higher than projected through the next budget period in mid 2019, and the state expects to have a surplus of $427 million when the current budget expires More >

Walker Holds Firm To Cutting UW Tuition, Rejects Alternative

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker is holding firm to his plan to cut UW tuition in his next state budget package. That’s after GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he’d rather help only the neediest students by giving them more financial aid. At a WisPolitics.com luncheon Wednesday, Vos said Walker’s idea of a tuition More >

Two charged with threats that closed two Oshkosh high schools

(Oshkosh, WI)  —  Two teens have been charged with making telephone threats that closed Oshkosh North and West high schools last Thursday. Eighteen-year-old Andrew Monroe of Waupaca and 17-year-old Dylan Bird of Oshkosh appeared in Winnebago County Circuit Court Wednesday on two felony counts each of making terrorist threats. A judge set Monroe’s bond at More >