State News

Hard Rock says decision against casino ‘sad news’

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The developer of the Menominee Nation’s proposed Kenosha casino says they’ve met every challenge confronting the project – and then some. Hard Rock International chairman Jim Allen says Gov. Scott Walker’s decision against the casino is “terribly sad news” for the nearly 9,000 Menominee tribal members. Hard Rock would have financed More >

Walker touts new alternative teacher licensing plan

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he’s just trying to give schools more opportunities to find teachers in high-demand areas with his new proposal to create an alternative track for people with real-life experience to get licensed to teach. Walker told public school district administrators and school board members at an annual education convention Friday More >

Walker tells school leaders he’s against sanctions

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is telling Wisconsin public school district administrators that he does not support sanctions included in a Republican proposal targeting failing schools. Walker reiterated his position against sanctions during a speech Friday in Milwaukee at an annual education convention that draws superintendents, principals and other school officials. Assembly Republicans have proposed forcing More >

Menominee expresses disappointment in casino decision

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) – The Menominee Indian Tribe is expressing disappointment over Gov. Scott Walker’s decision against a proposed casino in Kenosha. Tribal chairwoman Laurie Boivin said in a statement Friday that the project would have improved the lives of the nearly 9,000 tribal members. The chairwoman says that instead, one tribe – the Forest More >

Police: Father suspected of killing his baby, another man

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police say a father fatally stabbed his 5-month-old daughter and another man, and wounded two other people at a Milwaukee house. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the baby’s injured mother and her boyfriend were rushed to a hospital after the Friday morning attack. Flynn says the suspect was arrested at the house and that More >

Crash victims identified as father, son

TOWN OF FOREST, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a Sheboygan Falls father and his 4-year-old son are the two people who were killed in a highway crash in Fond du Lac County. Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Wachter and son, Landen, died Wednesday afternoon when their car was struck head-on by a semi on Highway 23 east of Fond More >

Wausau police investigating road rage gunshot

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Wausau police say they’re investigating a road rage shooting. A male driver told police he saw a motorist slowing down and speeding up and weaving on a bridge around 11 p.m. Thursday. The man told police he passed the vehicle and the driver started tailgating him. The man says he stopped More >

Packers continue Lambeau neighborhood land buys

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers latest purchase of property around Lambeau Field is the Road Star Inn. The hotel is among a growing number of properties in the team’s portfolio. The hotel’s general manager Andrew Schroepfer tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1yXycR6 ) the hotel will close in about a month. With the purchase, More >

Couple waives extradition in connection with homicide

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A couple arrested for shoplifting in southern Wisconsin has waived extradition to Alabama in connection with a homicide investigation. Stephanie Underwood and Matthew Thrasher were arrested last week in Kenosha County and accused of stealing energy drinks and vodka from a grocery store. A Kenosha police officer questioned the couple about the More >

Milwaukee County Zoo unveils name for baby gorilla

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A male gorilla born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in November has finally been named. The name Sulaiman was chosen for the western lowland gorilla following a seven-day social media campaign. Thirty-two percent of the votes received were cast for Sulaiman, which means peace in Swahili. More than 1,200 voters also considered the More >