State News

Wis.-based Kwik Trip acquires rival convenience store chain PDQ

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The Kwik Trip convenience store chain is acquiring a competing company also based in Wisconsin. Kwik Trip, of La Crosse, has signed an agreement to acquire PDQ, a Middleton company that operates 34 convenience stores in southeastern Wisconsin. No details about the cost of the acquisition have been released. Kwik More >

Speaker Ryan talking tax reform at New Balance shoe factory

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is heading to Massachusetts to talk taxes. The Republican leader from Wisconsin is scheduled to tour a New Balance sneaker factory Thursday in Lawrence, a gritty city north of Boston near the New Hampshire border. While there, he’s expected to give an update on proposed tax More >

Wisconsin Republican Party Outraises Democrats

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Republican Party has nearly 50-times as much cash on hand as the state Democratic Party through the first six months of the year. Reports filed this week with the state show Republicans ended June with more than $1.7 million in the bank. That compares with just $36,000 for Democrats. More >

14-year-old boy drowns at Atwater beach in Shorewood

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old has drowned in Lake Michigan off a beach north of Milwaukee. North Shore Fire Rescue says the boy jumped off a break wall near Atwater Park beach in Shorewood Tuesday evening. The boy was with friends who called 911 when he failed to resurface. Milwaukee Fire Department More >

2 men charged with murder in robbery heart-attack death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two men accused of stealing $4,300 from a Wisconsin fast-food restaurant are facing murder charges after a bystander suffered a fatal heart attack during the armed robbery. A criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court on Monday alleges that Xavier Fleming, 25, and Nicholas Ivy, 32, robbed a Culver’s restaurant More >

2 men hurt in explosion at Milwaukee Public Works garage

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say two men have been seriously injured in an explosion at a city Public Works Department garage. The blast happened shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. The cause wasn’t immediately determined. The two men were taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

Chicago-to-Mackinac race wraps up after difficult weather

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island, Michigan, has wrapped up with about two-thirds of the field making it to the finish despite difficult weather. Preliminary results posted on the race’s website say the multi-hull Arete won the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy and TOA took home the Mackinac Cup. Winners are determined More >

1 killed, 2 hurt in Amish buggy, SUV crash

TOWN OF HANSEN, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say one person has died and two others have been injured in a collision between an Amish buggy and an SUV in Wood County. Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Zurfluh says the horse-drawn buggy was crossing Highway 73 near Vesper Monday night when it was struck by the SUV. More >

Attorney General Brad Schimel ends first half of year with $380K on hand

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new campaign finance report shows Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign finished the first half of 2017 with nearly $400,000 on hand. Campaign finance reports cover the first six months of 2017 are due Monday with state election officials. Schimel’s report indicates he had $381,189 on hand as of June More >

Wisconsin Capitol sign didn’t say quite what lawmaker said

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A sign a Republican lawmaker admitted removing from the state Capitol didn’t say quite what he said it did. The sign was on display in May when Rep. Dale Kooyenga took it down and put it in his office. His action prompted a police scolding about respecting others’ property, but he More >