State News

Court to rule on granting new trial over insanity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case where a Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend was granted a new trial over an insanity defense. The court plans to issue a decision Wednesday in the case of Donyil Anderson. He was sentenced to life in prison for More >

Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills? That’s the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday. Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash More >

Wisconsin transportation grant to improve trails

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Central Wisconsin officials are planning to improve bike and walking trails with the help of a $120,000 state grant. WLUK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ztUmqD ) the state Department of Transportation grant will fund projects connecting trails in Fox Cities and Oshkosh. A regional planning commission transportation planner says there isn’t consistency throughout the area. More >

Parents: Didn’t suspect kidnapped boy’s aunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures say they trusted the relative now accused of taking him so much that they initially didn’t suspect her. Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 and More >

Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife. Rajko Utvic, 37, was killed July 6 by officers responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had taken 100 Ibuprofen pills. Police said the man refused to drop More >

Burke attacks Walker over jobs promise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s latest television ad returns the focus of the campaign to Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010 promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs over four years. The ad unveiled Tuesday is airing statewide beginning Wednesday. It comes after two weeks of battling between Burke and Walker over outsourcing of More >

Police say shooting didn’t involve robbery

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Eau Claire police say a teen’s gunshot injuries are not related to a robbery as the initial investigation indicated. Officers responded to a call Sunday that a juvenile had been shot and wounded while being robbed. On Tuesday, police said their investigation shows one juvenile accidentally shot another minor with More >

Wisconsin ministry offers housing to students

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – A Roman Catholic ministry has offered a new faith-based housing option to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students. Post-Crescent Media reports (http://post.cr/1lS2Rn8 ) the Newman Student House will open this fall. The off-campus facility is a six-unit coed apartment building about a half-mile from the university. Residents must follow the house rules, including no drugs, More >

Wisconsin schools want to stick with Common Core

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin school districts have spoken out against Gov. Scott Walker’s recent statement calling for a change in the state’s curriculum standards. The Janesville Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1qIHI6v ) that Walker issued the written statement last week. It asked the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a bill in January to repeal Common Core and replace More >

Milwaukee ex-cop completes service, avoids jail

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A fired Milwaukee police officer who was convicted of slamming a suspect’s head against a wall has completed his community service, meaning he won’t serve jail time. A jury convicted 49-year-old Rodney R. Lloyd in April of misconduct in public office. He faced up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. More >