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Transgender Kenosha teen’s win not based on federal order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lawyer for a transgender student in Wisconsin who won a lawsuit against his school says revocation of federal guidance related to bathroom use would not impact his case. In September, a federal judge ordered Tremper High School in Kenosha to allow senior Ashton Whitaker to use the boys’ bathroom. His More >

Republican likely to bring back Wisconsin transgender bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he likely will re-introduce a bill to force public school students to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. Kremer said Wednesday he’s likely to bring the bill back even though President Donald Trump intends to revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to More >

Walker, Schimel call for vote on Gorsuch for court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker took more jabs at Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday, calling for her and the U.S. Senate to take a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Walker was joined by fellow Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel at the Capitol news conference that was part More >

Vets warn eliminating prevailing wage will cost jobs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The American Legion is warning Republicans that eliminating the prevailing wage on state projects could cost hundreds of veterans their jobs in the construction industry. The prevailing wage law sets minimum salaries for construction workers on public projects. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed wiping out the prevailing wage for state More >

State’s Largest Bonding Referendum Defeated

(Undated)  —  Wisconsin’s largest school bonding referendum on Tuesday has been defeated. The vote was 55 to 45 percent against a new field house, fitness center, and high school remodeling in the Waterford district in Racine and Waukesha counties. Also, a $4.2 million bonding plan was rejected 54 to 46 percent in the Dover district More >

Walker Judicial Appointee Fails To Win Election

(Undated)  —  A circuit judge who was appointed by Governor Scott Walker last summer has been defeated in his first bid for election. Trempealeau County Judge Charles Feltes got 29 percent of about 3,100 votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Rian Radtke and Rick Schaumberg each advanced to the April election with 35-percent of the vote. More >

Former State Trooper Charged With Child Porn Possession

(Jefferson, WI)  —  Former state trooper Frank Torrez is free on bond, after making a court appearance on ten Jefferson County charges of possessing child pornography. The 53-year-old Cambridge man appeared by phone Tuesday from the jail in neighboring Rock County, where he was held due to his extensive law enforcement experience in Jefferson. Officials More >

Weather Apparently Caused Bridge Collapse

(Cochrane, WI)  —  Highway officials in western Wisconsin say wet weather apparently caused a bridge to collapse before two traffic accidents occurred. Buffalo County sheriff’s deputies say 54-year-old Karen Pronschinske could not stop in time to avoid the collapsed bridge on County Trunk U near Cochrane Monday night, and her car went airborne as she More >

Marshfield Man Cited For Soliciting Sex Online In Arizona

(Lake Havasu City, AZ)  —  A central Wisconsin man faces misdemeanor charges of prostitution and solicitation, for allegedly trying to arrange sex online in Arizona. 68-year-old Ken Schultz was ticketed and released on January 30th. Police in Lake Havasu City, Arizona say they found an ad on Craigslist in which was a man was soliciting More >

UW Reviews Impact On Governor’s Plan To Monitor Faculty Class Time

(Madison, WI)  —  The UW System says it’s reviewing Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan to monitor faculty workloads and reward those who spend more time teaching. Conservatives have long criticized some professors for not spending enough time in the classroom, and Walker says his plan would “hold faculty accountable.” It would make the Board of More >