State News

We Energies customers enjoy gas bill savings of 24 percent

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Customers of Wisconsin’s largest utility caught a break this past winter. After paying almost $800 to keep warm during the “polar vortex” winter of 2013-14, bills for a typical We Energies customer were down by almost $190 for the six-month heating season that ended April 30. Company spokesman Brian Manthey tells the More >

Authorities say suspected drunken driver waved at officer

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who’d been headed the wrong way waved at an officer as he re-entered the highway after going into the ditch. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office in southeastern Wisconsin got a report late Sunday of a wrong-way pickup truck west of Beloit that nearly caused an More >

2 killed, 1 injured in crash on wet highway in SW Wisconsin

TOWN OF EASTMAN, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died and another was critically injured in a two-car crash on a wet highway in Crawford County of southwestern Wisconsin. The sheriff’s department says it happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on State Highway 27 in the Town of Eastman. It says a 19-year-old Eastman woman More >

Lawmakers hope to expand use of allergy treatment devices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow a variety of businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injectors in case of life-threatening emergency reactions. Schools are currently allowed to keep a supply of the auto-injectors. The bill would let more establishments do it. The auto-injector is used to treat More >

Governor appoints son of foundation president to regents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports conservative causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Walker announced Friday that he has appointed Mike M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, to the board. More >

Emails show disputes continue on Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Even with a new chief justice, the disputes continue behind the scenes inside the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Backers of a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to decide who will be their leader argued it would lead to more harmony on the Supreme Court. But emails released Friday show that the tenure More >

Former deputy committed in slaying of wife, sister-in-law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has committed a former Dane County sheriff’s deputy with Lou Gehrig’s disease to a mental health institution after a jury earlier found he was not legally responsible for killing his wife and sister-in-law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas McNamara ruled Friday Andrew Steele is a danger to himself More >

Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves limbs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report says a 46-year-old man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but started moving his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue. The report says the man’s girlfriend called police Tuesday because she had not heard from him recently. A More >

Lawmakers nix Walker plan to eliminate higher ed board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee have killed Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate a small state agency that approves and regulates for-profit colleges. The Joint Finance Committee nixed the idea without debate on Thursday. David Dies, director of the Educational Approval Board, told the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday (http://tinyurl.com/m5rhna6) More >

Legislator preparing to unveil bill legalizing blaze pink

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Real men could wear pink in the woods under a bill legislators are preparing to unveil next week that would legalize blaze pink for hunters. Rep. Nick Milroy, a Democrat from South Range in northwestern Wisconsin, plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to announce the measure. A Milroy aide said More >