State News

Senate Democrats demanding the Legislature to convene immediately to approve upgrades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Democrats are demanding the Legislature convene immediately to approve upgrades at Wisconsin’s largest veterans home. The push to look into conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King has intensified since the Cap Times published a story in August raising questions about substandard care, medical errors and staffing shortages. The Legislature’s More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler starts her re-election campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler is starting to put together her re-election campaign. Ziegler is nearing the end of her first 10-year term on the court. She faces re-election in the spring of 2017. She announced Tuesday that she has formed an initial campaign steering committee. Members include former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, More >

State veterinarian issues special order to control the rise of the brucellosis bacteria

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state veterinarian has issued a special order to control the rise of an infectious disease that threatens the health of dogs in Wisconsin. Dr. Paul McGraw’s order prohibits dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered that are bought or obtained at an auction outside the state without proof of a negative brucellosis More >

Green Bay West votes to remove homecoming court

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Green Bay high school is eliminating a homecoming tradition in an effort to be more inclusive of all students. West High School Principal Mark Flaten says the student council approved abolishing a homecoming court this fall. Flaten says every student can wear the homecoming king’s crown and queen’s tiara and More >

Concern over disturbing Craigslist ad alters school day in Brown County

SUAMICO, Wis. (AP) — Administrators at an elementary school in Brown County contacted the sheriff’s office after an ad showed up on Craigslist offering the students for sale. A parent called Forest Glen Elementary School in Suamico Monday about the ad posted on the popular internet site. It was titled “Children for Sale-Forest Glen Elementary” and More >

Bridesmaid, groom’s father punched at wedding party, police say

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man who was kicked out of a wedding reception in Madison punched a bridesmaid, the groom’s father and others as he was leaving. The 20-year-old Madison man was arrested on possible charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Authorities say officers responded to Madison Turners Hall Saturday night and found More >

New owner to start layoffs at foundry in November

BRILLION, Wis. (AP) — The new owner of Brillion Iron Works says it will start laying off workers at the foundry in eastern Wisconsin in November. Metaldyne Performance Group announced last week it plans to shut down the foundry. More than 300 people will lose their jobs. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said Monday it was More >

Walker wants disaster declaration for northern counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is asking federal agriculture officials to declare a disaster in three northern Wisconsin counties in the wake of heavy rains and flooding. Walker’s office announced Monday that the governor asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday for a disaster declaration for Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties. Farmers in More >

Early in-person voting is underway in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Early in-person voting is underway in Wisconsin. Voting began Monday in Wisconsin Rapids. The city clerk’s office said about 25 people had cast ballots as of late Monday afternoon. Early voting is set to get underway on Sept. 26 in Madison and Milwaukee, the state’s two largest cities. Republicans passed laws in 2011 More >

Transgender suit against Kenosha school advances

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has declined to dismiss a transgender student’s lawsuit against a Wisconsin school district over its bathroom-use rules. U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper rejected a request from the Kenosha school district to dismiss the suit Monday. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Pepper found the student had alleged enough facts to More >