State News

Pulaski police offer ‘Safe Room’ to the public

PULASKI, Wis. (AP) — A police department in northeastern Wisconsin has set up a “safe room” at its station with external, around-the-clock access. Pulaski Police Chief Mark Hendzel says the room with its heavy steel door and internal locks could be a lifesaving place, depending on the situation. Hendzel tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/2d3NU5t ) it could be More >

Sun Prairie district schools inspected for mold

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — All schools in the Sun Prairie district are closed while an inspection for mold is conducted. The closure Monday began with Eastside Elementary where mold developed because of recent high humidity. Classes at Eastside will be moved to other locations while an outside contractor removes the mold, which the district says More >

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Pence coming to Waukesha

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is coming to the same conservative Wisconsin city the day before Donald Trump. Pence’s campaign says the Indiana governor will hold a rally Tuesday night in Waukesha. Trump is slated to be there Wednesday. This will be the second time Pence has come to Waukesha since Trump More >

Floods washing away once-promising harvest in parts of western Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Floods and mudslides are washing away promising-looking corn and soybean crops in western Wisconsin. Before the recent flooding, farmers were looking at a potentially record-setting harvest after a near-perfect growing season, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2cU9BFN ) reported. But farmers hit by mudslides in the valleys “are basically in hell right now,” said More >

Federica Marchionni has stepped down as Lands’ End CEO

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The CEO of Lands’ End, recruited from the New York fashion house Dolce & Gabbana in a bit of a culture clash, has stepped down after less than two years. Federica Marchionni was brought to the Dodgeville, Wisconsin, company with its button-down shirts and casual clothing in February 2015. Her employment agreement More >

Man drowns after going into the Mitchell Park lagoon

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned after going into the Mitchell Park lagoon in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call from Milwaukee police Sunday morning. A woman reported seeing the man go into the lagoon around 7 a.m. Divers from the Milwaukee Fire Department located the man and More >

3 suffer burn injuries after gas tossed on fire pit

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Officials say three people were burned when gasoline was thrown onto a burning fire pit in Germantown, causing an explosion. The Germantown Fire Department says a 25-year-old woman suffered second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of her body early Saturday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2drSjlr ) reports the woman’s burns involved respiratory More >

Jerika Bolen dies after ceasing treatment

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager who drew attention for deciding to end her life instead of continuing a battle with an incurable disease has died. Jerika Bolen’s mother, Jen, told Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://post.cr/2dnhKVa ) that the 14-year-old died Thursday at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. Jerika suffered from spinal muscular atrophy type More >

Police remove high school student from class after bringing a gun to school

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Police have removed a suburban Madison high school student from class after he allegedly brought a gun to school. Sun Prairie High School officials said police were alerted around 2 p.m. on Thursday that a student had posted a picture of a gun on social media with a statement that he More >

GOP candidates not in coordination with outside group campaigns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says GOP candidates for the Senate are not coordination their campaigns with outside groups, even though it is allowed under the law. Fitzgerald commented Thursday when asked if such coordination was going on. The issue has been in the spotlight for years since a secret More >