State News

Alligator Found In Lake Michigan

Animal control officers in northeastern Illinois confirm the discovery of a four-foot alligator in Lake Michigan.  A kayaker made the discovery at Waukegan Harbor about 200 yards from the shore.  The gator was turned over to the WildlifeDiscovery Center in Lake Forest.  Experts say it wouldn’t have survived long because its jaws were held shut More >

Governor’s Father Dies After Extended Illness

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has set aside several campaign events due to the illness and death of his father.  The Reverend Llewellyn Walker died Sunday morning after an extended illness.  The elder Walker had served as pastor of a church in Plainfield, Iowa, before moving his family to Delavan in 1977.  Weekend events were canceled More >

Wisconsin Hospitals Dealing With $1.1B In Unpaid Bills

More hospital patients are leaving unpaid bills behind after receiving treatment.  A report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association finds a total of one-point-one-billion dollars in uncompensated health care services during 2017.  That’s a 14-percent increase over the previous year.  Milwaukee County hospitals represent almost 30 percent of the total unpaid bills.  The report didn’t offer More >

St. Norbert Students Sign Petition

Staff and faculty at St. Norbert College have presented a letter to the college president expressing concern about the way sexual assault reports are handled by the school.  More than 200 students signed a petition on the same topic, submitting it in April.  The documents point out shortcomings in the administration’s response while acknowledging positive More >

Legislative Leaders Call Extraordinary Session To Talk Tax Incentives

Wisconsin Senate leaders have called an extraordinary session for November 12th to discuss a 100-million dollar tax incentive package for Kimberly-Clark.  The bill passed the Assembly earlier this year as part of the state’s effort to retain 500 jobs in the Fox Valley.  A public hearing will be scheduled and an official vote would be More >

Pecatonica River Floods For 3rd Time This Year

The flooding Pecatonica River has topped its banks and covered streets, parks and parking lots in Darlington.  A 55-year-old woman had to be rescued early Tuesday morning when the water swept her car into a ditch.  The Pecatonica crested this morning at 14-point-seven feet, minor flood stage.  More rain in the forecast means there will More >

Milwaukee Elementary School Changes Name

The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was a northern Democrat who felt the abolitionist movement was a threat to the nation’s unity.  That’s why Franklin Pierce Elementary School has changed its name to Riverwest Elementary.  Parents and staff had pushed for the change.  The Milwaukee school serves predominately African-American and Latino students.  More >

Former President Endorses Evers For Governor

Former President Barack Obama has endorsed three Wisconsin Democrats running for office in next month’s election.  Obama says Tony Evers is “exactly the kind of person Wisconsin needs as its next governor.”  He also endorsed incumbent Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin and Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who’s running to replace Speaker of the House Paul More >

Pizza Delivery Man Helps End Kidnapping Situation

Sheboygan County authorities are giving a pizza delivery man credit for helping them stop a kidnapping.  While the customer was paying for a pizza delivery he had ordered in Waldo, the delivery person saw a woman with a black eye behind him mouthing the words “help me.”  Joey Grundl made a 9-1-1 call and deputies More >

Governor Walker:  If He Wins, It Will Be His Final Term

Scott Walker says, if he wins re-election, it will be his final term as Wisconsin Governor.  Walker made the comments on W-I-S-N T-V.  He is currently trailing Democratic challenger Tony Evers in two statewide polls five weeks before the election.  If he wins, it would be Walker’s third term in the state’s top elective office.  More >