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Republicans propose banning cellphones in construction zones

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans are moving a bill through the Wisconsin Legislature that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones in construction zones. The measure would ban drivers from using phones that require the use of their hands in construction zones when workers are present. Violators would face forfeitures ranging from $20 to $40 for More >

Senate committee OKs 70 mph speed limit bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s transportation committee has approved a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit. Under the bill, the state Department of Transportation would decide where to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. Republicans amended the measure this week to prohibit the agency More >

Emails show Roggensack cast deciding vote to become chief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released emails show Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack cast the deciding vote for herself to replace longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. The emails exchanged between the justices were released Thursday to The Associated Press by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in response to an open records request. They show that More >

Manitowoc students say prom poster promotes sexist message

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Some students at a Manitowoc high school say posters put up in the halls a week before prom amount to “sex shaming.” The posters at Lincoln High School showed a back-and-white silhouette of a woman in formal attire, with words such as “honest,” ”classy” and “tidy” making up her body. Across More >

Wisconsin DA says VA has lagged in drug-dealing probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin district attorney says the Department of Veterans Affairs has moved too slowly in its investigation of interstate drug distribution. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco in a letter Thursday said a California VA facility lagged in its probe of a veteran who dealt VA-prescribed opiates through the U.S. Postal More >

Regulators vote on Wisconsin Energy acquisition

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin regulators are considering a $9 billion transaction that combines Wisconsin Energy Corp. and Integrys Energy Group. Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission is among a number of federal and state agencies that must approve the acquisition that creates WEC Energy Group, which will serve more than 4.3 million gas and electric customers across More >

Kohler’s CEO relinquishes position to son

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — The man who leads the company that bears his name in Kohler is ending his 43-year tenure as its chief executive. Herbert Kohler will turn over the title of CEO at the Kohler Co. to his son, David Kohler, who is currently its president. Kohler directors have elected the 76-year-old Kohler More >

Man to face trial in death of fiancee’s child

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of causing the death of his fiancee’s four-year-old son will stand trial in Sheboygan County. Armando Aguirre says he was playing with the child and swinging him around by the legs when his head hit the carpet. But prosecutors say injuries to the boy aren’t consistent with Aguirre’s More >

18-year-old faces charges in stabbing of 2 bus passengers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee 18-year-old faces charges on accusations he stabbed two female bus passengers last week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1DY300s ) reports Jerome Newell Jr. is charged with substantial battery, second-degree reckless injury and armed robbery. A judge ordered him on Tuesday to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if he’s competent More >

March, rally planned to mark death of man killed by police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The family of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer plans to mark the one-year anniversary of his death with a march that ends in the downtown park where he was shot. Officer Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton on April 30, 2014, in a confrontation that erupted after he responded to More >