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Mitchell International Airport director fired

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The director of Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has been fired. The Milwaukee County executive’s office said Thursday that Ismael “Izzy” Bonilla was fired, effective immediately. The airport is owned and operated by Milwaukee County. The county’s independent Audit Services Division had conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Bonilla. County More >

Court: Milwaukee officer not entitled to disability benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says the city of Milwaukee properly denied disability payments for a former police officer involved with an in-custody death. Jason Bleichwehl was one of three officers who came under investigation after robbery suspect Derek Williams died in a squad car after gasping for air and pleading for More >

4 Democrats, 2 Republicans switch sides on Foxconn vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four Democrats and two Republicans broke with the majorities of their parties in the Wisconsin Assembly vote over a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group. The Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a 64-31 vote, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill was passed to entice Foxconn to More >

Joey the kangaroo escapes pumpkin farm

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — It was a brief taste of freedom for Joey the kangaroo who kicked his way out of a pen at a southeast Wisconsin pumpkin farm, only to be rounded up by sheriff’s deputies. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 7 a.m. Thursday from someone who reported seeing an More >

Wisconsin chocolatier, Mars candy company resolve dispute

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Court documents show a Wisconsin chocolate maker and the candy giant Mars Inc. have resolved a trademark dispute. Mars sued Syovata Edari in federal court in Virginia claiming her Madison chocolate company, CocoVaa Chocolatier, infringed on Mars’ CocoaVia brand of nutritional supplements. The case was thrown out by a judge in More >

Governor Applies For SBA Assistance For Western Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  The governor’s office is asking for low interest loans to help flood victims in western Wisconsin. A request was sent Wednesday to the US Small Business Administration to help home and business owners in La Crosse and Trempealeau counties where up to eight inches of rain fell in July. The adjacent counties More >

Assembly Passes State Budget, Five Republicans Vote No

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Assembly debates the new state budget for eleven hours before passing it late Wednesday night 57-39. Five majority Republicans joined all Democrats in voting no: Joe Sanfelippo, Janel Brandtjen, Scott Allen, Bob Gannon, and Adam Jarchow. The two year, $76 billion package now goes to the Senate, where its fate More >

Judge denies motion to reduce sentence of Northwoods teen

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — An Oneida County judge has denied a motion to reduce the sentence of a teen convicted of killing her mother and stepfather in 2015. Nineteen-year-old Ashlee Martinson appeared by phone from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution on Wednesday. Her attorney, Mark Schoenfeldt, argued Martinson’s 23-year sentence was too long, especially considering the More >

Cause of Madison house explosion investigated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what triggered an explosion that destroyed a house in Madison. The house exploded and caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Some neighboring homes were also damaged by the blast. Residents of eight homes close to the explosion have been displaced. Officials say a firefighter and a civilian in More >

Walker objects to challenger’s Wisconsin Education Plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan drafted by a Democratic challenger in next year’s election, saying it doesn’t embrace enough innovative ideas to help turn around struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state Superintendent Tony Evers asking him to rework the plan, which all states are More >