State News

Governor signs rubber duck race bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Rubber duck races will be legal in Wisconsin under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed. Non-profit organizations often race the little plastic ducks as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a number on a duck’s underside. The first duck to float across the finish line wins. Duck races More >

Governor signs bill expanding strip searches

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – County jailors will have more power to conduct strip searchers under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed. Current Wisconsin law allows jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors. The Republican bill permits them to strip search anyone who More >

Lincoln Co. man guilty of killing wife

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – A Lincoln County man has been found guilty of killing his wife and disposing of her body in a swamp. Jurors deliberated Tuesday and Wednesday before finding Mark Bucki guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation and hiding a body. The defense tried to convince jurors that there was no physical evidence More >

Gov. Walker to sign 3 domestic-violence bills

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to sign into law three bills aimed at strengthening domestic-violence laws. The measures would establish a process for seizing an abuser’s guns, mandate tracking of non-arrests and require police to inform victims of their options. Walker’s office says the governor will sign the bills Wednesday afternoon in Milwaukee. One More >

Couple asks Supreme Court to nix marriage ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state’s gay marriage ban. Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery filed a lawsuit directly with the high court Wednesday, bypassing the trial and appellate courts. The lawsuit says the couple lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego. They More >

Walker signs bill legalizing pot byproduct

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children’s seizures. The bill allows the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor. The measure falls far short of legalizing the use of marijuana for More >

Deputy shot and paralyzed in 1991 has died

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – A western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy who was shot and paralyzed in 1991 has died and will be buried with full law enforcement honors on the 23rd anniversary of the shooting. Polk County Deputy Michael Seversen was shot and Burnett County Deputy Allen Albee was killed when they confronted a More >

Wisconsin’s Oneida tribe hosts food summit

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) – The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin hopes to combat serious health problems among Native Americans by teaching them to farm and preserve their own food. Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/1t9R0a3 ) about 350 people are participating in the four-day event in Ashwaubenon. Attendees say the summit is in line with younger members’ More >

Wis. man gets 54 months for Social Security fraud

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A Portage County man convicted of helping to cash the Social Security checks of his presumably dead mother-in-law has been sentenced to 54 months in prison, and now his wife might have similar charges reinstated. A Stevens Point Journal Media report (http://spjour.nl/1hUPDme ) says 73-year-old Ronald Disher of Almond was sentenced More >

Wisconsin woman writes bombing suspect

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) – A Baraboo woman says she’s been criticized and even threatened for sending letters of support to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Crystel Clary says she wrote her first letter to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev three weeks after the bombing that killed three people and wounded dozens more. The 35-year-old Clary tells WISC-TV (http://bit.ly/1eGVOzP More >