State News

No Federal Aid For Western Wisconsin Counties

Officials in far western Wisconsin still hope to get state disaster relief, after federal aid was rejected to fix public facilities in last week’s floods. Up to seven inches of rain fell in parts of Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. Buffalo County officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency needed to find at least eight-million dollars in More >

Governor Walker Undecided On UW Tuition Plans

Governor Scott Walker says he’s thinking about asking lawmakers to keep freezing U-W tuition for just one year instead of two in his next state budget. The Republican Walker has also responded to speculation that he might suggest lower tuition as part of his budget package next February. The governor says it’s “on the table,” but More >

Report: Conservative Activist Tried Infiltrating Feingold Camp

(Madison, WI) — A conservative activist reportedly tried getting a job with Russ Feingold’s Democratic US Senate campaign, apparently to dig up dirt on that candidate. Feingold’s election opponent, GOP Senator Ron Johnson, says his campaign had nothing to do with it. The Feingold camp gave the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a recording of an interview More >

Former Cudahy Police Employee Charged In Embezzlement

(Cudahy, WI)  —  A former police employee in suburban Milwaukee is free on a signature bond, after she was accused of stealing cash paid by motorists who got parking tickets. Thirty-nine-year-old Melissa Mueller appeared in court Wednesday on charges of misconduct in public office and embezzlement of less than $2500. Officials say she was a More >

“Badger Fund Of Funds” Raises $10 Million For Business Startups

(Madison, WI)  —  The state government’s official fundraising vehicle for business startups has raised ten million dollars from private investors, twice the amount required by law. The “Badger Fund of Funds” was created in 2013, and the state put in 25-million dollars on the condition that the private sector throw in another five-million. Badger Fund More >

Victim’s mother hopes for hit-and-run driver’s arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee mother says she’s hoping and praying that whoever took her daughter’s life will come forward. Twenty-two-year-old Tyann Bunch was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street in Milwaukee Tuesday. Investigators say a man ran from the car about a block from the scene. Tasha Bunch tells WITI-TV ( More >

Police: Suspected drunken driver cracks open beer in front of officer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a suspected drunken driver disobeyed an order to get out of her car and instead cracked open a beer into front of the officer who stopped her. Police say an officer on foot spotted an SUV driving fast early Wednesday on State Street near downtown Madison, where regular traffic More >

Coroner: Manure Tank Fumes Kill Wisconsin Farmer, 13 Cows

AMHERST, Wis. (AP) — A coroner says a Wisconsin farmer and more than a dozen cattle died when they became overcome by fumes from a huge manure holding tank. WAOW-TV ( ) reports that 29-year-old Michael Biadasz was found by other farm workers early Monday when they arrived at Biadasz Farms near Amherst to haul away More >

Green Bay Mayor votes in tie-breaking decisions during overnight meeting

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s mayor cast the tie-breaking vote that killed a plan to give $2 million in excess stadium tax money to property owners. The City Council voted early Wednesday to direct the money to public projects, including streets, parks and sewers. Alderman John Vander Leest proposed a rebate check for property owners. More >

Officer In Milwaukee Shooting Gets Facebook Threats

(Undated)  —  The Milwaukee officer who killed an armed suspect last Saturday is getting threats on Facebook, where more than three thousand people have shared his photo while police have withheld his identity. Facebook has numerous photos of 24-year-old Dominique Heaggan Brown, whom the New York Daily News identified as an amateur rap music artist. He More >