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Ex-Kenosha officer admits planting evidence in homicide case

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Defense attorneys are crying foul after an ex-Kenosha police officer admitted he planted evidence in a homicide investigation. The Kenosha News reports ( ) that Kyle Baars admitted during a homicide trial this week that he planted an ID and a bullet in a backpack seized in a search stemming from an More >

Authorities identify Appleton woman killed in highway crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities have identified an Appleton woman who was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 41 in Brown County of northeastern Wisconsin while a winter storm brought snow and high winds to the state. The crash happened about 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Town of Lawrence, southwest of De Pere. The Hobart-Lawrence Police Department More >

Second teen facing charges in hit-and-run crash in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A second teenager has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Milwaukee couple. The 17-year-old was charged Monday with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent as a passenger. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police identified the teen as one of five passengers in a stolen SUV that collided with a More >

Wisconsin Assembly committee to vote on right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Assembly’s Labor Committee is meeting to consider changes to the right-to-work bill, although it’s nearly certain that none will be adopted. Republicans who control the Assembly agreed to hold the meeting Wednesday in negotiations with Democrats who objected to the original plan that did not include holding an executive More >

Police arrest Racine man accused of killing roommate

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Police have arrested a 27-year-old Racine man accused of killing his roommate at an apartment on the city’s north side. Jacob Wayne Rogers has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of a 27-year-old Andrew Jones. Police say Jones was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in an apartment Monday More >

Lawmaker asks about plan for possibly losing subsidies

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says it would be up to the federal government to deal with the fallout if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that subsidies offered under President Barack Obama’s health care law are unconstitutional. Rhoades was asked Tuesday during a briefing before the Legislature’s budget committee More >

State DHS secretary defends SeniorCare cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says no one will get kicked off the state’s popular prescription drug program SeniorCare under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget. Walker’s proposal requires that SeniorCare enrollees first sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and use state benefits under SeniorCare as a More >

Assembly planning for 24 hours of debate on right-to-work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to start debate of the right-to-work bill at 9 a.m. Thursday and end no later than 9 a.m. Friday. Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Tuesday that the 24 hours of debate time was negotiated with Democrats. He says Democrats wanted 48 hours of debate. Republicans also More >

Superintendent: Walker schools budget is unsustainable path

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s schools superintendent is warning the Legislature’s budget committee that Gov. Scott Walker’s K-12 education budget plan continues an unsustainable downward trend in funding. Walker’s two-year spending plan calls for holding public schools’ money essentially flat. It also would do away with a $150-per-student payment schools in the first year of the More >

Walker says he will sign ban on abortions after 20 weeks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign into law a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Walker on Tuesday issued what he called an “open letter on life” in which he stated his support for the ban, saying he expects the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass such a bill. Walker, a More >