State News

Sheriff: Friends were flying plane to Alaska when it crashed

OWEN, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say two friends were flying a recently purchased airplane to Alaska when it crashed, killing the pilot’s father. Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick released the names of the three people involved in Monday’s crash in central Wisconsin. The pilot, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart of Hammond, Indiana, and his friend, 41-year-old Nathan Smoot More >

Republican says he doesn’t support school sanctions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools. Sen. Paul Farrow made his comments Tuesday while testifying in support of a measure he introduced that does not include sanctions. Assembly Republicans are backing a different approach with More >

Road conditions blamed in fatal crash

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say slick roads were a factor in a fatal crash in Racine County. A pickup truck and car collided in the Town of Dover about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sheriff’s officials say the female driver of the Prius was partially ejected and the pickup caught fire. The driver of the car More >

Homicide trial postponed due to crime lab issues

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – A Columbia County judge has postponed a homicide trial after questions were raised about the analysis of some evidence by the Wisconsin Crime Lab. Judge Alan White has delayed the trial of Leah Jean Waldhart who’s accused of killing her boyfriend, Curtis Wylesky, of Beaver Dam, in 2001. Columbia County District More >

UW System critic blasts governor’s autonomy plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of the University of Wisconsin System’s toughest critics in the Legislature is blasting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal give the system more autonomy. A spokesman for Sen. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican who serves as vice chairman of the Senate’s universities committee, said Tuesday that Nass fears the plan would allow the More >

Wolf on dog attacks increase

TOWN OF BREED, Wis. (AP) – Wildlife experts say wolves have killed or seriously injured six dogs in Wisconsin this month. That’s double the highest number for January in recent years. Two dogs have been killed in Oconto County. Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor Jeff Pritzl says the spike in incidents doesn’t necessarily reflect More >

Man burned by small fire in hospital ER

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A man being treated in a Milwaukee hospital emergency room was burned when he started a small fire. Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing says the man was being treated with oxygen when he flicked a handheld lighter and ignited the fire at Aurora Sinai Hospital Monday night. WTMJ-TV ( ) reports nurses More >

Illinois woman steers bus to safety after driver collapses

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A 48-year-old Illinois woman is considered a hero by many after preventing a serious tour bus accident in Kenosha County after the driver suffered a medical emergency. Jill Bien of Norridge, Illinois, is credited with saving 34 passengers from serious injuries Saturday when the 68-year-old driver collapsed. The unmanned bus swerved along More >

Senate to hold hearing on school accountability bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Failing public schools would have no sanctions under a bill scheduled for a public hearing before a state Senate committee. Tuesday’s hearing comes as the Senate, Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker are trying to find common ground on the issue that’s proven difficult to solve in recent years. Assembly Republicans have introduced a More >

Hartland high school students visit with therapy dogs

HARTLAND, Wis. (AP) – A high school in Waukesha County is hosting visits from therapy dogs to help students cope with the stress of finals week. Hundreds of freshmen and sophomore students at Arrowhead High School in Hartland spent time with nine certified therapy dogs during a study hall. The dogs were so popular among students More >