State News

Former Miss Wisconsin fights for voter rights

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A former Miss Wisconsin is using her passion for voting to help hundreds of citizens navigate the voter identification laws across the country. Wisconsin Rapids native Molly McGrath began promoting voting in her home state more than 10 years ago. Now, she’s the national campaign coordinator at nonpartisan, nonprofit organization VoteRiders, More >

University of Wisconsin-Madison urging all undergraduates to get vaccinated rare type meningitis

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is urging all undergraduates to get vaccinated against a rare form of meningitis that put two students in the hospital last week. University Health Services is offering the vaccine free to students starting Thursday. It’s effective against the B strain of the disease. Few students are vaccinated against More >

Kenosha mother pleads guilty of killing her 2 children

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha mother has pleaded guilty to killing her two children. The Kenosha News reports ( ) 35-year-old Lucia Hernandez-Alvarez wept quietly as she pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of first-degree homicide for the 2015 deaths of 1-year-old Javier Arellano Hernandez and 3-year-old Alicia Arellano Hernandez. She was accused of killing them More >

Woman allegedly encouraged girl fight, arrested for child abuse, Madison police say

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 33-year-old Madison woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse for allegedly encouraging two 14-year-old girls to fight, then kicking one of the girls in the head while she was down on the ground. Police say the fight happened in a parking lot Thursday afternoon, and that the woman knew More >

Walker Spells Out Road Funding Increase For Towns

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker says he’ll propose an eight and one-half percent increase in funding for town roads, as part of the next state budget he’ll give lawmakers in February. Last month, the DOT proposed a nearly nine-million dollar hike in state transportation aid for town governments and the Republican Walker told a More >

Made In Wisconsin, USS Detroit To Arrive In Namesake City

(Marinette, WI)  —  A city that’s legendary for making land vehicles is about to celebrate the arrival of a big water vessel made in Wisconsin. The USS Detroit is expected to arrive in its namesake city Friday and will have one week of tours and festivities before it’s commissioned next Saturday. The $440 million littoral More >

Wisconsin Bear Hunters Recover From Weaker 2015 Season

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin bear hunters have recovered from a weaker season in 2015. Preliminary totals from the DNR show a total harvest of 4,643 black bears in this fall’s season that ran from September seventh through Tuesday and about two thirds of the animals were taken in the northern third of the state. This More >

US Senate Candidates Take Center Stage For Debate

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The tight US Senate race in Wisconsin will be on full display Friday, when incumbent Ron Johnson and challenger Russ Feingold hold a one hour debate. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is sponsoring the debate, which will originate from Green Bay and broadcast statewide starting at seven pm. The Republican Johnson, an Oshkosh businessman, More >

State Won’t Challenge Judge’s Order On Voter ID Education

(Madison, WI)  —  The state Justice Department says it will not challenge a federal judge’s order that the state be clearer in telling people how to receive voter IDs. The order comes after motor vehicle workers gave incorrect information to some who tried applying for IDs so they can vote on November eighth. Madison District More >

Man Charged In Killing Of Milwaukee Jazz Club Owner

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have charged a Milwaukee man in the death of a musician whose body was discovered at the jazz club he founded. Thirty-year-old Jason Small is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon in the death of 65-year-old Donald Lewis, whose body was found in Milwaukee’s Young More >