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GOP senator suggests brain tumor affected McCain vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that fellow Republican Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker’s decisive vote against the GOP health care bill. In a radio interview Tuesday with AM560 “Chicago’s Morning Answer,” Johnson answered questions about the collapse of the years-long More >

Stocks fall for some frack sand companies in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frack sand companies doing business in Wisconsin are seeing their stock prices fall despite high demand for the sand. Many companies focused this year on developing sand mines in Texas, which has caused stock prices of companies that focused on developing Wisconsin mines to drop, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . Oil companies use More >

Sheriff IDs 2 killed in crash of ultralight plane in southern Wisconsin river

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials have identified a man and a teenage boy killed when an ultralight plane crashed into a river in southern Wisconsin. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath said in a statement Wednesday that the pilot, 51-year-old David Plambeck of Edgerton, and his passenger, 16-year-old Max Burlingame of Fort Atkinson, died when More >

Ultralight plane crashes into Rock River

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say an ultralight plane with two people on board crashed into a river in Jefferson County. First responders used boats to reach the victims. There’s no immediate word on their conditions. WTMJ -TV reports the plane went down in the Rock River near the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport about 8 p.m. A More >

NTSB: Seaplane pilot was warned of rough water before crash

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The pilot of a seaplane that crashed on Lake Winnebago in eastern Wisconsin last month, killing himself and a passenger, tried to take off for Minnesota despite warnings about rough water, federal investigators say. The Aerofab seaplane crashed July 27 while trying to take off from the Experimental Aircraft Association’s seaplane More >

Dairy group sues DNR over pollution discharge rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental officials are over-regulating large livestock operations, imposing pollution requirements that are tougher than federal law and arbitrarily changing runoff standards without going through the rule-making process, a trade association says in a lawsuit. The Dairy Business Association filed the lawsuit in Brown County on July 31. It alleges the More >

Pilot OK after flipping float plane

ELCHO, Wis. (AP) — The pilot of a float plane is OK after flipping the plane on a northern Wisconsin lake. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate nonetheless. Authorities say the pilot may have failed to retract the landing gear before putting the plane down on Otter Lake near Elcho Monday night. The float More >

University of Wisconsin System group to review hiring rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group with the University of Wisconsin System is planning to recommend ways to hire more university chancellors from outside of higher education. John Behling, the new head of the university’s Board of Regents, said the system should hire more university leaders from the private sector or the government instead of More >

Regents Form New Panel To Study Hiring Outside Academia

(Madison, WI)  —  The University of Wisconsin System regents have named a new panel to work on increasing the number of job applicants with non-academic backgrounds. Regents President John Behling Monday released the names of regents on the panel. He says the group will review the hiring process for top positions and provide recommendations this More >

Richfield Asks State Supreme Court To Stop Horse Farm

(Richfield, WI)  —  The village of Richfield northwest of Milwaukee has asked the State Supreme Court to stop a woman from converting an old gravel mine into a horse farm with some houses. Danah Zoulek has been trying to put clean fill into her site, but neighbors say it would threaten their water quality. The More >