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Girl, 14, stabbed during robbery on Milwaukee County bus

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was the second person stabbed during a robbery on a Milwaukee County Transit System within two days. Police say the girl was on a bus Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man who demanded her cellphone before stabbing her. They say a witness chased the More >

Allowing online renewal of driver’s licenses up for vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin driver’s licenses could be renewed online one time under a proposal in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget up for consideration by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The proposal would permit online renewal one time, meaning drivers could go as long as 16 years without stepping inside a Division of Motor Vehicles More >

Budget committee to vote on who pays for dead deer removal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Who pays to remove dead deer from the side of Wisconsin roads is up for discussion in the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee planned to vote Wednesday on whether the state Department of Natural Resources should continue to foot the bill, or instead leave it up to local governments More >

Bucks president takes back ’10-day’ deadline on arena talks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin says there is no immediate deadline for a financing deal for a new arena. Feigin’s comments Tuesday evening came after he told business leaders earlier in the day that a deal needs to be done within 10 days so the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee can consider it. More >

Corn spills from derailed train cars in Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Crews are working to clean up a train derailment and spill in Janesville. Police say three train cars slipped off the tracks on the city’s south side Monday about 9 p.m. and spilled a load of corn. The spill caused some traffic detours, but no one was hurt. The Janesville Gazette More >

Wisconsin Senate OKs ride-hailing regulations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would create statewide regulations on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing ride-hailing companies. Instead, the companies would have to purchase a $5,000 state license, conduct driver background checks and maintain liability insurance. Drivers would More >

Nygren open to raising fees on out-of-state hunters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The co-chair of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee says he is open to raising hunting and fishing permit fees for people outside of Wisconsin. Rep. John Nygren said Tuesday that option will be considered by the committee on Wednesday as it votes on parts of the Department of Natural Resources More >

Father accused of shooting girl with BB gun as discipline

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee father is accused of shooting his teenage daughter with a BB gun as discipline for bad grades. A criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County says the 29-year-old father recently forced the 13-year-old girl to bend over in the living room and shot her three times in the backside. The complaint More >

Abrahamson lawsuit over chief justice change gets hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge plans to hold the first hearing in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson challenging the timing of a constitutional amendment approved by voters two weeks ago. U.S. District Judge James Peterson scheduled a hearing Tuesday. It is likely to be mostly procedural, with More >

Kenosha County homicide trial focuses on intent

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The brother of a man accused of killing his girlfriend in Kenosha County says the defendant talked about ways of disposing of the woman’s body after he shot her. Chester Mass is on trial for first-degree intentional homicide in the December 2013 death of Heather Adamski. Mass contends he accidentally shot More >