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Oshkosh zoo euthanized wolf after biting child

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — An Oshkosh zoo had to euthanize a wolf after the animal bit a child. Ray Maurer, the city’s parks director, tells Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1Ey41vX) the wolf “nipped” a child last Friday when the child entered a non-public area of the Menominee Park Zoo and put fingers through a fence. He More >

Beaver Dam farmer accused of crop insurance fraud

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A farmer in Beaver Dam is being accused of defrauding a crop insurance company. The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that a federal grand jury indicted 37-year-old Jeffrey Lewke on nine counts of crop insurance fraud. The indictment accuses Lewke of defrauding a company insured by the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., which More >

2 men walk away from small plane crash at Superior airport

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Two men have walked away from a small plane that crashed at Superior’s Bong Memorial Airport. WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1PP7YbF ) reports the crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in an open field on the airport’s west side. Superior Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Edwards says the pilot reported experiencing mechanical difficulty before More >

Budget panel authorizes borrowing for building projects

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee has authorized borrowing tens of millions of dollars for building projects around the state. The committee voted 12-4 Wednesday to approve four projects, including a science lab at Carroll University, an Eau Claire arts center, an agricultural education center in Manitowoc and renovations at the University of More >

Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee. Committee Republicans released a plan Wednesday that would require the Department of Administration to look for lease options in counties other than Dane or Milwaukee. DOA would have to More >

Bar stabbing trial starts for sitcom actor Diamond

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — The actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has gone on trial in Wisconsin for allegedly stabbing a man at a bar. But WITI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1FE2DMn ) that proceedings in Dustin Diamond’s trial in Ozaukee County Circuit Court came to a screeching halt Wednesday More >

Budget committee approves long-term care changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to expand the state’s Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it. The governor’s budget calls for seeking a federal waiver to allow expanding Family Care, helps people stay out of nursing homes, statewide by Jan. 1, 2017. The budget also More >

Judge delays edict on moving stabbing case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge will issue a ruling in August on whether two Wisconsin girls should be moved to juvenile court in the stabbing of a friend they allegedly tried to kill to please a mythical horror character. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren heard testimony Wednesday in the case of one of More >

Committee approves prevailing wage repeal bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law. The committee voted Wednesday 5-4 with Republicans in favor advancing the bill. Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the measure. Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday said he would sign a repeal More >

Abrahamson appeals order allowing her to be replaced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice. Abrahamson on Wednesday filed an appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a decision earlier this month that allowed Justice Patience Roggensack to remain as chief justice More >